The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System chief investment officer, Elizabeth B.A. Miller has announced her retirement for July 8. Miller has 37 years of investment management and public service experience. She became KPERS’ first chief investment officer in 1991, serving through 1996 and returning in 2011. During her tenure, the system’s investment portfolio doubled in size, from $13.3 billion in 2011 to $26.5 billion at the end 2021. The system’s funded ratio increased from 59% in 2011 to 72.5% in 2020. Deputy chief investment officer for Public Markets Bruce Fink has been named interim chief investment officer by KPERS executive director Alan D. Conroy. Fink has served in his current capacity since 2013. The Retirement System is working with EFL Associates to conduct a national search for Miller’s successor.
Nadira Hazim-Patrick and Victor Follis were named the Department of Commerce’s Employees of the Year for 2021. “Nadira works vigorously to promote and manage the Department of Commerce incentive programs, and her efforts have contributed to our record breaking economic development success,” said Lt. Gov. David Toland, who is also commerce secretary. Hazim-Patrick, finance programs administration manager, has been with commerce for 22 years and with the state of Kansas since 1992. Follis, intensive service coordinator, works at the Wichita Veterans Affairs Dole Center and has been with commerce for three years.
Martha Bartlett Piland, president and CEO of Banktastic and MB Piland Advertising + Marketing, has graduated from the American Bankers Association Bank Marketing School with an advanced bank marketing certificate and earned certified financial marketing professional certification. “Earning the CFMP certification is one way we demonstrate a depth of experience and education in the bank marketing arena,” said Bartlett Piland. The CFMP certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of financial services marketing. Bartlett Piland is a frequent contributor to the ABA Marketing Journal and The Financial Brand. She’s the author of “Beyond Sticky,” a book for financial marketers who want to move from commodity to beloved brand.
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