11th Annual RIA East Regional Investment Forum – Boston

Jul 13th 2021
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

How to Succeed in a Post-Pandemic World

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin


A global pandemic couldn’t slow down the continued growth of the independent RIA movement. Time spent led to the deepening of the advisor/client relationship, allowing advisors to become more in tune with their clients’ true needs. Whether its investment concerns, vaccine rollout worries or issues surrounding the next generation, RIAs are more actively listening and responding accordingly.

A major concern for RIAs understandably is how to position portfolios post-Covid. How should they view risk mitigation? Where can the best ideas be found? Is the 60/40 portfolio still valid? While investment strategies and opportunities continue to evolve, so does practice management issues within RIA firms themselves. Issues such as mentoring in a virtual setting, diversity and inclusion as well as talent acquisition have come to the forefront during the pandemic.

The rules of the game have changed for the state of the industry, similarly for our annual RIA Institute’s Regional Boston Forum. This year, we will once again bring together like-minded RIAs, but in a safe, socially-distant setting. We begin our program with a scene-setting guest presentation and panel discussion before moving into workshop series and discussion groups. These smaller working groups will lend itself to creating an open environment for idea sharing as well as a physically safe one for our attendees. We look forward to welcoming you in Boston. 


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Physical Distancing

All physical distancing mandates will be followed by Institutional Investor and the hotel venue. In addition, we ask that all attendees adhere to social distancing mandates when interacting at the event.

Disinfect and Sanitize

All event spaces will undergo increased disinfection and sanitization daily. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at multiple locations.

Face Masks

If recommended by the local health authority guidance, we will ask all participants to wear a face covering. Face coverings will be available on arrival should participants not have their own.

Temperature Checks

Depending on the relevant health authority guidance, we may include temperature checks or other screening measures upon arrival at the event.
Health & Safety Advisory: If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, feeling unwell or suspect to have symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical attention and do not attend the event.
  • Until no longer necessary, we will conduct on-site health screenings.
  • Until no longer necessary, we will require all attendees to wear masks and/or personal protective equipment.
  • The Summit format and venue will be designed to promote social distancing and smaller groups.
  • Institutional Investor will partner with venues with the highest health and housekeeping standards (including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces).
  • Institutional Investor will comply with all CDC and state/city guidelines. In the event of a conflict, we will comply with the stricter regulations. 
2021 Advisory Board

Margaret Dechant, CFP, Partner & Founder, Chief Executive Officer, 6 Meridian

Julie Roy, Director of Financial Planning, Wealth Manager, Badgley & Phelps

John Mannix, Chief Executive Officer, Baldwin Brothers

Carl Ludwigson, Director of Manager Research, Bel Air Investment Advisors

Debra Brennan Tagg, President, Brennan Financial Services

Rita Lee, Director of Research, Vice President, Principal, Brouwer & Janachowski

Cosmin Lucaci, CFA, Vice President - Investment Research, Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc.

Brendan D. Connaughton, ChE, Founder, Managing Partner, Catalyst Private Wealth

Randy Conner, President, Churchill Management Group

Doug Regan, Co-Chairman, Cresset

Carina S. Diamond, MBA, CFP, AIF, Chief Experience Officer and Managing Partner, Dakota Wealth Management

Michael Carr, Partner & Lead Advisor, FMP Wealth Advisors

William "Biff" Pusey, Jr., MBA, JD, Partner, Kimble Advisory

Joseph Zappia, CIMA, Principal, Co-Chief Investment Officer, LVW Advisors

Frederick Hinkley, Wealth Manager, Manchester Capital Management

Donald Calcagni, Chief Investment Officer, Mercer Advisors

Chris Osmond, CFA, CAIA, CFP, Chief Investment Officer, Prime Capital Investment Advisors

Michael Ashley Schulman, Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Running Point Capital

Seán O'Dowd, CFA, Managing Director and Family Business Advisor, Silvercrest Asset Management

Scott Sorensen, CFA, Principal & Chief Investment Officer, Vigilant Capital Management, LL


Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

606 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
United States


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The Institutional Investor RIA Institute is a private membership organization for the nation’s largest and fastest-growing independent Registered Investment Advisors as well as supporting members from premier asset management firms and providers. Both members and supporting members of the RIA Institute come together at three private annual forums to engage in 1.5 days of intense idea exchange, discussion, and debate. The environment at each forum is collegial and collaborative, and overt marketing by any member is strictly prohibited. The agenda for each meeting is devised by our Advisory Board of RIA executives to ensure the content is created ‘by RIAs, for RIAs.’



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