Feature | Published in February 2011

PLANADVISER's Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers

For the past several years, we have drawn from the pool of nominations for PLANSPONSOR’s Retirement Plan Adviser and Adviser Team of the Year a list of "most successful advisers." These are advisers whose practices stand out in terms of a series of quantitative measures. This year, we have refined that approach to compile a list of PLANADVISER’s Top 100 Advisers and Adviser Teams.

By PLANSPONSOR staff | February 2011
Illustration by Tim Bower

In the pages that follow, we highlight the quantitative standouts, in terms of dollar value of qualified plan assets under advisement as well as number of plans, and we also draw attention to those who have a demonstrable presence, defined as having more than a tenth of their practice focused on 403(b) plans, defined benefit plans, nonqualified plans, or 457 plans. This year’s Top 100 comprises 36 advisers and 64 adviser teams.

Just how successful are these Top 100 Advisers? Collectively, the individual advisers represent about $17 billion in retirement plan assets, while the teams on the list collectively serve more than $115 billion in plan assets.

Among the specific product segments, 19 advisers or adviser teams say that a tenth of their practice is focused on 403(b) plans, 41 have that kind of presence with defined benefit plans, 12 can make that claim with nonqualified programs, and a handful say the same about 457 plans.

Skilled retirement plan advisers have been indispensable resources to their plan sponsor clients. Size isn’t everything, of course—but it is an objective measure of success, and one well worth acknowledging.

Teams with $800M or more in AUA 


Individuals with $175M or more in AUA 

Teams with 75 or more plans 


Individuals with 50 or more plans 


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