Events & Webcasts


Mar 11, 2014

The PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Awards for Excellence is the annual networking event to celebrate the accomplishments of the best of the best in the retirement plan industry. Each year, we honor the nation’s leading  retirement plan sponsors  and advisers, as well as the top product, investment and service providers, at this exclusive gathering, hosted at the beautiful Pier 60 in the Chelsea Pier complex, overlooking the Hudson River.

This year’s event will honor:
2014 PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
2014 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsors of the Year Finalists and Winners
2014 PLANADVISER Top 100 Advisers
2014 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists
2013 PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution (DC) Survey Best in Class
2013 PLANADVISER Adviser Choice Awards—NEW!

Join us on March 11 to recognize the efforts of the nation’s top plan sponsors, retirement plan advisers and industry providers whose tireless work helps plan participants achieve a successful retirement.

A limited number of tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Mike Garity at to learn more.


  • 6:00 p.m.
    Cocktail reception
  • 7:00 p.m.
    Dinner with awards to follow
  • 10:00 p.m.
    Immediately following the awards, we will be hosting an after-dinner cocktail reception
PLANSPONSOR Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Nelson, President, Retirement Services, Great-West Financial

Charles Nelson joined Great-West Financial in 1983 and was appointed president ofits Retirement Services division in 2008 after serving as the unit’s senior vice president since its inception. He continues as the senior officer responsible for all aspects of the firm’s defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) programs, overseeing the corporate, government, health care, nonprofit and institutional lines of business.Under Nelson’s guidance, Great-West Financial has grown from the 38th largestrecordkeeper in 1995 to a top-tier recordkeeper that provides 401(k), 401(a), 403(b) and 457 retirement plan services to 30,000 plans, representing 4.9 million participant accounts and $219.9 billion in assets as of December 31, 2013.Nelson’s responsibilities consist of general management of the business, whichincludes recordkeeping, administration, operations, sales, products, financial results and broker/dealer (B/D) services.Nelson is a graduate of Whitman College with a degree in chemistry and economics.

PLANADVISER Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim McCarthy, Head of Workplace and Investment Solutions, Morgan Stanley

Jim McCarthy is head of workplace and investment solutions at Morgan Stanley, anda member of the Wealth Management division’s management committee. His groupsupports the firm’s financial advisers in the retirement markets, both corporate and personal, including its corporate retirement directors and Graystone Consulting’s institutional consulting directors personal. The group oversees the distribution of mutual funds, annuities, insurance products, exchange-traded funds and notes (ETFs and ETNs), as well as unit investment trusts; it also is accountable for the relationship management function for the traditional asset management community that distributes through Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (MSWM).One of the largest businesses of its kind in the world, with more than $1.8 trillion in client assets, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management provides a range of wealth management products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions. These include brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, banking and cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust.McCarthy earned a B.S. from the College of William and Mary and a J.D.from St. John’s University.