BlackRock Joins the Retirement Advisor Council

East Granby, CT – – We are pleased to announce BlackRock has joined the Retirement Advisor Council as part of the Investment Manager college.

BlackRock is one of 19 investment managers on the Council. The company will be represented by Sean Murray, head of BlackRock’s Advisor Sold and Platform Distribution Team for the U.S. Defined Contribution group.

“We look forward to sharing our experiences and best practices with the Retirement Advisor Council and its respected members. BlackRock is very much aligned with the Council’s mission to advocate for successful qualified plan and participant outcomes, and we’re honored to do our part to help make retirement an attainable goal for all workplace savers,” said Murray.

As the industry’s largest investment-only DC plan provider, BlackRock reaches more than 10 million American workers and manages more retirement assets than any other investment-only firm in the world. At December 31, 2016, BlackRock’s U.S. & Canada DC group managed $704 billion. BlackRock provides a comprehensive range of tools, services and support to help DC plan sponsors measure participants’ retirement readiness and closely assess the needs of diverse workforces; implement new plan features to boost participation, savings levels and age-appropriate investment, and enhance communications programs to drive greater employee engagement with the DC plan.

The Retirement Advisor Council is a national organization that advocates for successful qualified plan and participant retirement outcomes through the collaborative efforts of experienced, qualified retirement plan advisors, investment managers and defined contribution plan service providers.  To advance its mission, the Council undertakes initiatives in the areas of research, public relations and promotion, general public education, regulatory positions and practice management.  The Council accomplishes this mission by:

  • Identifying duties, responsibilities, and attributes of the Professional Retirement Plan Advisor.
  • Sharing professional standards with plan sponsors who are responsible for the success of their plans.
  • Providing collective thought capital to decision makers, product providers, legislators and the public.
  • Giving voice to the retirement plan advisor community
  • Offering tools to evaluate advisors to ensure the quality of services provided.

Learn more about the Retirement Advisor Council at

About BlackRock
BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients.  At December 31, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles.  BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®.  As of December 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s

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– Joshua Ulmer, CFA®, CIMA®, CRPS®, AIF® has joined the Retirement Advisor Council effective January 1, 2017.