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We started our firm on a promise: You matter

Retirement Plan Advisors’ focus on public employees underscores a profound commitment and understanding of the people who make our communities work. As an independent firm, we have the freedom to design retirement solutions that are right for each individual. We meet face-to-face with our clients and never forget the person sitting across the table is depending on us to protect their hard-earned retirement.

Keeping our promise is part of our company’s DNA.

Joshua F. Schwartz


Joshua F. Schwartz, President, is a founding Principal of Retirement Plan Advisors and serves on the firm’s Investment Committee.

Josh is responsible for design of the firm’s 457, 401(a), 403(b), and retirement healthcare funding plan services and offerings.

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Christopher J. McGrath


Christopher J. McGrath is a founding principal of Retirement Plan Advisors and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Chris began his career serving public sector retirement plans in 1983, working directly with plan participants as a financial advisor/enroller with one of the nation’s leading public sector retirement plan providers.

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Kenneth Mergen

Vice President – Group Retirement Plans

Kenneth Mergen, Vice President – Group Retirement Plans, is responsible for supporting RPA’s field effort, including new retirement plan acquisitions, financial advisor training, and strategic planning.

Ken began his financial services career in 1995 at a leading financial firm, serving in an administrative capacity for four years, managing their group retirement plan call center.

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Zach J. Karas


Zachary J. Karas, Principal, is an accomplished retirement services executive with extensive experience in the development, design, distribution, and management of products and administrative services in the defined contribution marketplace. He is a seasoned institutional plan/client relationship manager and has effectively managed all aspects of group retirement plans.

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Vernon J. Kempker

Vice President – Finance and Operations

Vernon J. Kempker, Vice President – Finance and Operations, is involved in planning and managing RPA’s financial activities in order to help the company evolve and expand its business. He leads the organization’s fiscal strategic planning, accounting, tax, and risk management, along with general securities and group retirement plan business processing units.

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Kip Robbins, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Kip Robbins, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, leads RPA’s investment research and analysis, and he is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Kip’s responsibilities include the oversight and management of the firm’s investment processes and programs, including investment menu analysis and design, fund manager due diligence, and RPA’s PortfolioPlus program—the firm’s proprietary managed account platform designed specifically for public sector employees.

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