The Gathering 2019
San Diego, California


Family Wealth and Business Succession


Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Tax and Estate Planning

Friday, February 22, 2019 – Business and Succession Planning


Marriott – Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130


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Please join us for our 15th annual Gathering for two days of shared insights, education, and collegiality. The Gathering is an annual event for all professionals in Estate, Business, and Wealth Strategies Planning. As we gather and work together we can, through collegiality and collaboration, provide the leadership our clients are seeking to offer clarity and direction for their planning needs.

The presenters are experts in their field who enjoy sharing and who give of themselves and their time. Their unique skills, wisdom, and judgment are truly invaluable. With our Thought Leader Community as your resource, you don’t have to master the answer to every client quandary. Instead you become courageously armed with the right questions and resources. This We-driven mindset is transformational for you, your practice, and your clients.


Thursday, February 21st: Peter Myers, Esq. and Stephen Mancini, Esq.
Friday, February 22nd: Chris Snider and Scott Snider, Exit Planning Institute


Joseph Strazzeri, Esq. and Shelley Lighfoot

Thursday, February 21 –
Friday, February 22, 2019

7:00AM- 5:00PM

Marriott – Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

2 Days – $420
(Gala Included)

1 Day Only – $260


Marriott – Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

Event Room Rate: $169/night
(Reserve your room by
February 1, 2019)


Thursday, February 21st: Tax and Estate Planning Day

7:00 – 8:00AM

Registration, Breakfast, and Meet the Presenters & Sponsors

8:00 – 8:10AM

Opening Remarks

8:10 – 9:10AM


Join Peter and Steve as they dig into the planning opportunities and pitfalls that have been created by recent changes in the tax, financial, and legal environment. They’ll focus on the most practical and relevant topics of conversation for financial advisors, attorneys, CPAs, philanthropic advisors, trust officers and insurance professions to share with clients and prospective clients. Learn and discuss how they affect your clients and how to explain it to them – and understand what you can do to help them.


Peter Myers, Esq.

Stephen Mancini, Esq.

9:10 – 9:40AM


9:40 – 10:30AM

Qualified Opportunity Zones – Advanced Techniques for Building Tax-Free Wealth

The Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) program is a new tax incentive available for individuals and businesses who realize capital gains. Greg and Aman will cover the basic mechanics of the QOZ program as well as advanced techniques you and your clients can use to maximize the available financial and tax benefits. Understand why you might want to form your own Qualified Opportunity Fund; how to minimize out of pocket investment and maximize tax elimination; and how to obtain the tax incentives available under this program while minimizing the necessary amount of investment in an opportunity zone.


Greg Banner,

Aman Badyal, Esq.

10:30 – 11:20AM

Competency and Risk – Are you Liable?

Does liability exist for the planning professional when working with clients that are beginning to lose competency? What are the ethical and moral considerations? What are the tools and understandings that a professional can use to not only identify “slipping competency” but also protect themselves and protect/serve their clients? Michael and Scott will share current techniques, laws, and resources to help us help our clients.


Dr. Michael G. Plopper

Scott Stewart, Esq.

11:20 – 12:10PM

The ABLE Act and SNT Taxation Issues for the Financial/Estate Planning Practitioner

The ABLE Act is a new piece of federal legislation that allows a person who is disabled before the age of 26 set aside up to $15,000 a year in an account that will not count against their needs-based benefits. This presentation will go over the basics of the ABLE Act with examples of how an ABLE Account can be used with a special needs trust. Steve will also cover SNT distribution taxation issues and how this new legislation can present opportunities for the estate and/or financial planning professional to enhance their business.


Stephen Dale, Esq.

12:10 – 1:30PM

Sponsored Lunch

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1:30 – 2:20PM

What’s Old is New Again – Insurance Planning Under the New Tax Law

Change creates opportunity. With increased exemptions, income tax planning is now the focus for many. Private placement products are gaining a much-needed foothold in the supplemental income market. Lower maximum tax rates for C corporations means utilizing “split-dollar” plans to gain an advantage when securing life and long-term care insurance. Learn what strategies may be the right move in today’s tax environment.


Trey Fairman, JD, LL.M.

Ryan Barradas, CLU

2:20PM – 3:10PM

Essential Estate Planning Considerations During the Divorce Process

What happens to existing estate plans in a divorce? Can clients create new documents with a divorce pending? What happens if a client does nothing? Join a family law attorney and an estate planning attorney as they navigate topics such as joint ownership, wills vs. trusts, beneficiary designations, ATROs, the intersection of the Probate and Family Codes, and other complexities spouses encounter throughout a divorce.


Joseph Matuk, Esq.

Veronica Lopez, Esq.

3:10 – 3:30PM


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3:30 – 4:20PM

The Ins and Outs of Charitable Gifting In Today’s Worlds

Wealthy families cannot leave 100% of their estates to their children and grandchildren because the estate and the gift transfer tax system intervene. Kim and Elise will share how gifts of real estate to charitable organizations can enhance what the family receives while benefiting worthy charitable causes in meaningful ways -charitable remainder trusts, tax benefits, partial gifts of real estate, gift acceptance policies, etc.


Kimberly Vawter, Esq.

Elise Webster

4:20 – 4:30PM

Taking It Home

Steve, Joe, and Shelley will share practical applications of today’s program and how to integrate it into your business to help your clients, team, and cash flow.


Joseph Strazzeri, Esq.

Shelley Lightfoot

5:30 – 11:00PM

Circle of Friends (1970’s Themed) Charity Gala Benefiting Rady Children’s Autism Discovery Institute 

Friday, February 22nd: Business and Succession Planning

7:30 – 8:30AM

Check-in and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40AM

Opening Remarks

8:40 – 9:40AM

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fishing For Value – An Exit Planning Case Study

Join Chris and Scott to dive into this very common example of a baby boomer business owner, “Chuck Barrows,” a lifetime entrepreneur and business owner of a Midwest manufacturing firm. Chuck built the business from the ground up, achieving success and industry notoriety over his 35 years. A true leader and influencer, Chuck is proud to own and operate a $30-million-dollar business with high social capital and an employee culture that produces results. He now must consider how his future exit closes the gap on his current reality.

The case study explores all aspects of exit planning including financial scenarios, business roadblocks, family dynamics, and personal obstacles. A digital copy of Fishing for Value will be released as prereading material to give attendees a chance to read, contemplate scenarios, and conceptualize preliminary assumptions. During this session, Chris and Scott will provide insights while attendees are challenged to understand, explore, prepare, present their findings, and ultimately recommend the best exit option for Chuck.


Christopher Snider

Scott Snider

9:40 – 10:10AM


10:10 – 11:00AM

Panel discussion with Business Owners in Various Stages of Exit – Keep or Sell… And How?

Joe will facilitate a spirited discussion with three business owners who collectively have considered exiting, transitioning to family and/or key team members, experienced the loss of a loved one, have executed an ESOP that went south and recovered, and changed their mind during the process. Get an invaluable glimpse into what the business owner is thinking and feeling as you approach and work with them for succession planning and post transition financial/life planning.

Moderated by:

Joseph Strazzeri, Esq.

11:00 – 11:50AM

The Case for Nevada Trusts for Non-Resident Business Owners

Most business owners are seeking ways to protect their assets, minimize estate tax and avoid state income tax. For many, the answer may be a Nevada Trust of some flavor. Through technical descriptions and case studies, Joe and Rebecca will discuss the use of Nevada Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (also known as Nevada On Shore Trusts or “NOSTs”), Nevada Incomplete Gift Non-Grantor Trusts (“NINGS”), Intentionally Defective Grantor Irrevocable Trusts (“IDGTs” or “IGITs”), and Beneficiary Defective Irrevocable Trusts (“BDITs”). In addition, there will be a discussion regarding the California Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (“UVTA”) and its potential impact on Nevada Trusts for California residents.


Rebecca Haines, Esq., MBA

Joseph Strazzeri, Esq., CEPA

Cody Parks, Esq.

11:50 – 1:20PM

Sponsored Lunch

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Sponsorship Available

1:20 – 2:10PM

The Anatomy, Choices, and Litigation Landmines of ESOPs

ESOPs are an option often considered by business owners and their advisors when planning for an exit. The problem is that they are almost always talked about in the abstract with the benefits highlighted and the realities ignored. Melisa and Chelsea will explore all the factors in considering an ESOP from the actual components of the plan, to how to choose when it’s appropriate (and when it’s not) for both the owner and the key employees, to potential disasters for the business owner 3, 5, 7 years down the road.


Melisa Siverman, JD, CEPA, CVA, SBA, CMEA

Chelsea Mikula Tomko, Esq.

2:10 – 3:00PM

New Tax Rules For You and Your business Owners Including 199A, QSBS, Etc.

Join two CPA’s from two different practices as they break down the new Section 199A Qualified Business Income Deduction rules and clear the fog about what it really means for your business clients. Keith and Laura will also discuss the new tax depreciation rules, meals and entertainment deductibility and the next big bang, QSBS (Qualified Small Business Stock). Understand these new rules and the potential benefits they can provide for new and pre-existing businesses, large and small.


Keith Troutman, CPA

Laura Stees, CPA

3:00 – 3:20PM


3:20 – 4:10PM

Business Owner Disability – A Trustee’s Perspective on Transitioning A Family Business In the Face of Key Person Incapacity

A closely-held business’ long-term success requires careful planning and the ability to adjust to both expected and unexpected events. Owners often believe all is in order, only to later find that transition plans failed to thoroughly address owner disability. In today’s reality, disability is three times more likely than death to affect one’s ability to function in business. Join Sharon and Ann to discuss continuity planning for disability and the role of the professional trustee in better assuring balancing of interests and better business transition.



Ann Rosevear, JD

4:10 – 5:00PM

Business & Real Estate Opportunities to Partner with Foreign Companies & Foreign Investors

Robert and Freddy will share some business opportunities presenting themselves to Californians interested in partnering with foreign companies that are seeking to expend their businesses in the U.S. – and particularly California. Also gain an understanding of how existing US immigration programs such as EB-5, E-2, & L-1 visas can help your California business and real estate owners benefit from this policy and attract foreign capital to help their businesses grow.


Robert Garmo, Esq.

Freddy Garmo, Esq.

5:00 – 5:15PM

Taking It Home

Review specific action steps and apply these two days to your business in a way that increases cash flow and helps your team and clients.


Joseph Strazzeri, Esq.

Shelley Lightfoot

Special Thanks to Our Lunch Sponsor

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Thanks to All of Our Sponsors

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