Industry Awards

2017 Member of the Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisers (Advisor: Jim McDonald) – Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan advisors recognition received by Jim McDonald. Awarded to financial advisors managing at least $200 million in assets and more than 10 years’ experience. Selected based on six criteria including: assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials and online accessibility.

2017 PLAN ADVISER Top 100 Teams – The PLAN ADVISER Top 100 Advisers is an annual listing of the retirement plan advisers and adviser teams that stand out in the industry in terms of a series of quantitative measures. *Award selection is based solely on quantitative factors, including plan assets and number of plans, as reported directly by nominees.

2016 PLAN ADVISER Top 100 Teams – The PLAN ADVISER Top 100 Advisers is an annual listing of the retirement plan advisers and adviser teams that stand out in the industry in terms of a series of quantitative measures. *Award selection is based solely on quantitative factors, including plan assets and number of plans, as reported directly by nominees.

2015 PLAN ADVISER Top 100 Teams – The PLAN ADVISER Top 100 Advisers is an annual listing of the retirement plan advisers and adviser teams that stand out in the industry in terms of a series of quantitative measures. *Award selection is based solely on quantitative factors, including plan assets and number of plans, as reported directly by nominees.

2015 NAPA Young Guns Top 50 Advisors Under 40 (Advisor: Dan Stewart) – Based on a combination of voting by NAPA members and a profile of their business, these young plan advisors are the future leaders of our industry and seem eager to step up. Though there are concerns about whether younger people will be attracted to the financial services industry and a severe lack of effective training, NAPA’s “50 under 40” list shows that the DC advisory business is healthy, with promising new leaders emerging.

2015 Finalist for SPARK Award in Plan Design Innovation – The SPARK Award in Plan Design and Administration Innovation awarded to advisors who demonstrate leadership in designing, developing and delivering investments within DC plans that foster investment diversification, manage fees, and drive better participant outcomes whether in the accumulation or withdrawal phases of retirement planning.

2015 Member of the Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisers (Advisor: Matt Gulseth) – Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan advisors recognition received by Matthew Gulseth. Awarded to financial advisors managing at least $200 million in assets and more than 10 years’ experience. Selected based on six criteria including: assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials and online accessibility.

2014 PLAN SPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year Finalists – One of 8 teams recognized nationally by Plan Sponsor Magazine in 2014. The focus of the award is to identify the nation’s best advisers who help make retirement security a reality for workers across the nation. *Award selection is based solely on quantitative factors, including plan assets and number of plans, as reported directly by nominees.

2014 Behavioral Finance Innovator Award – One of 5 firms to nationwide to receive this award for our application of Behavioral Finance techniques in the field and our contributions to the Center for Behavioral Finance. *Presented by Allianz Global Investors Center for Behavioral Finance is presented to advisors and/or plan sponsors who have demonstrated leadership in applying behavioral finance strategies to work toward improving retirement outcomes for clients and employees.

2011 and 2010 401kWire’s 300 Most Influential DC Advisors (Advisors: Matt Gulseth and Jim McDonald) – 401k Wire’s 300 Most Influential Advisors recognition received by Matthew Gulseth and Jim McDonald. Based on reader votes, input from distributors and statistics about advisor practice gathered directly from nominees.

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