17th Annual Pension and Financial Services Conference ofThe National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) To Be Held in Detroit

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Financial services experts will attend the National Association of Securities Professionals'(NASP)17th Annual Pension & Financial Services Conference to be held at the Detroit Marriott June 20-23, 2006. Michigan Governor Granholm and Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick are conference co-chairs. NASP continues to help people of color and women achieve full inclusion in the financial security industry.

Financial services experts from around the country will attend the National Association of Securities Professionals’ (NASP) 17th Annual Pension and Financial Services Conference to be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit June 20 – 23, 2006. With “Embracing New Challenges, Reaching New Heights” as this year’s theme, NASP continues to foster its mission to help people of color and women achieve full inclusion in the financial securities industry.

The 2006 conference is particularly noteworthy because of the significant involvement of local political and corporate leaders and pension fund trustees. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Comerica Chairman Ralph Babb, David Baker Lewis, chairman of Lewis & Munday, and Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit General Retirement System trustee and president of the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP, will serve as honorary co-chairs.

“For the past 16 years, this annual gathering has involved an impressive group of investment professionals, including corporate, public, foundation and endowment investment officers, key public trustees, asset allocation experts and world-recognized economists.” states Cheryl Marrow, chair, NASP board of directors. “Our 2006 conference promises not to disappoint. This conference offers something for everyone – from the novice retail professional to the seasoned pension fund trustee. We have crafted a program designed to help participants navigate the challenging investment terrain. In addition, networking events are planned to help attendees strengthen old associations and forge new partnerships.”

Conference co-chairs Suzanne Shank of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC, Derek Batts of Union Heritage and Thomas Seabron of Smith Barney head a dynamic team that has prepared a robust four-day conference which will feature educational workshops, panel discussions, keynote sessions and networking events to promote inclusion, financial literacy and the development of strategic alliances.

Plan sponsors, money managers, fund managers, bond lawyers, investment bankers, corporate and securities lawyers, underwriters, and other financial services professionals will not want to miss this year’s event.

Additional corporate partners include Citigroup, Comerica, INVESCO, Lehman Brothers, Siebert, Bradford, Shank & Co, LLC, Lewis and Munday, and UBS.

For more information on NASP’s 17th Annual Pension and Financial Services Conference or to register, visit http://www.nasphq.org. Or, contact conference manager Tonya Bessillieu Williams directly at (404) 348-4097, toll free at (888) 224-3168, or via email at tonya@nasphq.org.

About NASP

National Association of Securities Professionals is an organization that helps people of color and women achieve full inclusion in the financial services industry. We connect members to industry leaders and business opportunities; advocate for policies that create equal representation and inclusion; provide educational opportunities; and work to build awareness about the value of ensuring that people of color and women are included in all aspects of the financial securities industry. Founded in 1985 by the late Maynard Jackson, former mayor of Atlanta, and Travers Bell, Jr., Wall Street pioneer, the national organization is based in Washington, D.C. with chapters in major financial capitals throughout the United States.

Our members include asset and wealth managers, brokers, public finance professionals, investment bankers, bond counsel, commercial bank underwriters, institutional investors, plan sponsors and other professionals in the financial securities industry.

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