Strategic Sponsors


TD Ameritrade Institutional

TD Ameritrade Institutional is a leading provider of comprehensive brokerage and custody services to nearly 4,500 fee-based, independent Registered Investment Advisors and their clients. Our advanced technology platform, coupled with personal support from our dedicated service teams, allows investment advisors to grow their businesses more efficiently and effectively, while optimizing time spent with clients. We provide a robust offering of products, programs, and services designed to help advisors build their businesses and help their clients reach their financial goals.  Learn more at or call us at 800-934-6124. TD Ameritrade Institutional, Division of TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC/NFA

Charels Schwab Advisor ServicesSchwab Advisor Services™, provides trading, custody, technology, practice management and other support services to help nearly 7,000 independent investment advisors grow and serve their clients.

Mainstay Capital ManagementMainstay Capital Management, LLC (MCM) was founded to help investors who do not have the time or inclination to give their retirement savings accounts and other investments the thorough research and analysis they require. Through its portfolio development and management process, MCM takes full advantage of the investment options available in a client’s 401(k), 403(b), IRA, or other type of managed account to meet his or her long-term goals and tolerance for risk. Additionally, with its staff of Certified Financial PlannersTM  and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorsSM, Mainstay Capital Management can offer counsel and develop comprehensive solutions for any financial aspect of your life.

Barron'sBarron’s is America’s premier financial magazine, renowned for its market-moving stories. Published by Dow Jones & Company since 1921, it reaches an influential audience of senior corporate decision makers, institutional investors, individual investors and financial professionals. With new content available every week in print and every business day online, Barron’s provides readers with a comprehensive review of the market’s recent activity, coupled with in-depth, sophisticated reports on what’s likely to happen in the market in the days and weeks to come. Barron’s is the financial information source powerful people rely on for market information, ideas and insights that they can use to increase their professional success and enhance their personal, financial well-being. Barron’s Conference Division launched in September 2005, and now holds six major conferences and multiple regional events.

CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence. We administer the CFA and CIPM credentials and the Claritas Investment Certificate, and offer world-class education and professional development opportunities.The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 113,000 members in 137 countries and territories, including 106,000 CFA charterholders, and 138 member societies. For more information, visit CFA Institute.

Oppenheimer FundsOppenheimerFunds, Inc., one of the nation's largest and most respected asset management companies, has been helping investors achieve their financial goals since 1960. OppenheimerFunds believe that in order for you to reach your financial goals, your investments must perform. That is why investment excellence — over the long term and across the range of its products — is OppenheimerFunds’ highest priority. OppenheimerFunds and its controlled affiliates offer a broad range of products and services to individuals, corporations and institutions, including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, investment management for institutions, qualified retirement plans and subadvisory investment-management services. OppenheimerFunds is widely recognized as a leader in educating and empowering investors and for its award-winning customer service.

Guggenheim InvestmentsGuggenheim Investments has a long, distinguished history of serving institutional investors, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices and financial intermediaries. It offers clients a wide range of differentiated capabilities built on a proven commitment to investment excellence. Guggenheim Investments is firmly rooted in the discipline of institutional money management; its DNA is etched with the rigor of managing risk. Each Guggenheim investment team brings a unique expertise and point of view about what drives asset and market behavior and what drives risk and reward. Each teams adheres to a strict risk discipline, minding both sides of the risk-reward equation. Over the years, clients have valued Guggenheim Investments’ independence, thought leadership, innovation and a nimbleness not readily found in other major players in the industry. As a privately-owned firm, Guggenheim Investments is answerable only to its clients and to its commitment to their success.

PNCPNC offers a wide range of services for all its customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. As a retail banker, PNC provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to more than 5 million consumer and small business customers across 19 states and the District of Columbia through its 2,900 branches, 7,300 ATM machines and online site. As of September 30, 2012, PNC’s Asset Management Group had approximately $112 billion in assets under management and $222 billion of assets under administration. In the area of corporate and institutional banking, PNC is the #2 syndicator of middle market loan transactions in the U.S. Additionally, with a loan portfolio of more than $134.8 billion as of September 2012, PNC Mortgage is recognized as one of the top residential mortgage originators and servicers nationally.

TransamericaNo single firm can excel, consistently, in every asset class, so we've aligned with some of the best in the business to deliver for you. Transamerica is a "manager of managers," offering a broad range of investment choices, ranging from asset allocation to alternatives, as well as fixed income, U.S. equity and international equity. We've developed a team of analysts and a clearly defined process to select and oversee these managers, to track performance, manage costs and replace underperforming managers if necessary. The result is a lineup of investment solutions managed by top-quality institutional managers that generally aren't available to most investors

Ariel InvestmentsAriel Investments was started on the basic principle of targeting undervalued companies that show a strong potential for growth. Twenty-nine years after its founding by John W. Rogers Jr., Ariel still has the same chief investment officer and employs the same disciplined investment philosophy. Over the decades, Ariel’s accumulated experience has reinforced that taking a patient view, following a focused approach and being surrounded by a team of independent thinkers is instrumental to long-term success. Ariel wholeheartedly believe this is a winning strategy, so much so that every Ariel employee is personally invested in the firm not only through its mutual funds, but also through equity ownership stakes - clearly aligning Ariel’s interests with those of its valued clients and shareholders.

The Ave Maria Mutual Fund Family was incepted in 2001 and is America’s largest Catholic-oriented mutual fund family. The funds are designed specifically for serious long-term investors who want to practice morally responsible investing (MRI). The Funds take a pro‐life and pro‐family approach to investing, with a proprietary moral screening process that examines corporate compliance with Catholic teaching regarding abortion, pornography, and the sacrament of marriage. The Fund family consists of four domestic equity portfolios, as well as a world equity and fixed income fund. These portfolios are also available as separately managed accounts.

BlackRockAs a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services, BlackRock currently manages over $3.6 trillion of assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative strategies. Through BlackRock Solutions, the firm provides risk management and enterprise investment services for nearly $14 trillion of assets. BlackRock is a truly global firm that combines the benefits of worldwide reach with local service and relationships. The firm manages assets for clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa, and employs more than 10,100 talented professionals in offices in 27 countries around the world. BlackRock’s client base includes corporate, public, union and industry pension plans; governments; insurance companies; third-party mutual funds; endowments; foundations; charities; corporations; official institutions; sovereign wealth funds; banks; financial professionals; and individuals worldwide. or

Federated InvestorsSince 1955, millions of investors in the United States and around the globe have relied on Federated Investors, Inc. for world-class investment management. Federated has grown to become one of the nation's largest investment managers with $369.7 billion in assets under management. Federated has honed its disciplined investment process over a half-century to deliver style-consistent investment products, including 134 domestic and international equity, fixed-income and money market funds, as well as a variety of separately managed accounts. Federated's diversified product line is distributed through approximately 4,700 financial intermediaries and institutions who assist investors in meeting their unique objectives.

Johnson Investement ConunselIn 1965, Timothy E. Johnson, Ph.D. combined his academic career as a Professor of Finance at the University of Cincinnati with the practical application of investment management to create a local investment advisory firm.  Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc. is now Ohio’s largest independent wealth management firm.  Tim Johnson’s vision of improving the quality of people’s lives remains Johnson Investment Counsel’s guiding principle today.  Serving clients in 45 states, the firm manages $6 billion in assets and consults on the management of an additional $6 billion as a 100 percent employee-owned company with 26 shareholders among 98 employees.  Johnson Investment Counsel professionals are dedicated to developing genuine relationships with their clients and delivering exceptional service. Johnson Investment Counsel is committed to remaining an independent firm because it believes this is in the best interest of its clients and employees, who the company considers its most important assets.

Nuveen Investments With $220.1 billion AUM, Nuveen Investments offers institutional and retail investors around the globe industry-leading products and a range of solutions through four significant platforms: institutional money management, mutual funds, managed accounts and closed-end funds. Nuveen’s specialized, independent investment teams — Nuveen Asset Management, Symphony, NWQ, Santa Barbara, Tradewinds, Winslow Capital, and Gresham — provide customers with broad and deep investment expertise in growth and value equities, international and global equity strategies, fixed income and market-neutral investments and enhanced equity strategies. Unified by a commitment to help customers secure their goals, Nuveen Investments is pioneering new frontiers in delivering innovative investment management solutions to the high-net-worth and institutional markets.

Divine Capital MarketsDivine Capital Markets is an institutional broker dealer providing domestic and international trading, fundamental equity research and investment banking services. Since 2001, Divine Capital has been providing pathways to asset growth by partnering with its clients through advocacy in the markets, capital introductions and thematic research entitled Efficiency 3.0. The firm holds itself to the highest standards of ethics and transparency as it proudly services institutions, pension funds, hedge funds and select accredited investors. Divine Capital believes communication is tantamount to the success of its clients and its team. An entrepreneurial and collaborative culture keeps the Divine Capital team on the bleeding edge of information, technology and service. Divine Capital Markets is a WBENC certified woman-owned firm.

Forward FundsForward Management is the investment advisor to the Forward Funds. Forward Management offers investors access to leading investment managers who are experts in their investment disciplines, and a family of mutual funds in alternative strategies, asset allocation, core and specialty asset classes.  Forward Funds are available to individual investors, institutional investors and investment professionals.

Hennessy is a U.S. equity asset management firm that offers investors a full line-up of quantitatively managed portfolios. Each of the Hennessy Funds employs a time-tested, purely quantitative stock selection strategy, and we manage our portfolios with strict discipline and consistency, never straying from our proven formulas. Our portfolios are team managed by tenured asset managers, and our strategies are fully disclosed. Our goal is to provide products that investors can have confidence in, knowing their money is invested as promised, with their best interest in mind. We believe it’s critical for clients to fully understand the strategies, risks and costs of investing, as well as the rewards. That’s how successful long-term partnerships are built.

Loomis SaylesAs performance-driven investors seeking exceptional opportunities, Loomis, Sayles & Company L.P. employs actively managed disciplines that combine fundamental research, systematic risk assessment and experienced portfolio management. This rich tradition has earned Loomis Sayles the trust and respect of both institutional and individual clients worldwide since 1926.  With $162.6 billion assets under management as of December 31, 2011, Loomis Sayles’ 500+ employees include 30 portfolio managers averaging 25 years of experience in addition to 39 research analysts. Loomis Sayles' investment professionals work in small, focused teams that can offer an optimum balance between discussion and decision. These professionals scrutinize and openly debate ideas and are unrelenting in their search to discover new opportunities. This approach has proven successful, with over 85 percent of the firm’s AUM having outperformed their benchmarks for the three year period ending Dec. 31, 2010.

MFS is an active, global asset manager with a uniquely collaborative approach to build better insights for our clients. We offer a broad range of mutual funds, separate accounts, and retirement planning products. MFS portfolios are also available as investment options in defined contribution, pension, and variable annuity platforms, and in 529 plans. Our diverse lineup of products, services, and tools enable you to address clients’ financial needs while also building your business and strengthening and deepening client relationships. For more details on how MFS can support your business, call us at 1-800-343-2829 or visit

Putnam InvestmentsSince 1937, when George Putnam created a prudent mix of stocks and bonds in a single, professionally managed portfolio, Putnam Investments has championed the wisdom of the balanced approach. Today, it offers investors a world of equity, fixed–income, multi–asset, and absolute return portfolios so investors can pursue a range of financial goals. Putnam Investments’ seasoned portfolio managers seek superior results over time, backed by original, fundamental research on a global scale. Putnam Investments believes in service excellence, in the value of experienced financial advice, and in putting clients first in everything it does.

Touchstone Investments is a mutual fund company that provides access to a distinctive selection of institutional asset managers who are known and respected for proficiency in their specific area of expertise. Touchstone offers their strategies which are not typically available to the average investor through an array of strategically focused funds across styles and assets classes including U.S. equity, global/international equity, U.S. fixed income, international fixed income, alternative investment, and asset allocation funds. Touchstone’s investment professionals employ a rigorous due diligence process commensurate with the standards and guidelines typically used by sophisticated institutional investors to select and monitor its sub-advisors in an effort to maximize performance over the long-term.