Robert M. Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, APA is the Director of Technical Education for the American Retirement Association (ARA). In this role he is the Subject Matter Expert for the content of the educational programs for the ARA. Bob is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and on webcasts. He is a former member of ASPPA’s Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the organization’s Government Affairs Committee. Bob is a former member of NIPA’s Board of Directors and the Board of Managers of the American Institute of Retirement Education. In 2009, he was presented with NIPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the retirement industry. Bob has over 38 years of experience in the retirement industry including administration, consulting, sales and training. He is also a former high school basketball coach.