NAPA names 401(k) advisor finalists

By BenefitsPro

By Paula Aven Gladych

The National Association of Plan Advisors announced its 401(k) advisor leadership award finalists. One of the three finalists will receive the 2014 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award during the 2014 NAPA 401(k) Summit on March 24 in New Orleans.

The three finalists are Alliance Benefit Group Financial Services, Corp. represented by Bradley Arends; Compass Financial Partners, represented by Kathleen Kelly; and Maresh Yoshida 401(k) Group, represented by T. Henry Yoshida.

In its seventh year, the award recognizes leadership, innovation and contributions to the retirement plan industry with the sales, marketing and establishment of 401(k) plans. Past recipients of the award are known for going above and beyond to exemplify a key pursuit of NAPA: to directly impact the ability for Americans to build a successful retirement, especially through employer-based plans.

Alliance Benefit Group Financial Services, based in Albert Lea, Minn., was founded in 1993 as an employee benefits company, Alliance Benefit Group North Central States, Inc. It began with 10 employees and provided daily valuation services to the 401(k) industry. It was one of the first independent administration and consulting firms in the Midwest to implement this technology in-house. Now, with over 100 employees, the company is one of the largest independent employee benefits administrators in the country.

Compass Financial Partners, LLC, of Greensboro, N.C., provides independent, objective retirement plan consulting and investment advisory services to plan sponsors across the United States. From recordkeeper search and selection and vendor fee benchmarking, to investment due diligence and employee communications, Compass’ suite of fiduciary services provides the resources necessary to help employers work toward successful retirement plan programs.

The Maresh Yoshida 401k Group is an independent, fee-only registered investment advisory firm specializing in ERISA retirement plan consulting services. The company partners with plan sponsors to manage their fiduciary duties and help plan participants strengthen their chances for a successful retirement. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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