Blue Prairie Group Grows Plan Consulting Network

Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm Blue Prairie Group added Jere Cowden and Mark Muto to its network of retirement specialist consultants.

Blue Prairie Group (BPG) says the pair will lead the Pittsburgh office as part of its adviser affiliate program.

Prior to joining Blue Prairie, Cowden and Muto were principals of Cowden Financial Services, an Employee Retirement Income Security Act-focused registered investment adviser. As part of the partnership, Cowden Financial Services will adopt the Blue Prairie Group brand and will have access to Blue Prairie’s in house research team, systematic marketing efforts, and proprietary tools and reports, including the firm’s stable value database and the BPG Plan Health Report.

“The partnership with Blue Prairie Group allows us to leverage the scale and efficiencies of a larger, nationally recognized firm, while delivering personalized local consulting services to our clients,” Cowden explains. “We are also very confident this partnership will help to propel our growth in the coming years.”

Muto says the team will continue to advise on a variety of plan types and complicated client situations related to retirement benefits. “BPG brings a great deal of depth and expertise to the table that truly separates them from the other firms we considered,” he adds.  

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