Designing Retirement Plans
Advanced Plan Designs (APD) is an employee benefits consulting firm in business over 20 years designing retirement plans for companies large and small across the United States. We are focused on delivering custom plan design and on-going administration for qualified retirement plans.
Our service model is simple. We work alongside your financial advisor and record keeper to deliver a professionally bundled solution to you and your participants. As an independent third party administrator, we act as a critical link between you, the record keeper and your advisors, delivering consistent results.
Plan Design & Document Consult
- Conduct initial plan analysis and design review
- Draft plan documents, amendments, and plan restatements as required by law
- Create signature-ready documents
- Prepare all required participant disclosure notices
- Plan Types Offered: 401(k) Plan, Safe Harbor 401(k), 403(b), Defined Benefit, Cash Balance, Profit Sharing, Money Purchase, Solo 401(k), Owner Only Defined Benefit
- Complete all required calculations
- Complete all required compliance tests such as ADP/ACP, top heavy, 402(g), 415 and 410(b) tests
- VCP (Voluntary Correction Program) /EPCRS filings
- Prepare IRS Form 5500 Annual Return/Report for e-filing
- Draft Summary Annual Report
- Prepare Form 5330 (if necessary)
- Prepare Form 5558 (if necessary)
- Prepare Form 8955-SSA (if necessary)
- Provide enrollment meeting support
- Train HR staff on plan-related matters
- IRS/DOL audit assistance
- Simple IRA consulting
- Prepare and process participant withdrawal and loan requests
- 3(16) Fiduciary services
- Payroll Plus Services
Advanced Plan Designs welcomes the opportunity to partner with you. We believe that our pro-active approach and excellent customer service will reduce your workload, improve the operations of your plan, and provide greater satisfaction to plan participants. Let our experience work for you!!
Principal – ERPA, QKA, APR
Susan L. Marler founded Advanced Plan Designs in 2011 after selling her interest in another TPA firm she founded and owned since 1998. She has over 24 years of experience working with retirement plans. She meets with business owners and custom designs plans that meet their company objectives.
For over 20 years, she has been primarily responsible for the firms’ sales and marketing efforts, which entails calling on a variety of networks and developing relationships with investment advisors, investment companies, wire houses, banks, and independent broker-dealers. Read more…
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Patrick has over 13 years of experience in the employee benefits industry where he supported both the advisor and plan sponsor community. In Patrick’s prior position’s he was an integral part of launching the industry’s first daily valued cash balance plan. His experience includes, fiduciary support, providing guidance to plan sponsors of all sizes and implementing new sales and service models for one of the largest broker dealer/RIA firms in the country. Read more…
Tara’s responsibilities include assisting clients with ongoing administration and compliance of their retirement plans. Her clients range from small businesses to large corporations with thousands of plan participants. As operations manager Tara leads the plan consultants and oversees the daily workflow and monitors the various deadlines. Tara has also assisted in the sales and marketing efforts of the firm by issuing proposals, attending enrollment meetings and assisting with hosted seminar and event management. Read more…
Sales and Marketing Consultant
Jordan’s key responsibilities are to ensure a streamlined approach of bringing a prospective plan through the sold case process and finally through the conversion. He also creates and maintains APD’S relationships with advisors and clients, supports the director of sales & marketing and assists in creating a proactive marketing approach that is in line with APD’S mission and vision. Read more…
Kasandra joined Advanced Plan Designs in 2018 and will work with our plan sponsors and participants processing all distributions and loan requests from their retirement plans. She will collect the necessary information to determine eligibility for distribution, vesting information and process the required documentation necessary for withdrawals. She will also be responsible for calculating and distributing RMD’S and the preparation of required tax filings for plan distributions.
Compliance Officer – CPA
Kelly assists business owners in reaching their business’ retirement plan objectives by ensuring their qualified retirement plans remain in operational and legal compliance. Kelly’s responsibilities include researching complex operational and regulatory compliance issues, determining implications and implementing corrections that include IRS filings, DOL submissions and assisting clients with the various correction programs available. She is kept very busy keeping current on new IRS and DOL regulations and reviewing all associates’ work. Read more…
Kei Lani graduated in December of 2017 from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is pursuing her CPA certification, and continuing her education in retirement planning. Kei Lani’s responsibilities include analyzing census data, assisting consultants with ongoing administration, and compliance for qualified retirement plans. Read more…
Senior Plan Consultant – CPA
Whitney Griffin is a Senior Plan Consultant for Advanced Plan Designs. She has been in the industry since January 2010.
Whitney is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) through the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. She joined Advanced Plan Designs in 2014. Whitney also spent a year as an auditor with a local public accounting firm. Read more…
Julie is responsible for billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, budget preparation and tax deposits. In addition, Julie is an effective coordinator and helps to manage the firm. Julie also is responsible for preparation of all in house retirement plan documents.
Advanced Plan Designs
Designing Retirement Plans for Midwest Companies Since 1998