New Name Highlights Independence, Flexibility, Expertise, and Technology Investments
Ascensus— whose technology and expertise helps millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has announced that its TPA Solutions group will become FuturePlan by Ascensus. This communicates the independence, flexibility, expertise, and investments in technology that Ascensus has brought together to create the nation’s largest retirement third-party administrator (TPA).
FuturePlan by Ascensus, which encompasses 42 locations throughout the country, services more than 34,000 plans with 30 different recordkeeping partners. The group’s expertise includes defined contribution plans, defined benefit (traditional and cash balance) plans, ESOPs, specialty plans, and 3(16) fiduciary services.
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“FuturePlan by Ascensus gives advisors and plan sponsors a new way of thinking about retirement plan administration,” said Jerry Bramlett, who heads the group. “We’re able to provide high-touch, local service backed by the tremendous resources of a large national organization, including a deep bench of talent, significant ongoing technology investments, data security infrastructure, in-house ERISA expertise, and many other advantages. Because we have a deep commitment to independence and don’t sell investments, we can offer advisors and plan sponsors the flexibility to choose the recordkeeper or investment solution that fits best with their individual needs.”
Over the past few years, Ascensus has welcomed many of the nation’s leading retirement plan TPAs and experts to its organization in creating America’s largest TPA. FuturePlan by Ascensus unites this family of acquired TPAs under one division that offers unrivaled value to clients throughout the country and across many different plan types. Many legacy owners and leaders have chosen to remain with the firm, which is a testament to Ascensus’ thoughtful and diligent approach to integration.
“Most of our senior leaders are legacy firm owners—they’re excited to be part of the ambitious national firm that we’re building together,” Bramlett continued. “We’ve worked hard to preserve the unique strengths and insights from each legacy company while moving to a common workflow, introducing shared service standards, and improving efficiency through better technology, HR, and administrative functions.”
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