Christopher Wedge – Co- Founder of Sons of Pitches FC
Christopher Wedge is a soccer junky and has turned it into a business! While playing pickup wherever he goes, in Costa Rica, Ecuador, South Africa, and Colombia, Christopher realized it was the best way to improve his game. Each country offers a new rhythm to the game. The same movements used to dance in clubs are reflected on the pitch. It’s his personal goal to bring soccer communities together, and encourage its fusion into a mosaic unlike any other.
Melissa Register – Senior Wealth Planner at Fifth Third Bank
Melissa Register is a vice president and senior wealth planner for Fifth Third Private Bank. In this role, Melissa works with clients to develop strategies for all aspects of their financial lives, including tax, retirement, family wealth, business succession and estate planning. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Melissa was a practicing attorney with experience in estate and trust planning, tax planning and corporate law. As 2016 draws to a close, an estimated one in three Americans will make a New Year’s resolution related to their finances. To support year-end planning success, Fifth Third Private Bank (NASDAQ: FITB) recently released digital guides with strategies for individuals and families to consider in preparation for tax season. Among the strategies, Fifth Third experts recommend reducing taxable income, maximizing investment opportunities and strategically planning for charitable giving.
Leigh Purvis – Director of Health Services Research at AARP’s Public Policy Institute
Leigh Purvis is the director of health services research in AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). She leads a team of policy analysts and researchers who work on health care issues that are relevant to the 50-plus population. In addition, Leigh heads the institute’s work on prescription drug and mental health issues. Her primary areas of expertise are prescription drug pricing, biologic drugs, and prescription drug coverage. Leigh is a coauthor of PPI’s Rx Price Watch reports, which track price trends for prescription drugs widely used by older Americans. Leigh joined AARP in 2005 as a policy research senior analyst. Before joining AARP, she worked for the American Psychological Association. She is a recognized expert on prescription drug issues and frequently speaks with the press.