BKS Retirement Services

BKS Retirement Services is a boutique retirement plan consulting firm comprised of industry experts who provide proactive, objective and independent consulting services.

Our consultants build upon their diverse backgrounds (legal/regulatory, administrative, cost management, investment advisory) to share a common understanding of retirement plans.

We emphasize a team approach, enabling our principals to integrate their efforts across areas of specialization in an effort to produce the best results for our clients.

We pride ourselves on offering independent advice on industry practices and emerging trends.

Comprehensive Retirement Plan Consulting

We serve as a proactive, independent resource for comprehensive retirement plan consulting using a team approach to integrate the multidisciplinary expertise of our principals.

Our comprehensive services include:

  • Ongoing evaluation of cost reduction opportunities for the plan and plan sponsor
  • Proactive regulatory consulting and fiduciary compliance consulting
  • Vendor coordination; vendor searches and evaluation upon request
  • Assistance with the design and evaluation of employee education campaigns
  • Fiduciary and operational compliance assessments

Investment Advisory Services

Advisory services are designed to assist a plan sponsor with its fiduciary obligation to select and continually monitor/assess retirement plan investments.

We acknowledge our fiduciary responsibility and status in providing this service. Investment advisory services may be recommended in conjunction with our comprehensive retirement plan consulting services or as a stand-alone service.

Our investment advisory services include:

  • Fiduciary compliance and plan governance consulting (ERISA or other applicable law)
  • Assistance with the creation of an investment policy statement
  • Coordination of investment committee and/or trustee meetings
  • Preparation and analysis of independent investment reports utilizing institutional quality analytical tools
  • Ongoing review and benchmarking of fees and services

Executive Compensation Design, Analysis and Implementation

We assist our clients in the design, implementation and analysis of executive compensation opportunities. As with our other services, we believe that the provision of independent advice is essential to protecting the plan sponsor who establishes an executive compensation arrangement, the board members who approve the arrangement and the employees who participate in the arrangement.

Our Tampa, FL Team

Roger specializes in employee benefits and executive/deferred compensation. As a team Partner for BKS Retirement Services, Roger’s legal background provides in depth consulting around regulatory and fiduciary compliance issues. With over XX plus years of law practice he is equipped in the areas of fiduciary governance, process, and practices, which is evidenced by his peers selecting his inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Employee Benefits/ERISA, (Copyright by Woodward/White, of Aiken, S.C.),

Roger was also AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and included in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine for the practice area of Employee Benefits/ERISA. Roger has a law degree (Juris Doctor) from Stetson University College of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Ken empowers client success by integrating years of retirement plan experience with a pragmatic and systematic approach to fiduciary prudence helping his client’s experience peace of mind with respect to their plan sponsor responsibilities. His areas of expertise include investment analysis, participant guidance and Recordkeeping oversight.

Ken stepped in to the Vice President role, for Retirement Services in 2019 when BKS purchased Fiduciary Partners Retirement Group. Fiduciary Partners was a boutique retirement plan consulting firm that Ken and his partner, Roger Rovell, founded in 2007. Ken built the firm with a focus on “client first initiatives”. He acts as an advocate for his clients, providing advice and guidance in the areas of participant education, investment and Recordkeeper oversight, fee benchmarking and governance. Ken is also an Investment Advisor Representative with BKS Financial Investments, LLC, which is an SEC registered Registered Investment Adviser (“RIA”).

Ken holds an AIF designation as well as his Series 6 and 65 licenses. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in History from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA.

Ken is the Founder of Rocks the Cure, which is a charity that puts on concerts to raise funds to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.  He also serves as a Board Member for the Charger Soccer Club, a large youth soccer Club located in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida.

 

Specialization:

  • Healthcare
  • Professional Employer Organizations (“PEO’s”)
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations

Mike is an is an Investment Adviser Representative for BKS Retirement Services. He has more than 30 years of benefits/executive compensation consulting experience and was a partner/national practice leader with Towers Perrin advising for-profit and tax-exempt organizations throughout the country. He is an Investment Adviser Representative with the firm’s SEC Registered Investment Adviser. As a consultant for BKS Retirement Services, Mike consults with for-profit and tax-exempt organizations on retirement plan regulatory and investment advisory issues.

Steve is an Investment Adviser Representative for BKS Retirement Services. His career in diversified retirement plan administration and investment management spans more than 25 years, including serving as a partner in the benefits consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers before transitioning to consulting for for-profit and tax-exempt organizations across the country on retirement plan design, administration, cost reduction initiatives, the proposals for service providers and investment advisory services.

Steve has served as an expert witness for the defense in several high profile excessive fee lawsuits. He has been quoted in various financial publications, including The Wall Street Journal, and has helped many retirement plan sponsors generate plan cost reductions. As a consultant for BKS Retirement Services, he consults with for-profit and tax-exempt organizations on improving the value of retirement plans through cost management strategies and investment advisory issues.

BKS Financial Investments, LLC may refer to itself as a “registered investment adviser”. Clients should be aware that registration with the SEC or any state securities authority does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Additional information about the Adviser is available on the SEC’s website at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

Additional information about our investment Adviser Representatives is available on the SEC’s website at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

BKS Financial Investments, LLC dba BKS Retirement Services is not engaged in the practice of law or accounting.

Third-party rankings and recognition from rating services or publications are no guarantee of future investment success. Working with a highly-rated adviser does not ensure that a client or prospect will achieve a higher level of performance. A more thorough disclosure of the criteria used in making these rankings is available by contacting the

BKS Financial Investments, LLC dba BKS Retirement Services is registered as an investment adviser with the SEC. The firm only transacts business in states where it is properly registered, or is excluded or exempted from registration requirements. Registration as an investment adviser does not constitute an endorsement of the firm by securities regulators nor does it indicate that the adviser has attained a particular level of skill or ability.

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