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Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists

The 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year finalists have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to excellence for their retirement plan sponsor clients and participants.

What makes a great retirement plan adviser? As the 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year finalists and winners so successfully prove, the great professionals in this field have a commitment to driving excellent retirement plan design and outcomes for their plan sponsor clients and participants.

Like every other year, to qualify as a finalist, advisers had to meet minimum criteria. This year, it was to: have a significant majority of business revenue derived from employer-sponsored retirement plans; serve as a fiduciary; have regular service delivery and client contact; be committed to fee-based compensation; and use specific outcome-based metrics of plan success with clients, with recognized client progress toward those metrics.

That minimum is just the beginning, however. The advisers who rise to the top in this awards program are always growing, always finding new ways to do things—evolving their approach to explore what will best help their clients improve Americans’ retirement readiness. 

We will be announcing the winners in each category at our Awards for Excellence dinner, held March 30 in New York. Registration information is available here.



Daniel Peluse
Wintrust Retirement Plan Services
Chicago, Illinois

Josh Ulmer
Morgan Stanley
Portland, Oregon

Steven Glasgow
Avondale Partners, LLC
Nashville, Tennessee



Cate Brunton Luc Group at Merrill Lynch
Indianapolis, Indiana

EPIC Retirement Services Consulting
New York, New York

The J&R Group of Merrill Lynch
Chicago, Illinois

The Parks Group at Graystone Consulting
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Shepherd Financial, LLC 
Carmel, Indiana

Washington Financial Group
McLean, Virginia

The Willhite Institutional Consulting Group, UBS Financial Services
The Woodlands, Texas



401k Advisors Intermountain
Sandy, Utah

Compass Financial Partners
Greensboro, North Carolina

Handler Investment Consulting Group of Raymond James
Beverly Hills, California

Plan Sponsor Consultants
Alpharetta, Georgia

Pension Consultants, Inc.
Springfield, Missouri



Bukaty Companies Financial Services
Leawood, Kansas

Cammack Retirement Group
Wellesley, Massachusetts and New York, New York

Retirement Benefits Group
San Diego, California