In-House Seminar Speakers
Sal Tripodi formed TRI Pension Services in 1994. Mr. Tripodi served as the President of the American Society of Pension Professional and actuaries (ASPPA) for the 2007-2008 term. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program from 1986 through 2007. Mr. Tripodi started his employee benefits career with the Internal Revenue Service, as a Tax Law Specialist with the IRS National Office (1979-1983). Since 1983, Mr. Tripodi has been in the private sector, consulting on employee benefit matters, writing reference materials concerning employee benefit plans, and conducting numerous seminars. In 2001, Mr. Tripodi received ASPPA’s Educator Award and, in 2013, received ASPPA's Eidson Founder's Award.. He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel since 2007. Mr. Tripodi received a J.D. at Catholic University of America Law School (1979) and an LL.M. at Georgetown University Law School (1983).
John P. Griffin
John P. Griffin, J.D., and L.L.M. (Taxation), has over 20 years experience in the employee benefits field. Mr. Griffin presently is a principal of Global Benefit Advisors, L.L.C., a pension consulting firm. Mr. Griffin was previously a Vice President of Pension Publications of Denver, Inc. (PPD) and a senior consultant with the Human Resource Advisory Group of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Griffin is also a Certified Financial Planner.
Prior to entering private consulting, Mr. Griffin worked in the Employee Plans Division in the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Tax Law Specialist. With the IRS, his primary responsibilities included the review of prototype retirement plans and the training of IRS personnel. Mr. Griffin also has seven years of experience with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Mr. Griffin has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on employee benefits topics. He also services as an editorial advisor for the Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance.
Mr. Griffin received his B.S., summa cum laude, in Economics and Business Administration from Towson State University, and his J.D. and Masters of Law in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Brian Furgala, Esq., CPC, QPA is an employee benefits attorney with GrayRobinson, P.A. in Orlando, Florida. He represents private and public sector employers, as well as tax-exempt organizations, in achieving their retirement plan, fringe benefit or executive compensation objectives. Mr. Furgala works with clients in complying with their plan-related fiduciary duties, consulting with employers and fiduciaries on problem solving in relation to the management and operation of the plans, representing clients involved in Internal Revenue Service audits, Department of Labor investigations and ERISA litigation, drafting plan documents, and providing technical advice and consulting to service providers, accountants and actuaries. His practice also includes assisting employers in implementing executive compensation packages and compliance with 409A requirements.
Leveraging his pre-law career in retirement plan administration, he uses a practical and efficient approach to help entities in the design, installation and operation of qualified and non-qualified retirement and welfare plans. Mr. Furgala held various positions within the retirement plan services department of a large financial institution; handling the daily administration of qualified plans as well as the annual nondiscrimination testing and government reporting. He has also earned the Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) designation and the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) designation from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA). Mr. Furgala’s prior experience in plan administration and designations makes him uniquely qualified to assist clients in understanding their benefit plans and related employment matters.
Mr. Furgala is a frequent speaker on various employee benefit topics and remains active in volunteer leadership roles in ASPPA.