May 3, 2018 - Conference Speakers
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Ben Lewis
Financial Planning Association (FPA)
With more than 20 years of public relations experience in financial services, non-profit, and government, Ben Lewis is able to use his experiences in helping FPA members learn how they can build long-lasting relationships with journalists. Prior to becoming the Director of Communications and Public Relations for FPA, Ben consulted for dozens of advisers and organizations across the country. He is also author of Perfecting The Pitch: Creating Publicity Through Media Rapport, which was released in 2007.
Everett Lo
Social Security Administration
Everett Lo has 25 years’ experience with the Social Security Administration where he works in the New York Regional Public Affairs Office building coalitions with federal, state and local elected officials and government agencies, as well as the media, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, employers and the faith-based community. Mr. Lo has chaired the New York/New Jersey Regional Network of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and has served for many years on the regional chapters of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and federal task forces on Prison Re-entry, HIV/AIDS and Environmental Justice. Mr. Lo is a longtime member of the New York Chapters of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP, JD
Attorney in private practice in NJ & NY
Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP (distinguished), JD, is an attorney in private practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City. Practice: Estate and tax planning, planning for closely held businesses, estate administration. Click here for Martin's full Bio.

Michelle Siekerka
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. has served as the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association since October 2014. Since that time Michele has led the organization in expanding NJBIA’s voice on critical policy issues impacting New Jersey businesses, while also expanding member services and resources. Michele came to NJBIA from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where she served in the critical position of Deputy Commissioner, following her service as Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Management. During her time at NJDEP, Michele was a principal player in the state’s charge in “Rebuilding New Jersey” in the wake of “Superstorm Sandy.” She was responsible for coordinating funding, outreach and resources for the rebuilding of impacted environmental infrastructure. An attorney by trade, Michele’s background includes serving as the president and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, senior legal counsel and vice president of human resources with the Automobile Association of America and as a partner in a Mercer County law firm. Michele’s leadership has been recognized through her inclusion in Power and Policymaker list rankings by Insider NJ, Politicker NJ and NJ BIZ, as well as being cited as one of the 17 People to Watch in 2017 by the Bergen Record. She was also among NJ Biz’s 2015 Best 50 Women in Business. A Robbinsville resident, Siekerka earned a BA in Political Science and German from Rutgers University and a JD from Temple University School of Law.

Mark Tibergien
Pershing Advisor Solutions

Mark Tibergien is Chief Executive Officer of Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company. Pershing Advisor Solutions is one of the country’s leading custodians for registered investment advisors and family offices. Mark is also a Managing Director for Pershing and a member of its Executive Committee and BNY Mellon’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to joining Pershing in 2007, Mark was a principal at the accounting and consulting firm, Moss Adams LLP, where he was partner-in-charge of the Business Consulting group, chairman of the Financial Services Industry group and partner-in-charge of the Business Valuation group. Previously, he was president of a nationally recognized bank and business training and consulting firm, a principal in an investment management and business valuation firm, a writer for a financial trade magazine and a general assignment newspaper and radio reporter. Click here for Mark's full Bio.


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