SOURCE: The Plan Sponsor Council of America

September 21, 2011 17:58 ET

PSCA Announces the 2011 Signature Awards Winners

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Sep 21, 2011) - The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) announced the winners of its annual Signature Awards today during a special presentation at its 64th Annual National Conference at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

"The PSCA Signature Awards honor excellence in plan communication and education," said David Wray, PSCA's president. "The plan sponsors and providers that we recognized today implemented strategies and programs that delivered results. More employees are participating in plans. More employees are increasing their deferral rates. And more Americans are better prepared for retirement because of the workplace savings programs that we recognized here today."

This year, the Signature Awards judges recognized 48 winners in 18 categories. A distinguished judging panel of business leaders and employee benefit communication experts chose the 2011 winners based on how companies design, manage, and provide defined contribution communication and investment education to plan participants. Signature Awards judges carefully review how effective the campaign was at achieving its goals.

Gables Residential, a residential management company that owns and manages nearly 40,000 apartment homes throughout the United States, won the prestigious Best in Show award. With the help of their provider, MassMutual Financial Group, Gables addressed their poor participation rates. Through a series of on-site workshops and the use of MassMutual's custom e4 technology, Gables was able to connect with their employees and significantly increase their plan participation.

The winners of the 2011 Signature Awards were celebrated at an evening reception, sponsored by Russell Investments. The winners are also featured in the 2011 Signature Awards Magazine, an annual publication that describes the details of the winning entries and their successful results. The Signature Awards Magazine is used by industry experts to increase the quality of defined contribution education and communication at hundreds of other plan sponsor companies.

About the Plan Sponsor Council of America
The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), a national non-profit association of 1,200 companies and their six million employees, advocates increased retirement security through profit sharing, 401(k), and related defined contribution programs to federal policymakers and makes practical assistance with profit sharing and 401(k) plan design, administration, investment, compliance, and communication available to its members. PSCA, established in 1947, is based on the principle that "defined contribution partnership in the workplace fits today's reality." PSCA's services are tailored to meet the needs of both large and small companies with members ranging in size from Fortune 100 firms to small, entrepreneurial businesses.

The following is a complete list of the 2011 Signature Award Winners:

Best in Show
Gables Residential
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

Advice Campaigns
Silver: Carolinas HealthCare System
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Asset Allocation
Gold: SAIC
Sponsored by: Vanguard

Silver: The Principal Financial Group
Sponsored by: The Principal Financial Group

Bronze: Mueller Industries, Inc.
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Honorable Mention: Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Conversion
Gold: Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Silver: Hillside Family of Agencies
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

Bronze: Nestlé USA, Inc.
Sponsored by: ING Retirement; Financial Finesse, Inc.; and Towers Watson Communication and Change Management Team

Education Programs
Gold: MassMutual Financial Group

Silver: OppenheimerFunds
Bronze: MassMutual Financial Group

Explaining Plan and Investment Fees
Bronze: The HAVI Group LP
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Financial Fitness
Honorable Mention: Aetna Inc.
Sponsored by: Financial Finesse, Inc.

Increasing Plan Participation and Savings Rates
Gold: Plexus Corp.
Sponsored by: The Hartford Retirement Plans Group

Silver: Norton Healthcare
Sponsored by: Diversified

Bronze: MGM Resorts International
Sponsored by: The Hartford

Honorable Mention: Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P.
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Honorable Mention: Merial
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Language and Cultural Diversity
Gold: Gables Residential
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

Silver: Rosen Hotels and Resorts
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

New Media
Gold: UPS
Sponsored by: ING Retirement

Silver: Rex Healthcare
Sponsored by: Diversified

Bronze: Mercer

Honorable Mention: Putnam Investments

On-Site Events and Workshops
Gold: Gables Residential
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

Silver: M. A. Mortenson Company
Sponsored by: Financial Finesse, Inc.

Bronze: American Express Company
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Plan Administration Communications
Gold: Fidelity Investments

Silver: ABA Retirement Funds Program (ING Retirement)

Bronze: Fidelity Investments

Plan Decision Resources
Gold: The Newport Group

Silver: America United Life Insurance Company (AUL), a OneAmerica financial partner

Bronze: OppenheimerFunds

Plan Design Changes
Gold: Hillside Family of Agencies
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

Silver: MGM Resorts International
Sponsored by: The Hartford

Bronze: Four Seasons Hotels
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Retirement Readiness
Gold: Community Health Systems, Inc.
Sponsored by: The Principal Financial Group

Silver: Southern Illinois Healthcare
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Bronze: SUPERVALU
Sponsored by: ING Retirement

Singular Campaigns
Gold: The Hartford Retirement Plans Group

Silver: The Hartford Retirement Plans Group

Bronze: ING Retirement

Train the Trainer
Honorable Mention: The Board of Trustees of the IATSE Annuity Fund
Sponsored by: MassMutual Financial Group

401(k) Day
Gold: Zachry Holdings, Inc.

Silver: FIS
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Plan Sponsor Council of America
    David Wray
    President, PSCA
    312-419-1863
    davidw@psca.org