Speaker: Greg Smith, Executive Director/CEO of Colorado PERA
Topic: Colorado PERA is proactively exploring options to improve its funding status and wants to hear from key stakeholders throughout Colorado. PERA’s Executive Director Greg Smith will provide information on how economic and demographic changes are impacting the plan’s funded status and what comes next both this year and during the next legislative session. There will be ample opportunities for feedback during a short presentation and audience conversation, which will be considered in crafting positive and sustainable changes to the current plan.
Gregory W. Smith became Executive Director and CEO of Colorado PERA in November 2012. He is the sixth Executive Director of the retirement system, which has over $44 billion in defined benefit assets and over $3.5 billion in defined contribution assets. Established by the Colorado General Assembly in 1931, Colorado PERA administers retirement and other benefits to more than 500,000 current and retired Colorado public employees, including teachers state troopers, snow plow drivers and many others serving in roles that are vital to the state. Colorado PERA is also one of the largest healthcare plan providers in the state. In addition to providing leadership for the nation’s 22nd largest public pension plan, Mr. Smith oversees 288 employees and a $68.3 million annual budget.
Mr. Smith joined Colorado PERA in February 2002 and served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Office prior to his current role. Under Mr. Smith’s leadership and direction, Colorado PERA remains involved in many innovative ventures in the pension arena that keep Colorado PERA in the national forefront.
The Chamber Connects meet from 11:30 to 1:00 pm. Lunch and open networking from 11:30 – 12:00; speaker presentations begin at noon.
Purpose of Chamber Connects: To connect the community and business advocates together twice a month to share information, educate and network.
Requirements: No requirement for members. A $5.00 charge for non-members. Cost covers the presentation. We suggest that you support the venue with the purchase of a drink and/or lunch. Everyone is welcome!
Commitment: No attendance requirements, no
lead requirements. Simply be there when you can and bring others to share the