Corporate growth

Ascensus Plans to Add Nearly 400 New Associates Through 2022

Hiring Initiative Supports Recent and Anticipated Growth

Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—expects to add nearly 400 new associates by the end of 2022, adding scale and expertise in support of expanding client, partner, and advisor business.

“The U.S. economy has shown remarkable resilience through the challenges of the past 18 months, and it’s clear that both organizations and workers are now finding new opportunities for growth,” said David Musto, president and CEO of Ascensus. “Ascensus is generating outstanding sales momentum as a tech-enabled solutions provider, and our wins in the marketplace are creating significantly greater opportunities to recruit and retain the best talent across our businesses.”

Musto noted that the company’s world-class NPS scores and client satisfaction have helped Ascensus drive strong client retention in a highly competitive market, adding: “We’re committed to proactively addressing our workforce needs to position ourselves for even greater client and business success in the years ahead.”

Forecasted growth and investments over the next 15 months will add associates in technology, client services, operations, sales, marketing, compliance, and general management across all four of the company’s lines of business—Retirement, FuturePlan by Ascensus, Government Savings, and Health & Benefits.

  • In Retirement, hiring plans will create eight new sales territories, expand product and digital capabilities, and strengthen Ascensus’ proven outsourcing model by investing in added institutional partner capabilities.
  • Recruiting in FuturePlan, one of the largest independent retirement plan TPAs in the country, includes expansion of plan design and client consulting teams, growing the business line’s prevailing wage capabilities (addressing opportunities in the building and construction industries benefiting from federal infrastructure spending), and enhancing support for technology and digital solutions.
  • Government Savings plans to enhance its scope, scale, and service model with new roles in operations—addressing significant growth across Ascensus’ industry-leading 529 education and ABLE programs—and expand its employer onboarding and servicing teams to support increasing participation in its state-facilitated retirement program business.
  • Health & Benefits recruiting efforts will focus on helping differentiate Ascensus’ product strategy and solutions in the marketplace and drive customer and partner growth. Additional investments will add service and operations roles targeting emerging needs in health savings account, Affordable Care Act, and COBRA plan servicing.

Ascensus recently announced special compensation and benefits enhancements for associates in recognition of the extraordinary results and performance delivered throughout the organization over the past year and a half. Improvements included an immediate salary adjustment of 3% for the majority of associates and a special  profit-sharing contribution to eligible associates’ retirement accounts in early 2022.

“Through a very demanding period, our associates have doubled down on their commitment to serving our clients and helping people save for what matters,” continued Musto. “We’re grateful for their efforts and delighted to reward them for their outstanding achievements—all while supporting them with significant new hiring investments to address today’s client needs and future growth.”

Since spring 2020, Ascensus has added more than 1.7 million savings participants across its lines of business, launched new mobile apps for retirement and education savers, acquired and onboarded the retirement plan administration and servicing business of one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, advanced capabilities in its FuturePlan line of business to deliver scale and expertise nationally, and enhanced service and digital solutions for its Health & Benefits business. Ascensus was recently named a finalist for Retirement Leader of the Year by Fund Intelligence for the third consecutive year—having won the honor in 2019—while Government Savings logged its 21st consecutive quarter of five-star ratings by National Quality Review, recognizing its excellence in customer service performance.

For information about pursuing a career at Ascensus, visit careers.ascensus.com.

 

About Ascensus
Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Through co-branded, private-labeled, and other governmental partnerships, our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. For more information, visit ascensus.com.


Ascensus Unveils Retirement Website and Mobile Enhancements That Offer Simple, Seamless, and Supportive User Experiences

Plan Sponsors and Participants Benefit from Continued Investments in Technology and Digital Initiatives Designed to Save Time and Improve Outcomes

Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—is pleased to announce a recent series of technology and digital updates designed to enhance and simplify retirement plan sponsor and participant user experiences.

Chief among these are participant website and mobile experiences that have been redesigned based on the latest feedback and user experience principles. Updates include more intuitive designs that are in line with Ascensus’ approach of keeping retirement plan engagement simple, seamless, and supportive for all users. The enhancements include a dashboard redesign, behavioral interventions, and experimentation to drive positive saver outcomes.

The participant dashboard redesign, which ensures important account information is prominently displayed and easy to understand, has received high marks, with four out of five savers preferring the new design over those of other financial websites. Ascensus’ mobile app now provides personalized, context-sensitive interventions that have successfully deflected 30% of participants who intended to decrease their savings rate. And through A/B testing and using behavioral economics principles, Ascensus was able to increase the number of savers who increased their savings rate by 50% over control.

“Ascensus is committed to investing in technology that delivers fresh, simple, and efficient experiences to plan sponsors and participants,” states Kevin Cox, president of Ascensus Retirement. “As a company that is constantly on the move, we’ll continue to evolve our online experiences based on user feedback and data-driven insights with the goal of delivering better outcomes for the plan sponsors and participants we service.”

In addition to the participant website and mobile redesign initiatives, Ascensus has also recently unveiled several other experience enhancements as a result of technology-related investments, including:

  • Payroll: Ascensus has introduced several features to make payroll processing more seamless and intuitive for plan sponsors, including a wizard that assists with uploading files, the ability to track contributions and clearly see remaining steps in the process, and an option to update banking information within the payroll experience. These enhancements have been well received by plan sponsors who handle their own payroll processing.

    For plan sponsors who do not want to facilitate their own payroll processing, Ascensus continues to integrate with additional payroll vendors to offer more options, including Payroll 360. Ascensus has integrated with more than 100 payroll providers and is currently working on expanding a number of those into Payroll 360 integrations.

  • Compliance: Our year-end compliance testing package has been refreshed with a clean, intuitive design to help plan sponsors ensure their plan operations and documents are current and compliant. Plan-level alerts are now available to assist with ineligible contributions and offer tips and best practices. The new experience features dynamic content and interactive digital links, with more enhancements on the horizon.
  • Managed Accounts: We’ve expanded our strategic relationships to provide managed account optionality for institutional partners and advisors looking to deliver personalized account management services to their clients and savers.

“Our technology-driven investments demonstrate Ascensus’ commitment to providing enhancements to better support plan sponsors and participants,” adds Cox. “Since our independent service model allows for more choice and flexibility, our partners can leverage these enhancements to facilitate solutions that connect with their clients.”

“We’ll continue to develop our purpose-driven technology to make it easier for employers of all sizes to offer retirement plan benefits to their employees while also helping more savers save more,” concludes Cox.

About Ascensus
Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Through co-branded, private-labeled, and other governmental partnerships, our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. For more information, visit ascensus.com.


OneDigital and Ascensus Create OneDigital Complete Retirement Solution

Small-Market Retirement Plan Offering Includes Institutional-Quality Employee Services Such as Financial Wellness and Managed Accounts

OneDigital and Ascensus recently announced the availability of a co-created small market solution for retirement plans that brings institutional-quality employee services to plan participants.

The OneDigital Complete Retirement Solution offering includes Personalized Portfolios, OneDigital’s managed account solution that gives employees access to personalized investment strategies and savings recommendations that are unique to their investor profile within the retirement plan, and Financial Elements, a wellness solution offered through OneDigital. Other features and services include:

  • 3(38) fiduciary coverage provided by OneDigital and supported by an open-architecture platform
  • World-Class Net Promoter Score (NPS) plan onboarding and ongoing administration services for plan sponsors with Ascensus’ tech-enabled platform
  • Transparent, fee-based pricing model
  • Ascensus Elite Advisor program benefits (e.g., a dedicated client relationship manager and strategic account manager) to help advisors focus on growth and enhance their practices

One of the nation’s leading health, retirement/wealth, and HR advisory firms for employers of all sizes, OneDigital has offices throughout the country and serves 35,000 companies and manages nearly $4 billion in premiums. Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. It supports more than 113,000 retirement plans and more than 3.8 million participants. As of June 30, 2021, Ascensus had more than $404 billion in assets under administration.

OneDigital is one of the largest partners on Ascensus’ recordkeeping system, with more than 900 plans and upwards of $3.75 billion in assets under administration. The companies expanded their relationship after both were involved in the acquisition of Truist’s retirement business in the first quarter of 2021.

“The OneDigital small market solution is another example of Ascensus’ dedication to helping plan sponsors curb costs, reduce risk, and save time via access to institutional-quality employee services that help drive plan health and retirement readiness,” said Jason Crane, Ascensus’ head of retirement distribution. “Our commitment to using our independence to offer partners like OneDigital the flexibility to design their own retirement programs has never been stronger, and we look forward to supporting their advisors and plan sponsor clients.”

“When it came to developing a small market solution, we recognized that Ascensus’ platform allowed us to deliver OneDigital’s best-in-class managed account and financial wellness solutions to clients in a highly integrated fashion,” noted Vince Morris, president of OneDigital Retirement + Wealth. “Ascensus’ open-architecture platform and expertise in small business retirement plans, along with top-tier service excellence and distribution enablement capabilities, made it easy for us to design and offer a retirement plan solution that is customized at the plan level and personalized at the participant level.”

“In terms of need, I’m aware of more than 20,000 commercial clients on the OneDigital side that would benefit from this new small market retirement plan solution,” continued Morris. “Together with Ascensus, we’re putting the focus on an underserved participant population that deserves access to valuable services and features typically found in larger retirement plans.”

 

About OneDigital
OneDigital is the nation’s leading health, retirement/wealth, and HR advisory firm focused on empowering business growth for employers of all sizes and has consistently led as a workplace ally for over 20 years. OneDigital’s unique ability to converge health, wealth and human resources into a hub of services and business guidance has empowered companies to create workplaces that attract and retain talent while fueling innovation and company growth. As employee health care, wellness and workplace benefits continue to shift, companies of all sizes have relied on OneDigital’s exceptional advisory teams for counsel and its adjacent services, including employee benefits, holistic HR services, employee wellbeing and pharmacy consulting, as well as the retirement and wealth management services provided through OneDigital Investment Advisors. Headquartered in Atlanta, OneDigital’s more than 100 offices and 2,400+ business strategists serve the needs of over 85,000 employers across the nation.

OneDigital has been named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest-growing companies every year since 2007, one of only 11 companies to do so and is currently listed as 18th on Business Insurance’s list of 100 Largest U.S. Brokers. For more information, visit www.onedigital.com.

 

About Ascensus
Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Through co-branded, private-labeled, and other governmental partnerships, our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. For more information, visit ascensus.com.


Ascensus Expands Employee Benefits Administration and Compliance Capabilities with Agreement to Acquire UnifyHR

Fortifies Expertise in ACA Compliance, COBRA Administration, and Eligibility Verification Services Within Health & Benefits Line of Business

Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has entered into an agreement to acquire UnifyHR, a third-party administrator that provides employee benefits administration and compliance solutions including Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) administration, and eligibility verification services. It will immediately become part of Ascensus’ Health & Benefits line of business.

The transaction is expected to close on July 1, 2021. Terms are not being disclosed.

Founded in 2013 and based in Irving, TX, UnifyHR provides flexible and affordable support that helps employers manage complex employee benefits programs so they can focus on their core business. Its suite of offerings, managed through a proprietary system that also supports premium billing services and dependent eligibility audits, covers an employee’s entire lifecycle from new hire to retiree.

“UnifyHR has been highly successful in taking the complexity out of employee benefits administration and compliance obligations,” states David Musto, president and CEO of Ascensus. “By adding their knowledge and expertise to our Health & Benefits line of business, Ascensus reaffirms our commitment to helping employers satisfy their fiduciary and compliance responsibilities by making employee benefits easier to manage.”

“At Unify HR, we take pride in our deep experience in employee benefits administration and compliance services as well as our collaborative and close-knit culture,” says Allen Gehrki, UnifyHR’s president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to becoming part of Ascensus and continuing to deliver high-quality benefit services that are tailored to meet even the most complicated business requirements.”

“The comprehensive array of tech-enabled services offered by UnifyHR spanning ACA and COBRA administration, state health insurance mandate filings, and eligibility verification will expand Ascensus’ Health & Benefits solutions considerably,” says Raghav Nandagopal, Ascensus’ chief corporate development officer. “We’re delighted to welcome UnifyHR’s clients and associates to Ascensus and will continue to pursue opportunities to broaden our consumer-directed healthcare and employee benefits administration offerings.”

 

About Ascensus
Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. For more information, visit ascensus.com. Explore Ascensus’ latest data and insights on savings behaviors at pulse.ascensus.com.


Ascensus to Be Acquired by Stone Point Capital and GIC From Private-Equity Consortium

Ascensus announced today that funds managed by Stone Point Capital, the Greenwich, CT-based private equity firm specializing in financial services, along with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ascensus from its current private equity ownership group led by Genstar Capital, Aquiline Capital Partners, and Atlas Merchant Capital. Genstar Capital and Aquiline Capital Partners will maintain a minority stake in Ascensus.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, following regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Now in its 41st year of operations, Ascensus is a technology-enabled services company that helps millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare. It is also the leading independent recordkeeping services partner, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. Through the company’s network of institutional, financial advisor, and state partners, Ascensus supports more than 12 million savers through a variety of tax-advantaged retirement, education, and consumer-directed health savings accounts.

“We are delighted to partner with Stone Point Capital and GIC, who share our confidence in the strategic importance and growth potential of the retirement, education, and health savings markets,” said David Musto, president and CEO of Ascensus. “Their commitment will only strengthen our ability to continue investing in new capabilities, technology, and solutions; enhance our already world-class client service levels; and attract top talent to our organization.”

Musto added, “We thank Genstar Capital, Aquiline Capital Partners, and Atlas Merchant Capital for their support throughout our long relationship, which helped us become the leader we are today in the markets we serve.”

“We have followed Ascensus’ success for some time and see tremendous opportunities for further growth and positive impact on the industry,” said Chuck Davis, CEO of Stone Point Capital. “We believe Ascensus is a true leader in providing technology, expertise, and partnership to enable savings across the critical areas of retirement, education, and healthcare. We look forward to partnering with their management team and talented associates to support their continued growth, solutions innovation, and strong service delivery.”

Yong Cheen Choo, GIC’s chief investment officer of private equity, said, “Ascensus is delivering industry-leading solutions to help people save for what matters most. As a long-term investor, we believe Ascensus’ unique technology, market insights, and business knowledge will continue to drive growth and innovation in this space. We are thrilled to grow our years-long partnership through this increased investment, and look forward to working with Ascensus’ impressive management team over the long term.”

“Our journey with Ascensus and their management team over the last five years has been both remarkable and rewarding,” said Tony Salewski, managing director of Genstar.

Jeff Greenberg, chairman and CEO of Aquiline Capital Partners added, “We are very pleased Ascensus has become a market-leading savings business, having grown both organically and through acquisitions under our ownership. The company is well led and in a strong position to achieve its next phase of development over the coming years.”

“It has been an honor to be an investor in Ascensus twice in my career,” said David Schamis, founding partner and chief investment officer of Atlas Merchant Capital LLC. “Ascensus combines a strong market position with a highly skilled and shareholder value-focused management team. I am eager to continue to watch them flourish.”

Barclays and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as co-financial advisors to Ascensus in connection with this transaction. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as sole financial advisor to Stone Point Capital. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal counsel to Ascensus. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as transactional counsel to Stone Point Capital. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as financing counsel to Stone Point Capital.

 

About Ascensus
Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Through co-branded, private-labeled, and other governmental partnerships, our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. For more information, visit ascensus.com.

Get the latest trends and insights based on our proprietary data from more than 113,700 retirement plans, 6.0 million 529 accounts, 426,500 health savings accounts, and 23 ABLE plans.* Inside America’s Savings Plans highlights average savings levels across these tax-advantaged accounts and showcases plan features that drive participation and growth.

*As of December 31, 2020.

 

About Stone Point Capital LLC
Stone Point is an investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, with approximately $30 billion of assets under management. Stone Point targets investments in companies in the global financial services industry and related sectors. The firm invests in a number of alternative asset classes, including private equity through its flagship Trident Funds. Stone Point also manages both liquid and private credit funds and managed accounts. In addition, Stone Point Capital Markets supports our firm, portfolio companies and other clients by providing dedicated financing solutions. For more information, please visit www.stonepoint.com.

 

About GIC
GIC is a leading global investment firm, established in 1981, to strengthen Singapore’s financial future by managing its foreign reserves. As a disciplined long-term value investor, we engage across a wide range of asset classes in over 40 countries. Headquartered in Singapore, we have a strong global talent force of over 1,700 people positioned in 10 key financial cities. For more information on GIC, please visit www.gic.com.sg or LinkedIn.

 

About Aquiline Capital Partners LLC
Aquiline Capital Partners, founded in 2005, is a private equity firm based in New York and London investing in businesses across the financial services sector in banking and credit, insurance, investment management, and financial technology and services. The firm had $6.1 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2020. For more information about Aquiline, its investment professionals, and its portfolio companies, please visit: www.aquiline.com.

 

About Genstar Capital LLC
Genstar Capital (www.gencap.com) is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for over 30 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Together with Genstar X and all active funds, Genstar currently has approximately $33 billion of assets under management and targets investments focused on targeted segments of the financial services, healthcare, industrials and software industries.

 

About Atlas Merchant Capital LLC
Atlas Merchant Capital LLC was founded to participate in compelling market opportunities in the financial services sector. Based in New York and London, Atlas Merchant Capital was founded by Bob Diamond and David Schamis, who together with their partners form a complementary partnership with extensive operating and investing expertise across the financial services landscape. For more information about Atlas Merchant Capital, please visit www.atlasmerchantcapital.com.


Ascensus Adds Healthcare Actuarial Services, Expands Retirement and Consumer-Directed Healthcare Administration Capabilities with Agreement to Acquire Nyhart

Nationally Renowned Employee Benefits Consulting Firm to Become Part of FuturePlan by Ascensus

Dresher, PA—Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has entered into an agreement to acquire Nyhart, an employee benefits consulting firm that provides retirement (defined contribution, defined benefit, and actuarial) and healthcare actuarial services along with consumer-directed health and benefit continuation administration. Nyhart will immediately become part of the FuturePlan by Ascensus line of business.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nyhart serves more than 2,400 clients in all 50 states from 9 strategically placed locations. With client assets that exceed $20 billion, the firm specializes in bringing a consultative approach to large, complex plans and is home to a talented employee population that features nearly 100 actuaries, employee benefit consultants, and administrators. Nyhart works with a diverse client base that includes states, cities, and municipalities; professional services firms; public sector entities; healthcare systems; religious organizations; and higher education institutions. Along with its retirement and healthcare solutions, the firm also offers Votaire, a proprietary health and financial wellness platform that allows employers to provide employees with the tools to help them develop a plan for reaching their financial goals.

“Nyhart’s unique strengths complement our already broad service offerings at FuturePlan and immediately increase our capacity to serve larger, more complex plans,” states Jerry Bramlett, head of FuturePlan. “We’re pleased to welcome Lisa Hague and her management team along with Nyhart’s exceptional group of associates—their skills and expertise will further strengthen our competitive edge in the retirement and benefits industry.”

“At Nyhart, we consistently look to hire and invest in high-quality people in order to provide the best possible service throughout our lines of business,” says Lisa Hague, Nyhart’s chief executive officer. “As part of FuturePlan, we can access the resources of a larger organization to the benefit of our clients while still providing them with the personalized experience and creative solutions that they’ve come to expect from us.”

“Nyhart has an outstanding track record of success, client focus, and service quality over multiple decades,” notes Raghav Nandagopal, Ascensus’ executive vice president of corporate development and M&A. “It is a highly reputable and well-run company positioned for growth through the cultivation of strong industry relationships and the delivery of differentiated solutions to a diverse client base.”

“With this acquisition, we significantly expand our retirement and healthcare offerings on a national level while leveraging Nyhart’s healthcare actuarial solutions as a new service to our distribution partners and current and prospective clients,” concludes Nandagopal.

 

About Ascensus
Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. The firm delivers technology and expertise to help millions of people save for what matters most—retirement, education, and healthcare. For more information about Ascensus, visit ascensus.com. View career opportunities at careers.ascensus.com.

 

About FuturePlan by Ascensus
FuturePlan by Ascensus is the nation’s largest retirement third-party administrator, combining high-touch local service with the strength and security of an industry leader. A line of business within Ascensus, FuturePlan’s dedicated team serves more than 46,000 retirement plan sponsors in more than 40 locations across the country as of September 30, 2019. For more information, visit futureplan.com.


Ascensus Enhances Retirement and Employee Benefits Administration Capabilities with Agreement to Acquire Goldleaf Partners

Multi-Faceted TPA Adds to FuturePlan by Ascensus’ Geographic Footprint and Product Offerings

Dresher, PA—Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has entered into an agreement to acquire Goldleaf Partners, a third-party administrator (TPA) that provides retirement administration and fiduciary, employee benefits, payroll integration, consumer-directed health, and COBRA services to a diverse set of clients across the country. The firm will immediately become part of the FuturePlan by Ascensus line of business.

Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, Goldleaf Partners’ business and services model helps clients concentrate on their core business by reducing their administrative task load. It delivers superior service by developing client-centric relationships, exceeding expectations, and deploying innovative solutions. Goldleaf Partners services clients nationwide and is committed to providing dedicated support that addresses each client’s unique needs.

“Goldleaf Partners is well-known for excellence and expertise in employer services,” states Jerry Bramlett, head of FuturePlan. “Their 100+ highly skilled professionals—along with their reputation for innovation and unparalleled service—will be welcome additions to FuturePlan.”

“We strive to be our clients’ most engaged and responsive partner so that they can focus on managing and growing their businesses,” says Michael King, Goldleaf Partners’ founder and chief executive officer. “New and existing clients of Goldleaf Partners can rest assured in the knowledge that, as part of FuturePlan, we’ll put them and their objectives first so that we can continue to deliver the best service experience possible.”

“In Goldleaf Partners, Ascensus is acquiring a well-respected and dynamic TPA that provides a highly desirable combination of services,” says Raghav Nandagopal, Ascensus’ executive vice president of corporate development and M&A. “The firm embodies the qualities we look for as we continue to execute on our growth strategy: a market-leading reputation, favorable geographic footprint, and solid leadership team combined with a strong company culture and an unrelenting dedication to servicing its clients.”

 

About Ascensus
Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. The firm delivers technology and expertise to help millions of people save for what matters most—retirement, education, and healthcare. For more information about Ascensus, visit ascensus.com. View career opportunities at careers.ascensus.com.


Ascensus Appoints New Regional Vice President

Jonas Merk Joins Sales Team to Support Financial Advisors and Their Clients in the New York Metro Region

Dresher, PAAscensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonas Merk as regional vice president of the firm’s retirement plan sales team for the New York Metro region, covering New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County.

In this role, Merk will work with financial advisors, third-party administrators, and financial institutions—including institutional and DCIO (defined contribution investment only) partners—to build and maintain Ascensus’ retirement plan distribution networks. He will report directly to Anthony Bologna, divisional vice president of the eastern region, retirement sales.

Merk brings more than 15 years of retirement industry experience to his role, including expertise in all aspects of distribution, brand exposure, and assisting partners to scale their practices. Prior to joining Ascensus, he served as a regional vice president for Nationwide Financial, where he achieved several notable accomplishments that included development of a top five sales territory (NY Metro) and recognition as NAPA DC Wingman. Merk attended Montclair State University and holds his FINRA Series 7, 66, and 63 licenses.

“In addition to routinely achieving exceptional results for himself and his partners, Jonas possesses interpersonal skills that allow him to develop long-term, trusting relationships with clients,” says Jason Crane, head of retirement sales at Ascensus. “Adding someone of his caliber demonstrates Ascensus’ ability to attract and retain high-end talent, and is indicative of our commitment to help people save for what matters most.”

 

About Ascensus

Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. The firm delivers technology and expertise to help millions of people save for what matters most—retirement, education, and healthcare. For more information about Ascensus, visit ascensus.com. View career opportunities at careers.ascensus.com.


Ascensus Announces Acquisition of Contractor Retirement and Benefit Solutions Provider Beneco

FuturePlan by Ascensus to Offer Advanced Expertise in Increasingly Complex and Competitive Prevailing Wage Market

Dresher, PA—Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has acquired Beneco, a leading provider of bundled retirement and health & welfare benefits administration solutions in the prevailing wage market, from Alpine Investors. The firm, which offers a full suite of recordkeeping, third-party administration, and benefit plan consulting services, will immediately become part of the FuturePlan by Ascensus line of business.

Beneco, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, allies with contractors to empower them to build their businesses while helping their employees work toward a secure and prosperous future for their families. With more than three decades of benefits experience serving the prevailing wage space, Beneco has the expertise and credibility needed to serve the complex needs of prevailing wage business owners and their employees. Waller Helms Advisors served as the exclusive financial advisor to Beneco and Alpine Investors for the transaction.

“At FuturePlan, we understand that contractors face unique challenges when it comes to creating and managing an employee benefits plan while keeping the cost of their bids down,” states Jerry Bramlett, head of FuturePlan. “Beneco is one of the largest prevailing wage specialists in the country—adding their significant scale and unrivaled expertise to the FuturePlan team will allow us to help prevailing wage businesses to build a better future for their employees while giving them the ability to be more competitive with their contract bids.”

“For more than 30 years, Beneco has partnered with prevailing wage businesses all over the country to help them provide their employees with comprehensive benefits and valuable retirement plans,” states Kristy Bryson, Beneco’s chief executive officer. “We have invested time and resources to successfully position our business for the future and are excited to execute on new growth opportunities as part of FuturePlan.”

“Acquiring Beneco allows FuturePlan to significantly strengthen its position in the prevailing wage market,” says Raghav Nandagopal, Ascensus’ executive vice president of corporate development and M&A. “It also expands our presence in Arizona, which continues to be an attractive region in terms of growing our geographic footprint.”

“We continue to look at attractive opportunities that expand our existing businesses, fill product gaps, and penetrate new geographies within the retirement and health & wealth market segments,” concludes Nandagopal.

About Ascensus

Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. The firm delivers technology and expertise to help millions of people save for what matters most—retirement, education, and healthcare. For more information about Ascensus, visit
ascensus.com. View career opportunities at careers.ascensus.com.


Ascensus Acquires United Retirement Plan Consultants

Firm Expands FuturePlan Division to Deliver Unmatched Levels of Service, Innovation, and Expertise to a Broader National Client Base

Dresher, PA—Ascensus—whose technology and expertise helps millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has acquired United Retirement Plan Consultants (URPC). The third-party administration (TPA) firm will immediately become part of FuturePlan by Ascensus.

Based in Dublin, Ohio, URPC is a leader in retirement plan design, consulting, and administration services. The firm delivers tax‐efficient retirement plans—including 401(k), traditional defined benefit, cash balance, and employee stock ownership plans—and serves thousands of clients from sales and service centers in office locations throughout the country.

“Like FuturePlan, URPC is structured as a national network of local experts,” states Jerry Bramlett, head of FuturePlan. “Our leadership group is looking forward to working with the 200+ URPC associates to continue to provide their clients with great support while building an enhanced service experience.”

“With the addition of URPC, FuturePlan now has more than 48,000 plans under administration,” continues Bramlett. “We see an opportunity to use their scale to further the expansion of our national TPA service model. Along with our continued investment in technology, infrastructure, sales, plan services, and solutions delivery capabilities, this will further strengthen our geographic focus and help to deepen our platform, channel partner, and financial advisor relationships.”

“Our proven, successful, and thoughtful approach to integration will allow us to bring URPC into FuturePlan to continue to deliver a best-in-class service experience. We’d like to thank outgoing CEO Lee Bachu for her contributions to the business and wish her continued success,” concludes Bramlett.

“URPC brings meaningful size to FuturePlan with a comprehensive array of product offerings that are well aligned to expand our growth strategy,” states Raghav Nandagopal, Ascensus’ executive vice president of corporate development and M&A. “In addition, this acquisition will be additive to our ongoing geographic expansion, especially in terms of providing access to areas where we are seeking to establish a greater presence.”

“We look forward to leveraging URPC’s national presence and service delivery model,” continues Nandagopal. “And we are delighted for URPC’s associates to become part of the FuturePlan team.”

About FuturePlan by Ascensus
FuturePlan by Ascensus is the nation’s largest retirement TPA, combining high-touch local service with the strength and security of an industry leader. A business division of Ascensus, FuturePlan’s dedicated team serves more than 48,000 retirement plan sponsors in over 40 locations across the country. For more information, visit futureplan.com.

About Ascensus
Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. The firm delivers technology and expertise to help millions of people save for what matters most—retirement, education, and healthcare. For more information about Ascensus, visit ascensus.com. View career opportunities at careers.ascensus.com.