As the burden of funding retirement has shifted from employer to employee, defined contribution plans, such as 401(k)s, have become the primary source of retirement savings for an increasing number of Americans. Yet, DC plans were originally designed as supplemental retirement savings vehicles and were generally never intended to provide guaranteed lifetime income.

The mission of the Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC) is to facilitate the culture shift of defined contribution plans from supplemental savings programs to programs that provide retirement security through institutional income strategies and solutions within our defined contribution system. By providing a forum for insightful, solutions-oriented thought leadership on institutional retirement income, the IRIC is promoting the need for retirement income adequacy for defined contribution plan participants.

A membership-based organization, IRIC is supported by sponsors, and a panel of industry advisors, who are dedicated to sharing best practices, informing about legislative and regulatory issues and facilitating solutions for plan sponsors and their participants.

IRIC is a product agnostic and provider agnostic organization.  IRIC supports guaranteed products, non-guaranteed products, and other drawdown income strategies. Through best practices development, IRIC creates an environment that fosters adoption and utilization of retirement income directly from DC plans that best meets the needs of both sponsors and participants.


The mission of the IRIC is to facilitate the culture shift of defined contribution plans from supplemental savings plans to programs that provide retirement security through institutional income strategies and solutions within our defined contribution system.


The vision of the IRIC is to be recognized by plan sponsors, intermediaries, recordkeepers, product manufacturers, and distributors, as the industry’s leading source of information and thought leadership on institutional retirement income solutions.

To accomplish this we will:

  • Establish a forum for unbiased, solutions-oriented thought leadership on institutional retirement income;
  • Identify and overcome barriers that impact the offering of institutional retirement income solutions by plan sponsors and utilization by participants;
  • Develop best practices and tools for how institutional retirement income solutions may be evaluated, selected, implemented, and monitored;
  • Identify and address issues and concerns that will arise as institutional retirement income solutions become more prevalent; and,
  • Promote the need for retirement income security for defined contribution plan participants.
  • Establish the IRIC’s brand and reputation;
  • Develop and create comprehensive best practices and tools;
  • Increase awareness and utilization of best practices and tools among key audiences, and,
  • Facilitate solutions to key industry challenges.

Strategic Initiatives

Establish the IRIC’s brand and reputation

  • Announce the expanded sponsorship of the IRIC to key audiences through initial press release
  • Create a fully integrated marketing/public relations plan
  • Explore the viability of strategic partnership(s) with other industry associations and/or media partners

Develop and create comprehensive best practices and tools

  • Create tools to enable comparison of products
  • Provide information to facilitate plan sponsor decision making and enable the RFP process
  • Define best practices for plan design, implementation, and communication
  • Provide information and a consistent framework on products that are available

Increase awareness and utilization of best practices and tools among key audiences

  • Publish educational information to raise awareness of our leadership position
  • Enhance and expand a robust website
  • Training for Consultant/Advisors share our expertise via hands-on training
  • Participation as speakers at industry conferences
  • Leverage our strategic partnership(s)

Facilitate solutions to key industry challenges

  • Standardization of recordkeeping
  • Strengthening the plan sponsor case for taking action
  • Provide insight into Legislative and Regulatory issues
  • Provide our perspective to product manufacturers

Bruce Ashton

Founding Member | Faegre Drinker

William Charyk

Chairman / President | Arent Fox

Clark G. Frese

Founding Member | Asset Strategy Consultants

John A. Pickett

Founding Member, Board of Directors | CAPTRUST Financial Advisors

Michael A. Preisz

Board of Directors | PREISZ Associates, Inc

Fred Reish

Advisor Emeritus | Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Martin Schmidt

Founding Member | HS2 Solutions

Martha L. Tejera

Founding Member | Tejera & Associates

Steve Vernon

Advisor | Rest-of-Life Communications

Ben Yahr

Board of Directors | Ernst & Young

Christopher O’Neill

Advisor | Mesirow Financial

Trevor Gary

CEO | Micruity Inc.

Michelle Richter

Advisor | Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC

Tamiko Toland

Advisor | CANNEX USA


Bruce Ashton

Bruce L. Ashton is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group of the national law firm of Faegre Drinker. He has more than 35 years of experience handling a wide range of employee benefits matters. His practice concentrates on representing plan service providers (including RIAs, independent record-keepers, third-party administrators, broker-dealers and insurance companies) in fulfilling their obligations under ERISA. His experience includes representing public and private sector plans and their sponsors, negotiating the resolution of plan qualification issues under IRS remedial correction programs, advising and defending fiduciaries on their obligations and liabilities, and structuring qualified plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements.

Bruce served as president of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) for the 2003-2004 term, was on the ASPPA board of directors from 1997 to 2007 and served as co-chair of ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee from 1998 to 2002. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Actuaries during 2003-2004, was the president of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference Los Angeles Chapter from 2008-2009, and served as a member of the leadership counsel of the National Tax Sheltered Accounts Association (NTSAA). He currently serves on the board of the Institutional Retirement Income Council.

Bruce received the Harry T. Eidsen Founders Award from ASPPA in 2011 and has been recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and as a “Super Lawyer” in Southern California. Bruce is listed in the California edition of Who’s Who Legal and has been recognized by 401kWire as one of the Most Influential People in the 401(k) Industry.

Bruce is a contributor to Drinker Biddle’s Broker-Dealer Law Blog (, which provides practical insights on litigation, regulatory, compliance and fiduciary issues impacting broker-dealers. He has co-authored four books on employee benefits issues and a quarterly column in the Journal of Pension Benefits on IRS remedial programs, and is a frequent contributor to various tax and pension publications. He is a frequent speaker on employee benefits issues ranging from fiduciary responsibility to ESOPs, and is a regularly featured speaker at conferences sponsored by ASPPA, and other organizations.


William R. Charyk

Bill Charyk is a former managing attorney of Arent Fox LLP. In the past, he also served as the department manager of the general business department. Bill’s practice in the tax area focuses primarily on two specialty areas-taxation of partnerships and employee benefit/executive compensation tax planning.

Bill is also heavily involved with the tax and compliance aspects of the employee benefits practice. As such, he ultimately supervises the planning and implementation of a wide variety of compensation vehicles, including
defined benefit pension plans, Section 401(k) programs, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), and various executive deferred compensation arrangements stock appreciation right plans and phantom stock bonus

Bill served as an adjunct professor of law at The Georgetown University Law Center for over 25 years where he taught a graduate-level course in taxation of partnerships, with special lectures devoted to ERISA plan investor issues. The internationally-based Chambers survey, the Washingtonian Magazine, and the Best Lawyers in America survey have repeatedly recognized Bill for his tax and ERISA expertise. Bill has been a member of the American College of Tax Counsel for over 30 years.

William earned a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School, order of the COIF.


Clark G. Frese CPC, AIFA

Clark Frese is the founding member and principal of Asset Strategy Retirement Plan Consultants (ASRPC), a SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm focused on retirement plan consulting. In addition to the work at ASRPC, he is also a senior consultant at Asset Strategy Consultants LLC. Clark is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor from the Center for Fiduciary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Clark is a Certified Pension Consultant from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries and a Chartered Life Underwriter from the American College. Clark has worked with investment monitoring and managing fiduciary responsibility for qualified plans for over 25 years.


John A. Pickett

John joined CAPTRUST Financial Advisors spring of 2010 opening the company’s first Texas office in Dallas. He joins CAPTRUST following a successful career with RBC Wealth Management’s Institutional Consulting Group. At RBC, Pickett created a revered advisory practice, representing $8.5 billion in assets under management, with many of his client relationships spanning 25 years or more. Highly regarded as the consummate educator, Pickett is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and educational symposiums, including TEXPERS, the Investment Management Institute, and Institutional Investors. John graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Baylor University. He completed his Investment Manager Analysis Certification (CIMA) after attending courses at The Wharton School.


Michael A. Preisz, CFP®, CLU, ChFC®, CPA*

Michael has over three decades of financial consulting and private industry experience, bringing his clients a special blend of understanding problems and implementing solutions. He started his career with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, Certified Public Accountants, and obtained his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1976. Thereafter, for nine years, he worked as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer.

Changing his career direction, Michael has now spent another twenty three years as a Financial Advisor. During this time, he obtained his Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) professional designations and has registered his company, Preisz Associates, Inc., as an Independent Investment Advisor. His areas of focus follow:

  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Estate Planning
  • Non-Qualified Executive Compensation Plans
  • Charitable Gifting
  • Business Succession Planning

Michael Preisz focuses exclusively on qualified retirement plans and business and estate life insurance. He does not maintain a book of individual investment clients.


Fred Reish

Fred Reish is an ERISA attorney whose practice focuses on fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transactions and plan qualification and operational issues.

He was recognized as one of the “Legends” of the retirement industry by PlanAdviser magazine and PlanSponsor magazine. Fred has received awards for: the 401(k) Industry’s Most Influential Person by 401kWire; one of RIABiz’s 10 most influential individuals in the 401(k) industry affecting RIAs; the IRS Commissioner’s Award and District Director’s Award; the Eidson Founder’s Award by the American Society of Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA); the Institutional Investor and PlanSponsor magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards; and the ASPPA/Morningstar 401(k) Leadership Award.

He is a Trustee of Arizona State University and has received the ASU Alumni Service Award. Fred has written more than 350 articles and four books about retirement plans, including a monthly column on 401(k) fiduciary issues for PlanSponsor magazine. Fred Co-Chaired the IRS Los Angeles Benefits Conference for over 10 years and served as a founding Co-Chair of the ASPPA 401(k) Summit. Fred currently serves on the CFP Board’s Public Policy Council.

Founding Member Testimonial:

My belief is that the 401(k) system will survive and thrive if participants are well served. While much of the focus has been on the need to save and invest properly, we are just now beginning to appreciate the importance . . . and the difficulty . . . of distributing benefits so that they last for a participant’s lifetime. I believe that the “success” for 401(k) plans will be measured by lifetime income that provides a comfortable standard of living for workers. IRIC offers a sophisticated and unbiased voice on that issue.”


Marty Schmidt

Martin Schmidt is a Principal with HS2 Solutions. His areas of concentration include retirement plan design, system design, fee benchmarking, and vendor selection. He brings over 25 years experience working with both plan sponsors and providers on benefit related issues.

Martin is a former Principal with Buck Consultants where he managed the Midwest region of their retirement practice. His experience also includes managing 401(k) and defined benefit teams at Hewitt. He also was responsible for developing third-party relationships with system providers along with leading the effort at Hewitt to develop the first 401(k) daily trading platform to trade and settle investments from separate managers. Through his knowledge and experience in the industry, he has developed effective solutions for both plan sponsors and providers.

Martin holds a CPA certificate and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has a graduate degree in finance from the Loyola University of Chicago and an accounting degree from Northern Illinois University.

Founding Member Testimonial:

My interest in IRIC is understanding and being part of the next phase in the evolution of DC plans. My background in product and plan design has helped me better understand the needs of the marketplace and how the Retirement Income products are positioned. As the Retirement Income products continue to evolve I am able to participate in raising awareness of the products and provide input into their overall design. This knowledge provides valuable guidance when working with Plan Sponsors in assessing the products and helps in raising the awareness of retirement income security in the marketplace.


Martha L. Tejera

Martha L. Tejera is the head of Tejera & Associates, a fee-for service firm that focuses on helping employers meet their fiduciary responsibility in the selection and benchmarking of their retirement plan providers. Martha has consulted with industry leaders for over 25 years. Her knowledge and experience in the industry allow her to help plan sponsors select a provider and build a long-term, successful partnership with that vendor.

Martha works with a variety of individuals and team structures, including HR, finance, retirement plan committees, independent investment consultants, and outside ERISA counsel. This focus on administration allows for a comprehensive assessment of vendor suitability.

A former Principal with Mercer, Martha specialized in helping plan sponsors develop processes to improve their fiduciary oversight, manage vendor service levels and fees, and improve the overall value provided by their defined contribution retirement plans, while simultaneously managing costs. Martha’s experience also includes managing defined contribution recordkeeping teams for Mercer, Watson Wyatt, and in-house for Weyerhaeuser.

Martha is an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA and a past Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She is an honors graduate of the University of Washington in economics.

Founding Member Testimonial:

My interest in IRIC is both personal and professional. My actuarial background and extensive consulting experience with 401(k) and other savings plans gives me an appreciation for the trade-offs between defined contribution and defined benefit programs. Unfortunately, the experiences of my aging family members have highlighted what is at stake for individuals, their families, and our society, when market and longevity risks are borne by workers who do not have the capacity self-insure.

Through the collaborative efforts of IRIC, I see a way to positively impact the future security of America’s workforce.


Steve Vernon, F.S.A.

Steve Vernon, F.S.A., is President of Rest-of-Life Communications, and a Research Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. In both roles, he speaks, writes, and conducts research on the most challenging aspects of retirement, including finances, health, and lifestyle. For more than 30 years, he consulted at Watson Wyatt and Mercer, helping Fortune 1000 employers design, manage and communicate their retirement programs.

Steve currently writes a regular column on retirement for CBS MoneyWatch. His books include:

  • Money for Life: Turn Your IRA and 401(k) Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck
  • Recession-Proof Your Retirement Years: Simple Retirement Planning Strategies That Work Through Thick or Thin
  • The Quest: For Long Life, Health and Prosperity (a DVD/workbook package)
  • Live Long & Prosper! Invest in Your Happiness, Health and Wealth for Retirement and Beyond
  • Don’t Work Forever! Simple Steps Baby Boomers Must Take To Ever Retire

Recent articles include:

  • The Next Evolution in Defined Contribution Retirement Plans: A Guide for DC Plan Sponsors to Implementing Retirement Income Programs, Stanford Center on Longevity
  • Foundations in Research for Regulatory Guidelines for the Design & Operation of Retirement Income Solutions in DC Plans, Stanford Center on Longevity
  • Retirement Income in DC Plans: The Next Evolution in Plan Design, Benefits Magazine
  • The Role of Annuities in Retirement, Journal of Retirement

He also serves as a member of the Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC). He is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Ben Yahr

I am passionate about helping people achieve financial security for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, I’ve helped customers meet their financial objectives either directly or through my clients. I currently lead EY’s retirement income team, which focuses on helping clients with all aspects of their advice giving process, including assisting them develop their view on what constitutes good advice for their customers. I also lead EY’s readiness response team focused on helping insurance companies prepare for the changing rules around fiduciary standards.

Prior to joining EY, I led the Wealth Management business for the 1934 Group, a boutique financial advisory firm that provided consulting services to defined contribution plan sponsors and investment advice to affluent individuals.

I am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, am a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA) and hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. I also serve as an adviser member to the Institutional Retirement Income Council and as a committee member on the AAA Lifetime Income Task Force.


Christopher O’Neill, Ph.D., CFA®, CFP®, FRM®, ChFC®

Chief Investment Officer, Director of Quantitative Research
Fiduciary Solutions
Mesirow Fiduciary Solutions

Christopher O’Neill is managing director, chief investment officer, and director of research in Mesirow Fiduciary Solutions. With more than 30 years of experience in financial and scientific research, Chris has expertise in quantitative investment manager selection, Monte Carlo simulation, and quantitative finance. In addition to managing the Mesirow Fiduciary Solutions research team, he is responsible for developing innovative manager selection and portfolio construction methodologies, as well as a retirement income framework that optimizes both product and asset allocation for traditional investment products and advanced retirement income products.

Prior to joining Mesirow in 2006, Chris was a research consultant at Ibbotson Associates, where he applied quantitative analysis and product development experience to support the efforts of the Investment Management Services, Fund of Funds and Financial Communications groups. Prior to Ibbotson Associates, he was president and founder of Quantalent Investment Consulting, LLC, an independent Registered Investment Advisor, where he offered quantitative investment advice and methodologies to other financial advisors. Before founding Quantalent Investment Consulting, he spent five years dedicated to financial planning, which culminated in a senior product management role developing an online investment advice tool for a major mutual fund company. Chris earned an AB in physics (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and an MS and a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University. He is a CFA® charterholder, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Professional, and holds Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations. In addition, he has published a variety of papers and academic reports in theoretical particle, accelerator, and gravitational physics.


Trevor Gary

Micruity Inc.

Trevor Gary is a founder and the CEO of Micruity, a data clearinghouse connecting the key stakeholders required to build successful institutional lifetime income products.

Prior to Micruity, Trevor was a Senior Consultant on the Pension Actuarial Team at Deloitte. At Deloitte, Trevor worked on traditional valuation and regular filings, mergers and acquisitions due diligence for human capital, and pension risk transfer. Trevor’s work on longevity swaps and buy-outs fueled his desire to build annuity products into the day-to-day savings experience of mid-market individuals. Trevor holds a B.Sc. Applied Mathematics, and a B.A. Economics, from McMaster University.


Michelle Richter

Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC

Michelle Richter is a passionate business leader with twenty years of experience inventing, deploying, advocating for, and scaling innovative products (trademarkable IP) and programs (servicemarkable IP) that create a scalable intersection between the historically disparate worlds of Insurance and Financial Services.

Michelle has served in both strategic consulting and business operating roles that demonstrate her expertise in integrating wealth management, life insurance, annuities, and asset management concepts, for both retail and institutional businesses. Michelle has a proven track record launching new businesses and re-engineering existing operations at a Fortune 100 life insurer, where she managed a $27 million operating budget and team of 70 experts in product management, marketing, operations, compliance, wholesaling/distribution, and training, prior to her foray into motherhood in 2010. Michelle is also a named inventor on a patented method for insurance investment product decision modeling.

Michelle’s newly formed consultancy, Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC., is focused on advising Financial Institutions in creating unique retirement and other risk management solutions for mass affluent retail and institutional markets, for distribution through financial professional intermediaries.

Michelle has earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, and an MBA in both Management and Finance from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, Michelle is both an investment adviser and an insurance advisor, and she is currently neither an agent nor a registered representative.


Tamiko Toland

Director, Retirement Markets

Tamiko Toland is Head of Annuity Research for Toronto-based CANNEX. Her focus is the individual and institutional U.S. annuity market. CANNEX has long been known as the leading provider of income annuity pricing and now serves the entire scope of annuity products, including the evaluation of annuities with income guarantees. She is a thought leader with more than 15 years of experience tracking trends and key issues on retirement income, synthesizing commentary and analysis for broad audiences and specific clients. She is known for her dynamic presentations with a unique perspective on the industry and the forces that are shaping it.


AllianceBernstein offers expert investment solutions to Defined Contribution (DC) plans, applying 40 years of experience in designing asset-allocation strategies and managing portfolios for institutions and individuals globally ($480 billion in AUM as of June 30, 2014).

We help plans of all sizes meet the evolving challenges of the DC landscape through best practices in plan design, investments, and communications. Our solutions range from asset-class and style-specific mutual funds to multi asset-class Qualified Default Investment Alternatives, including target-date and target-risk funds. We deliver pre-packaged or customized strategies, including custom target-date and Lifetime Income solutions tailored to plan demographics.

Empower Retirement / Great West Life & Annuity

At Empower, we imagine a future in which Americans can replace their working income — for life. With a pioneering spirit, we are blazing new trails to help participants pursue their financial independence.

We bring four key values to every partnership:

  • Service excellence
  • Constant innovation
  • Public policy
  • Outstanding people

With a singular focus on monthly income in retirement, we apply our core values and decades of experience to help you create a better retirement experience for your clients’ employees.

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John Hancock Retirement Plan Services

John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (RPS), a division of John Hancock, services over 44,000 plans with almost 1.7 million participants making RPS one of the largest providers of 401(k) plans. †

Partner with a company that has the global scale and product diversity necessary to understand your retirement plan needs. John Hancock brings you innovative solutions for specific plan sponsor and fiduciary requirements, a breadth of analytical tools to help project retirement savings outcomes, and industry-recognized award-winning marketing support.

Significant scale

John Hancock’s parent, Manulife Financial, is among the largest life insurance companies in the world and has been helping individuals and institutions increase and protect wealth since 1862.

One source for solutions across the investment spectrum

We offer an extensive lineup of equity, income, international, sector and asset allocation investment solutions. We take a disciplined, consultative team approach to portfolio management and research that focuses on finding solutions to help enhance and improve your investment offerings and leverages the expertise of leading institutional money managers. And we bring it all to you through a single, streamlined relationship.

Dedicated to you

At John Hancock, we are dedicated to helping you assist your participants in achieving a comfortable retirement. John Hancock is a premier provider of investment solutions and we have the resources to meet – and exceed – your clients’ needs.

† 2010 CFO Magazine 401(k) Buyers Study Guide. “Full Service” denotes providers, including banks, insurance and mutual fund companies, offering both record keeping and investments, as defined by CFO Magazine; plans managed and asset growth based on plans in force as of December 31, 2009.

Lincoln Financial Group

Built on Abraham Lincoln’s ideals of courage, strength and optimism, Lincoln Financial Group has been a proven provider of retirement solutions for more than 60 years. We manage thousands of retirement plans that enroll millions of people in organizations of all sizes in the small business, corporate, healthcare, education and non-profit sectors. Lincoln Financial Group champions the commitment of plan sponsors and intermediaries to drive better retirement outcomes by personally engaging and motivating employees to invest in their futures with optimism.

As a leading retirement plan provider, we are committed to offering our partners a broad array of plan solutions to meet their needs including independent, market-driven investments, superior plan design and fiduciary and compliance guidance. We currently provide recordkeeping services to over 1.4 million defined contribution plan participants.

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Natixis Global Asset Management

Natixis Global Asset Management ($894.3 billion AUM1) is a multi-affiliate organization that offers a single point of access to more than 20 specialized investment firms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The firm ranks among the world’s largest asset managers.2 Through its Durable Portfolio Construction® philosophy, the company is dedicated to providing innovative ideas on asset allocation and risk management that can help institutions, advisors and individuals address a range of modern market challenges.

Natixis Retirement Strategies Group

As a global firm, we know retirement is a universal issue. While cultural, political and fiscal matters as well as regulatory structures vary from region to region, all individuals can benefit from solid advice and consistent investment choices when planning for their future. In addition to specializing in diversified investment strategies and risk-aware models, we keep pace with the regulatory, legal, political and business developments that can potentially impact retirement planning.

The Natixis Retirement Strategies Group has the resources advisors need to support a growing practice. Whether working with individual clients, plan sponsors or a combination of the two, our dedicated specialists consult closely with advisors to provide customized information, education and a full range of product solutions.

1 Net asset value as of September 30, 2014. Assets under management (AUM) may include assets for which non-regulatory AUM services are provided. Non-regulatory AUM includes assets which do not fall within the SEC’s definition of ‘regulatory AUM’ in Form ADV, Part 1.

2 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2014 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 16th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management ($867.2 billion) as of December 31, 2013.

Pacific Life

Protect what matters most to you. Relax in retirement. Achieve your life goals. When you’re prepared for anything, you can be confident that more is possible. Pacific Life’s expertise and innovative solutions for retirement and life insurance protection have helped generations of families and businesses continue filling their tomorrows with moments that matter.



Prudential Retirement delivers retirement plan solutions for public, private, and non-profit organizations. Services include defined contribution, defined benefit and non-qualified deferred compensation record keeping, administrative services, investment management, comprehensive employee education and communications, and trustee services, as well as a variety of products and strategies, including institutional investment and income products, pension risk transfer solutions and structured settlement services. With over 85 years of retirement experience, Prudential Retirement helps meet the needs of over 4.0 million participants and annuitants. Prudential Retirement has $330.5 billion in retirement account values as of June 30, 2014. Retirement products and services are provided by Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company (PRIAC), Hartford, CT, or its affiliates.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1.1 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2014, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit

SS&C Technologies Holdings

SS&C Technologies Holdings (NASDAQ: SSNC) is the world’s largest hedge fund and private equity administrator, as well as the largest mutual fund transfer agency. SS&C’s unique business model combines end-to-end expertise across financial services operations with software and solutions to service even the most demanding customers in the financial services and healthcare industries. SS&C owns and operates the full technology stack across securities accounting, front-to-back-office operations, performance and risk analytics, regulatory reporting, and healthcare information processes. SS&C’s trusted and proven technology delivers an unparalleled level of scalable capabilities for the most complex portfolios, the most sophisticated strategies, and the highest volumes of transactions. Through a series of carefully selected acquisitions and organic growth, the breadth and depth of SS&C’s expertise in financial services and healthcare technology are unmatched. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut, the company is home to 22,000+ employees across 150 office locations in 35 countries globally. With 18,000+ clients spanning across the health and financial services industries, our customer’s needs and requirements are always at the forefront of our strategy.

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State Street Global Advisors is a global leader in asset management and one of the premier managers for U.S. defined contribution plans.

  • We are entrusted with more than $2.67 trillion* in assets.
  • We have more than 30 years of experience in the DC market.

*Assets under management were $2.67 trillion as of September 30, 2017. AUM reflects approx. $36.00 billion (as of September 30, 2017) with respect to which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC serves as marketing agent; State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

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We are committed to helping consultants grow their practices and support their customers. TIAA is a diversified Fortune 100 financial services organization with $1 trillion in assets under management, and investments in more than 50 countries.1

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