6th Annual RIA West Investment Forum

Oct 17th - Oct 18th 2017
The Ritz-Carlton
San Francisco

At the 6th Annual RIA West Investment Forum, we will explore the global investment and industry trends that RIA executives need to watch and prepare for in the coming years. In many ways, it feels as though the wealth management industry is undergoing unprecedented changes that will impact the way advisors run their businesses and the way they invest on behalf of their underlying clients. Trends such as geopolitical upheavals, the relentless speed of RIA and investment technological innovation, massive demographic changes and ongoing consolidation will all affect the industry and the opportunity and risk landscape in the long-term.


RIA Megatrends: Protecting the Future of your Firm

Through expert presentations, peer-driven breakouts, and panel discussions, we will discuss the following megatrends, their implications, and innovative solutions to succeed.​

Latest agenda

  • Global Environmental Trends: Investment Implications

  • Unstoppable M&A: How to Ride the Wave to the Top

  • The Aging Advisor Population: Ensuring the Future Success of your Firm

  • Persistently Low Interest Rates: Rethinking Asset Allocation to Access Returns

  • Underlying Client Demographics: Preparing for the Great Wealth Transfer

  • Technological Innovation and Automation: It’s Time to Get On Board

  • Revisiting Alternatives: Private Equity, Hedge Funds, and Venture Capital – Risks, Opportunities and Access

  • Cybersecurity as a Differentiator: Win Big Clients by Being Secure

  • Robo-Advisory: Automation is the New Black

  • Fee Compression: Adapt Your Value Proposition to Justify Fees

  • The Rise of Platforms: Pros and Cons for the RIA Industry

Advisory Board

The RIA Institute Advisory Board assists the Institutional Investor Programmers in identifying the macro themes that will
fundamentally change the RIA Industry in the coming year to inform all three of our forum agendas.


Debra Brennan Tagg, Managing Partner, Brennan Financial Services, Texas

Carl E. Choy, Principal, CKW Financial Group, Hawaii

Steven L. Skancke, Chief Investment Strategist, Keel Point, Virginia

Lori Van Dusen, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer, LVW Advisors, New York

E. Dryden Pence, Chief Investment Officer, Pence Wealth Management, California,

Rick Vollaro, Chief Investment Officer, Managing Partner, Pinnacle Advisory Group, Virginia

Andy Kapyrin, Director of Research, RegentAtlantic Capital, New Jersey

Russell Moenich, Chief Investment Officer, Sequoia Financial Group, Ohio

Michael Dubin, Senior Advisor, Silvercrest Asset Management, New York

Leslie D. Thompson, Principal, Spectrum Management Group, Indiana

The RIA West Advisory Board helps the RIA Institute hone in on the issues that most immediately affect the audience of this forum.


Jonathan Leidy, Founding Principal, Portico Wealth Advisors

Scott Reed, CEO, Hardy Reed

Cosmin Lucaci, Vice President of Research, Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth

Eric Holt, Managing Principal & Founder, 7258 Wealth Advisors

​Patrick Bowen, President, One Capital Management

Scott Sorensen, Principal, Vigilant Capital

Mark Eshman, Chairman & CIO, ClearRock Capital

Christopher Recker, Partner and Chief Investment Officer, AZA Capital Management

Brendan Connaughton, Chief Investment Officer, Partner, ClearPath Capital Partners

Speakers and Panelists

Joseph Zappia
Co-Chief Investment Officer
LVW Advisor

Jonathan Allen
Senior Member, International Research Team
Select Equity

Scott Reed
Chief Executive Officer
Hardy Reed, LLC

David DeVoe
Managing Director and Founder
DeVoe & Company, on behalf of Nuveen Investments

Ken Haman
Managing Director, AB Advisor Institute

Stephen Deschenes
Senior Vice President, Investment Services
Capital Group Home of American Funds

Carl E. Choy
CKW Financial Group

Scott Sorensen
Vigilant Capital

Brendan Connaughton
Chief Investment Officer, Partner
ClearPath Capital Partners

Stuart Friedman
Progressive Management Associates

Mark Eshman
Chairman & CIO
ClearRock Capital

Matt Morris
Vice President of Enterprise Solutions

Lily L. Ku
Financial Planner & Relationship Manager
Pillar Pacific Capital Management, LLC

Alejandra Grindal
Senior International Economist
Ned Davis Research Group


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About RIA Institute
RIA Institute

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.’

For more information, please contact:

Gabrielle Morgan
+1 212 224 3691


The Ritz-Carlton

600 Stockton S
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States

+1 415 296 7465

Set within a 1909 landmark building in the scenic neighborhood of Nob Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the city's only AAA Five-Diamond hotel. A sophisticated urban retreat featuring 336 luxurious guest rooms and suites, globally inspired California cuisine in Parallel 37, and a cable car stop just outside the door, guests will experience the most distinguished of luxury hotels in San Francisco, CA ready to create unforgettable moments.




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