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CEFEX Certified TPA

Benefit Plans Plus is a certified recordkeeper and holds the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) seal of recordkeeper excellence for third party administrators, as certified by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC (CEFEX) . This is the top recognition in the industry.

Benefit Plans Plus is the first firm in the Midwest, to successfully complete the independent certification process for recordkeepers according to the General Manager of the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, Carlos Panksep.

“The CEFEX certification provides assurance to fiduciaries and their stakeholders that Benefit Plans Plus has demonstrated adherence to the best practices in the recordkeeping industry,” says Panksep. “The successful completion of the independent assessment is an extraordinary indication of a firm’s accountability to its clients.”

Accountability to clients is precisely why the boutique firm sought out the certification according to Benefit Plans Plus Partner In Charge, Patrick Shelton, GBA.

“Our dedication to the best practices in the industry urged our team to be among the first in the country to seek this outstanding recognition,” says Shelton. “The comprehensive review of our business practices to earn the CEFEX certification ensures our clients are getting the best service backed by the best practices for our industry.”

The Certification CEFEX uses three classifications to determine eligibility for the certification: full-service recordkeeping including investments and administration, full-service recordkeeping including third party administration through alliances and third party administration only.

The standard, established by ASPPA, includes best practices for governance, organization, human resources, operations, planning, systems and disclosure, as defined by a cross-industry task force established in 2007. They are modeled after the “Prudent Practices for Investment Stewards” published by Fiduciary360 of Pittsburgh, PA.

Future renewals involve a detailed re-assessment of operational data and procedures, followed by on-site interviews with key personnel. The Benefit Plans Plus registration certificate and standard summary. can be viewed at

CEFEX The Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, is an independent certification organization. CEFEX works closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the fiduciary practices of investment stewards, advisors, recordkeepers and managers. CEFEX has offices in Toronto, Canada, and Pittsburgh, PA. For information on the certification program and CEFEX please go to, where a full copy of the Standard of Practice is available.

ASPPA The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), based in Arlington, Va., is a national organization of more than 6,400 retirement plan professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans covering millions of American workers. ASPPA members are retirement professionals of all disciplines including consultants, administrators, actuaries, accountants, and attorneys. The large and broad-based ASPPA membership gives it unusual insight into current practical problems with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and qualified retirement plans with a particular focus on the issues faced by small- to medium-sized employers. ASPPA membership is diverse and united by a common dedication to the private retirement plan system. For information about ASPPA, please go to

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