2018 SPARK National Conference

Conference Registration Website

Join us at the SPARK National Conference, the retirement services industry's leading event for the nation's top marketing, sales, administration and record keeping professionals. Attendees include representatives from national banks, insurance companies, mutual fund complexes, investment firms, third party administrators, benefit consulting organizations and financial advisory firms. We have a comprehensive agenda designed to meet the needs of not only 401(k) Plan Providers, but also Financial Advisors and Third Party Administrators.

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

Hear from Washington insiders and industry experts on current legislative and regulatory initiatives, record keeping developments, investment trends and participant communication topics, among others.

The SPARK National Conference gets underway Thursday, June 14 with breakfast at 7:00 AM in the Services Exhibition, followed by opening remarks at 8:00 AM. Sessions continue throughout the day and wrap up with a cocktail reception with exhibitors from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The conference continues on Friday with breakfast in the Services Exhibition at 7:15 AM, followed by opening remarks and sessions beginning at 8:15 AM. The conference ends at 1:00 PM.

Who Should Attend?

The SPARK National Conference presents outstanding educational and networking opportunities for a broad array of companies and executives, including:

  • Record Keeping Administrators
  • Investment Advisors and Management
  • TPA Owners and Management
  • Independent Record Keepers
  • Fund Companies and Investment Managers
  • 403(b) Service Providers
  • Sales and Marketing Executives and Managers
  • Product Development Executives
  • Financial Advisors and RIAs
  • Government Affairs Representatives
  • Legal, Risk Management and Compliance Professionals

Attendee Benefits

  • Network with peers from all segments of the industry
  • Participate in interactive sessions on marketing, operations, investment and distribution issues
  • Learn how current and pending legislation and regulations will affect your business
  • Receive continuing education credits for ARPC, ARPS and ASPPA accreditations

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

The SPARK National Conference also provides opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to:

  • Network with industry leaders
  • Meet with key industry media representatives
  • Increase your industry profile
  • Enhance your brand and product awareness
  • Promote your products and services to new prospects

Breakfast and Cocktail receptions and other networking events will be held in the Exhibition area.

For more information about the conference, including sponsorships, exhibiting and speaking opportunities, contact Marlene Jung at 860-658-5058 or marlene@sparkinstitute.org.

Please Note:  Vendor members must exhibit or sponsor in order to attend the conference. All companies Exhibiting or Sponsoring are required to be current members of The SPARK Institute, Inc.  If you have any questions about your membership, please call The SPARK Institute at (860) 658-5058.


  • When

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Where

  • Gaylord National Resort
    201 Waterfront Street
    National Harbor, MD 20745

Hotel Contact: Joe Berry (860) 344-7026


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