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The American College New York Life Center for Retirement Income names co-director, and an Illinois bank opens an investment unit with retirement services.

Jamie Hopkins, considered one of the leading retirement income planning experts in the United States, has been named co-director of The American College New York Life Center for Retirement Income.

As a professor at The American College of Financial Services, Hopkins has educated thousands of professionals in retirement, estate planning, and life insurance. He joins David Littell as co-leader of the Center, an academic research group dedicated to elevating the retirement income planning knowledge of financial advisers.

Hopkins’ commitment to retirement planning was instrumental in the establishment of The College’s Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) program. As co-director of the Center, Hopkins says his primary goal is to continue to push the program to new heights.

Robert Johnson, president and chief executive of The American College of Financial Services, cites Hopkins for his expertise in retirement income planning, calling him integral to the future of the College. “His ability to synthesize and communicate complex topics is a particular strength,” Johnson says.

Hopkins has been widely published and quoted in academic, trade, and consumer publications. A regular contributor for Forbes, he has written more than 50 articles for the business publication in just the last two years. In November, Hopkins published “Retirement Risks: How to Plan Around Uncertainty for a Successful Retirement,” an ebook on retirement income planning.

The American College of Financial Services is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. The mission of the American College New York Life Center for Retirement Income is to elevate the knowledge of financial service professionals in order to improve retirement security for Americans.

NEXT: Illinois bank opens investment services unit

Teutopolis State Bank in Teutopolis, Illinois, has created Teutopolis Investment Services, a new division aimed at providing its customers and communities with the investment services. Financial Advisor Michael Vogt will lead the division as vice president of investment services, working with clients to determine financial goals and create individualized plans. The unit will administer individual retirement accounts (IRAs) as well as employer-sponsored retirement plans and college savings plans, among other products. Before joining Teutopolis Investment Services, Vogt worked in public accounting, assisting clients with tax preparation.

Vogt, a lifelong resident of Teutopolis, was awarded a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in finance and accounting from Eastern Illinois University. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses, as well as state life and health insurance licenses.