ASPPA Honors Members for Educational Achievement

| October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Outstanding Educator & Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Michael Bain

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2011) – The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) honored Michael L. Bain with the ASPPA Educator’s Award and three outstanding examination candidates with the Martin Rosenberg Academic Achievement Award. ASPPA presented the awards during the opening session of the ASPPA annual conference at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Md.

Since 1997, the ASPPA Educator’s Award has served to recognize outstanding educators from the ASPPA membership who have made significant contributions to retirement plan education. Mr. Bain was selected by the ASPPA Board of Directors and the Education and Examination (E&E) Committee’s leadership for demonstrated excellence.

Michael L. Bain, MSPA has been a longtime member of ASPPA’s Education & Examination Committee (where he served as General Chair) and has made countless contributions to advance member education and increase examination quality. Michael was heavily involved in the electronic evolution of ASPPA exams and was also influential in the development of immediate scoring and setting of exam quality standards. Additionally, Michael was a founding father in the development of curriculum for ASPPA’s Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) and Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) credentials.

Sue Perry Presents Michael Bain Educator of the Year Award

An educator by passion and profession, Michael has taught courses at various community colleges and at the University of California, Riverside. Furthermore, he is a regular presenter at various conferences, seminars and trade events. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous industry publications including The ASPPA Journal.

Currently, Michael is the president of CMC Pension Professionals. His firm is involved in all aspects of retirement planning including plan design, administration and compliance, and provides additional services in areas including expert witness testimony and IRS intervention.

The fruits of his labors and his continued devotion to education are widely appreciated and benefit countless candidates and professionals today.

The Martin Rosenberg Academic Achievement Award honors its namesake, the late Martin Rosenberg, a fellow of ASPPA. Rosenberg served as an ASPPA Education and Examination Committee member from 1979 to 1985 and was its general chairperson from 1985 until his death in 1987. The award recognizes the top performing candidates each year based on credential education examinations. The ASPPA Pension Education and Research Foundation (PERF) administers the award, which ASPPA established in 1990 to honor Rosenberg. The 2011 academic achievement recipients follow:

Christopher M. Coyle, QKA, QPFC, is the recipient of the Martin Rosenberg Academic Achievement Award for the spring 2011 Plan Financial Consulting-2 (PFC-2) examination. Chris is currently a relationship manager at The Standard and has more than 15 years of experience in areas including plan design, investments and compliance. Chris is continuing his education with plans to sit for the DC-3 examination in November and with sights on earning the QPA credential in spring 2012. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University.

Martin Rosenberg Award Recipients: (R - L) Christopher M. Coyle, Sue Perry (presenter), Nicolette M. Kirchoff, and Margaret A. Younis

Nicolette M. Kirchoff, QKA, is the recipient of the Martin Rosenberg Academic Achievement Award for the spring 2011 Defined Contribution Administrative Issues – Advanced Topics (DC-3) examination. Nicolette is a supervisor in the Retirement Services Division of Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll and human resource services. She is heavily involved in retirement services and is currently leading a team that specializes in advanced research and analysis of retirement service options for 401(k) clients. Nicolette is continuing her education with ambitions for the QPA credential.

Margaret A. Younis, QPA, QKA, TGPC, is the recipient of the Martin Rosenberg Academic Achievement Award for the spring 2011 Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant-2 (TGPC-2) examination. Maggie is currently a consultant at Lincoln Financial Group and is involved in plan design review and writing of technical communications. She is also working with ASPPA to further the industry education of department employees. In her 10 years in the industry, Maggie has gained experience in several facets of retirement planning including plan design, compliance testing and 5500 preparation. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University.

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About ASPPA: The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) is a national organization of more than 7,500 retirement plan and benefits professionals that serves as the educator, voice, and advocate for the employer-based retirement system. ASPPA members are administrators, actuaries, advisors, attorneys, accountants, and other financial services professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans.


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