InnovationConference&AwardsLogo-10-14-14Register Now Button 1

Small Company Track: Post-Retirement Income Vehicles and Income Strategies for Employees in a “Post-Defined-Benefit” World

Presented by
Russell Investments

Program Prerequisites:
1 year of business experience

Program / Course Level:

Advanced Preparation: 

Field of Study:


The Launch of CFO Studio’s Small Company Track

Sponsored by Zezas Media

Instructor:  Erik Ristuben, Global Chief Investment Strategist, Russell Investments,

Moderator:  William Craig

CPE Credits: 1 


Learning Objectives:

  • How do pensions address
  • Define “funded ratio” – aka our financial plimsoll-line
  • Understand the scope of the issue: how many babyboomers are retiring and how many fear running out of money
  • How different “funded ratios” impact advice
  • Stress-test and Adapt to changes in the portfolio and goals


Program Content/Course Description:

Consulting with companies of many sizes, we see the obvious trend that Defined Contribution plans are the primary means an employee can prepare for retirement. With the gradual disappearance of Defined Benefit participation, many employees have not developed the habit of thinking about their retirement the way pensions do – as an obligation to be met by understanding and implementing the concept of “funded ratio” and then planning accordingly in choosing post-retirement income vehicles.

The temptation for many clients is to focus entirely on yield-oriented investment products, or entirely on guaranteed products (annuities, CDs, etc.). CFOs and fiduciaries can help employees better prepare for longer lives as they depart companies at the end of their careers.

Moderator, Bill Craig, CEO and CFO of Tarantin Industries, will launch CFO Studio’s Small Company Track.  CFOs attending this session will be the first to receive invitations to attend future Small Business Track executive Dinners.


Erik Ristuben
Global Chief Investment Strategist
Russell Investments

Erik Ristuben is the global chief investment strategist for Russell Investments. His responsibilities include the creation and management of integrated client investment strategies for Russell institutional and retail clients globally, as well as working with the strategist team in the creation of Russell’s global economic and market outlooks. Erik serves as a principal spokesperson, representing Russell’s investment process and insight with clients, industry conferences and the media. He is a frequent guest on television and radio networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Bloomberg Radio. He is quoted frequently in national business and trade publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, InvestmentNews and USA Today.

As a senior member of the investment division, Erik serves as a member of Russell’s investment strategy committee and the investment risk management committee which oversee funds management for Russell’s entire global funds complex. Prior to assuming the chief investment strategist role in 2011, Erik was the CIO, Client Investment Strategies and CIO of North America. Prior to this, Erik held a number of senior positions focused on the creation of client investment strategies. He has been with Russell since 1985.


CFOstudio-BillCraigHeadShot(2)-11-14-12William Craig
Tarantin Industries
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Bill Craig has a track record of improving under-performing businesses and bringing financial management to the next level in public and private companies. He integrates financial management with business operations and corporate strategy.

Bill has a Big 4, Fortune 10 background with success with start-ups, turnarounds, strategic changes, and crisis management.  He has the proven ability to raise debt and equity via initial public offering, secondary offerings, private placement.  Bill raised nearly $800 million in IPO and 2PO over the last six years (8 offerings, 1 IPO) and raised nearly $750 million in debt over the last six years.  He has prior experience raising equity and debt via public and private markets.

Bill has provided mezzanine financing to over 80 middle market transactions ($1.4 billion) during his career and has extensive contacts on Wall Street as well as PE and VC.  His industry experience includes investment management, manufacturing, medical devices, industrial products, distribution, technology products, consumer products, and chemicals, & energy.

About Tarantin Industries

Tarantin Industries is a full line wholesale distributor of propane, natural gas equipment, tanks, hearth products and grills. Providing quality products at competitive prices with exceptional customer service to their network of dealers. Tarantin Industries, Inc. has a family history of dedication to customer service, providing quality products and extraordinary technical assistance. Their experienced team of highly qualified sales and technical support staff is ready to assist you. Since their founding in 1983, they have built a solid foundation with you, the customer in mind. It is through a team effort that we are able to offer you a selection of products and services that can help provide the opportunities for us to meet your needs and help you grow your business.

Tarantin’s seven distribution facilities on the East Coast of the United States make them unique in wholesale distribution. These locations allow them to reach customers from Maine to Florida with next day delivery of products when they need them.



Zezas Media (NASBA sponsor number 131860), parent of CFO Studio, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  In each state, the governing board of accountancy has final authority as to the qualification of courses for CPE credit.  Complaints pertaining to registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website at

Cancellation policy:  CPE credits are available to actively employed CFOs who are CPAs attending this presentation at no cost.  Because of this, there is no refund policy.  CFOs may cancel their registration to attend this presentation any time up until the date and time of the presentation on May 12.

Copyright 2017