What is NSAC's Cooperative Learning Network?
A NSAC Cooperative Learning Network is a live, interactive 60-minute conference presented over the telephone and over the Internet. You can attend from any location that has telephone and Internet access. You pay just one registration fee for as many participants as you wish at each call/log-in location.

Note that high-speed Internet access is not mandatory – the system works with dial-up but you must have separate connections for the audio and video portions. You may use cell phones for the audio if you have only one connection.

Who presents at one of these sessions?
Your Cooperative Learning Network will have one or more speakers who are recognized experts on the topic. Conferences typically include a Q&A session; you can ask questions by phone or instant messaging options.

CPE Credits
The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live.

CLN Policies
Refunds for CLNs are not provided. Registrants if unable to participate will be provided credit for a future CLN or may opt to be sent a copy of the CLN PODCast following the event. Note PODCasts are not eligible for CPE credit.

For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or CLN cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (937) 222-6707 or info@nsacoop.org.

What does my registration include?
Your registration includes long-distance charges for the audio portion and log-in to the video presentation. All handouts and presentation files are downloadable and may be printed out or saved to the participant's computer once they are logged in to the session meeting room. Sessions include one CPE Certificate of Attendance. Certificates for additional participants are $10.00 each.

Why NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks?

No wasted time. Get right to the heart of the matter in a 60-minute session designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.

No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office. Listen and follow along from the comfort and convenience of your desk or conference room.

A telephone and computer are all the equipment you need. Just dial in and log-in to the system. That's it.

Ideal for multiple attendees.
Use a speakerphone and projector and invite as many people as you want to participate - at no extra cost to you.

NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks are a fraction of the cost of travel and attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars.

Cooperative Learning Network

Multi-Employer Pension Plans for Cooperatives - Presented by Keith Vickers, United Benefits Group
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 09:00 AM MT / 08:00 AM PT [Prevailing Time]
Presenter(s): Keith Vickers, President & CEO, United Benefits Group
Field of Study: Human Resources
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour
Delivery Method: Group-Live

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Description
Join us for this 1-hour CLN while Keith shares inforamtion on the following topics:

• Origin of Co-op Retirement Plan, a multi-employer defined benefit plan (multiple employer plan for
ERISA purposes) serving cooperatives and related organizations
• Prevalence and trends related to DB plans
• Evolvement of United Benefits Group as plan sponsor and administrator
• Governance of the Co-op Retirement Plan
• General description of plan benefits in the Co-op Retirement Plan
• Employer flexibility with respect to accrual rates and employee contributions
• Funding requirements and practices
• Recent and future challenges
• Accounting requirements for Co-op Retirement Plan Employers

Presenter Bio(s)
Keith Vickers serves as President/CEO of United Benefits Group, the Plan Sponsor and Administrator of the Co-op Retirement Plan. United Benefits Group is a Mutual Benefit Corporation, located in Kansas City, Missouri that provides retirement administration services to its clients. Keith holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a CFP®. He has passed the Series 7, 63, and 24 exams. After receiving his college degrees, he served on the faculty of Kansas State University’s Department of Economics before joining Farmland Industries, a regional cooperative then located in Kansas City. Keith held numerous positions with Farmland Industries and its subsidiaries, primarily in the finance and member services areas, over a period of almost 30 years. In 2002, Keith formed United Benefits Group to take over the sponsorship and administration of the Co-op Retirement Plan which services approximately 400 employers located in the heartland of the United States.

A PODCast of this workshop is now availble. Click here to order/view.

Additional Information

For more information regarding this series or administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the NSAC National offices, 136 S. Keowee St., Dayton, OH 45402, 937-222-6707, email: info@nsacoop.org