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Dr. Mark Johnson, Founder of ERISA Benefits Consulting Will Speak at the Global Knowledge Congress’ Teleconference on “ERISA & Analyzing The Pension Reform Act of 2006”

New York, NY, September 26, 2006 --( The Global Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that Dr. Mark Johnson, Founder of ERISA Benefits Consulting will speak at the upcoming teleconference on “ERISA & Analyzing The Pension Reform Act of 2006” scheduled for October 26, 2006 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EDT).

On August 3, 2006, the Senate passed H.R. 4, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (the "Act")1, which provides significant relief from certain of the plan asset and prohibited transaction rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. This new legislation would allow investment vehicles such as Hedge Funds to manage more assets from pension funds. What does this mean to Hedge Funds? How will employers cope? Where will Employees land? The Global Knowledge Congress has assembled a team of experts, to help analyze this critical piece of legislation.

About Dr. Mark Johnson

Dr. Mark Johnson is a uniquely qualified expert witness in the areas of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), pensions, health plans, 401(k) plans, retiree medical, fiduciary liability and labor relations. His work as an expert or fact witness includes cases such as cash balance conversion (class action), pension benefits in bankruptcy, 401(k) fiduciary liability, (class action), severance benefits, retiree medical plans, survivor benefits, third party administrator disputes, long term disability benefits, group life & health plan benefits, health plan reimbursement levels (class action), and career highlights.

Dr. Johnson brings practical, real-world experience to all expert assignments. Prior to founding ERISA Benefits Consulting, Dr. Johnson served as Managing Director of Benefits Compliance & Pensions in American Airlines. He was an attorney at Southwestern Bell Corporation. He also served as an Associate Professor of Communication in Texas Wesleyan University and as an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Houston.

He managed $14 billion in pension assets for over 100,000 plan participants and had responsibility for group life & health plans with over 300,000 covered lives during his tenure at American Airlines. Dr. Johnson has negotiated union contracts for group life, health, disability, pension and 401(k) plans. He is a frequent speaker on ERISA topics.

He is a licensed attorney in Texas and certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist. He is also experienced in arbitration matters.

Dr. Johnson received his J.D. from University of Houston. He finished his B.A. in History from University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he pursued his M.A. in Mass Communication and received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

Dr. Johnson continues to teach on a part-time basis, currently as an Adjunct Professor of Business Communication at Tarrant County College and for the Texas Department of Insurance.

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About ERISA Benefits Consulting, Inc.

ERISA Benefits Consulting, Inc. (EBC) provides reliable ERISA and benefits expertise on a project, case or as-needed basis. They have a specialized background in planning, managerial, operational and regulatory aspects of benefits and pensions.

About The Global Knowledge Congress

The Global Knowledge Congress is an organization that produces teleconferences that examine regulatory changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour teleconferences to study the impact of changing regulations.” To contact, please visit:

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