Retirement Advisor Council Elects Executive Board Members Troy Redstone, Sharon Schmid, and Eric Garofalo

East Granby, CT - The members of the Retirement Advisor Council have elected Troy Redstone, Sharon Schmid, QPFC , and Eric Garofalo to its Executive Board. Troy Redstone, AIF®, CFEI®, CBFA®,  CPFA® Principal, PHD. Retirement Consulting1, will represent the Advisor College. Sharon Schmid, Senior Vice President, Retirement Plans Consultant, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated2, will represent the Practice Leader College. Eric Garofalo, Senior Relationship Manager, Firm Relations, Principal Financial Group3, will represent the Service Provider College.

The Executive Board provides leadership for all Council activities and oversight to Executive Director Eric Henon. The five-member Executive Board includes representatives of each segment of the membership: advisors (2 seats), practice leaders, service providers and investment managers.

"I am honored to be elected to the board by my peers and am looking forward to working with the other members of the Executive Board to continue the great work of the Retirement Advisor Council." says incoming Service Provider College Executive Board member Eric Garofalo.

"I am honored to be chosen as the upcoming Practice Leader College representative on the Board, and I thank Baird for their support and commitment to our industry. I will work hard to continue the important initiatives and advocacy of the Council." adds incoming Practice Leader College Executive Board Member Sharon Schmid.

"I'm both honored and humbled to receive the vote of confidence from my peers within the Retirement Advisor Council. It is a great honor simply to be recognized as a member of the Council, much less to serve in this capacity. And it is humbling to continue the important work of raising the bar for this industry for what it means to be a dedicated retirement plan fiduciary advisor," states incoming Advisor College Executive Board member Troy Redstone.

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.

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