Private Wealth Advisor Conference

October 16 2017 to October 17 2017
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
+1 (312) 836-0100

The 2017 Private Wealth Advisor Conference features practical educational sessions across a variety of investment and wealth topics, carefully chosen to meet the needs of elite advisors managing private wealth. Each session highlights a practitioner-oriented tool, strategy, or insight to improve your wealth management knowledge and skills.  Presented in Chicago, this conference draws a diverse, global audience and includes opportunities to network with other IMCA members, CPWA and CIMA professionals, and top industry minds. 

General Session
Mon. Oct 16
Tue. Oct 17
Mon. Oct 16
Tue. Oct 17
Merrill Lynch

Stacy Allred, director, Merrill Lynch’s Wealth Structuring Group, has more than 20 years of experience working with families of wealth. Ms. Allred began her career at Ernst & Young LLP providing tax and comprehensive financial planning services. Her focus evolved to helping families of significant wealth use best practices to sustain generational family wealth. She facilitates family meetings with a values-based framework and focuses on preparing the next generation. Her holistic approach helps families navigate the opportunities and challenges of wealth. She earned a B.S. in accounting and business, and an M.A. in taxation from DePaul University.



Richard Brink, managing director, Alternatives and Multi-Asset Group, AllianceBernstein, has served as senior portfolio manager in fixed income, and previously as investment director for fixed-income investments within the Global Retail Investments group. Before that, Mr. Brink was a senior product manager at the Dreyfus Corporation, covering both retail and institutional fixed-income offerings and also served as a senior trainer focusing on the design and delivery of product training to financial advisors and mutual fund sales representatives. He earned a B.S. in applied mathematics and economics from Stony Brook University.


CoveyLink Worldwide

Stephen M. R. Covey, cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice, former chief executive officer, Covey Leadership Center, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything, co-led the strategy that propelled his father's book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the most-influential business books of the century, and expanded the Covey Leadership Center organization into more than 40 countries, making it the largest leadership development company in the world. Mr. Covey advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership of the new global economy.


Georgia State University

Samuel Donaldson, LL.M., is a professor of law at Georgia State University. Previously, he served as a professor of law and associate dean at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle for 13 years, where he was a five-time recipient of the Philip A.Trautman Professor of the Year Award from the law school’s Student Bar Association. A member of the Bar in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona, he has written and co-written many books, including the Price on Contemporary Estate Planning treatise published by CCH and the forthcoming West casebook, Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach



Amy Florian serves as chief executive officer of Corgenius, a company that specializes in training professionals to support clients during the toughest times of life. Recognized as an acclaimed speaker, Ms. Florian travels North America training professionals to effectively support clients in transition and loss. She is the author of more than 90 articles and the book, No Longer Awkward: Communicating with Clients through the Toughest Times of Life. Ms. Florian is a former columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured in Financial Advisor, Financial Planning, MSN Money, On Wall Street, and Financial Advisor IQ. She teaches a graduate class at Loyola University Chicago and consults with firms, corporations, and individuals nationwide. She earned an MA in pastoral studies from Loyola University, Chicago and a Fellow in Thanatology (the highest level of certification in the field of grief studies) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling.


The Washington Update LLC

Andrew Friedman, political affairs expert, speaks frequently on political and legislative developments and their effect on government tax, fiscal, and retirement policies. Mr. Friedman has been profiled in the Washington Post and Research Magazine and is quoted extensively by the media. Known for accurately predicting outcomes of Washington tax and fiscal deliberations and providing financial advisors and investors with strategies to consider in light of the changing political landscape, he has been named to the lists of the Best Lawyers in America and Chambers’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree, Trinity College, and a J.D., Harvard Law School.


FP Transitions

David Grau, Sr., co-founder, president, FP Transitions, has spent almost half his life helping advisors build their practices, take them apart, and everything in between. Mr. Grau is the author of Succession Planning for Financial Advisors: Building an Enduring Business, as well as Buying, Selling & Valuing Financial Practices: The FP Transitions M&A Guide. He also has written more than 85 nationally published articles on mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and internal ownership tracks. Named one of the most influential people in the profession by Financial Planning Magazine, he is a nationally recognized expert on succession planning for the financial services industry. 



Pinnacle Advisory Group, The Kitces Report, and Nerd’s Eye View

Michael Kitces, partner and director of research, Pinnacle Advisory Group, is publisher of the e-newsletter, The Kitces Report, and the financial planning industry blog, Nerd's Eye View. Mr. Kitces’ work has been featured in Financial Planning, the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Retirement Planning, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and other media. He co-authored, The Annuity Advisor, with John Olsen and Tools & Techniques of Retirement Income Planning, with Steve Leimberg and others. He has received one of the Financial Planning Association’s Heart of Financial Planning Awards and has been honored similarly by other industry publications. He is a co-founder of NexGen, a community that aims to ensure the transfer of wisdom, tradition, and integrity from the pioneers of financial planning to the next generation of the profession.


IRA Help

Jeffrey Levine, CPA, writer and editor, IRA Advisor, is an accomplished writer and industry source on the best practices and dangerous pitfalls involving the complex world of retirement accounts. Mr. Levine writes for and, and is a contributing author to The Retirement Savings Time Bomb… And How To Defuse It. A regular contributor to various industry publications, he is often quoted by national media and is a frequent presenter of advanced training programs for financial advisors, accountants, attorneys, and consumers on retirement tax and estate planning strategies. Mr. Levine also serves as a valuable resource for members of Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group SM, where he advises them on retirement account distribution rules and on new strategies aimed at increasing client service and overall production.


PinnacleCare Private Health Advisory

Ellen Maidman-Tanner, director of business development, PinnacleCare Private Health Advisory, has been involved in the creation of the company’s annual customer research and educational white papers on healthcare issues, and was instrumental in developing the company’s “mission, vision, and values,” fostering PinnacleCare’s service culture. Ms. Maidman-Tanner previously served as a marketing and strategic planning executive, non-profit executive, and helped found the national Organization for Autism Research. She is a published author on the privatization of Social Security and three works of fiction with her husband, Michael Tanner.


Mcube Investment Technologies

Arun Muralidhar, co-founder, Mcube Investment Technologies LLC, co-founder and client service manager, AlphaEngine Global Investment Solutions, is a nationally-recognized leader in pension reform, asset allocation and currency management. The author of Innovations in Pension Fund Management and A SMART APPROACH to Portfolio Management, and co-author of Rethinking Pension Reform, and editor, European Pension Reform, assists institutional investors in asset allocation, currency management, and external management oversight through customized investment advice.


The Ensemble Practice, LLC

Philip Palaveev, founder and chief executive officer, The Ensemble Practice LLC, specializes in helping independent financial advisory enterprises grow their businesses by tackling complex decisions concerning strategy, equity and partnership structures, career paths, succession and compensation. Mr. Palaveev also works with custodians and broker—dealers on creating impactful practice management services for their advisors. Previously, he served as president/owner at Fusion Advisor Network and was a principal with Moss Adams LLP. The author of The Ensemble Practice, he is also recognized for his numerous papers and articles in industry publications.


William Blair

Brian Singer, partner, William Blair and Company, heads the firm's Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team. Previously, Mr. Singer was the head of investment strategies, Singer Partners, LLC. As the former head of Global Investment Solutions and Americas Chief Investment Officer for UBS Global Asset Management, he was a member of the UBS Group Managing Board and Global Asset Management Executive Committee. He is a former board member and chairman of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and a former member of the Research Foundation of CFA Institute Board of Trustees. He co-wrote a landmark update to one of the pioneering studies on asset allocation, "Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update" (with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower) and was the lead author of Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management.


Robinson Fans Holdings, Inc.

Despite beginning her career as a corporate and trial attorney, leading the family business, Robinson Fans Holdings, Inc., into its sixth generation was always a goal. Between spending her childhood at company picnics and becoming president, Ms. Staible worked her way up the ranks serving in various capacities, from marketing manager to general counsel. Today, she oversees the day-to-day operations at Robinson Fans headquarters and its various locations throughout the country.


Cato Institute

Michael Tanner, senior fellow, Cato Institute, leads research on various domestic policies with an emphasis on poverty and social welfare, health care reform, and Social Security. The author of numerous books, including Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis and Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, his work has appeared in media outlets throughout the nation. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, he is a weekly columnist for the National Review (online) and a contributing columnist for the New York Post.



University of Pittsburgh, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Shelley Taylor, peer forum director, University of Pittsburgh, oversees the university’s Innovation Institute’s facilitated peer forums which meet regularly in an environment of confidentiality and trust to explore business, family and personal aspects of operating a business. Ms. Taylor also works with business-owning families on matters pertaining to governance, structure, roles, family councils, next generation development and generational transitions. She earned a B.A. and certificate in family business advising from Cornell University.


Invesco Consulting

Scott West, Invesco Consulting, is a sought-after keynote speaker who brings more than 30 years of industry experience coupled with a creativity known to educate and entertain. Mr. West is a co-author of five books, including StorySelling for Financial Advisors: How Top Producers Sell, named a “must read” by, and most recently, Defining Conversations: A Little Book About a Big Idea. In the more than 25 years since he joined the firm, he advanced from field sales to national sales positions. Previously, Mr. West worked in sales distribution with Procter & Gamble. He earned a B.A., Wheaton College.


University of Michigan

Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and professor of public policy, University of Michigan, visiting senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and editor, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, focuses his research on labor economics, macroeconomics, social policy, and behavioral economics. Named one of the top “25 economists under 45 shaping the way we think about the global economy” by the International Monetary Fund, he is a member of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisors and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves as a visiting professor of economics, University of Sydney, research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, and a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. A Fulbright, Knox, and Menzies Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University.


The Heritage Institute

Rod Zeeb, co-founder and chief executive officer, The Heritage Institute, and co-developer of The Heritage Process™, has more than 20 years of experience in estate planning, charitable planning, and heritage design. Mr. Zeeb collaborates extensively with GenUs LLC to provide training in the seamless integration of financial planning, estate planning, and Heritage Design™ for clients, as well as provides training/coaching to professional advisors resulting in the profitable mindset of successful advisors and the alignment of excelling at what they enjoy.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

IMCA has reserved a block of rooms at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at the special group rate of $281 single/double per night. This rate includes discounted in-room Internet of $1 per 24-hour period and complimentary fitness center access.  Make your reservation now or call 312-836-0100 and reference IMCA. The special rate is available through September 15, 2017, on a first-come, first-served basis, so early reservations are recommended.

Effective June 15, 2017, the cancellation policy for individual guest room reservations will be 72 hours. To avoid charges for a cancelled reservation, please ensure the cancellation is made directly with the hotel within 72 hours or more prior to arrival.

Booking a room in the IMCA room block is an important way to support the association and keep overall meeting costs as low as possible. IMCA commits to a block of rooms at select hotels on behalf of conference attendees and has a financial obligation to fill these blocks.  Please help us avoid potential penalties and control costs for future events by staying at the official hotels.  Staying within the block is also more convenient and helps you stay connected with the informal activities and networking opportunities that occur at these sites during the conference.  If you are required to reserve a room through your company’s travel department, please forward the booking link to them so that you can reserve a room in IMCA’s room block.

Location and Transportation

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The hotel is served by two airports: Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport.

  • Chicago O’Hare Airport is 15 miles from the hotel (45 minutes by car, dependent on city traffic).  A taxi is $45 each way.
  • Chicago Midway Airport is 12 miles from the hotel (40 minutes by car, dependent on city traffic).  A taxi is $40 each way.

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft service both airports.

Shuttle service is available through GO Airport Express.

Public Transportation
If you are planning to travel to the hotel by Chicago’s “L” train system to get to the hotel, you will travel to the Grand Avenue and State Street Station on the Red Line.  When you exit the station, head east on Grand Avenue until you reach Michigan Avenue.

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile offers valet and self-parking for hotel guests.  Valet-parking pricing is $61 for daily parking with in and out privileges. Self-parking pricing is $46 per day with in and out privileges.

Registration Fees

Early-Bird1 by September 15, 2017

After September 15, 2017


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1Both the registration form and payment must be received by September 15, 2017, to be eligible for the advanced early-bird rate.
2Special offer—Renewals and reactivations are not eligible. Conditions apply.  Subject to change without notice.  Membership is nontransferable and dues are nonrefundable.


Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Requests to cancel or transfer a conference registration must be received in writing at [email protected]. The registration fee less a $50 cancellation/transfer fee will be refunded for requests received by September 29, 2017.  The registration fee less a 30% cancellation/transfer fee will be refunded for requests received between September 30 and October 9, 2017.   IMCA is unable to provide refunds or transfer registration fees to another event after October 9, 2017, or for no-shows.  You will receive an email from the IMCA conference team confirming receipt of your request; if you do not receive an email with this confirmation within 24 business hours, please call 303.770.3377.

To print a receipt of this purchase, log in to your “My IMCA” account now.  If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail [email protected].

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

IMCA Certification (CIMA®, CIMC®, CPWA®).  This program will provide up to 17 hours of CE credit, including one hour of ethics CE.  Up to 13 hours can be earned by registering for and attending the conference. You can earn up to four hours of CE by watching video recordings of select concurrent sessions after the conference.  The program is subject to change which may affect the number of hours of CE provided.  IMCA will upload all CE earned directly to your MyIMCA record within two weeks of the activity.  The program is subject to change which may affect the number of hours of CE provided.

CFP® Certification.  This program has been accepted for up to 11 hours of CFP CE credit. IMCA will report your attendance at individual conference sessions to the CFP Board on your behalf. Please check your MyIMCA account to ensure your CFP ID is in our database and accurate.

NASBA CPE Credit.  IMCA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of CE on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (ID 106054).  State boards of accountancy have final authority about the acceptance of individual courses.  Individuals are responsible for submitting any necessary paperwork and/or fees to their state boards.  Upon request, IMCA will provide a certificate of attendance after the conference.

Other certifications/designations.  IMCA does not submit programs to state insurance departments and bar associations.  Individuals are responsible for submitting any necessary paperwork and/or fees to their state boards.  Upon request, IMCA will provide a certificate of attendance after the conference.

The topics addressed in this conference are designed for experienced investment and wealth advisors. While IMCA does not explicitly require prerequisite education or experience to attend, attendees who wish to maximize the value of each session should consider participating in IMCA's CIMA or CPWA certification programs. 


Monday, October 16, 2017 to Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The 2017 Private Wealth Advisor Conference features practical educational sessions across a variety of investment and wealth topics, carefully chosen to meet the needs of elite advisors managing private wealth. Each session highlights a practitioner-oriented tool, strategy, or insight to improve your wealth management knowledge and skills.  Presented in Chicago, this conference draws a diverse, global audience and includes opportunities to network with other IMCA members, CPWA and CIMA professionals, and top industry minds. 

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
+1 (312) 836-0100