Past Annual Meetings


42nd Annual Convention - Prattville, Alabama


ARSEA/APEAL held its 42nd Annual Convention at RSA’s Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Prattville September 21 & 22, 2022 the events featured an opening luncheon keynote address by Gov. Kay Ivey and a political forum with the Republican and Democratic nominees for statewide constitutional offices.  Both events attracted substantial media attention from newspapers and television stations across the state.


Our “Meet the Candidates” event, which drew in-person appearances from candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and other offices, was the lead story on Montgomery’s most-watched news channel, and the report included live coverage from our convention and several prominent mentions of ARSEA/APEAL.


The Opening Luncheon featured Gov. Kay Ivey’s keynote speech at the convention’s opening luncheon similarly attracted reporters from all media outlets represented in the Capitol press corps.


The ARSEA Foundation presented a contribution to the Elderly Nutrition Program to Alabama Department of Senior Services Commissioner Jean Brown. Brown discussed the program and its expansion in the state.  The Foundation’s Wellness Expo featured exhibits from sponsors, vendors and others with screenings and flu vaccinations provided by Jackson Hospital and SEIB Wellness. ARSEA/APEAL members were glad to see this event on our schedule again.


Our FOREPAC dinner and “Legislator of the Year” award presentation to Speaker Mac McCutcheon prompted lawmakers from Mobile to Huntsville and all points in between to attend. Speaker McCutcheon was clearly touched and emotional as he accepted our award just a little more than a month before he retires from the Alabama Legislature.


On Thursday morning, Retirement Systems of Alabama Deputy Director of Administration Jo Moore was the keynote speaker for our Awards Breakfast which was the closing event.  She left us with a positive outlook despite the bleak economic forecast we are seeing now.


Because of the important information that was shared during our two-day event, we plan to provide summaries and some videos of the presentations to our members over the next few weeks which will be available in our member-only section of the website.


The following news stories are available to view:


Alabama Political Reporter


41st Annual Convention - Huntsville, Alabama.

Alabama’s “Rocket City” - Huntsville - hosted the 41st Annual ARSEA/APEAL Convention on September 28th and 29th as members from across the state gathered to discuss important issues, listen to news-making public figures, and hear about our plans to improve retirement benefits.

Informative meetings and sessions combined with entertaining events like our Friends of Retirees and Employees Political Action Committee (FOREPAC) Dinner to provide attendees with a convention that is both fun and educational. It also provided attendees with the opportunity to interact with and talk directly to some of Alabama’s most powerful elected officials, lawmakers, and other notable personalities.  RSA Deputy Director Jo Moore, Governor Kay Ivey, and Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville were among our speakers.



Jo Moore, the deputy director for administration of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, recently addressed a meeting of ARSEA/APEAL to share a bit about her background and discuss the daily operations of the state pension system.


Moore, who was appointed to her position by RSA Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Bronner in July, has 24 years of experience as an attorney - 15 years in private practice and nine years with RSA.


She fills the role that was left vacant when longtime RSA Deputy Director Don Yancey announced his retirement. While Moore directs the daily operations, legal work, and other administrative responsibilities of RSA, her counterpart, Deputy Director for Investments Marc Green, is responsible for the financial performance of the system.


Moore said both of her parents were public school teachers in Georgia who retired with defined benefit pensions, and her father instilled in her the importance of planning for retirement. A stable, secure, and dependable retirement benefit is perhaps the most important asset anyone can possess, according to Moore.


Noting that the Employees Retirement System (ERS) currently holds roughly $15.7 billion in assets, Moore said the funding comes from three separate sources - the employers’ contributions, the participants’ contributions, and returns on investments, which are currently running at record levels thanks to strong performances on Wall Street.


The ERS is just over 68% funded when future long-term obligations are factored, and it pays benefits totaling $104 million per month to 55,000 retirees.


Because 66% of ERS participants are employees and retirees from local governments, the Legislature recently expanded the board that governs the ERS from 13 to 15 members by adding two local representatives. Moore thanked our association for its role in passing the landmark legislation, which Dr. Bronner has called one of the most significant and important events in his almost half-century of leading the state pension system.


We feel certain that Jo Moore will be a committed ally in our efforts to serve the interests of our members and we are excited about the opportunities that this promotion offers and wish her much success in the years to come.



ARSEA/APEAL Convention Sponsors


We are taking this opportunity to thank the sponsors of our 2021 Convention in Huntsville. While many of them attended the events they sponsored, and our members had the opportunity to visit with them and thank them for their support at their exhibit tables, some were not able to send a representative and we want to take another opportunity to express our gratitude for their support.


United Healthcare

Alabama Securities Commission

Hear in America

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Carr, Riggs and Ingram


Jackson Thornton

ASE Credit Union


















































Because COVID-19 guidelines and protocols forced the cancellation of our 2020 convention scheduled to be held in Birmingham last September, ARSEA/APEAL convened its 40th annual meeting in Montgomery on Wednesday, April 14th as lawmakers were meeting and deliberating in the Alabama State House just across the street.

The festivities began on Tuesday night with a legislative reception attended by scores of legislators, even though a late-night session on gaming legislation was simultaneously taking place in the Senate. 

Wednesday’s meeting began with traditional reports on the various operations of ARSEA/APEAL and a discussion of the various bills and measures that our association is offering during the legislative session.

Speakers at the event included Gov. Kay Ivey, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R - Monrovia), House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D - Huntsville), Senate budget chair Arthur Orr (R - Decatur), Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner, and State Employees Insurance Board CEO William Ashmore.

Presentations were recorded and links to YouTube videos of these presentations are below in order of appearance:

Executive Director Liane Kelly

Governor Kay Ivey

State Employees' Insurance Board CEO William Ashmore

Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner


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