Stuart A. Paris, CIMA®, AIF®, is the founder and president of Paris International, an employee benefits consulting firm; a principal of Granite Retirement Services, LLC; and the creator of The ETF 401(k) Solutions and co-creator of The 401(k) Compliance Solution. Stuart received his BA in politics from Brandeis University and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation from the University of Pennsylvania Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School. He has been a regional group manager for the Prudential Insurance Company of America and a general agent for the Travelers Insurance Company and is currently a Registered Representative, a Registered Principal, and an Investment Adviser Representative with Commonwealth Financial Network®. Stuart has received numerous industry awards, including the prestigious Quality of Life Award for service to company, industry, community, and humankind.
Michael R. Paris, AIF®, CPFA, is President of the Paris International family of companies. Paris International specializes in employee benefits consulting as well as wealth management and financial planning. Michael was chosen as one of the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors* and a Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor for 2020 and 2021**. He was also chosen as one of New York’s Five Star Wealth Managers for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Five Star Professional*** and 2017 Top Retirement Plan “Young Gun” Advisors Under 40 by the NAPA****. Michael, a resident of New York City, lives with his wife, Caroline, and his twin sons, Owen and Levi. He is an avid basketball fan and is active in several basketball leagues throughout New York City. He currently serves on the Commonwealth Retirement Advisory Council. Michael is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® Designee and is also the creator and head of the employee benefits communication team. He holds multiple securities registrations, including FINRA Series 6, Series 7, and Series 63, and is insurance licensed for life and health.
*The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times (October 2020). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in six primary areas: DC plan assets under advisement (AUA), DC AUA growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials and compliance record. A total of 855 advisors applied for the award, of which 401 were selected (47%). This award is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401. For the full methodology, please visit www.ft.com.
**The 2021 ranking of the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due-diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively and on a ranking algorithm that includes client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, and quantitative criteria (including assets under management and revenue generated for their firms). Overall, 32,000 advisors were considered, and 4,000 (12.5 percent of candidates) were recognized. This recognition and due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Winners are organized by states. Some states may have more advisors than others. You are encouraged to conduct your own research to determine if the advisor is right for you. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings. The full methodology that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research is available here.
***Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 1,680 New York City wealth managers were considered for the award; 155 (9 percent of candidates) were named 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflect the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award may vary from year to year.) These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers’ future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.
****The NAPA Top Retirement Plan Advisors Under 40 list includes plan advisors who have built a solid practice – either alone or as part of a team—and are established leaders ready to take their defined contribution (DC) and 401(k) plans to the next level. Nominations were solicited by NAPA members. Nominees were asked to complete an application and winners were chosen based on criteria that include current and new DC assets under management, DC plans for the past 12 and 24 months, and DC/DB plan revenue. Votes were utilized to break ties, if applicable. The nominated advisor need not be a NAPA member. 309 advisors were considered for the award. 75 (24.3% of candidates) were recognized. This award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Your experience may vary. For more information, please visit www.napa-net.org.