Council Events

NorthEast Regional Council Quarterly Educational Session Saturday, April 28, 2018
“Ready, Set, Retire! What you need to know for your retirement (for all ages)” (2 CPE) with James Sullivan & Kristen Estep
“Principle Centered Leadership” (1 CPE) with Dr Cliff Thermer
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration, Coffee and Refreshments 9:00 AM – Noon Educational Sessions (3 CPE’s)
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Quarterly Meeting -ALL invited to attend

Cost: $35.00 - Please pay at the door
(Free for full time students with college ID - Must RSVP in advance)

Please make checks payable to IMA NERC
If you cancel after April 23rd, you will be responsible to pay the fee.
Cost includes 3 CPE, morning refreshments and lunch.

Location: Goodwin College Business & Mfg. Center
One Pent Rd, East Hartford, CT

RSVP (limited seats) on by clicking link:

or RSVP to IMA Members please include with your registration:
Chapter Name and Member #
CPEs will be uploaded to your IMA transcript within one week of the event. If you require a certificate of completion for another accreditation, please let us know, so we can prepare it for you in advance.

James M. Sullivan, AIF® is a Vice President and Financial Advisor with Essex Financial. James has over 15 years of experience in financial services, specializing in comprehensive retirement planning and investment advice. James is also responsible for the Retirement Plan Services Department at EFS which provides Advisory services to over 200 employer sponsored retirement plans. James holds his FINRA Series 7, 66, 9 and 10 licenses as well as his State of CT Life and Health Insurance license. James earned the AIF® Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. James has been recognized by Financial Times and PLANADVISOR magazine as one of the top retirement Advisors nationally.

Kristin Estep is a Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Consultant with Essex Financial. Kristin joined Essex

Financial in March 2014 with a focus on expanding and servicing the Retirement Plans Department at the firm, working closely with James Sullivan and his team. Kristin worked as a licensed Relationship Manager in the Private Client Group at Fidelity Investments prior to coming to Essex Financial. While Kristin continues to focus on Retirement Plans, working with business owners and participants to achieve their goals, she also focuses on planning for Women and Millennial Investors. She currently holds her series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

Dr. Cliff Thermer currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing and is the AVP for Strategy and Business Development. In addition to the administrative oversight an academic department, he serves on the President’s Cabinet, the College Leadership Council; the College’s IRB; and the Academic Affairs Committee. He is also an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT. Since 1998, he has taught at all levels of higher education holding adjunct positions at Middlesex Community College in the Criminal Justice Program where he taught criminal law, criminology, forensic science, criminal procedures, and social problems. He also held an adjunct and visiting faculty positions at the University of Hartford in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership where he taught Leadership, Empowerment of Professional Staff, Education Organizational Improvement and Change, Advanced Planning, and the Dissertation Proposal Seminar as well as serving on dissertation committee assignments and advising student dissertation research. He has also taught policing and leadership related courses in the Sociology Department. He has further served as adjunct faculty at the Albertus Magnus College – New Dimensions Program at the graduate and undergraduate levels teaching Change Strategies, Religion in the Workplace and Government. In February of 2008, he had joined the College of Professional Studies at Quinnipiac University, as Associate Director of the Organizational Leadership Program where he taught both graduate and undergraduate students in Performance Management, Change Management, Leadership in Individual and Team Processes and Leadership in Human Resource Management. In January of 2010, he caught the Goodwin vision and developed the BS in Organizational Studies. In August of 2010, he joined the Goodwin College team full-time as the Program Director of the Business Administration and Organizational Studies Programs in the Department of Social Sciences and Education. In March of 2011, he was promoted to Chair of the Department of Social Science, Business and Education and worked with his colleagues to grow the department from 7 full-time faculty and staff positions with 7 academic programs serving 350 students to a department with 31 faculty and staff and 17 academic programs serving 1,085 students.

Getting to Goodwin College:

From the North: Take I-91 South. Merge onto I-84 East via Exit 30 on left toward CT-2 East. Merge onto CT-2 East via Exit 55. Take exit 5A for High St. Turn right onto High St, and immediate right onto Pent Rd.

From the NorthEast: Take I-84 West to Exit 55. Merge onto CT-2 East via Exit 55 (Exit is on left). Take exit 5A for High St, Turn right onto High St, and immediate right onto Pent Rd.

From the SouthEast: Take CT-2 West to Exit 5A Main Street, Turn slight right onto Main Street. Turn Left onto W Brewer Street. Left onto High St, (go under highway) and right onto Pent Rd.

From the South: Take I-91 North Merge onto US-5N/CT-15N via Exit 29 toward I-84 East. Take Exit 90 to CT-2 East. Take exit 5A for High St, Turn right onto High St, and immediate right onto Pent Rd.

From the West: Take I-84 East. Merge onto CT-2 East via Exit 55. Take exit 5A for High St, Turn right onto High St, and immediate right onto Pent Rd.