The seven sessions within the Investment Solutions track at #XYPNLIVE are geared to help planners navigate the complexities of investment options.

Read about each presenter by clicking on their photo.


MarioNardoneYou’re an Amazing Financial Planner! (But Are You Also an Amazing CIO?)

Monday, September 9 | 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Mario Nardone
Level: Launch   Eligible for one (1) CFP® continuing education credit

You're a CFP® by trade, but a CIO by default. Managing assets isn't rocket science, but all that other stuff...well, it can get a bit hairy. What parameters should you have around rebalancing? How much due diligence should you be doing on this ETF? All S&P 500 indexes are the same, right?

Turns out, there's quite a few boxes you need to be checking. In this session, Mario Nardone of XY Investment Solutions will walk you through a checklist to make sure you are qualified and equipped to integrate investment management into your firm, whether that be on your own or through delegation/outsourcing.

Mario Nardone

Mario Nardone, CFA, is Chief Investment Strategist for XY Investment Solutions and President & Founder of East Bay Financial Services. He began his career in 1999, with Vanguard, where he consulted institutions and financial advisors on investment policy, portfolio construction, and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs).

Mario relocated to Charleston in 2010, to serve as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for an RIA before establishing East Bay Financial Services, the collaborative partner firm of XY Investment Solutions.

Mario is Past President of the CFA Society South Carolina and Former Chairman of the College of Charleston Finance Department Advisory Board. He is an avid traveler, SCUBA diver, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Piper, and their "energetic" lab/shepherd mix, Cady.


Jon HaleMaking Sustainability and Impact a Part of Your Practice

Monday, September 9 | 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Jon Hale
Level: Refine and Grow   Eligible for one (1) CFP® continuing education credit

You've probably heard a lot about sustainable (responsible, impact, ESG) investing over the past several years, but you may still be on the fence about making it a part of your practice. In this session, Morningstar's Jon Hale will discuss the reasons why a sustainability focus may be a good fit for you and your practice, how to talk to clients about it, and how to implement it in client portfolios.

Jon Hale

Jon Hale is the global head of sustainable investing for Morningstar Research Services, LLC. He assumed that role in 2016 at the launch of Morningstar's Sustainability Rating for funds.

Prior to that, Jon has been Morningstar's director of manager research and a portfolio manager for Morningstar Investment Management. Jon has a Ph.D. from Indiana University and is a CFA charterholder.

Jon writes extensively about sustainable investing for and on his Medium blog, The ESG Advisor.

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Rebecca ConnerShane MasonStock Options 101

Monday, September 9 | 3:10 - 4:00 p.m.

Presented by Shane Mason & Rebecca Conner
Level: Launch   Eligible for one (1) CFP® continuing education credit

In this session, Shane Mason and Rebecca Conner will help you think about planning for stock options with real-world situations. You’ll have the opportunity to steal from the pros as Shane and Rebecca share the client interaction experiences of Amazon, Google, and the many IPOs/Mergers they’ve worked on with clients.

Shane Mason

Shane is a Certified Public Accountant in New York City. He specializes in tax preparation and financial planning services for small and medium business owners, creatives, tech professionals, expatriates and foreign nationals living in the US.

When he's not writing about himself in the third person, Shane enjoys drinking gallons of coffee, biking to the beach and trying to catch up on the books he was supposed to read in high school.


Rebecca Conner

Rebecca J Conner is the Founder and Lead Advisor of SeedSafe Financial LLC. As a CPA with a decade of tax planning experience, Rebecca developed a special interest in bringing strategy and education to entrepreneurs and tech executives of quickly growing companies.

Rebecca uses her experience in tax planning and taxation to provide stock compensation planning around stock options and RSUs while keeping the bigger financial picture in check. She has worked with many employees of IPOing companies, public companies, and mergers.

She began her career in public accounting and moved into the investment industry in 2009 when she joined Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin, TX. She has undergraduate degrees in Business Honors and Accounting, as well as a Master in Professional Accounting, from The University of Texas at Austin.


Vanessa OliginoWhy is it Still about AUM?

Monday, September 9 | 4:10 - 5:00 p.m.

Presented by Vanessa Oligino
Level: Refine and Grow

In this session, Vanessa Oligino of TD Ameritrade explores the ins and outs of pricing. You’ll get an in-depth review of the current state of pricing in the advice industry, discuss the reasons why many firms are reluctant to implement a pricing change, and learn the potential benefits your firm may experience if you choose to pursue an alternative pricing strategy.

Vanessa Oligino

Vanessa Oligino is the Director of Business Performance Solution at TD Ameritrade Institutional

Vanessa is responsible for leading the business performance solutions team including the development of thought leadership, programs, tools and resources designed to drive growth and efficiency for registered investment advisors.

Prior to joining the company in 2010, Oligino held various positions at JP MorganChase, Citigroup and Pershing. Her experience spans retail banking, credit card, brokerage and securities services. Her functional practice areas include marketing, practice management and sales support.

Oligino holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Series 7, 24 and 66 licensed.


Alex RiedelComplementing the Financial Plan with Portfolio Management

Wednesday, September 11 | 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Presented by Alex Riedel
Eligible for one (1) CFP® continuing education credit

Complementing your clients’ financial plans with disciplined investment management is essential. Whether you currently delegate investment management, are considering delegating in the future, or you do it yourself, this session will help you better understand how to incorporate investment research and portfolio management to help your clients reach their goals.

Alex Riedel

Alex Riedel is the director of the portfolio specialist group. He is responsible for communicating the firm’s investment philosophy, process, and strategies to clients, advisors, and other stakeholders in the firm’s strategies. Alex participates in portfolio management meetings and serves as a liaison between the portfolio managers and the firm’s clients. He brings 19 years of industry experience.

Alex came to Morningstar through the acquisition of Ibbotson Associates where he was a senior client service manager for institutional clients. Prior to joining Ibbotson Associates in 1999, Alex previously worked for Mercer Investment Consulting.

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in investments from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Lisa AsherBlueprint for Success: Bringing Together Financial Plans, Investments and Operations

Wednesday, September 11 | 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Presented by Lisa Asher

In this session, Lisa Asher, CFA of XY Investment Solutions will help you visualize how all the functions of a financial plan work together to help your clients live their best financial lives. She’ll explore the tools available to financial advisors, focusing on investment management and operations and discussing pain points, benefits and trade-offs.

Lisa Asher

Lisa is the Managing Director of XY Investment Solutions and a CFA Charterholder. She has a diverse background spanning over a decade in the financial services industry. Prior to joining XYIS, Lisa served as operations and technology leader for Clearnomics, a SaaS company for advisors, Fragasso Financial Advisors in Pittsburgh, PA. She is dedicated to supporting advisors as they serve next gen clients.

Lisa recently moved to Bozeman, MT with her husband, Dillion and loves to encourage others to explore the world and try new foods.


Josh KegleyThe RIGHT Retirement Plan

Wednesday, September 11 | 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.

Presented by Josh Kegley
Level: Refine and Grow   Eligible for one (1) CFP® continuing education credit

In this session, you’ll learn the information needed to design an appropriate retirement plan to meet your clients’ goals. It all starts with asking the right questions and understanding the various plan types available. This session will walk you through several different plan design examples that progress from the basics to more complex, and will explore the new tax law and the opportunities it presents for Cash Balance plans.

Josh Kegley

Josh Kegley is National Sales Director for Retirement Plan Consultants (RPC). Josh is responsible for 401(k)/Qualified Plan Consulting and business development initiatives in partnership with financial advisors. RPC's fee based retirement solution offers expertise in plan design, administration and recordkeeping services, audit ready compliance documentation, optional 3(38) investment fiduciary services or an open architecture investment platform.

Prior to joining RPC, Josh spent over 4 years with Mutual of Omaha. Josh was responsible for developing relationships with advisors and providing product and retirement plan education.

Prior to Mutual of Omaha, Josh spent time as a Relationship Manager and Account Manager for a TPA. This broad experience over 15 years allows Josh to provide plan design, education and consulting to advisors.