After nearly 50 years, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries and its affiliates have rebranded under a new name, the American Retirement Association.

“Our membership base has expanded dramatically over the past several years,” said Brian Graff, executive director and CEO of the American Retirement Association.  “This new name and structure allows us to better acknowledge and represent the distinct perspectives of an expanding array of retirement plan professionals in a dynamic and complex legislative and regulatory environment.”

The organization, based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1966 as the American Society of Pension Actuaries. It currently has more than 20,000 members and is the umbrella organization for four industry associations: the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries, the National Association of Plan Advisors, and the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association.

It represents retirement plan professionals, including business owners, consultants, actuaries, insurance professionals, financial advisers, accountants, attorneys, human resource managers and administrators, who work with defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans.

As part of its rebranding, the American Retirement Association rolled out a new logo and brand identity.

Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer in Denver, Colorado.

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