Paul Atkins

Chief Executive Officer
Patomak Global Partners LLC

Paul Atkins is chief executive of Patomak Global Partners, LLC, a financial services consultancy that provides industry and regulatory expertise, delivers value in an efficient manner, and provides an edge to companies competing in the global marketplace. He founded the company in 2009. At Patomak, Mr. Atkins leads client work for financial services firms regarding an array of issues, including regulatory requirements, investigating and improving the effectiveness of compliance systems, and designing and implementing compliance policies and procedures. His work spans Dodd-Frank compliance, domestic regulatory advocacy, European regulatory advice, and corporate governance issues.

Mr. Atkins concurrently serves as a champion of pro-growth financial market reform through his continued voluntary public service efforts. He serves as a member of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum advising on financial markets regulation and economic policy, and in the lead-up to the 2016 election and 2017 inauguration, he led the President-elect’s transition team for independent financial regulatory agencies. During the transition, Mr. Atkins served on the “landing teams” of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Prior to founding Patomak, from July 2002 to August 2008, Mr. Atkins served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his two terms, he advocated better transparency and consistency in the SEC’s decision-making and enforcement activities and smarter regulation that considers costs and benefits. He represented the SEC at various meetings of the US–EU Transatlantic Economic Council, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, the World Economic Forum, and the Transatlantic Business Dialogue.


Susan Axelrod

Executive Vice President of Regulatory Operations

At FINRA, Axelrod oversees Enforcement, the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence, and Member Regulation. Before being named to her current role in 2010, Ms. Axelrod was Executive Vice President and head of Member Regulation—Sales Practice, with responsibility for ongoing surveillance and examinations, both routine and investigative, of FINRA-regulated securities firms. Join us at GLRC 2017 to hear Ms.Axelrod’s perspective on FINRA’s priorities for the coming year with new leadership and the new administration, the 360 Initiative to review engagement and communication with industry, the future of broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation, and other subjects relevant to the insured retirement industry.


Joseph P. Borg

Alabama Secuities Commission (ASC)

Joseph Borg has been Director of the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) since 1994.  Borg was twice past president of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and is currently President-elect.  He served as a member on the NASAA Board of Directors, as Chair of the International Committee and as Chair of Enforcement.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT).

Borg has testified before various committees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives including testimony on such areas as Microcap fraud; Criminal elements in the financial markets; Information sharing among financial regulatory agencies; Risks posed to everyday investors from IPOs in private equity and hedge funds; Illegal investment sales’ practices victimizing senior citizens; and GSEs and SIPC Modernization.  He has also served as a member of the SIPC Modernization Task Force and the FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force.

Borg served as a U.S. delegate to an Intergovernmental Expert Group for the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).

Robert DeChellis

President and Chief Strategist
Allianz Exchange

As president and chief strategist for the Allianz Exchange, a division of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life), Robert DeChellis is responsible for uniting strategic relationships, technology, and intellectual capital to identify uncommon financial solutions and thought leadership. In this role, DeChellis collaborates with the global family of Allianz companies as well as outside partners to address the growing demand for holistic financial advice.

Most recently, DeChellis was president and CEO of Allianz Life Financial Services, LLC. Prior to joining Allianz Life in 2006, DeChellis was EVP of Travelers Life & Annuity's retail annuities division. Before that, he served as EVP and national sales manager for Jackson National Life Distributors INC., managed sales for a broad range of product lines and distribution channels at Goldman Sachs, and was a regional manager for Lord Abbett & Co.

DeChellis earned a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He is also serving as Chairman of the Insured Retirement Institute.


Ted Nickel

Commissioner of Insurance
State of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker appointed Ted Nickel as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011.

In addition to supervising OCI staff and serving as the chief regulator of insurance, Commissioner Nickel serves as the final adjudicator of all administrative actions; vice co-chairs the Governor’s Financial Literacy Council; supervises the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, Local Government Property Insurance Fund, and State Life Insurance Fund; and serves on the Wisconsin Retirement Board.

The Commissioner currently serves as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He currently serves on the Executive (EX) Committee, Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force, Government Relations (EX) Leadership Council, International Insurance Relations (EX) Leadership Group, and the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee. He is a member of the NAIC American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee and serves on several other NAIC task forces and committees. In addition, he chairs the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance (E) Working Group.

Commissioner Nickel is also a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). He is a member of the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Chairs the Site Selection Committee.