Blake Thibault and John Clark Selected for Gathering of Nation’s Elite Plan Advisors
In July of 2017, Blake Thibault and John Clark were selected as one of the nation’s top 200 elite 401(k) plan advisors in the United States.
Blake and John met with top Congressional leaders about the future of the retirement savings industry and how proposed laws and regulations will affect American workers’ retirement security. Selected by NAPA from eligible NAPA members and senior decision makers based on the following qualifications: firm retirement specialist or retirement industry designation; at least $100M in plan assets and 10 or more retirement plans; 2000+ plan participants; and minimum five years’ experience servicing retirement plans. From a membership of some 11,000 advisors, applications were received from approximately 300 advisors. In 2017, applications from approximately 150 advisors were approved. The designation was based on the review of delegate applications by representatives of the National Association of Plan Advisors, an affiliate organization of the American Retirement Association, created by and for retirement plan advisors. No fee is charged to participate. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of this advisor’s future performance.
John Clark named one of NAPA’s Top 50 Plan Advisors Under 40
The National Association of Plan Advisers (NAPA) named John Clark one of the Top 50 Retirement Plan Advisors Under 40. John is affiliated with LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer,* an RIA custodian and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LPLA).
Established in 2014, the list is drawn from nominations provided by NAPA Broker-Dealer/RIA Firm Partners, vetted by a blue ribbon panel of senior advisor industry experts based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative data submitted by the nominees. Must be an advisor who works with retirement plans, and under age 40. Nominations were received for more than 500 advisors were nominated for his award in 2017. The list is created and conducted by the National Association of Plan Advisors, an affiliate organization of the American Retirement Association, a non-profit association. No fee is charged to participate. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of this advisor’s future performance.
*As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2017, based on total revenue.
Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisor List in 2016
Blake Thibault and John Clark were named in the Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors for 2016. This is the Financial Times inaugural
list of advisors who meet their criteria.
The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times (September 2017). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in seven primary areas: DC plan assets under management (AUM), DC AUM growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, compliance record and DC plan participation rate. This honor is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401. For the 2017 FT 401 ranking, the FT received about 550 applications. Only advisors who complete an application can be considered for the ranking. Please also note, only advisors who meet a minimum set of criteria are invited to apply: manage at least $50 million in assets under management in DC plans (as of 12/31/16); and have DC plan assets account for at least 20% of total AUM. 401 advisors are selected to the list, which is approximately 73% of applicants.
Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year Award by PLANSPONSOR Magazine in 2015
Heffernan Retirement Services was named Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year by PLANSPONSOR Magazine in 2015.
Nominated by industry professionals and selected based on quantitative evaluation of service levels and feedback from plan sponsor clients. Advisors who have attained the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional Designation receive an automatic nomination. In 2015, to be eligible to be a finalist, advisers had to meet the following minimum criteria: having a majority of business revenue derived from employer-sponsored retirement plans, serving as a fiduciary, being committed to fee-based compensation and using outcome-based metrics of plan success with clients. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the PLANSPONSOR in exchange for inclusion in the 2015 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year. In 2015, there were three PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year winners from 156 adviser entries. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of this advisor’s future performance.