Retirement Benefits

Today's multiemployer retirement plan sponsors face many challenges, including volatile securities markets, the “baby boomer” generation nearing retirement age, longer life spans and shifting workforce characteristics.

In this complicated environment, sophisticated analytical tools are needed to create and maintain retirement plans that work. What do different scenarios mean for your plan? Segal Pulse® is our cutting edge, client-driven modeling software that dynamically generates financial and actuarial deterministic projections to help multiemployer trustees see the impact of changing variables in real-time.

Segal Consulting provides retirement consulting services including:

Leaders in Public Sector Retirement Plan Consulting

Public sector retirement systems and employers are managing through the most challenging fiscal environment in decades. One particular challenge is maintaining the funds necessary to provide services while still offering a comprehensive rewards package  including retirement benefits  that will attract and retain an effective workforce to deliver those services. Maintaining this balance requires a savvy approach to retirement benefit design and funding.

Segal Consulting has been helping public sector retirement systems and employers with their retirement plans for over 60 years  through multiple economic cycles and market volatility. We are known for designing retirement plans that reflect the special needs and priorities of public entities and their employees.

What do different scenarios mean for your plan? Our Segal Pulse® modeling software helps public sector benefits decision-makers perform financial and actuarial deterministic projections so they can see the impact of changing variables in real-time.

Our Public Sector Retirement Practice provides a full range of services, including:

Actuarial Services

Segal's experts can help multiemployer plan sponsors:

  • Forecast plan funding requirements
  • Identify available options and explore alternatives for plan funding
  • Identify industry changes and trends

Plan Design

Today's difficult economy and volatile financial markets demand careful planning and creativity to ensure that the design of pension and other retirement income programs will meet the goals and needs of plan participants over the long term.

Plan Governance

Benefit plan sponsors and administrators need to keep administration procedures up-to-date in order to comply with regulations. This need is more urgent then ever, making now a good time to take a fresh, intensive look at your plan’s operations.

Risk Assessment & Mitigation

Because retirement plans can face significant fluctuations in contributions from year to year, plan sponsors and trustees need tools that can help:

  • Predict how changes and economic and budgetary conditions could affect plan contributions
  • What steps can be taken to mitigate risk

 

Investment Solutions

Through Segal Marco Advisors, our SEC-registered investment solutions affiliate, we work with defined contribution and defined benefit plan sponsors on:

  • Investment manager selection
  • Manager performance
  • Policy development

Actuarial Services

Segal’s experts can help public sector plan sponsors

  • Forecast plan funding requirements
  • Identify available options and explore alternatives for plan funding
  • Identify industry changes and trends

Plan Design

Today's difficult economy and volatile financial markets demand careful planning and creativity to ensure that the design of pension and other retirement income programs will meet the goals and needs of plan participants over the long term.

Plan Governance

Benefit plan sponsors and administrators need to keep administration procedures up-to-date in order to comply with regulations. This need is more urgent then ever, making now a good time to take a fresh, intensive look at your plan’s operations.

Risk Assessment & Mitigation

Because retirement plans can face significant fluctuations in contributions from year to year, public sector plans need tools that can help:

  • Predict how changes and economic and budgetary conditions could affect plan contributions
  • What steps can be taken to mitigate risk

 

Investment Solutions

Through Segal Marco Advisors, our SEC-registered investment solutions affiliate, we work with defined contribution and defined benefit plan sponsors on:

  • Investment manager selection
  • Manager performance
  • Policy development

In addition to our expert knowledge of defined benefit and hybrid plans, we also offer specialized expertise in multiemployer defined contribution plans

Segal: A Leader in Multiemployer Retirement Plan Consulting

Segal was founded in 1939 and has been consulting to multiemployer retirement plans since the dawn of the Taft-Hartley era in 1947. Since then, we have pioneered design innovations and analytical approaches, such as our Segal Blended Method of valuing unfunded vested benefits for withdrawal liability purposes.

Our leadership in the multiemployer arena has been sustained not only by our long history and deep resources but also by our comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of our multiemployer clients. Our consultants apply their technical expertise in pension design, and their knowledge of the specific economic, business and demographic trends impacting employers and union members, when solving client problems.

To learn more about pension reform and the latest legislation impacting multiemployer retirement plans, visit “Safeguarding Retirement: News About Pension Reform.” 

In addition to our expert knowledge of defined benefit and hybrid plans, we also offer specialized expertise in public sector defined contribution plans.

Segal's Public Sector Retirement Practice is recognized for its in-depth knowledge of public sector retirement plan issues and for providing strategic, carefully-crafted, individual solutions to difficult challenges. Our retirement practice leaders have decades of experience in guiding clients, and they figure prominently in industry associations and conferences.

Cathie EitelbergSenior Vice President, National Public Sector Market Director 

Since joining the company in 1995, Cathie Eitelberg has been the National Director of the Public Sector Market, where she leads the company's team of public sector consultants. She works out of the team's Washington, DC office and also serves as a member of the company's Senior Management Team.

As an expert in public pension design, finance and administration, Ms. Eitelberg consults with clients to develop and implement strategic solutions to operational, governance, benefit design and funding, and total rewards challenges.

Prior to joining The Segal Group, she was the first director and founder of the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Pension and Benefits Center and Pension & Benefits Update. During Ms. Eitelberg's 14-year tenure at GFOA, she represented public officials and employee retirement systems before Congress and the administration on municipal debt, tax and employee benefits issues. In addition, she managed research and developed tax and employee benefits policy. She was a staff member of the National Conference of State Legislatures in the early 1980's.

Ms. Eitelberg graduated from the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland) summa cum laude with a BS degree in Business Management and continued to study in the Executive Education program at Harvard's Business School. She is also a frequent speaker appearing at the International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans, the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators and GFOA. Ms. Eitelberg serves on the Board of the Arthur N. Caple Foundation and the Board of Standards of the International Foundation for Retirement Education.

Kim NichollSenior Vice President, National Public Sector Retirement Practice Leader

Kim Nicholl joined the company in 2010. She has extensive experience as an actuary and consultant, most recently as Managing Director of Public Sector Retirement Consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has also been National Director of Governmental Consulting for Buck and a Consulting Actuary for The Wyatt Company (now Towers Watson).

Ms. Nicholl is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (and serves on its Public Pensions Subcommittee), a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary. She graduated from Loyola University (Chicago) magna cum laude with a BS in Mathematics.

Ms. Nicholl is a frequent speaker  she has appeared at conferences sponsored by the National Council on Teacher Retirement, the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems, National Association of State Retirement Administrators, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries.

 

Paul AngeloSenior Vice President and Actuary

Paul Angelo joined The Segal Group's San Francisco office in 1998 as a Vice President and Actuary and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2006. Mr. Angelo's areas of expertise include the design and administration of large defined benefit plans, including extensive experience with large public sector plans, public universities and collectively bargained plans. 

Mr. Angelo currently serves as valuation actuary for 14 major California county and city retirement systems and associations. His assignments for these systems have included funding policy design and review, pension obligation bond issues and consulting to bargaining parties on benefit design. Mr. Angelo recently completed a variety of studies on contribution volatility management. He is an active participant on the GASB's Postemployment Benefits Accounting and Financial Reporting Project Task Force and also serves as an appointed member of the California Actuarial Advisory panel.

Mr. Angelo has over 30 years of actuarial consulting experience and is active in national actuarial organizations. He has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in Mathematics from Harvard University. He also holds an MAS from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Angelo is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary. He is an accomplished speaker and has presented to the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems, the National Association of State Retirement Administrators and the National Council on Teacher Retirement, as well as California's statewide public retirement associations.

Rocky JoynerVice President and Actuary

Rocky Joyner serves as a Senior Actuarial Consultant to some of Segal's largest governmental clients.

Mr. Joyner is the Consulting Actuary for many city and county government clients, including general governments, public utilities, police and fire fighter funds and statewide local government coalitions. He is a recognized national expert on actuarial reviews, deferred retirement optional plans, funding studies and sustainability design for public sector retirement plans.

Mr. Joyner has extensive actuarial consulting experience. He is a cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA), where he earned a BS in Mathematics and Physics-Engineering. He has also completed graduate work in Actuarial Science at Georgia State University. Mr. Joyner is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary. He often speaks at the International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans and state associations in Texas and Georgia.

Brad RamirezVice President

Brad Ramirez joined The Segal Group in 2005 as a Consulting Actuary in the Denver office. He has extensive experience in consulting. He works with multi-billion dollar state retirement systems, funds established by regional transportation authorities and local government plans.

Mr. Ramirez is a Vice President in the Denver office of The Segal Group. His expertise is in the funding, design and administration of defined benefit pension plans. He often works with public and private institutions to help manage the financial risks of providing stable retirement income to their former employees.

Mr. Ramirez received a BS in Mathematics and an MS with an emphasis in Abstract Algebra from the University of Nevada. He also studied under a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Oregon, where he taught Advanced Algebra and Statistics. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary. He also serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Society of Actuaries’ Education and Examinations Committee.

Kathleen RileySenior Vice President and Actuary

Kathleen Riley joined The Segal Group's Boston office in 1980 and became a Senior Vice President in 1996. She is currently the Public Sector Market Leader for the Boston office.

Ms. Riley has extensive experience working with public sector retirement plans. She has assisted various Retirement Boards in determining whether or not to adopt early retirement incentives, veteran's buyback provisions and COLA revisions.

Ms. Riley has extensive experience with plans governed under Massachusetts pension legislation and served on the Governor's Special Commission on Pension Reform in 2009. She has advised on the impact of other state legislative initiatives and is the lead actuary and consultant for many cities and towns in Massachusetts. In addition, she has worked with many New England states on design and actuarial review projects.

Ms. Riley received an AB cum laude in Biology from Harvard University in 1980. She is the Vice President for Professionalism and serves on the Board of the American Academy of Actuaries, and is the former Chairperson of the Academy's Committee on Qualifications. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary.

Melanie WalkerVice President, National Compliance Practice

Ms. Walker works in the Denver office of The Segal Group as a Vice President and as part of the National Compliance Practice. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado.

Ms. Walker provides ongoing and special project compliance services for public sector retirement plans and serves as a national resource for Segal in this area. Prior to joining The Segal Group, Ms. Walker worked in employment law at a firm in Denver.

Ms. Walker received a BA in Political Science and International Affairs with an area of concentration in the Former Soviet Union at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law. She is an active member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) and National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA).

Ms. Walker frequently authors Segal publications for distribution to Segal's public sector retirement plan clients and has written articles for the NAPPA and NAGDCA newsletters. She is also a speaker on public sector retirement and benefits issues, including speaking for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and for the American Society of Pension Actuaries.