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Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial is excited to announce that its Co-founders, Trent Grinkmeyer, AIF®, CRPC®, and Valerie Leonard, AIF®, CPFA, have been named to the Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisers list for 2018. The fourth annual list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, was recently published in a special section of the newspaper’s U.S. edition, as well as on ft.com.
“It’s a privilege to be honored for helping empower Americans to save and invest for retirement in meaningful ways,” said Valerie. Her commitment as a leader in the financial industry and retirement community has spanned nearly fifteen years. "This recognition as a leading 401(k) advisory firm demonstrates our focus on offering best-in-class retirement investments, driving down plan costs, and protecting employers from fiduciary liability.”
With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Trent works with retirement plan sponsors to improve the 401(k) experience for both the company and the participants. "This award represents the hard work by our team to help employees of the 401(k) plans that we work with make their retirement dreams a reality." said Trent.
The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisers is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times. The list is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and Financial Times research. It reflects each advisor’s status in seven primary areas: defined contribution (DC) plan assets under management, DC plan business growth rate, specialization in DC business, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, compliance record, and DC plan participation rate.*
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The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times. 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. 670 qualified applicants were nominated, of which 401 were recognized (60 percent of candidates). This honor is not indicative of the advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the Financial Times 401. For the full methodology, please visit ft.com.
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial is thrilled to announce that its Co-founder, Valerie Leonard, AIF®, CPFA, has been named to the Forbes' Top 1,000 Next Generation Wealth Advisors list for 2018. The list was published on Forbes.com.
Valerie's mission is to help people be the best they can be by making the most of their financial resources and time. Her commitment as a leader in the financial industry and retirement community has spanned nearly fifteen years and has earned her numerous recognitions throughout the United States. She specializes in 401(k) consulting for companies and in managing investment portfolios for and offering financial advice to high net worth indivdiuals.
Valerie issued a statement saying, "I'm blessed to have a platform to affect enduring change in the lives of so many people and I'm dedicated to being a positive thought-leader and dynamic influence in the financial services industry."
The 2018 ranking of Forbes' Top 1,000 Next Generation Wealth Advisors recognizes advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum of four years experience. To read the full release and to learn more about this award, please click here.
This recognition and the due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. You are encouraged to conduct your own research to determine if the advisor is right for you. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial is thrilled to announce that its Strategic Retirement Plan Coordinator, Jamie Kertis, QKA, AIF®, CPFA, has been named to the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) Top Women Advisors list for 2017.
As a strategic retirement plan coordinator, Jamie works with company presidents, CFOs, CEOs, and human resources professionals to design, implement, and manage a total benefit strategy including 401(k) plans and group health and welfare plans. She helps companies design retirement plans that not only represent the best interests of their employees but also plans that attract and reward top-level executives. Jamie serves as a liaison between company executives and product providers and assists with the implementation of committees, analyzes and recommends plan investments, and reviews plan operations.
“I am so grateful to be honored for doing something that I love,” said Jamie. “I am passionate about working with corporate retirement plans to help American workers save for a meaningful retirement.”
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(1) Not indicative of the investment advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. For more information, please visit www.napa-net.org.
(2) Nominations were made by NAPA broker/dealer and RIA partners. Honorees were selected by a panel of judges based on criteria such as a candidate’s percentage revenues derived from retirement plans, total plan assets under management/advisement, years of experience working with workplace retirement plans, regulatory compliance record, and credentials. Votes were used to break ties, if applicable. There were 201 qualified advisors considered for this award; 110 (55 percent of candidates) were named to the list. List makers were then separated into three different categories: All-Stars, Captains, and Rising Stars. The nominated advisor need not be a NAPA member. As defined by NAPA: All-Stars: top producers who have their own practices. Captains: All-Stars who happen to be principals, owners, or team captains of their organizations. Rising Stars: top producers who have less than five years’ experience with retirement plans as a financial advisor.
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial is honored to announce that it has been named as one of the 2017 Top DC Advisor Teams with Assets Under Advisement over $100 million* by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). The list, released in December, ranks firms based on assets under advisement. Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial is one of only three firms in Alabama to be recognized.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for this honor,” said Valerie Leonard, co-founder of Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial. “We remain focused on helping Americans plan, save, and invest wisely so that they can accomplish their life’s goals and create memories with the ones they love.”
*The 2017 NAPA Top DC Advisor Teams with AUA over $100 million list is a compilation of individual advisor firms, or teams, solely ranked by DC (Defined Contribution) assets under advisement. Firms were asked to complete an application and provide information concerning their DC business to NAPA. 325 qualified firms were considered of which 250 (77% of candidates) were recognized.
Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial is honored to be named as of the 2017 Top DC Advisor Firms* by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), one of only three firms in Alabama to make the list.
Founded in 2014, NAPA's core purpose is to enhance retirement security in America. NAPA is an affiliate organization of the American Retirement Association and is the only advocacy group exclusively focused on issues that matter to retirement plan advisors.
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*The 2017 NAPA Top DC Advisor Firms list is a compilation of individual advisor firms, or teams, solely ranked by DC (defined contribution) assets under advisement. Firms were asked to complete an application and provide information concerning their DC business to NAPA. 325 qualified firms were considered of which 250 (77% of candidates) were recognized. This award is not indicative of the future performance of the firm or its advisors. Your experience may vary. For more information, please visit: www.napa-net.org.