Ascende's Rob Massa to Present at Gulf Coast Symposium

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HOUSTON, Texas and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 11, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) --- MEDIA ADVISORY: Ascende, an EPIC company, today announced that Ascende Retirement Director Rob Massa is speaking at the Gulf Coast Symposium. Massa will speak on "The Intersection of Health Care and Retirement" on Thursday, May 12 at 9 a.m. at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas.

With the increasing convergence between health care and retirement, it is essential for employers to implement strategic approaches to delivering these benefits. This session will provide ways to effectively coordinate the two programs for maximum employee and employer benefits.

Event Details:
* Thursday, May 12, 2016
* NRG Center, Room 504, NRG Center, Houston, Texas
* 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
* Click here to add Rob's session to your agenda ( ).
* Ascende will also be in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 218.

About Rob Massa, Retirement Director, Ascende:
Rob Massa joined Ascende as the retirement practice leader in 2010, and in 2011, led the introduction of Ascende Wealth Advisers, Inc. He oversees a team of retirement professionals who work with clients and investment committees to help them develop meaningful retirement plan strategies, manage compliance requirements and fiduciary duties, educate employees and make informed decisions in plan operations.

Prior to joining Ascende, he spent 10 years at MBM Advisors, Inc. as a vice president, principal and shareholder of the company. His entire career has been focused in the investment management and administration of qualified retirement plans through a diverse series of responsibilities, including investment advice, trust administration, record keeping, compliance testing, product management, legal, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities compliance and client consultation.

Rob has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and a minor in mathematics from the College of New Jersey. He is a licensed life/health representative, has passed the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities exams, is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and a Cash Balance Consultant (CBC). In addition, he taught employee benefits at St. Thomas University for the Certified Financial Planner(c) Program.

About Gulf Coast Symposium:
The Gulf Coast Symposium represents every facet of the HR Industry, making it the annual one-stop-shop for HR Professionals. Other shows represent just a few components of the HR Industry - the Gulf Coast Symposium brings them all together in one location.

About Ascende - an EPIC Company:
One of the largest independent employee benefits only consulting firms in the country, Houston-based Ascende specializes in health and welfare consulting, benefit plan administration, retirement and investment advisory, wellness, communications, global benefit solutions, mergers and acquisitions consulting and human resources consulting services.

Ascende also offers services unique to the employee benefits industry through the Ascendent® Pharmacy Coalition, a purchasing cooperative that reduces pharmaceutical costs to employers.

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About EPIC:
EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 850 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 13,000 clients.

With more than $200 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

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