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retirement plan adviser of the year finalist: plan sponsor service - 2023, 2024


The 2024 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards are based on a mixture of qualitative and quantitative measures, including tenure in the business, focus on retirement plan business as a percentage of practice revenue, willingness to serve in a fiduciary role to client plans, and a review of essay answers. Nominations were collected online in December 2023 through January 2024. In 2024, there were a total of 79 nominations, and 29 finalists were named across seven categories. The PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards are not indicative of the investment adviser’s future performance, and no adviser pays, or is paid a fee, to take part in the program.

Top Retirement Plan Advisors Under 40 - 2014, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023

National Association of Plan Advisors

Established in 2014, the 2023 Top Retirement Plan Advisors Under 40 were drawn from nominations provided by NAPA Broker-Dealer/RIA Firm Partners, vetted by a blue-ribbon panel of senior advisor industry experts based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative data submitted by the nominees, as well as a broker-check review. In 2023: 600 nominations, 100 winners. Neither the firms nor their employees pay a fee to NAPA to be considered for the annual award.

Top Defined Contribution Advisor Firms - 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

National Association of Plan Advisors

The NAPA Top DC Retirement Firms 2023 ranking is an independent listing produced by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). The annual ranking is based on data gathered from advisors. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in the following areas as of 12.31.23: total asset value of the defined contribution plans supported, total number of defined contribution plans supported, and total participants covered by the defined contribution plans. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to NAPA in exchange for inclusion in the listing.

Five Star Professional Top Wealth Managers in Indianapolis - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Indianapolis Monthly

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or an investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not: A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy; E. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. In 2021, 1,716 Indianapolis-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 128 (7% of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers.

TOP 100 RETIREMENT PLAN ADVISERS - 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021


The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers annual list is compiled from responses to the PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. The list is drawn solely from a set of quantitative variables and information in the survey supplied by the advisers themselves. Advisers were segmented into categories based on the number of advisers and support staff. For an adviser to be eligible for recognition in the current year’s Top 100, he or she had to submit a completed entry to the Retirement Plan Adviser Survey for the respective year. A sub-segment of the questions was used to determine eligibility for the Top 100. No adviser pays, or is paid, a fee to participate in the program.

Top 401 Retirement Advisors - 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Financial Times

The Financial Times (FT) Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times. The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in seven primary areas: DC plan assets under management (AUM), DC AUM growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, compliance record, and DC plan participation rate. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.

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