Mariner Retirement Advisors Named to 2016 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors

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Mariner Retirement Advisors is pleased to announce it has been named as one of the 2016 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers.

The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers is an annual listing of adviser individuals and teams that stand out in the industry in terms of a series of quantitative measures. These include the dollar value of qualified plan assets under administration (AUA), as well as the number of plans under advisement. 

According to David Stofer, ChFC, CLU, AIF®, founder and president of Mariner Retirement Advisors, “I am honored that our team has been included in this recognition, as I believe it illustrates our commitment to serving our clients. Although our team has significant experience advising retirement plan clients, we officially launched Mariner Retirement Advisors in 2014. In our relatively short history, we have experienced rapid growth, both in clients and employees. I look forward to many more years of helping our retirement plan clients achieve their long-term objectives.”

Mariner Retirement Advisors has offices in Leawood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Omaha, Nebraska

The Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers is segmented into four groups based on the number of advisers and number of total employees including support staff: Individual advisers are one adviser with support staff; a small team is a group of 10 or fewer, comprising two or more advisers and support staff; a large team is a group of 11 to 25 advisers and support staff; mega teams have 26 or more team members. 

To qualify for a particular segment individuals needed to advise more than 100 plans or more than $1 billion in retirement plan AUA; small teams had to advise more than $2 billion in retirement plan assets or more than 100 plans; large teams needed more than $3 billion in retirement plan AUA or more than 170 plans; and mega teams had to oversee more than $5 billion in retirement plan AUA or more than 250 plan clients.

The 2016 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list is available online here. It was printed in the January–February issue of PLANADVISER magazine, and the advisers named to the list will also be honored at the annual PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Awards for Excellence dinner on March 31. Please visit the event page for more information.


The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list is compiled from responses to the PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. The list is drawn solely from a set of quantitative variables and information in the survey supplied by the advisers themselves. For an adviser to be eligible for recognition in this year's Top 100, he had to submit a completed entry to the 2015 Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, which was fielded this past September. A sub-segment of the questions was used to determine eligibility for the Top 100.


Through its magazine, website, events and email newsletter, PLANADVISER, an Asset International brand, provides comprehensive industry news, regulatory and investment information, research and training to financial advisers who specialize in the sale, design and administration of institutional qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and executive compensation plans, including 401(k), defined benefit and deferred compensation plans.

About Mariner Retirement Advisors 
Mariner Retirement Advisors provides advisory services to retirement plan sponsors with a goal of improving employees’ retirement readiness and enhancing clients’ benefits packages. The firm provides a wide range of services, including: plan design consulting, investment selection, asset allocation, ERISA compliance, investment policy statement preparation and maintenance, and fiduciary support. 

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