Samuel Brandwein, CFP®, CIMA®
Senior Vice President, Institutional Consulting Director, Certified 401(k) Specialist, Corporate Client Group Director
Sam Brandwein is an Institutional Consulting Director, Senior Vice President and 401k Consulting Director with Morgan Stanley - Graystone Consulting. He has been employed in the investment industry continuously since 1986. Sam focuses his efforts primarily on investment manager search and evaluation, portfolio construction, and consulting with plan sponsors regarding the overall operation of their retirement plans. Sam has served on the Morgan Stanley Corporate Retirement Director Advisory Board since its inception and is a member of the Retirement Advisor Council, which is a national organization that advocates for successful qualified plan and participant retirement outcomes through the collaborative efforts of experienced, qualified retirement plan advisors, investment managers and defined contribution plan service providers. Sam holds both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst™ (CIMA®) designations. Sam qualified to sit for the CIMA® exam after successfully completing an executive education program offered at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. CIMA® professionals integrate a complex body of investment knowledge, ethically contributing to prudent investment decisions by providing objective advice and guidance to individual and institutional investors. Sam is a credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), having earned their Qualified Pension Administrator designation, a reflection of Sam’s technical expertise in reference to retirement plans. Sam has served as President of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), the largest 401(k) professional association in the United States. Sam has been designated by NAPA as a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC). Plan advisors who earn their QPFC demonstrate the expertise required to help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities. Sam has been named to the 2018 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors, and his team The Atlantic Group, has been named one of NAPA’s Top DC Advisors Teams for 2018; as well as being named a PLANADVISER’s “Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers” for 2013-2014 and 2016 - 2019. Sam has resided in Boca Raton for over 25 years, along with his wife, Maria, their son Mitch, and a number of rescue dogs they have adopted over the years.
401 Top Retirement Advisors
2018 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors
Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 PLANADVISER Magazine Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
NAPA's Top DC Advisor Team 2018
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