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Brenda M. Van, Western Managing Dir., Nonprofit Market Leader, MassMutual to Speak at KC's Event Entitled: Conquer the New World of 403(b) Retirement Plans Live Webcast

New York, NY, March 26, 2011 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Brenda M. Van, Western Managing Director, Nonprofit Market Leader, MassMutual Retirement Services will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Conquer the New World of 403(b) Retirement Plans Live Webcast”. This 2-hour event is scheduled for May 5, 2011, Thursday, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panellists, please visit:

Event Synopsis:

As 403(b) regulations tighten and financial markets fluctuate, nonprofit organizations are under greater scrutiny. The IRS issued final regulations that updated and consolidated over 40 years of regulatory guidance, and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded the Form 5500 reporting and audit requirements. While nonprofit plan sponsors have moved forward with updating their plan documents to comply with the new regulations, many are still concerned about their new fiduciary responsibilities and establishing compliance procedures. It’s crucial for nonprofit plan sponsors to understand their new fiduciary responsibilities and to have a due diligence process in place to reduce risk and limit or mitigate fiduciary liability.

About Brenda Van

Brenda Van is a MassMutual Retirement Services Managing Director, Western Regional Non-Profit Market Specialist. Brenda serves the ERISA 403(b) Western region retirement plan market on behalf of MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division based in Springfield, Massachusetts. In this role, she supports hospitals and healthcare organizations, private education, associations and other 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining MassMutual Brenda spent over 22 years with Fidelity Investments. She served as a Fidelity Vice President, SW Regional Manager of non-profit sales in healthcare, higher education, and other tax-exempt 501(C)3 organizations.

Brenda has extensive experience in the healthcare, education, and core non-profit markets. She is a recognized industry leader in assessing and serving the retirement plan needs of the tax exempt, non-profit community.

About the Event:

Title: Conquer the New World of 403(b) Retirement Plans Live Webcast
Date: May 5, 2011
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM ET
Type: Live webcast

About MassMutual Retirement Services

MassMutual's Retirement Services Division has been serving retirement plans for more than 60 years. It offers a full range of products and services for corporate, union, nonprofit and governmental employers' defined benefit, defined contribution and nonqualified deferred compensation plans and serves approximately 1.2 million retirement plan participants.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) [of which Retirement Services is a division] and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC., member FINRA and SIPC; Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

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