Speakers

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Our conference will kick off with opening comments from Alex Urbani, President of MainStreet Advisors and Kristine Garrett, Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth & Asset Management for Fifth Third Bancorp. This session will include an overview of the conference agenda, along with a discussion of our conference theme “Building a Strong Tomorrow.”

Alex is President of MainStreet Advisors and oversees all aspects of the firm, working closely with each member of the firm’s leadership team to ensure that the organization’s goals are on track for long-term success. Alex joined MainStreet Advisors in 2009 as a Managing Director and in that role he was responsible for business development and the management of client relationships. With over 30 years of experience, Alex has a deep understanding of investment management and the unique needs of MainStreet’s clients.

Alex received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago.

ALEX URBANI, CFA

President
MainStreet Advisors

Kris is Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth & Asset Management for Fifth Third Bancorp. She is responsible for the oversight of wealth management, including institutional services, wealth planning, fiduciary services, private banking, asset management and the bank’s insurance business. She’s also a member of the Bank’s Enterprise Committee. Kris joined Fifth Third in 2017 as head of Fifth Third Private Bank. In that role, she was responsible for leading the vision and strategy for the Private Bank as well as driving growth across all of its markets. She took on her current role in 2019.

Kris earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and previously held securities licenses 7, 66, 9, 10 and 24. Kris serves on the boards of Bethesda, Inc. and the Taft Museum of Art. Before relocating to Cincinnati in 2018, she served on the board of trustees of Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also served as the board vice chair and chair of the audit committee for IFF, a community development financial institution active in several Midwest cities; and as a board member and investment committee chair for the Goodman Theatre.

KRISTINE GARRETT

Executive Vice President
Head of Wealth & Asset Management
Fifth Third Bancorp

Outlook for the Global Economy and Markets 


In this session, Doug Peta will share BCA Research’s take on the current environment and where they see the global economy and financial markets heading from here. He will address the following topics and more: U.S. recession risks, Fed policy, inflation, the market influence of geopolitical developments, the evolution of COVID-19, the durability of the equity and credit bull markets, and portfolio positioning.

DOUG PETA, CFA

Chief Strategist, U.S Investment Strategy and Global ETF Strategy
BCA Research

Doug is currently BCA Research’s Chief Strategist, U.S. Investment Strategy and Global ETF Strategy. He joined BCA in 2010 and has also led the Global Asset Allocation service. Prior to BCA, he spent over 20 years as a strategist, analyst and trader.

Doug holds an MBA with Honors in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia. He is a CFA charterholder.

U.S. Economic & Market Update 


In this session, Tom McKinstry will examine what MainStreet Advisors views as the most important characteristics of the current economic and market environment for long-term investors. He will then summarize MainStreet’s recommended asset allocation and positioning within the current environment. Finally, Tom will provide the investment team’s outlook over the next six to twelve months including the most significant potential market catalysts and risks.

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THOMAS MCKINSTRY, CFA

Chief Investment Officer
MainStreet Advisors

Tom is the Chief Investment Officer for MainStreet Advisors. In this role, he manages MainStreet’s team of Investment Analysts and is responsible for directing and coordinating the firm’s strategic asset allocation, portfolio construction and security selection processes. He oversees MainStreet’s third-party manager due diligence, evaluation, and monitoring efforts. Tom also directs content creation for all of MainStreet’s proprietary investment publications. Tom is Chair of MainStreet’s Investment Committee, Chair of MainStreet’s Equity Committee and manages the firm’s Large Blend model portfolio. He joined MainStreet Advisors in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Tom spent over 8 years with MB Financial Bank serving in various roles including Head of Investment Research and portfolio manager.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University with a concentration in International Relations. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Continuing the Digital Transformation Occurring in the Banking and Wealth Management Space 


The pace of change continues accelerating with the pandemic rapidly progressing digital transformation across several industries by months and even years. Technology is enabling us to live our lives in micro-moments and customers’ expectations are rising thanks to their own experiences with a variety of providers. Melissa Stevens will share her insights into wealth and asset management where digital growth was historically slower pre-pandemic, and she will discuss how enabling a digital-first client-bank relationship is more critical than ever in order to thrive in this rapidly evolving digital world.

MELISSA STEVENS

Executive Vice President
Chief Digital Officer / Head of Digital and Marketing
Fifth Third Bank, National Association

Melissa serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer / Head of Digital and Marketing for Fifth Third Bank, National Association. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring a client-centered, digital-first approach to all areas of Fifth Third, including Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth & Asset Management. Before joining Fifth Third, Melissa held several senior management positions at Citigroup. Melissa has been recognized as being among American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking for three years running, starting in 2019. Additionally, she was named Information Age’s 2020 Women in Tech Digital Leader of the Year, 2019 Transformation Leader of the Year and Digital Leader of the Year 2018. She serves as a board and executive committee member of Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati-based technology-focused startup incubator, and chairs its FinTech Frontier committee.

Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, a master’s degree from Michigan State University’s School of Labor & Industrial Relations and an MBA in Finance and Operations from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Win/Win Processes for Regulators and Your Department 


Becky Kelly and Roger Pond will discuss the things regulators would like to see in trust departments and how to incorporate these practices so they can also help managers keep tabs on risk. Becky and Roger will also discuss risk ranking, administrative and investment reviews, investment action plans, policy statements as well as one of the latest IT challenges — managing clients’ digital assets at incapacity or death.

Becky is a partner in The Fiduciary Education Center, LLC which was established in 2002. The Fiduciary Education Center develops its own course curricula using Campbell University and their extensive Trust Library as a resource. Becky and co-presenter, Roger Pond, have written a Sheshunoff Manual called Trust Department Risk Management — Preparing For an Exam. Becky and Roger are active in teaching trust regulators for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, training for the Accredited Trust Financial Advisor (ATFA) and Accredited Trust Operations Specialist (ATOP) designations, performing trust department risk assessments, and other individually developed fiduciary training programs.

Becky holds a bachelor’s degree from Longwood College and an MBA from James Madison University as well as being a Certified Financial Trust Advisor, Accredited Trust Financial Analyst and Accredited Trust Operations Professional. She is a graduate of Southeastern Trust School, National Graduate Trust School and Cannon Trust Schools I, II and III.

BECKY T. KELLY

Managing Partner
Fiduciary Education Center, LLC

Roger is one of the original partners in The Fiduciary Education Center, LLC which was established in 2002. The Fiduciary Education Center develops its own course curricula using Campbell University and their extensive Trust Library as a resource. Roger is a Professor Emeritus of the Trust Program at Campbell University, the only university to offer a trust degree in the United States. During Roger’s trust career, he managed Personal Trust, Employee Benefits, Corporate Trust and Trust Support Areas including Tax, Real Estate and Endowments and Foundations. He is a former Assistant Director of The Southeastern Trust School as well as a Director of the Trust Education Foundation, Inc. and a member of the Duke Estate Planning Council. He has been in the trust industry for more than 40 years. Roger and co-presenter, Becky Kelly, have written a Sheshunoff Manual called Trust Department Risk Management — Preparing For an Exam. Roger and Becky are active in teaching trust regulators for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, training for the Accredited Trust Financial Advisor (ATFA) and Accredited Trust Operations Specialist (ATOP) designations, performing trust department risk assessments, and other individually developed fiduciary training programs.

Roger holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a JD cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.

ROGER A. POND

Partner
Fiduciary Education Center, LLC

Fixed Income Investing in a Volatile Environment 


MainStreet Advisors’ fixed income team will host a moderated panel discussion covering the current interest rate environment and potential impact of both near and intermediate term volatility. Specific consideration will be given to portfolio opportunities from both a rate and credit perspective for both taxable and tax-free bonds. The panel will also incorporate ideas for deploying short-term investments in a low-yield environment.

John serves as Co-Chief Fixed Income Officer for MainStreet Advisors. In his role, he is responsible for credit research, economic analysis, and the formation and execution of traditional fixed income strategies, with particular emphasis on liquidity and short duration strategies. John also serves as a senior credit analyst for both corporate and municipal issuers. John joined ClearArc Capital in 2001, and in 2020, ClearArc Capital merged with MainStreet Advisors. With more than 26 years of experience, John has a deep understanding of fixed income management and the unique needs of our clients.

John received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Dayton. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the Cincinnati Society of Security Analysts.

JOHN HOETING, CFA

Co-Chief Fixed Income Officer
MainStreet Advisors

Mike is a Senior Portfolio Manager on MainStreet Advisors’ Fixed Income team. In this role, he is responsible for credit research, economic analysis and the formation and execution of strategies including intermediate and core fixed income and preferred securities strategies. He also serves as lead analyst for the securitized markets. With more than 15 years of experience, Mike has a deep understanding of fixed income management and the unique needs of MainStreet’s clients.

Mike received both his bachelor’s degree and MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton.

MICHAEL KEMER

Senior Portfolio Manager
MainStreet Advisors

Tim is the Chief Operating Officer for MainStreet Advisors. In this role, he participates in overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations, technology, compliance functions and managing the firm’s partnership with our corporate parent, Fifth Third Bank. Prior to joining MainStreet Advisors, Tim was Managing Director of Fifth Third Private Bank in Chicago where he was responsible for investment management, trust and estate settlement, private banking, wealth planning and risk management strategies.

Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University and his MBA from Northern Illinois University.

TIM HANNAHS

Chief Operating Officer
MainStreet Advisors

Alan is a Senior Portfolio Manager on MainStreet Advisors’ Fixed Income team. In this role, he manages private client and institutional fixed income portfolios with a specific focus in liability-driven investing, liquid asset management, and non-benchmark oriented mandates. In addition to overseeing these strategies, Alan serves as chair of the tactical allocation process for fixed income sectors and oversees the credit research program. Alan teaches investment planning as an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University. Additionally, he is an active member of the CFA Society West Michigan, having previously served as President and in various other leadership roles.

Alan received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society West Michigan.

ALAN KORT, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager
MainStreet Advisors

Sarah serves as Co-Chief Fixed Income Officer for MainStreet Advisors. In this role, she is responsible for fixed income portfolio management and management of taxable and tax-free fixed income portfolios. Sarah began her career as a municipal bond trader. Later, she joined Old Kent Bank as a Portfolio Manager of their Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund. With over 38 years in investment management, Sarah brings deep experience to the MainStreet Advisors team. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ball State University and her MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

SARAH QUIRK

Co-Chief Fixed Income Officer
MainStreet Advisors

The Reckoning: Facing the Structural Damage of Pandemic Policies 


It may not have felt that way at the time, but the “easy” part of the economic cycle, the recapture of GDP lost in the downturn, is behind us. As the U.S. economy moves forward, establishing new levels of economic activity, businesses and investors must confront the challenges of the post-pandemic economy: a long-term labor shortage, supply chain disruptions, and a Fed faced with having misjudged inflation. Jeff Korzenik’s discussion will provide some unique context, based on years of focus on labor dynamics and promoting a more resilient and domestic supply chain.

JEFFREY KORZENIK

Chief Investment Strategist
Fifth Third Bank, N.A.

Jeff is the Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank. He is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business News, and his writings on economics and public policy have appeared in numerous national and regional publications. He was recently elected a Member of the Council on Criminal Justice for his work on the intersection of the justice system and the labor markets. Jeff’s new book, “UNTAPPED TALENT: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community” (HarperCollins Leadership, April 2021), shares the business case and best practices for hiring people with criminal records.

Jeff is a graduate of Princeton University and is a passionate supporter of cultural organizations, serving as a trustee of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Golden Hour  


Clients mentally leave their financial professionals months before their money does. Losing a top client is never a pleasant experience. Worse still, research shows that 72.2% of financial professionals lose one top client per year, which then requires them to run harder just to maintain present production levels, and it hamstrings organic growth. However, research shows it does not have to be this way, and that it is surprisingly simple and easy to maintain top clients – the very clients that form the foundations of the viability of financial professionals’ businesses. Most client retention models are so intensive and time consuming as to prevent most financial professionals from every using them. In this session, Maura Scherer explains how “The Golden Hour” model aims to deliver maximum benefit at a truly implementable level.

MAURA SCHERER

Director of Consulting Solutions
Invesco Global Consulting

Maura leads project development for Invesco Global Consulting (IGC), where she is responsible for the strategic and creative development of IGC content and its effective delivery to the financial professional market. Maura is also a member of the IGC Leadership Team, which develops programs designed to help financial professionals grow, keep and optimize their practices in a complex and competitive business environment. In addition, she oversees the “Showtime” program, which is designed to help financial professionals tell their team stories in clear, concise and compelling ways. Maura has worked in the financial industry since 2000 and has consulted with hundreds of financial teams across the country on enhancing marketing their practices. She regularly presents at regional and national conferences on a wide range of topics, including branding strategies, retirement issues and effective business management.

Maura holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University and earned the Registered Corporate Coach™ designation in 2010.

Trends in Sustainable Investing


A monumental shift toward sustainable investing is transforming the investment world. Investors are recognizing that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors can be key drivers of value. The evolution of sustainable investing has seen an increase in investors who are not only seeking investment performance, but are also looking for impactful ways to align their values with their investments. In this session, Anne Durkin and Sean Whitney will explain how investors can integrate ESG factors with financial analysis which can lead to an investment strategy that speaks to — and for — each investor.

Anne is a Senior Portfolio Manager for MainStreet Advisors. In this role, she is responsible for managing client relationships, which includes portfolio management and analysis. She is a member of the investment committee and manages the firm’s Sustainable Leaders portfolio. Additionally, Anne is frequently invited to share her investment knowledge as a speaker at conferences and client events.

Anne received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Marquette University, and her MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Anne holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago. Additionally, she is a member of the CFA Society Chicago's Professional Development Advisory Group.

ANNE T. DURKIN, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager
MainStreet Advisors

Sean is a Portfolio Manager for MainStreet Advisors where he is responsible for managing client relationships, which includes portfolio management and analysis. He is a member of the firm’s investment committee which establishes investment strategy and policy. Prior to joining MainStreet Advisors, Sean participated in the MB Financial Wealth Management Leadership Development Program which included rotations in Private Banking, Investment Advisory, Trust and Estates, and Institutional Asset Management.

Sean received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Marquette University, and is currently pursuing his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Sean holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Chicago. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.
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SEAN WHITNEY, CFA, CFP®

Portfolio Manager
MainStreet Advisors