Saturday, May 26, 2018

First-Hand Experience


Picture of a view inside Super Bowl XLVII
Our view during Super Bowl XLVII.

There are some things in life that have to be experienced first-hand.
Several years back, my daughter won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl for two – and, to my delight, she chose to invite me to go with her.

Now, I’m sure some of you have been to a Super Bowl, but it was my first (and, considering ticket prices, I’m guessing my last). And while I’m sure the view from the comfort of home and a big screen TV offered a “better” view of Beyonce’s halftime show, there are things (and people) you see when you are at the event that don’t make a TV producer’s selection (particularly when you happen to be at the Super Bowl where the field lights went out for 34 minutes). Let’s face it, it’s one thing to say you watched the Super Bowl – and something else altogether to say you were there!

Photo of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIIYou wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but there’s actually a lot going on here in our nation’s capital. Like a smoldering ember, in no time at all, and with little warning, things can go from (apparent) nothingness to regulation or legislation that can have a dramatic impact on our lives and livelihoods (remember Rothification?). It’s a dynamic that’s easy to miss when you “swing by” for a visit – but one that our Government Affairs team works very hard all year long to keep up – and to keep NAPA members up-to-date and informed.

We’re fast approaching our sixth annual DC Fly-In Forum. I remember attending the first one as a “special guest,” and being struck even then by the quality of the program and speakers. More importantly, the room was full then – as it continues to be – of the nation’s leading retirement plan advisors, networking and engaging not only with each other, but with some of the most influential voices in Washington.
This year – with the ink not quite dry on the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest proposal, and with the status of the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal unresolved (for the moment), we are slated to have SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, and have invited Assistant Secretary of Labor Preston Rutledge to join us. We’ve lined up a special session on advisor-focused litigation with the Wagner Law Group’s Tom Clark. And Rep. Richie Neal (D-MA) – a long-time proponent of retirement savings, ranking member of and a potential Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee (should the House “flip”), and author of a “game-changing” retirement plan proposal – will also be part of this year’s Fly-In. We’ll also have what promises to be a highly interactive and engaging discussion about a new proposal to shore up retirement security via mandatory add-on savings accounts.

And that’s not all.

The 2018 mid-term elections are just around the corner — and the keynote speaker at the NAPA DC Fly-In Forum will help approved delegates understand what it might bring. We’re talking about CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, anchor of “Inside Politics.”

And that’s (still) not all.

For me – and for dozens of advisors who have participated over the past five years – the most impressive aspect of our Fly-In Forum is the second day, where delegate-advisors have an opportunity, assisted (and prepped) by the NAPA GAC team, to meet with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill, to share your perspectives, ideas and concerns, based on your front-line, real-life experiences working with retirement plans, plan sponsors and participants.

Whether you’ve done this a dozen times, or have never had the opportunity, the NAPA DC Fly-In Forum is an amazing “first-hand” experience. For those ready to get off the sidelines and contribute to a real difference in retirement policy, you won’t find a better “ticket” than the NAPA DC Fly-In Forum.

I can’t promise it will be quite like going to the Super Bowl – but then, you never know.

p.s.: Seats are filling up fast for the NAPA DC Fly-In Forum, July 24-25.
PLEASE NOTE: Delegates to the Forum must:
  • be a NAPA member;
  • be responsible for $100M+ in plan assets, 10+ plans and 2,000+ participants; and
  • have 5+ years of experience servicing retirement plans.
You can apply today at http://napadcflyin.org.



- Nevin E. Adams, JD

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