As part of the partnership, the resources of the two firms will be pooled to provide more technical expertise and enhanced services to their retirement plan clients.
SFS, founded by Bert M. Carmody, CPA, CIMC, AIF, provides independent fiduciary, operations, and governance support to retirement plan sponsors. MIRA, founded by Rick Canipe, EA, provides investment consulting and fiduciary services to retirement plans.
SFS will continue to offer its ERISA fiduciary services and become a technical resource to MIRA on ERSIA retirement plan operational, compliance, and governance issues. Carmody will serve as a MIRA principal in the Atlanta area and direct ERISA consulting activities in the Southeast.
Canipe stated, “This is an exciting time for two strong niche players to partner in solving the complex fiduciary and ERISA issues that confront retirement plan sponsors. The retirement plan industry benefits not from mergers where identities and skills disappear in the guise of efficiency or consolidation, but by partnerships of focused, niche firms where strengths are leveraged. The bar has been raised and these two firms will help our clients get over that bar and run their plans successfully.”