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Blue Prairie Group Adds Industry Veteran Michael Rom

Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”) is pleased to announce the addition of industry veteran Michael Rom and his firm, PENSION INSIGHT, to its network of retirement consultants. Mr. Rom will lead the San Francisco office of Blue Prairie Group and will maintain an independent business model. Click here to read the full press release.


Carmela Elco Earns Exclusive CBFA Certification

Blue Prairie Group’s Carmela Elco, Managing Director and Senior ERISA Consultant, has recently become a Certified Behavioral Finance Analyst (CBFA). With this certification, Carmela became one of a select few who is qualified to work with plan sponsors to assess the behavioral health of their retirement plans, implement a tailored set of recommendations for improvement, and then measure success overtime using the PlanSuccess System. Carmela is the second consultant from Blue Prairie Group to earn this designation – Paul Sommerstad, ERISA Consultant, received the designation last year. Please click here to read the full press release.


Carmela Elco Named to NAPA’s Top Women Advisors

Chicago, IL – Blue Prairie Group’s Carmela Elco, Managing Director and Senior ERISA Consultant, was named as one of the top Women Advisors in the country by the National Association of Plan Advisors(NAPA). According to NAPA, this list recognizes leaders among the growing number of women “making significant contributions to this field” and who are “in a league of their own.” Carmela was selected frommore than 450 nominees who were voted on by roughly 12,500 industry professionals. “I am so pleased to be named by NAPA as one of the MVP Top Women Advisors in the country. This recognition is [ read more ]


Gary Silverman, partner, WM practice leader and our CIO, was named a five-star manager

Gary Silverman, Blue Prairie Group’s Chief Investment Officer and Wealth Management Practice leader was recognized by Chicago Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager. The nomination process relied on one of three sources – firm nomination, peer nomination and pre-qualification based on industry standing – to identify award candidates. Each award candidate was evaluated against 10 objective criteria such as client retention rates, client assets administered and a favorable regulatory and complaint history.


BPG Announces a Partnership with First Bankers Trust Services

BLUE PRAIRIE GROUP ANNOUNCES A PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRST BANKERS TRUST SERVICES Chicago, IL – August 3, 2015 – Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce a partnership with First Bankers Trust Services (“FBTS”) to provide FBTS’ clients with enhanced investment research expertise, improved client reporting capabilities, and a state-of-the-art technology platform. Leveraging Blue Prairie’s in-house, CFA-led investment research team and proprietary investment databases, First Bankers Trust Services will be rolling out an array of enhanced reporting and due diligence capabilities in the upcoming quarters including: Quarterly Investment Monitoring Reports, an annual Plan Health Report, Stable Value Due [ read more ]


Carmela Elco Named as Delegate to NAPA DC Fly-In Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Philadelphia —Carmela Elco of Blue Prairie Group was selected as a delegate to the National Association of Plan Advisors’ (NAPA) DC Fly-In Forum, an exclusive gathering of the nation’s leading retirement plan advisors. As a forum delegate, Carmela met in Washington, D.C. to listen to and brief top congressional leaders about the importance and future of the nation’s workplace retirement plans, and, as advocates for the employers and participants they work with, shared how proposed laws and regulations might impact American workers’ retirement security. Carmela, a member of NAPA, is one of approximately 200 delegates who participated [ read more ]


Leadership 500 Excellence Award 2015

BPG Makes Leadership 500 List for Excellence in Staff Development

Chicago, IL – Blue Prairie Group LLC is pleased to announce that it received the Leadership 500 Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in leadership and staff development programming. The company is a 2015 Top 10 Finalist in the Leadership Excellence Awards Program, Small Company category for its high impact, “Staff Development, the Key to Company Growth” program. Leadership 500 Excellence Award winners were announced March 31 at a Lead500 conference in Dallas, keynoted by former President Bill Clinton. The award recipients were judged by a panel of leadership experts and selected based on an application and nomination process, as well [ read more ]


BPG Earns CEFEX Certification for Fiduciary Excellence

Chicago, IL – April 29, 2015 – Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement, wealth management and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce its recent CEFEX (Centre for Fiduciary Excellence) Certification. BPG joins an elite group of Investment Advisors to successfully complete the independent certification process. The CEFEX standard describes how an Investment Advisor assumes the responsibility for managing a client’s overall investment management process, which includes the selection, monitoring and deselection of investment managers, as well as developing processes to implement investment strategies and fiduciary practices on an ongoing basis. “Through CEFEX’s independent assessment, the certification provides [ read more ]

CEFEX - Centre for Fiduciary Excellence

Rick Harris

BPG Adds Oregon Affiliate to Network of Retirement Plan Consultants

Chicago, IL – April 14, 2015 – Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Rick Harris to its growing network of retirement consultants. Mr. Harris will lead the Salem, Oregon office of Blue Prairie Group as part of BPG’s advisor affiliate program. As practice leader for the higher education and non-profit spaces, he will play a vital part in developing new business in these markets. “I am excited to be associated with Blue Prairie Group,” said Rick Harris. “They are truly a top-tier retirement and investment consulting firm [ read more ]


BPG Partners with PSCA to Offer an Online ERISA Fiduciary Training Program

Chicago, IL – March 17, 2015 – Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Plan Sponsor Council of America (“PSCA”) to provide an online ERISA fiduciary training program for their clients. PSCA developed a new online fiduciary training program that provides a certificate of completion for fiduciaries that complete a series of modules and pass corresponding tests. “While we have provided fiduciary education and training for more than a decade, we felt the PSCA program does a nice job of providing essential fiduciary training for plan [ read more ]


Connie Mulligan

BPG Names Constantine Mulligan as Equity Partner and Director of Research

Chicago, IL – March 5, 2015 – Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement, wealth management and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of new equity partner and Director of Research, Constantine “Connie” Mulligan. Connie’s career in the institutional and wealth management investment space began over 10 years ago, during which time he has worked extensively with both institutional and wealth management clients. Prior to joining Blue Prairie Group three years ago, Connie worked at RH Financial Group, where he managed client portfolios and conducted investment and asset allocation research. While at Blue Prairie Group, he [ read more ]


BPG Adds Industry Veterans to Network of Retirement Consultants

Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of two industry veterans, Jere Cowden and Mark Muto, to its growing network of retirement consultants. Mr. Cowden and Mr. Muto will lead the Pittsburgh office of Blue Prairie Group as part of Blue Prairie Group’s advisor affiliate program. “The partnership with Blue Prairie Group allows us to leverage the scale and efficiencies of a larger, nationally recognized firm, while delivering personalized local consulting services to our clients,” said Jere Cowden. “We are also very confident this partnership will help to propel [ read more ]


BPG Uses Retiremap to Win Industry Award for Financial Wellness

San Francisco, CA – September 24, 2014 – Leading ERISA retirement consulting firm Blue Prairie Group partnered with Retiremap to win a PSCA Signature Award with “High Distinction” for the Financial Wellness program it developed on behalf of a plan sponsor client. The Signature Award was presented at the Plan Sponsor Council of America’s 67th Annual National Conference held in Miami, Florida. A short video overview of the Retiremap program is available here: RetiremapHQ.com/tour Using Retiremap’s Plan For Your Future iPad workshops and working closely with the client, Blue Prairie Group education specialists achieved the following results for its client: [ read more ]


In The News 2014

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BPG Adds A Top 100 Retirement Advisor To Network Of Retirement Plan Consultants

Chicago, IL – April 9, 2014 – Blue Prairie Group (“BPG”), a Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of defined contribution industry veteran, Carmela Elco, to its growing network of affiliated retirement consultants. Ms. Elco will lead the Philadelphia office of Blue Prairie Group and will maintain an independent business model. “I am excited by the opportunity to join a successful ERISA-focused advisory firm like Blue Prairie Group,” said Carmela. “The affiliation with Blue Prairie Group provides my clients with access to a powerful suite of proven tools and resources, while giving me [ read more ]