Instructor Biography

 Bill Tugaw


President and CEO
SST Benefits Consulting
El Dorado Hills, California

Bill Tugaw is president and CEO of SST Benefits Consulting, a registered investment advisor firm. He is an Investment Advisor Representative and an employee benefits plan broker/consultant and serves primarily large employers in both public and private sectors. Mr. Tugaw specializes in §457(b) Deferred Compensation, §403(b), §401(k) and §401(a) Defined Contribution plan and, post employment health plans (VEBA, §115 Integral Part Trusts, Retiree Health Savings Accounts, etc.) consulting.

Bill instructs and lectures on a variety of comprehensive topics for public employers including employer strategies and options as well as compliance and plan development for repositioning defined contribution benefits in retirement strategies. When asked about his approach to teaching, he said, "I think teaching is best accomplished with significant classroom interaction (i.e. experience exchange), real life situation examples, fun, and humor."

A hot topic on DC plans from Bill's perspective is the pressure placed on individuals to be able to retire at a reasonable age and be financially secure, particularly in light of escalating medical costs and coverage issues. This is a problem that is not only not going to go away, but is accelerating at an astounding rate. Addressing ways to deal with these issues early in the actively working years is critical.

Bill is co-author of Deferred Compensation/Defined Contribution: New Rules/New Game for Public and Private Plans and Defined Contribution Decisions: The Education Challenge. He is the past president of the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) and past president of the Silicon Valley Association of Health Underwriters (SVAHU). Bill is a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor of science degree in business.  

Bill grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is married and has a son. For fun, Bill enjoys flying airplanes, for both business and pleasure; playing golf; catch and release fly fishing; and skiing.

Bill team-teaches the Certificate Series course Public Sector 401, 403, 457 Plans with Paul Hackleman.