Commonwealth Retirement Consulting Services Team

Commonwealth Retirement Consulting Services Team

Commonwealth Retirement Consulting Services Team

Our partnership with Commonwealth Financial Network®, leading Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer, provides us access to a team of knowledgeable and experienced retirement professionals at Commonwealth who assist us in our efforts to provide you with the best possible service. Each of the members on this team brings a breadth of experience in the industry and within his or her own specialization.

Paul Mahan

Senior Vice President, Retirement Consulting Services

  • Leads Commonwealth’s Retirement Consulting global brand and sets the direction for the development and execution of products and services that support advisors in the retirement plan marketplace
  • Holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations
  • Holds a degree from Boston College
  • Is a former board member of the Retirement Advisor Council
  • Has prior experience in positions at Pioneer Investments; Putnam Investments; Fidelity Investments; and Scudder, Stevens & Clark

Karen DiStasio

Director, Retirement Consulting Services

  • Drives the Retirement Consulting Services team’s strategic initiatives for all facets—including marketing, operations, sponsor relations, and client experience—to ensure that advisors have the highest degree of products, services, and support to serve the retirement plan market
  • Holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 securities registrations
  • Holds a degree from UMass Amherst
  • Has prior experience at Putnam Investments, New York Life, and John Hancock in various sales, marketing, and channel management roles

Patricia Garvey

Product Manager

  • Oversees development and ongoing enhancements related to key retirement plan products that are offered to Commonwealth advisors who manage qualified retirement plans, including data architecture, data management, and associated product testing
  • Holds a degree in economics from Regis College
  • Has prior experience in a variety of management, business automation, and relationship management positions at MFS Investment Management and Sun Life Financial

Michael Geraci, CRPC®, AIF®

Relationship Manager, Retirement Consulting Investment Platform

  • Manages Commonwealth’s Retirement Plan Investment Recommended List, which serves as a key resource to the firm’s advisors, by ensuring coverage across key asset classes and share classes for mutual funds, comingled trusts, stable value products, and target-date portfolios, as well as maintaining an industry blueprint as to which recordkeeping platforms offer these strategies
  • Holds FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 securities registrations and a Massachusetts life and variable insurance license, as well as the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designations
  • Holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire, an MS in finance from the Brandeis University International Business School, and a certificate in executive leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Has prior experience in the investments and retirement plan divisions at John Hancock, as well as in brokerage trading with Fidelity Investments

Steve Kochis, CRPS®, AIF®

Manager, Retirement Consulting Services

  • Oversees all workflow between the Retirement Consulting Services department and the rest of Commonwealth, third-party partners, and Commonwealth’s advisors
  • Manages the strategy and execution of the department’s policies and procedures
  • Manages a team of IRA consultants
  • Holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations
  • Holds a degree from UMass Amherst
  • Has prior experience as a manager in the Retirement Operations department

Mat Powers, CFA®, AIF®

Supervisor, Retirement Consulting Investment Services

  • Drives the strategic direction of Commonwealth’s retirement plan investment platform and new investment product development, including all of its associated resources, tools, technology, and vendor relationships
  • Oversees all aspects of Commonwealth’s retirement tool suite offerings and acts as a primary liaison for Commonwealth advisors who have questions or issues regarding these tools or investment oversight best practices
  • Holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designations
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in investment management from Boston University
  • Has prior experience as a product manager at Fidelity Investments and an investment specialist at BNP Paribas

Dan Collins, AIF®

Retirement Marketing Program Manager

  • Responsible for advisor-facing 401(k) sales, marketing and prospecting content and communications, retirement plan participant education campaigns and collateral, and department branding
  • Supports department business development initiatives with product sponsor firms
  • Holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation
  • Attended Eastern Nazarene College and Bridgewater State University
  • Has more than 19 years of experience in the 401(k) industry, including roles at MFS Investment Management, Sun Life, and The Hartford

Thomas Crutchfield, CFP®, AIF®, PPC™

Manager, Business Development Consulting

  • Manages an internal team of retirement plan consultants 
  • Works with advisors on driving retirement plan sales and improving the client experience
  • Consults on business development, product options, sales strategies, competitive positioning, service models, and best practices related to building and supporting a successful retirement plan practice
  • Serves as a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA)
  • Holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Professional Plan Consultant™ (PPC™) designations
  • Holds a BS in finance from the University of Houston
  • Has prior experience as the director of financial planning programs at Merrimack College, where he managed all aspects of the CFP® certification curriculum

John Peters, CFP®, AIF®, PPC™

Senior Business Development Consultant

  • Works with advisors on driving retirement plan sales and helping to optimize their retirement practices
  • Consults on business development, product options, sales strategies, competitive positioning, service models, and best practices related to building and supporting a successful retirement plan practice
  • Holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations and the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Professional Plan Consultant (PPC™) designations
  • Was recognized as one of the “Top 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution” by 401kWire in 2009 and 2010
  • Holds a degree from Emory University in Atlanta
  • Has prior experience as an advisor to corporate retirement plans, where he was actively involved in sales/marketing and client service to plan sponsors nationwide

Allen Cohen

Retirement Sales Consultant

  • Fields inquiries from advisors and provides retirement consultation on all aspects of advisors’ retirement practices, from new business development and plan proposals to plan design, product placement, and regulatory matters
  • Works with advisors on driving retirement plan sales and improving the client experience
  • Holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 securities registrations
  • Holds a BA from Bates College
  • Has prior experience at State Street Bank, CitiStreet, and Voya

Andrew Farrell, CEBS, CRPS®, GFS®

Retirement Sales Consultant

  • Fields inquiries from advisors and provides retirement consultation to advisors on all aspects of their retirement practices, from new business development and plan proposals, to plan design, product placement, and regulatory matters
  • Holds FINRA Series 6, 7, and 66 securities registrations, as well as the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®), and Global Fiduciary Strategist (GFS®) designations
  • Holds a degree from the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Has more than 19 years of experience in financial services and more than 13 years of experience specializing in defined contribution and 401(k) plans

Derenig Kostikian, CFP®, AIF®

Business Development Consultant

  • Consults on business development, product options, sales strategies, competitive positioning, service models, and best practices related to building and supporting a successful retirement plan practice
  • Holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification, and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation
  • Holds a degree from UMass Boston
  • Has prior experience at Signator Investors Inc. and AARP Financial

Steven Johnian

Retirement Sales Consultant

  • Fields inquiries from advisors and provides retirement consultation on all aspects of their retirement practices, from new business development and plan proposals, to plan design, product placement, and regulatory matters
  • Holds a degree from UMass Lowell
  • Has prior experience in client services, quality control, annuity services, and specialty services roles at Putnam Investments 

Mike Clifford

IRA Consultant

  • Helps advisors and Commonwealth home office staff navigate complex situations related to traditional, Roth, SIMPLE, and SEP IRAs, including addressing operational inquiries and concerns, IRS rules and regulations, and other questions
  • Holds a BS in business management, with a concentration in marketing and management, from UMass Lowell
  • Has prior experience as a client support administrator at Putnam Investments 

Mike Triana, CRPS®

IRA Consultant

  • Helps advisors and Commonwealth home office staff navigate complex situations related to traditional, Roth, SIMPLE, and SEP IRAs, including addressing operational inquiries and concerns, IRS rules and regulations, and other questions
  • Holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations
  • Holds the Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®) designation
  • Holds a BS from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Has prior experience as a team lead in the Retirement Operations department and with Wells Fargo Advisors

Sheryll Yee, CRPS®

IRA Consultant

  • Helps advisors and Commonwealth home office staff navigate complex situations related to traditional, Roth, SIMPLE, and SEP IRAs, including addressing operational inquiries and concerns, IRS rules and regulations, and other questions
  • Holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations
  • Holds the Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®) designation
  • Holds a BS from California State University, San Marcos
  • Has prior experience as a supervision analyst associate at First Allied Securities 

John Chevalier

Retirement Consulting Investment Associate

  • Fields advisor inquiries regarding questions on investment oversight best practices
  • Acts as a liaison for Commonwealth’s retirement plan investment platform and associated resources, tools, and vendor relationships
  • Holds a degree from the University of Connecticut
  • Has prior experience in the Compensation department

Alex Lauretti

Retirement Consulting Services Associate

  • Assists the Retirement Consulting Services team in managing its daily activities and contributes to various projects
  • Serves as a resource to advisors and service provider partners
  • Holds a degree from Colgate University

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