PLANSPONSOR Unveils Plan Sponsor of the Year Finalists

January 24, 2011 ( - Each year, the editors of PLANSPONSOR magazine, the industry’s leading resource for pension and benefits related news, recognize plan sponsors that demonstrate leadership in providing a more secure retirement for workers.

Today we are pleased to announce the 2011 finalists for our annual Plan Sponsor of the Year awards, across five distinct workplace segments: 

Corporate Sector – Large 

  • Aflac 
  • Beckman Coulter, Inc. 
  • Delta Air Lines 
  • Deluxe Corp. 
  • Ernst & Young 
  • Gartner, Inc 
  • Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation 


Corporate Sector – Small 

  • illy Caffe North America, Inc. 
  • Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.  
  • Tapemark Company  


Public SectorDefined Benefit Pension  

  • Colorado PERA 
  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund 
  • Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) 


Public Sector/457  

  • State of California Savings Plus Program 
  • State of Alabama 457 Deferred Compensation Plan 



  • Florida Institute of Technology 
  • Heritage Valley Health Systems  
  • McLeod Health Systems 
  • Riverside Health 


Each Plan Sponsor of the Year finalist will be recognized atPLANSPONSOR‘s Annual Awards for Excellence dinner in New York on March 24, and also will be featured in the March issue of PLANSPONSOR magazine. The winners in each category will be unveiled in early March.  At the Awards for Excellence celebration, PLANSPONSOR will also announce the winners of its annual Retirement Plan Adviser and Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year. 

Last year’s winners included Ohio Deferred Compensation, Legacy Health System, Texas Municipal Retirement System, and NV Energy, Inc. (see 2010 Plan Sponsors of the Year).   

Previous recipients have included Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, WellSpan Health, West Virginia Teachers’ Retirement System, and the City of Los Angeles, M. A. Mortenson Company; The YMCA Retirement Fund; The Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS); the State of Hawaii; American Airlines; the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS); IBM; the United Methodist Church; Gary Amelio, Executive Director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board; David Bronner, Head of the Retirement Systems of Alabama; the FDNY Pension Fund; and General Motors Asset Management’s Allen Reed.