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Mark S. Ritter, Tax Director, Compensation and Benefit Consulting Practice, Grant Thornton LLP to Speak at KC’s Event on 401(k) Plans on 08/20/09

New York, NY, May 31, 2009 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts has announced today that Mark S. Ritter, Tax director, Compensation and benefit consulting practice, of Grant Thornton LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “The Rocky Road for 401(k) Plans”. This event is scheduled for August 20, 2009, at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT. (For further details, please visit:

Event Synopsis:

401(k)’s have long been considered as a rock solid way to plan for retirement. In the wake of the recent economic Tsunami, personal wealth has plunged leaving many employees from the executive suite to the mail room scrambling to reassess their 401(k) next egg. Studies have shown that many employees remain uneasy about their investment options and are holding off until the markets stabilize. People are fearful and in some cases angry leading forcing some companies to shutter their 401(k) plans.

The Rocky Road for 401(k) plans Live Webcast will provide benefits, finance executives, and fund manager with a comprehensive update on this topic. A key panel of thought leaders and experts will cover many of the most critical issues surrounding the 401(K) crisis with the goal to help you navigate through the pitfalls in the wake of these turbulent economic times.

About Mark S. Ritter

Mark is a Tax Director for the Atlanta office of Grant Thornton and specializes in compensation and benefits consulting.

He has 20 years of experience and prior to joining Grant Thornton worked at a big four firm. Some of Mark’s specific service capabilities include: Advising clients in all areas of employee benefits, including particular experience in the areas of self-funded welfare benefits plans, HIPAA and COBRA compliance, qualified retirement plans and general welfare benefits and fringe benefit matters, including design, ERISA compliance, administration, vendor searches, annual reporting returns, compliance diagnostic reviews and self-correction processes; Interaction with the IRS and the Department of Labor to resolve examinations and notices in relation to employee benefit plans; Compensation benchmarking, executive compensation, equity compensation plan design and compliance, incentive compensation plan design and IRC section 409A compliance design/review; Litigation support and design consultation on executive compensation and reasonable-compensation issues; Restructuring and M&A support including due diligence reviews, IRC section 280G “golden parachute” payment analysis/mitigation, retirement plan termiantions, spin-offs and mergers; Post-merger human resources integration planning, design and support, including comparative benefits analysis, plan mergers/terminations, health care cost containment, plan re-design and vendor selection/coordination.

Mark has worked with organizations in such industries as insurance, banking, natural resources, manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, tax-exempts and the public sector.

Mark received his B.A. in Political Science and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kansas. He received his LL.M (Taxation) degree from the University of Missouri/Kansas City, and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He has published articles on benefits topics in numerous professional journals and is a frequent speaker on benefits topics.

About Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Through member firms in more than 110 countries, including 50 offices in the United States, the partners and employees of Grant Thornton member firms provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients around the globe.

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