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Advisers on the move
October saw new faces and job title changes inside major brokerages and employee benefit law firms.
Barrer promoted to national director for Pentegra
Pentegra Retirement Services promoted David Barrer to the role of national director of TPA Markets. He will report to Pete Swisher, senior vice president of national sales, where he will lead the company’s business development efforts in the TPA market. Barrer works out of his home office in Louisville, Ky.
Bedoya chosen as MDRT secretary
The Million Dollar Round Table announced the appointment of Regina Bedoya, CLU, ChFC, to the role of secretary of its executive committee. Bedoya hails from Juno Beach, Fla. and is a 23-year MDRT member with seven Court of the Table qualifications and a Diamond Knight of the MDRT Foundation.
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Calhoun joins Venable as counsel
Venable LLP has added employee benefits attorney Carol V. Calhoun as counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Calhoun hails from the Calhoun Law Group where she has served as founder and president for nearly 17 years. Prior to that, she was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Contini added to McDonald Hopkins Cleveland office
Business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC has hired Christal Contini as a member of its business development team in Cleveland. She has experience providing general corporate counseling to a variety of businesses, business owners, boards of directors, management teams and investors on matters relating to corporate governance, commercial contracts, compliance and operational issues.

Contini graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2008 and served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Law and Health.”
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Dean joins litigation team of McDonald Hopkins
Business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC has hired Christopher Dean as a member of its litigation department for Cleveland and Chicago. Dean has commercial litigation experience in an array of industries and involving a variety of issues, including contract, partnership, fiduciary duty, professional negligence, white collar, bankruptcy, antitrust, unfair competition, intellectual property and energy-related disputes.

Dean earned a J.D. with high honors from George Washington University School of Law in 2007, where he was managing editor of The Law Review and elected to the school’s Moot Court, Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Skills Boards.
Hanna named president of MDRT
The Million Dollar Round Table has appointed Mark Hanna, CLU, ChFC, to the position of president. Hailing from Concord, Calif., Hanna will be the 91st president of MDRT and will succeed Brian D. Heckert of Nashville, Ill., who will become the immediate past president. As President, Hanna will work with the Executive Committee to maintain the association’s membership, professional and ethical standards, as well as provide a mix of networking and resources to help members broaden their expertise, grow their businesses and educate clients about the importance of financial planning. Hanna is a 27-year MDRT member with three Court of the Table and 17 Top of the Table qualifications.
RMS’ Hilson joins national board of InVEST
InVEST announced that Charles Hilson, CIC, has joined its national board as an agent member. Hilson is president of the talent pipeline division of Risk Management Solutions of America, Inc., in Chicago.

Hilson joined the RMSOA team in August and is responsible for strategic planning, client services, recruitment and development of millennial talent. Prior to joining RMSOA, he was the CEO of GBG Inc., an independent insurance agency with offices in three states. Hilson earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Orlandoni signs on to McDonald Hopkins litigation division
Don Orlandoni has joined the business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member of its litigation department for Detroit. Orlandoni represents companies and individuals in complex business and commercial matters. He has a record of achieving positive outcomes for his clients in pre-lawsuit negotiations, state and federal court litigation, arbitration, and other forums of alternative dispute resolution.

Orlandoni earned a J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Wayne State University Law School in 2007 where he was assistant editor of The Wayne Law Review. He received a bachelor of science from the United States Naval Academy in 1995.
Ruff named to McDonald Hopkins’ business restructuring team
Business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC has hired Jayson Ruff as a member of its business restructuring department for the Detroit area. Ruff is a business restructuring attorney with experience in a variety of industries from automotive to healthcare. His practice is focused on the restructuring of privately held businesses, in and out of bankruptcy, assisting secured and unsecured creditors in creditors’ rights issues, and selling assets in distressed M & A deals.

Ruff earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2006, and his Bachelor of Arts from William Tyndale College in 1997.
Covington promotes Woolston to partner
Covington has promoted employment benefits and executive compensation partner William Woolston in its Washington, D.C., office. Woolston represents some of the nation’s largest employers in all aspects of their employee benefits and executive compensation strategies and arrangements. He is an adviser on qualified retirement plans, with a particular emphasis on “hybrid” defined benefit designs like cash balance and pension equity plans. He also advises on the design, implementation and administration of executive compensation arrangements. In addition to his advisory practice, he represents the employee benefits and executive compensation interests of both buyers and sellers in corporate transactions.

Woolston received his undergraduate degree from Southern Virginia College, M.B.A. from Salisbury University, and law degree from the College of William and Mary.