Promises Made, Promises Kept Conference

with Generous Support from
Green Mountain Power Corp., National Life Group and People’s United Bank

Tuesday, October 10th  |  8:30am – 2:00pm  |  Champlain College
Center for Communication & Creative Media Building  |  Champlain Room


Macro/National Trends, Implications, and Policy Options
Micro/Vermont’s Current Status and Future Projections
Micro/Vermont’s Policy Options to Reduce Liabilities

Greg Mennis, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Governor Phil Scott, State of Vermont

Bailey Childers, National Public Pension Coalition
David Coates, KPMG (Retired)
Mark Crow, Tenth Crow Creative
Beth Pearce, Treasurer, State of Vermont
(View Presenter Bios Here)

GREG MENNIS, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Greg Mennis directs Pew’s work on public sector retirement systems. The project provides cutting-edge research on pension and retiree health promises and helps states and cities undertake evidence-based pension and retiree health care reforms.

Before joining Pew, he was assistant secretary for fiscal policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he was responsible for retirement benefits policy, long-term fiscal planning, and the state’s Pay for Success financing program.  In that role, Mennis led the development of Massachusetts’ successful pension reform legislation and created the state’s first long-term fiscal policy framework.  He also has 15 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy, having served in a variety of roles at Citigroup and JPMorgan and as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development for a market-leading provider of retirement services technology.

Mennis is a chartered financial analyst. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and public communications from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System 2016 Actuarial Report (Vermont State Treasurer’s Office)
State Public Pension Funds Increase Use of Complex Investments (Pew Charitable Trust, April 2017)
Hybrid Public Pension Plans Brief (Pew Charitable Trust, 2015)
State Retiree Health Care Liabilities: An Update (Pew Charitable Trust, 2014)
The State Pension Funding Gap (Pew Charitable Trust, 2015)
Puerto Rico Governor Signs Pension Reform Law (Pension & Investments, 8.25.17)
States Need $645 Billion to Pay Full Health-Care Costs (Wall Street Journal, 9.20.17)

John Pelletier’s Opening Remarks

Governor Scott’s Presentation Transcript of Remarks
Greg Mennis’ Presentation
Mark Crow’s Presentation
David Coates’ Presentation
Bailey Childers’ Highlighted Video
Beth Pearce’s Presentation

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