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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.

Over the years the recognition categories have shifted, but our judges continue to look for advisers that represent the best service to plan sponsors and their participants. Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year are not necessarily those with the most plans or assets under advisement (AUA). They are advisers who are doing their part to improve Americans’ retirement readiness.

This year, to be eligible to be a finalist, advisers had to meet the following minimum criteria: having a majority of business revenue derived from employer-sponsored retirement plans, serving as a fiduciary, being committed to fee-based compensation and using outcome-based metrics of plan success with clients.

We are pleased to showcase the very best practices from the nation’s very best advisers and adviser teams, who—by their example—help set new standards for excellence in working with and advising workplace retirement plans.

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