Rosalie Borzumato, CBS
AmyLynn Flood, PwC
Jack McArthur, Aon Equity Services
Maria Robins, Morgan Stanley
Barbara Waters, Aetna

Leann Balbona, KPMG

New York

United States

On 08 June 2018, GEO was pleased to host attendees at GEO's New York Area Chapter Meeting Chapter Meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended, as well as to our speakers and event sponsors for their support.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming activities in the New York region.



Highlights from 08 June 2018

GEO's New York Area Chapter Meeting

Corporate Financial Wellness – Advocating for Workplace Efficiency and Equity Award Planning
Each year companies grant more than $110 billion in equity to their employees. Yet employers continue to question if their employees understand how their equity works and the power it possesses when thought of in the context of one's overall financial picture. Now compound that with employee stress about paying off college debt, saving for retirement, and covering healthcare costs. In this session we will examine how financial wellness, when delivered in conjunction with equity plans, has a significant impact on employee retention and satisfaction with compensation.

We will also focus on how issuers can increase employee engagement with equity programs though digital tools and partners.
Presented by:
Nupur Bahal, Executive Director – Head of Corporate Financial Wellness, UBS

Cybersecurity Update
Understand how the cyber threat landscape, actors and regulatory impacts drive the need for additional controls and tracking. Preparing your applications, IT environment, file transfers that you house and transfer employee or client data is important. It continues to require focus and resources. Having a plan and approach is important and understanding the questions you should be asking as an equity administrator or compensation professional is key to helping protect employee information and manage your vendors.
Presented by:
Ken Jones, Head of Fraud Risk Management, FIU and Investigations, UBS
Ron Plesco, Principal, KPMG LLP Cyber Security


Highlights from 06 March 2018

GEO's New York Area Chapter Meeting

EU Compliance Check-Up: Ensuring Your Company is Ready for the New Regulations
With about half of participants outside the US residing in the European Union, the EU is a hot spot for equity compensation. With the EU Directive coming into force in January 2018, and the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) coming into force on 18th May 2018, multinational companies should be cautious of more stringent penalties for non-compliance. Despite the handy prospectus directive to harmonize requirements, the densely packed 28 countries of the EU require near constant monitoring to maintain equity plan compliance. This session journeys through the EU to keep you up-to-date on all current and pending requirements.
Presented by:
Lindsay Minnis, Partner, Baker McKenzie
Brian Wydajewski, Partner, Baker McKenzie

State to State Mobility – Trends & Traps
Join us for this session which will cover what companies are doing to address this state to state mobility. We will also cover some war stories on the kinds of things the taxing authorities are looking for when they come to audit companies during a payroll audit. We will specifically focus on the northeast states but will touch on some other states where we see tax authorities focusing on mobile employees.
Presented by:
John Montgomery, Partner, KPMG
Cristina Schrob, Partner, PwC

Chapter Meeting Presentations



Highlights from 11 December 2017

GEO's New York Area Chapter Meeting and Holiday Celebration

Session #1: Video Next Gen: Interactive Video and The Gamification of Employee Education
Video is still new and fresh to equity plan education and is already feeling like a .45 in music-streaming land. Interactive video is already rapidly impacting video delivery concepts and changing how individuals digest information. We’ll explore in depth interactive capabilities - from video-delivered surveys, 'choose your own adventure,' to video clustering, games and more, what does the future truly hold for employee education? To prove the points further, this session will be supported solely by interactive video content and the audience can help steer the session agenda. This session will explore the cool and complicated, as well as, the creepy uneasiness of the massive data that is being generated because everyone just loves to click.
Presented by:
John Hammond, Associate Partner, Aon Equity Services

Session #2: CEO Pay Ratio: Key Tips for Year-end Planning
CEO pay ratio is the rule we love to hate. In this first year, in which many expected (or hoped) the SEC or Congress would repeal or delay the rule, many firms have had to act quickly to create their strategy to achieve compliance in a short timeframe. As the rules have evolved through SEC guidance, we have seen added flexibility, which, paradoxically, creates many new questions. In this segment, we will discuss some strategies for developing the CEO pay ratio, with a focus on developing common market practices. Then, we will dive into the all-important question about how to communicate your CEO pay ratio, to whom, when, and how.
Presented by:
Kevin Wells, Director, Aon Hewitt


Highlights from 16 November 2017

GEO's New York Area Chapter Meeting

Key Takeaways From Equity Compensation Research
Don't miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Joseph Blasi, a distinguished professor and sociologist at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, discuss equity compensation as viewed through academic research. Dr. Blasi will share research results around pay and motivation in the workforce. Learn what academia will tell us are some best practices you can employ as an equity compensation professional to get the most out of your equity plan for both your company and your participants?
Presented by:
Dr. Joseph Blasi, Rutgers

Global Payroll: Getting it Right & Upcoming Payroll-Related Changes
Industry experts at Deloitte discuss employment tax and global payroll related updates from around the world.
Presented by:
Megan Cuccia, Deloitte Tax LLP
Peter Simeonidis, Deloitte

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Highlights from 27 January 2017

New York Area Chapter Meeting

Session #1 - Time to get Moving: International Updates and What you Need to Know for 2017
Attendees got a jump on the 2017 grant season as the New Year began. A number of tax and regulatory changes impacting the grant of global equity awards have taken effect for 2017 and additional changes are expected. This session helped attendees to gain insight and perspective on the most important changes impacting the grant of equity awards by multinational companies.

This session covered:

  • Recent and pending tax and legal changes impacting stock awards in various countries
  • Current market practices and anticipated trends for 2017
  • Best practices, cost-savings opportunities and recommendations for global companies granting awards around the world

Presented by:
June Anne Burke, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Field of Study: Business Law
Level: I, II, III

Time to get Moving: International Updates and What you Need to Know for 2017

Session #2 - Hold. Flip. Split: Acrobatics of Employee Ownership - Using Data & Analytics to Tell the Story
What employees do with vested RSUs has long been a mystery to most companies. When shares hit the employee account, plan sponsor visibility is lost. And, while ESPP share selling behavior has been seen through disposition reporting, companies have very little insight into how selling behavior is linked to plan type and demographic variances. In this session, Emily Cervino of Fidelity Stock Plan Services uncovers a host of new views into these previously unknown areas, including how the value of the payout impacts behavior, what ESPP discount levels create more employee holders, what impact age has, if tenure and location make a difference, and how Section 16 behavior varies. And, mixing and matching of all data areas creates a virtual menu of choices on how to assess employee selling behavior.
Presented by:
Emily Cervino, Vice President, Fidelity Investments

Field of Study: Personnel/HR
Level: I, II, III

Hold. Flip. Split: Acrobatics of Employee Ownership - Using Data & Analytics to Tell the Story


Highlights from 6 October 2016

New York Area Chapter Meeting

Efficient Equity Administration: We Are All Data Warriors!
Everyone does it – we are all data warriors. Stock Plan administration and especially administration for global plans is all about collecting and manipulating data. Upon examination, most, if not all, administration teams use some type of manual processes in their day to day work. We all have those reports that we are cutting, pasting, reformatting, adding formulas, pivot tables, etc. This manual data manipulation is lost productivity, increased costs and increased risk. How can we get the job done with efficiencies and lower costs? One easy way is through automation. Many think "expensive" when they hear automation, but it doesn't have to be that way. This session will give real life examples of each panelist’s experiences, and provide examples of simple tips that attendees can put into action on their own without having to hire a consultant. Since budgets for automation are often non-existent, the panelists will also discuss the "case" they can make to management to secure the budget needed for their automation projects.
Presented by:
Howard Runyon, CompIntelligence
Marsha Tepper, CEP, Morgan Stanley
Christine Triolo, PSEG


Highlights from 25 February 2016

New York Area Chapter Meeting

Utilizing Psychological and Biological Precepts When Designing and Communicating Your Stock Plans
Understanding the biological and psychological influences on decision making and behavioral economics helps companies design, create and implement an effective communications plan. This insightful session considered the biological realities impacting decision making and economic choices plan participants face when participating in or choosing whether and how to participate.
Presented by:
Carine Schneider, President, Equity Solutions, NASDAQ Private Market™


Highlights from 23 June 2015

New York Area Chapter Meeting

Around the World with ESPP
In response to the dramatic resurgence of interest in global ESPPs, Fidelity and Aon undertook an extensive data analysis on the latest trends in ESPP design and the ways in which various plan design features impact US and non-US participation rates. This is the most extensive research around, and it is “hot off the press!” Get an early look at this new key resource. There is no debating that this session is simply a “must” for anyone with an ESPP or plans to implement one.
Presented by:
Emily Cervino, Vice President, Fidelity Investments
Elizabeth Stoudt, Director, Radford, An Aon Hewitt Company


Highlights from 4 December 2014

New York Area Chapter Meeting

Simplifying Settlement for Your Global Participants
As companies expand their equity plans across the globe and further into their organizations, a host of issues can crop up related to transactional settlement and getting cash into the hands of global participants quickly and hassle-free. This session will look at the types of problems that can arise here and how to avoid them. Don’t let things like recordkeeping requirements, e.g., first name/last name conventions, address formats, currency exchange and fund delivery options, e.g., locations with unreliable mail or banking systems, OFAC verification and more, get in the way of your participants’ money!
Presented by:
Patricia Landry, CEP, Senior Vice President Mid-Market Segment, USA, Solium
Dorothy Musho, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking Sales, Payments and Cash Management,


Highlights from 11 February 2014

New York Area Chapter Meeting

Get a leg up on Proxy Season!
CD&A Strategy: Ways to improve Compensation Discussion & Analysis disclosures in your Proxy.
Presented by:
Tami Bohm, VP & Asst Secretary - SEC & Insurance Regulatory Compliance, Radian Group
Dena Faccio, Head of Compensation & Mobility, ING US
Nora McCord, Managing Director, Steven Hall & Partners


Highlights from 3 December 2013

New York Area Chapter Meeting

The Issuers Speak: Pearson and Siemens Share Their Global Challenges and Strategies
Plan to join us for the next GEO New York Chapter Meeting as Robert Head, Director for Executive Reward & People Strategy at Pearson plc, and Bettina Gohm, Vice President Executive Compensation & Benefits at Siemens AG, provide overviews of the various challenges they face and the strategies they are using.

GEO’s Inaugural Global Insights Survey Results
Want to know what the most prevalent equity-based plan designs are across the world’s most important economic regions? The last 15 minutes of this meeting will be spent reviewing the results from GEO’s Inaugural Global Insights Survey.

Presented by:
Bettina Gohm, Vice President Executive Compensation & Benefits, Siemens AG
Robert Head, Director for Executive Reward & People Strategy, Pearson plc




08 June 2018
8:30am – 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am

1285 Avenue of the Americas
14th Floor
New York, NY 10019

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