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2014 NPEA Annual Conference
Blazing the Trail in Retirement Education

October 25-29, 2014
Portland, Oregon
The Benson Hotel

Conference Agenda

Featured Speakers

David Keeling, Keynote
Make Them Laugh, Make Them Think: Understanding the Learning Brain
More on Dave here.

Dana Bilyeu, NASRA Executive Director
The Public Pension Policy Debate

Randy Krum, President, InfoNewt, LLC
Data Visualization: The Science, Design and Strategy Behind Infographics

Dr. Marion Somers, Ph.D
Helping Our Retirees Stay Safe - Physically and Financially
More on Dr. Marion here.

Kevin Seibert, CFP, CRC, CEBS
Managing Your Retirement Income and Retirement Readiness Assessments

In Addition:

Tom Lussier offers A Word from Washington.
Robert Klausner, Esq. provides the national Pension Case Law Update.
Mark McChesney asks Is There an App for That? in his discussion on Internet applications.
Larry Langer and Mary Vanek discuss communications challenges of Implementing GASB 67/68.
NPEA member systems share best practices and programs in breakout sessions.

Conference Registration Fees

We are pleased to announce the NPEA member conference fee will remain at $695, one of the lowest fees for similar conferences in our industry. As in the past, we welcome guests and invite them to attend the Saturday reception, Sunday and Tuesday dinners, and Sunday trolley tour event. The guest fee for those functions is $260.  

Hotel Information

The Benson Hotel, located in the heart of downtown, is Portland's Grand Hotel and will host the 2014 NPEA Annual Conference. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Portland landmark. The Benson celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 and has welcomed every President since William Howard Taft, as well as many world leaders and celebrities. The hotel was voted a "Top Travel Destination" by Frommer's Travel Guides and "Best of the West" Outstanding Meeting Facility by Meetings West Magazine.

To make a hotel reservation you should call toll-free at 888-523-6766 or e-mail reservations@bensonhotel.com. The room rate is $139 per person per night. The deadline for making reservations at the conference rate is September 24, 2014.


Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). The hotel is located 10 miles from the Portland International Airport (PDX), with transportation to the hotel by MAX light rail for $2.50 one way or an airport shuttle for $14 one way and $24 round trip.

InFRE Workshops

Open to all conference participants without separate registration or additional fee.

About our Annual Conference

As a member, you are invited to participate in the NPEA Annual Conference, which offers an affordable opportunity to stay informed and up to date on retirement education, communications trends, and important issues facing the public retirement community. The conference is a valuable forum that promotes professional development, networking with national peers, and creative approaches to serve your members.

Who should attend the Annual Conference

  • Member education managers, specialists and presenters
  • Communications officers and specialists
  • Member services and retiree services managers
  • Trainers and program developers
  • Retirement counselors, benefit analysts and contact center representatives.
  • System directors and executives looking to create, improve or expand member education initiatives

Annual Conference Highlights

  • General sessions with industry experts on the latest issues, trends and challenges facing the public retirement community for both retirement systems and plan participants
  • Hands-on sessions and discussions that allow participants to share ideas, discuss problems, build a peer network and learn from each other
  • Professional development and skill-building sessions and workshops related to educational programs, service and communications issues
  • Continuing education courses and credit offered through our partnership with the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE).


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