Retirement Advisor Council Announces Financial Wellness Program Award Winners

East Granby, CT – The Retirement Advisor Council recognized Pankow Builders and Dawn Food Products and their respective retirement plan partners, as recipients of its annual Financial Wellness Program Awards.

Maria Carlson, CFO of Pankow Builders, and Brian Coleman Vice President, Total Rewards of Dawn Food Products were on hand to receive the awards. With retirement plans as a focal point for both programs, Ms. Carlson’s efforts were supported by Pat McKiernan of The Plan Resource Group at RBC Wealth Management and Mark Dehmel of John Hancock..

Mr. Coleman’s program was supported by Bruce Lanser of UBS Financial Services and Jason Burlie of Prudential Retirement. Mr. McKiernan and Mr. Lanser are both members of the Retirement Advisor Council.

Ms. Carlson noted,“We understood that we needed to shift the way we were connecting with our workforce and the medium we were using to reach them. The demographics of our company are changing, and we worked hard to shift our approach to keep up and keep effective. That made a significant impact in our wellness program.”

Mr. Coleman agreed, “It’s important to connect and support team members. Benefits are baked into our company culture. Our goal is to take care of the best people in the industry who fuel our company success daily. We have created a holistic approach to benefits strategy. We are one of the few organizations that has an advocacy and wellbeing model in place for Team Member benefits.” Dawn was also recognized by Employee Benefit News in 2015 (EBN Benny Award – Judges Choice)

About Pankow Builders

Since 1963, Pankow has benefited clients through creative problem-solving, engineering expertise and construction innovation. Pioneers of design-build and integrated project delivery, Pankow provides design-build, design-assist, general contracting and tenant improvement services. Pankow specializes in complex projects and work on a diverse range of markets and building types. The company adds value to project teams with their expertise in design management, sustainable design and construction, virtual design and construction and lean construction practices. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Notable projects include the Metropolis Residential Tower in Downtown LA, the San Francisco Public Safety Building and the CPMC Van Ness Medical Office Building in San Francisco. For more information, please visit

About Dawn Food Products, Inc.

Global bakery manufacturer and ingredients supplier Dawn Foods has established itself as the premier bakery service provider, inspiring bakery success every day. Committed to delighting its customers around the world, Dawn Foods delivers the partnership, insights, innovations, products and bakery expertise that empowers them to achieve their aspirations. Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, Dawn Foods partners with more than 40,000 artisanal and retail bakers, food service leaders and manufacturers located in more than 100 countries and has 5,000 Team Members globally. For 100 years, Dawn Foods has been a trusted advisor to its customers, helping drive their business forward. For more information about the company, its products and culture, please visit

About The Plan Resource Group at RBC Wealth Management

The Southern California based Plan Resource Group at RBC Wealth Management provides retirement plan consulting and advisory services to corporations and non-profit organizations. Their services include fiduciary investment monitoring, fee structure evaluation, plan benchmarking and financial wellness program design.

About UBS Financial Services

UBS strives to create superior value for our clients, shareholders and employees. The goal of UBS Financial Services is to want to stand out as a winner in our industry: for expertise, advice and execution, a contribution to society, work environment and business success. For more information visit

About The Retirement Advisor Council

Formed in 2009, 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.

Retirement Advisor Council is a brand of EACH Enterprise, LLC.  Learn more at



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