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Managing the DC Plan Investment Menu
Sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Even if they have help, defined contribution plan sponsors have ultimate fiduciary responsibility for managing the funds on their plans’ investment menus. Participants’ preferences and needs for diversification and good performance, as well as costs, are all considerations in selecting and monitoring DC plan investments. Plan sponsors are also increasingly considering how to construct an investment lineup that can meet participants’ decumulation needs. Learn about the latest trends in investment menu design, as well as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and regulatory duties plan sponsors are expected to follow.

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Kyle Smith
Chief Investment Officer @LeafHouse Financial
Kyle Smith is the Chief Investment Officer of LeafHouse Financial. For nearly 20 years, Kyle has developed and managed comprehensive investment solutions to help clients reach their long-term financial goals. Prior to joining LeafHouse in 2021, Kyle spent the bulk of his career at BlackRock and Dimensional Fund Advisors. Kyle spent over a decade with BlackRock in Houston and New York as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Strategist. As a Portfolio Manager, Kyle customized multi-asset strategies for high-net-worth and institutional clients. As an Investment Strategist, Kyle was a senior leader on the Model Portfolio Solutions team. Kyle is a CFA Charterholder and Certified Financial Planner, and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and MBA from the University of Houston. Kyle currently resides in Lakeway, TX where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and two daughters, Lily and Stella.
Benjamin Grosz
Partner @Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Inc
Ben Grosz is a partner with Ivins, Phillips & Barker, where he advises clients on a broad range of employee benefits issues and federal tax planning matters, with particular focus on counseling employers and fiduciaries about their 401(k) and other tax-qualified plans. One recent highlight has been advising a prominent company on the creation of a new proprietary ESG fund for its 401(k) plan.He regularly advises clients regarding their fiduciary duties and handles day-to-day compliance issues, such as trouble-shooting when glitches arise in plan operations, implementation of new laws and regulations, and helping qualified plan committees monitor plan investments and plan vendors. He has handled a variety of benefits issues that arise in transactions, negotiated investment management agreements and other benefits vendor service agreements (e.g., recordkeeping, consulting, and trustee), and represents clients in audits and before government agencies such as the IRS and DOL.
Mat Powers
Director, Retirement Consulting Services @Commonwealth Financial Network
Mat joined Commonwealth in September 2014. In his current role as director of retirement consulting services, Mat directs Commonwealth’s plan investment services. This includes Commonwealth’s 3(38) fiduciary plan service, PlanAssist Investment Management. Mat’s team also manages the Retirement Plan Investment Recommended List and acts as a primary liaison for retirement plan advisors who have questions or issues regarding investment oversight practices. Mat has a master’s degree in investment management and a bachelor’s degree in information management, holds the AIF® designation, and is a CFA charterholder.
Amy Resnick