Knowing Your 401(k) Fiduciary Responsibilities: A Panel Discussion on Retirement
If you make decisions that impact your organization’s retirement plan, you may be considered a fiduciary as defined by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Failure to fully execute the fiduciary duties ERISA imposes upon administrators can lead to significant liability exposure. Join us over breakfast to learn about the proactive steps you can take to better understand your obligations as well as potential pitfalls to avoid.
Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.
Head of Human Resources
Daisy Chhokar currently leads Human Resources at Nurix Therapeutics. Nurix is developing therapies that target protein degradation and is based in San Francisco’s Mission Bay in California. Daisy was previously Director of Human Resources at InterMune, the leader in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which was acquired by Roche in 2014. She has more than 15 years of progressive technical experience with Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Change Management, Benefits & Compensation Management and Global Human Capital Management Systems, primarily in the biotech industry.
Director, ERISA and Employee Benefits Attorney
Robert Gower concentrates his practice in fiduciary responsibility as well as tax-qualified retirement plan design, compliance, and administration. He routinely works with plan sponsors and fiduciaries to 401(k), defined benefit, cash balance, and profit-sharing plans on plan design and governance matters. Robert routinely works with clients to assist with compliance efforts, including all aspects of the Internal Revenue Service Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System. He also works with plan sponsors and service providers to understand and adhere to ERISA’s fiduciary requirements, including guiding clients through the Department of Labor’s Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program. Robert has spoken on an array of benefits issues, including fiduciary governance and best practices, the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, retirement benefits for domestic partners, missing. Robert has been recognized as a 2016–2018 Rising Star by the Northern California Super Lawyers publication.
Vice President, Defined Contribution Specialist
Paul Burris is the Vice President/Retirement Director for Fidelity Investments, positioning Fidelity’s 401K and Employee Benefit offerings to Advisors and Consultants in Northern California, Oregon, and Nevada. As a 13-year Fidelity Veteran, Paul has spent time in the Wealth Management, Business Development, and Wholesaling roles; the last 5 in Northern California. Paul is a graduate of the University of North Texas. Paul enjoys traveling and spending time in National Parks with his wife and son in his spare time.
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Principal, Director of Retirement Services
Bill Peartree joined Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) in 2002 and became a Principal in 2006. He currently serves as Director of the Retirement and Wealth Management Services Division of MMA.
Bill is an active member of the American Society of Pension Actuaries (ASPA), Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), as well as the Profit Sharing/401K Council of America (PSCA). Bill is on the board of La Costa Youth Organization and the San Diego chapter of the National Institute of Pension Administrators. He is also a committee member at the Monarch School.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is an Accredited Pension Representative (APR) through the National Institute of Pension Administrators. In addition, he is a Registered Investment Advisor, and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses through the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and a Life & Variable contract license with the California Department of Insurance.