Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CPE Event & Golf Outing

You are invited to register today for the 2017 IMA CPE Event and Golf Outing. Wednesday, May 17, will be a valuable day of Continuing Professional Education and a great round of golf at Egypt Valley Country Club.  A continental breakfast and lunch Buffet will be provided. This event will start at 8 am.  The deadline to register is end of day Wednesday, May 10.


Join us for a day of presentations including these topics:

Session 1 - The Future of Retirement Plan Management

Employers are running on empty trying to manage the complexities of their retirement programs. Navigating the following issues can be a daunting task:
  • Increasingly complex rules and regulation
  • Selecting and monitoring investment options
  • Addressing diverse employee needs
  • Unprecedented levels of fee litigation
  • Lack of time and resources


You undoubtedly face one or more of these challenges and it's not getting any easier. Understanding that certain components of retirement program management are more painful for some employers than others, Mercer will share solutions that address so many challenges.




Patrick Bushlack, AIF                Jesse Daniels, CFP


Patrick Bushlack is a Senior Associate in Mercer's Defined Contribution and Financial Wellness practice and is based in the Minneapolis office. Patrick provides advisory services in plan design, employee education, investment consulting, benchmark studies, vendor reviews and searches, and fee analysis. Patrick has over 14 years' experience in retirement plans and investments. Before joining Mercer, Patrick was a Regional Vice President-Sales with a national recordkeeping firm where he assisted plan sponsors in various areas of plan design and plan operations. Patrick is an Investment Adviser Representative that holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 


Jesse Daniels is a Principal in the US DC & FW practice of Mercer and serves as the US Bundled 401(k) Proposition Leader. Jesse brings over 12 years of investment and retirement plan consulting experience to Mercer's clients. His experience includes providing ongoing relationship management, fiduciary education, and investment consulting services to small and mid-market defined contribution retirement plan sponsors. Jesse also serves as a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative for MMC Securities, LLC. Jesse holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses, the Certified Financial PlannerTMdesignation from the Financial Planning Board of Standards, the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, as well as a Minnesota Life, Health and Accident Insurance License.

Session 2 - The 1031 Tax Advantage--Selling Real Estate Without Paying Taxes

Learn the complete 1031 tax deferred exchange process.  The session will walk you through what is a tax deferred exchange, its justification, advantages and disadvantages, types of exchanges, specific requirements and other appropriate exchanges topics.  




Tom Host

Tom Host has been with Transnation Title, and in the Title industry, for nearly 40 years.  Tom currently wears multiple hats with Transnation; he serves as the Vice President of Commercial Operations, as well as serving as the primary owner for Transnation's Exchange Services division, which oversees their 1031 Exchange department.  Tom has managed nearly 800 1031 Exchange transactions in his career, making him an industry expert on the program. In his free time, Tom enjoys traveling with his family and sailing.

Session 3 - Your Financially Stressed Employees Hurt More Than The Bottom Line!

  • Are financial problems happening to employees at your company?
  • The hidden costs, internal, external and future - what accounting doesn't measure!
  • What's causing it?
  • Can we fix it? Yes, absolutely!



                                                               Ken Chesterman

Ken Chesterman has been a Controller for a number of West Michigan companies since 1990. Early on he served on the Grand Rapids IMA Chapter Board. He has worked internationally in food, clothing and automotive manufacturing, as well as with office equipment and fastener distributors. He started working part time with Primerica thirteen years ago. In 2010 he hung up his CMA degree and two years later opened his own Primerica office here in Grand Rapids. He will soon have a second office in Charlevoix. Ken Chesterman is a Regional Vice President and Independent Representative of Primerica and is training and developing people so they can open their own offices from Grand Rapids to Charlevoix. His goal is to see West Michigan totally debt free!


         Register for event



7333 Knapp Street Srv Rd NE 

Ada, MI 49301

(616) 676-2626


Meeting Time

8:00AM: Breakfast - Continental Breakfast
8:30AM: Session 1
9:20AM: Networking
9:45AM: Session 2
10:35AM: Networking
11:00AM: Session 3 
12:00PM: Lunch
1:00PM: Golf Outing (18 Holes)



  Breakfast, 3 CPE's, Lunch $50.00
  Golf Event (18 holes) Only $100.00
  Breakfast, 3 CPE's, Lunch, Golf $140.00

Golf Outing

The golf event is a "fun event", and not a competition.  Each group can play any format they want, such as play your own ball, scramble, etc.  If you register as a single or with less than four players, we will pair you up with other golfers.  If your registration includes the golf event, please email Todd Hanson with your golf group member names and the desired format for your group. If the golf event is cancelled due to weather, a raincheck for 18 holes of golf will be issued to those that registered for the golf event.



Zack Scofield      616-466-6761 


Prior Meetings:

Click on links below, to view prior meeting information.

    May, 2015    
April, 2017 May, 2016 April, 2015 May, 2014  
March, 2017 April, 2016 March,2015 April, 2014 April, 2013
February, 2017 March, 2016 February, 2015 March, 2014 March, 2013
January, 2017 February, 2016 January, 2015 February, 2014 February, 2013
December, 2016 January, 2016 December,2014 January, 2014 January, 2013
November, 2016 November, 2015 November, 2014 November, 2013 November, 2012
October, 2016 October, 2015 October, 2014 October, 2013 October, 2012
September, 2016 September, 2015 September, 2014 September, 2013 September, 2012


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