This year will be a pivotal and exciting year of opportunity for the retirement income industry as more Americans start planning for the future, say industry experts.

“In 2007, we built upon our 2006 start-up efforts to further define ourselves in the industry and to discover in more detail what our membership wanted from us as a leading edge association,” said Francois Gadenne, chairman of the Retirement Income Industry Association. “As we start 2008, our focus will be on scaling up our member-selected, member-tested, value-added programs and services. In addition, we’ll continue to be a complementing companion to other associations.”

The RIIA’s education committee will continue to build on its body of knowledge, add curriculum for the retirement income expert designation and incorporate “cross silos” of industry expertise.

The association plans to steadily grow their membership and add new board members and new committees, and plans to hold more conferences and networking meetings to bring together top industry executives, financial advisors, leading academics and other experts.

The RIIA will hold its fourth-annual summit on managing retirement income Feb. 11-13 at the Doral Country Club and Resort in Miami , Florida .

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