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publisher's note //
On Our 15th Year
F
ifteen years ago this month, we launched
the PLANADVISER brand. This decision was
made in part because, through increased
adviser attention to our PLANSPONSOR brand, and
registrations for its events, we had seen " the role
and impact of financial advisers in this industry
expand greatly in significance, " to cite thoughts
expressed in our premiere issue. There were plenty
of publications for financial advisers-some of
which paid lip service to retirement-plan-focused
advisers-but none that directly aimed to speak to
this demographic.
The charter issue's cover story was titled " Now What? " a reference to the
work people all across the industry were doing, attempting to sort out the
implications of the recently signed Pension Protection Act (PPA), especially
what it meant for retirement plan advisers. I recall questions being asked about
what the role was for the adviser if a plan was able to be run on automatic
plan features. It turns out, no skilled plan adviser should have worried; there's
plenty of value to be added, and advice to be given, even for-sometimes especially
for-plans utilizing auto-enrollment, auto-escalation and the qualified
default investment alternatives.
As is common with any anniversary or birthday, I find myself reflecting on
the past. We founded PLANADVISER with a mission to help those advisers who
had been working in this role for years, as well as those just getting involved
with employer-sponsored retirement programs. We told you there would be
" a deep appreciation of the complex issues regularly faced by retirement plan
advisers, coupled with practical problem-solving strategies, as well as features
on things as diverse as practice management, business development and
effective plan administration. " I'd like to think we've done well meeting that
mission, which continues to be at the core of this brand.
As we look ahead, we have many plans for PLANADVISER to respond to
the changing landscape of the industry and to create more opportunities to
help you be better at your job. We will continue to recognize, and share stories
from, those who are doing great things. Over the next few months, you will
see a new set of adviser awards and recognitions-these range from a slightly
different approach to our Top 100, to a whole new set of Retirement Plan Adviser
of the Year categories, some emphasizing client services, others, mentorship
and diversity, equity and inclusion. We are increasing our focus on monthly
in-depth features and creating more multimedia to be available online. We've
got plans for new ways to get adviser voices front and center because the best
way for us to meet your needs is to stay regularly connected and to understand
how these needs are changing.
Fifteen years ago, I wrote in my opening letter that we wanted to give
you a voice and a resource because " your role in helping employers-and,
ultimately, participants-make choices that are well-reasoned, prudent and
consistent with the requirements of ERISA [Employee Retirement Income
Security Act] is a vital service. With your help, more Americans will enjoy
a secure and dignified retirement. " This is only truer today than it was then.
The road to financial security for most Americans is paved, with some help
from payroll deferral and compounding, by employer-sponsored retirement
programs. Advisers and consultants continue to play a pivotal role in helping
employers frame their retirement and financial wellness benefits programs.
We look forward to continued partnership with you all over the next 15 years
and beyond. -Alison Cooke Mintzer, Publisher
publisher: Alison Cooke Mintzer
Alison.Mintzer@issmediasolutions.com
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managing editor, planadviser.com:
John Manganaro
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editorial staff: Rebecca Moore, Michele
Theodore, Amanda Umpierrez,
Karen Wittwer
contributors: Beth Braverman, Ed McCarthy,
Judy Ward
surveys & research: Brian O'Keefe;
Angela Marinakis, Jackie Scott
design & production: Donna Bien-Aimé,
Alanna Jacobs, Joy Liu
design contributor: Cherese Rambaldi
art contributors: Joe Anderson,
Scott Bakal, Andrea D'Aquino, Guille Manchado,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PLANADVISER - September/October 2021

Masterminds of the Plan
"PLANADVISER’s 2021 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers"
How to Optimize Connections
Defining Roles
Building Strategic Partnerships
Different Strokes
Cybersecurity Considerations
Provider Recommendations
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PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - Masterminds of the Plan
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PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - "PLANADVISER’s 2021 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers"
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PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - How to Optimize Connections
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PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - 31
PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - Defining Roles
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PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - Building Strategic Partnerships
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PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - Different Strokes
PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - 37
PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - Cybersecurity Considerations
PLANADVISER - September/October 2021 - Provider Recommendations
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