Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC Demonstrates Operational Integrity And Service Provider Excellence

Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC was founded on principles of accuracy, integrity, and exceptional client service. We are also committed to continual improvement. Our dedication to doing what is best for you, our clients, prompted us to engage CEFEX, the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC to audit our processes.

In June of 2018, we contacted the CEFEX organization and requested an independent analyst provide us with a comprehensive independent review.  The process was rigorous and their assessment took months to complete. Now, after going through the audit and carefully evaluating our internal procedures, we are proud to share with you that Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC has attained CEFEX certification.

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Amanda Iverson, COO

“The CEFEX-ASPPA certification offers peace of mind to Pinnacle’s current and prospective clients” said Amanda Iverson, CPA, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, APM, Pinnacle’s chief operating officer.  “When a client engages Pinnacle and sees our CEFEX-ASPPA certification, they can rest assured knowing we adhere to a standard of excellence and have a dedication to best practices, which will benefit them as our client.”

We believe the CEFEX-ASPPA certification process and audit aligns with our mission. Our CEFEX-ASPPA certification signifies our commitment to adhere to a standard of excellence and a dedication to Administration best practices.

CEFEX is an independent global assessment and certification organization. They work closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the practices of investment advisors, stewards (retirement plans, foundations and endowments, etc.), investment managers, and other financial service providers. CEFEX also confers a formal certification for those firms that are willing to undergo a comprehensive audit and able to demonstrate that they fully conform to high standards that are substantiated in law and proven best practices.

The CEFEX Mark signifies that our clients can be confident that we are worthy of their trust.

Specifically, for our firm, we sought The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) Certification for Service Provider Excellence.  This certification program was developed to recognize firms providing recordkeeping and/or administration services to retirement plans that adhere to a standard of excellence and a dedication to best practices. The program, which requires an annual certification renewal, encourages a culture of good governance and oversight at certified firms. The certification allows firms to distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace and establish credibility with current and prospective clients and advisors.

The CEFEX-ASPPA certification offers testament to the fact that we understand the importance of paying close attention to everything from high level strategies and policies all the way down to the details of our business practices. The CEFEX Mark signifies that our clients can be confident that we are worthy of their trust.

We wanted to share news of the important recognition of our commitment to operational integrity, service provider excellence and continuous improvement that we have earned.  The CEFEX-ASPPA certification is yet another way we tangibly demonstrate that serving our clients’ best interests is our highest priority.

For more information about Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC, please contact us at or (520) 618-1305.


About Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC

Pinnacle Plan Design is a national provider of qualified retirement plan consulting, design, administration and actuarial services.  The firm collaborates with employers, accountants, financial advisors, and other third-party administrators to offer traditional defined benefitcash balance401(k), and profit sharing plans.  Pinnacle’s leadership and professional staff have earned numerous industry certifications and designations including: Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Enrolled Actuaries (EAs), Members of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAAs), Members and Fellows of the Society of Pension Actuaries (MSPA/FSPA), Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents (ERPAs), Qualified Pension Administrators (QPAs), and Qualified 401(k) Administrators (QKAs).  Pinnacle has a local presence in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Houston, Texas and Columbus, Ohio, and proudly serves businesses nationwide.


About CEFEX®:

CEFEX®, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, a Fi360® company, is an independent certification organization. CEFEX works closely with industry experts to provide comprehensive assessment programs to improve the fiduciary practices of investment stewards, advisors, recordkeepers, administrators and managers. CEFEX is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more at via Twitter or on LinkedIn.


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