2021 Conference Speakers

John Kennedy, Neuroplastician

Master Executive Brain Coach | International Speaker | Process Efficiency Consultant

For 25 years John worked closely with C-level leaders in many industries to help them solve their unsolvable problems typically through coaching and consulting.  His innovative process-based solutions helped transform culture by including many layers of management and employees to pull together for a common objective, as well as significantly accelerating project timelines.

He is proud to have put his reputation as a project rescue specialist to the ultimate test by the US Marines in 2007 when he was chosen to develop a program to improve warfighting capabilities and reduce casualties in combat. In response he created the field of Applied Neuroplasticity to apply his process reengineering approach to the brain using neuroplasticity as the medium. The resulting program, Combat Brain Training, significantly improves focus, faster mental and physical reaction times and better decision making under stress.

Overwhelmingly successful, it spread quickly to other Forces and was vetted and approved by US Special Operations Command before transitioning to the civilian world. It has successfully helped thousands of people improve performance including Marines, Snipers, Special Operations forces and their instructors, pilots, professional athletes, businesspeople, students, children, and those suffering from brain trauma including TBI, PTSD, concussions, dementia and learning disabilities. John now gets to support individuals and teams exceed their performance expectations at the operational, personal, and mental areas of their lives.

Robert Klausner
Principal in the law firm of Klausner, Kaufman, Jensen & Levinson, P.A.

Mr. Klausner is the principal in the law firm of Klausner, Kaufman, Jensen & Levinson.  For 40 plus years, he has been engaged in the practice of law, specializing in the representation of public employee pension funds.  He has served as fiduciary counsel to Texas Municipal Retirement System for 20 years. The firm represents state and local retirement systems in more than 20 states and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms.  Mr. Klausner has assisted in the drafting of many state and local laws on public employee retirement throughout the United States. Mr. Klausner is a frequent speaker on pension education programs and has also published numerous articles on fiduciary obligations of public employee pension trustees.

He is co-author of the book, State and Local Government Employment Liability, published by Thomson-Reuters West Publishers and is the author of the first comprehensive book on the law of public employee retirement systems, State and Local Government Retirement Law: A Guide for Lawyers, Trustees, and Plan Administrators, originally published in April 2009, and an expanded version which was published in November/December 2019. 

Mr. Klausner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and from the University of Florida College of Law with the degree of Juris Doctor. Mr. Klausner is admitted to practice in Texas, Florida and numerous federal jurisdictions.  Since 1995, Mr. Klausner has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and holds an “AV pre-eminent” rating, the highest rating for competence and ethics, from Martindale Hubbell national lawyer rating service. In 2008, Mr. Klausner successfully represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Retirement Systems in the United States Supreme Court in Kentucky Retirement Systems v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 128 S. Ct. 2361 (2008).  Mr. Klausner lives in Cooper City, Florida with his wife of 43 years, Kathy.  They have four daughters, four sons-in law, and seven beautiful grandchildren.

Robert Laura
Retirement Activist

Robert literally wrote the book on Retirement Coaching.  He is a pioneer in the psychology and social science of retirement planning.  He is a four-time best-selling author, nationally syndicated columnist and recognized presenter at retirement conferences across the country.  His work has reached millions of retirement readers through nine books, twelve guides, and over 800 articles. In addition to his own writings, he frequently appears in major business media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, MarketWatch, the New York Times, and more.

As a former social worker turned money manager and author, he has found that retirement is among the most fascinating, yet least understood, phases of life. As a result, he has developed a powerful message to tackle the mental, social, physical, spiritual, and financial aspects of retirement. All of his work reflects his ground-breaking efforts to challenge the status quo of traditional retirement planning and help people create a No-Regrets Retirement Plan! 

He has a garnered a unique look at wealth and retirement by not only working closely with his own clients for the last twenty years, but also by interviewing numerous celebrities, entertainers, and athletes including Pastor Rick Warren, Deion Sanders, John Sally, Gymnast Shannon Miller, Golfer Annika Sorenstam, Singer Amy Grant, HGTV’s the Property Brothers, Pawn Star Rick Harrison, Cheech & Chong, Impersonator Rich Little and more.

Robert is the founder of the Wealth & Wellness Group, the RetirementProject.org [retirementproject.org] and Certified Professional Retirement Coach Designation. He holds several designations including Certified Kingdom Advisor, Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Certified Mutual Fund Counselor, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and Certified Professional Retirement Coach.

He also serves as an expert witness and consultant to attorneys. He has provided courtroom testimony and litigation support on matters related to investment techniques, strategies, and risks, as well as account types, asset valuations, and hidden or undocumented assets and transfers.

Robert is married to his amazing wife Amie and together they have a blended family of four wonderful children.  Connor, Ava, Luke, and Drake.  

Jeannine Markoe Raymond
Director of Federal Relations, National Association of State Retirement Administrators

Jeannine Raymond is director of federal relations for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, a non-partisan, non-profit professional association for the executive directors of the nation’s largest public retirement systems. Ms. Raymond represents the association before Congress, the Administration and its many agencies, and is a liaison to other professional associations, interest groups and policy organizations. She also frequently speaks and writes on federal legislative and regulatory matters and is a contributor to numerous publications on state retirement system policies and administration. 

Ms. Raymond serves on the advisory board of the Wharton Business School’s Pension Research Council, the Government Liaison Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the board of directors for the Coalition to Preserve Retirement Security, and the advisory board of the Modern Markets Initiative. She was a congressionally appointed delegate to the 2002 National Summit on Retirement Savings.

Ms. Raymond received a Bachelor’s degree in economics, with honors, from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master’s degree, with honors, in public administration and intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California.