Award Descriptions and Criteria

Disclosure for NAPA Top Women ADVISORS: 

NAPA Firm Partners nominate candidates for this recognition. Once voting began, we also allowed for other nominations as well, ultimately receiving nearly 500 nominations and, in the weeks that followed, roughly 15,000 votes from individuals across the spectrum of the retirement industry.

Nominees were asked to respond to a series of questions, both quantitative and qualitative, about their experience and practice. Those anonymized questionnaires were then reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of judges who, over the course of several weeks, selected the women honored in three categories:

• Captains: All-stars who happen to be principals, owners or team captains of their organizations.

• All-Stars: Top producers who have their own practice.

• Rising Stars: Top producers who have less than five years of experience with retirement plans as a Financial Advisor (some have been working with plans longer, but not as a plan advisor).


Disclosure for NAPA Young Guns:

Established in 2014, this list is based on applications received from nominees designated by NAPA Broker-Dealer/RIA Firm Partners.  Those applications are vetted by a blue ribbon panel of senior advisor industry experts based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative data submitted by the nominees, as well as a broker-check review, and voted on by thousands in the retirement plan industry. These “Young Guns” are widely seen as the future leaders of the retirement plan advisor industry.

In 2018 we more than 500 nominations (a 10% increase from a year ago).  While each year’s nominations contain an inspiring pool of potential candidates, due to both the size and quantity of qualifying advisors, we have again acknowledged 75 top young retirement plan advisors.

DISCLOSURE FOR The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors:

The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by the Financial Times (September 2017). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in seven primary areas: DC plan assets under management (AUM), DC AUM growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials, compliance record and DC plan participation rate. This honor is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.