The Plan Sponsor of the Year annual award program recognizes retirement plan sponsors that show a commitment to their participants’ financial health and retirement success. The award is given in multiple categories to recognize all plan types, so any plan sponsor can be eligible. Nominations are made in the fall, finalists are announced in January, and winners are announced in March.
The Best in Class 401(k) designation is given on an annual basis to 401(k) retirement plan sponsors that meet the highest standard of excellence as deemed by our research and editorial teams. Recipients are selected from 401(k) plan sponsors that respond to the PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution (DC) Survey. As the industry best practices evolve, so does the Best in Class criteria and scoring methodology.
The Service Stars annual program recognizes retirement plan account representatives and relationship managers who, in the words of their plan sponsor clients, demonstrate truly admirable service. The individuals and teams are chosen by the PLANSPONSOR survey and research group, who sort through nominations and comments plan sponsors wrote while answering the PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey.