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"It's time to shine a light on participants who know how to optimize their 401(k)s and encourage others to do the same," said Julie Jason. "That's what the 401(k) Champion® competition is all about."
STAMFORD, CT, October 21, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If you "love" your 401(k), you still have one week left to compete for the title of 401(k) Champion® at 401kchampion.com before the deadline of Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. The 401(k) Champion® is the only national award that recognizes successful 401(k) participants.
The purpose of the 401(k) Champion® Award is to:
• Energize 401(k) participants to learn more about 401(k)s
• Identify and share the stories of 401(k) Champions®
• Encourage a dialogue about 401(k)s and retirement security
• Help employers share their 401(k) benefits with employees
Those who apply for the award will compete for three $1,000 prizes by writing essays explaining how they not only use their 401(k)s to save for retirement, but also how they might encourage others to do the same. Apply today at 401kchampion.com.
Inspiring grassroots education and encouragement
"A peer-to-peer message from one 401(k) participant to another," said Jason, "can be more powerful than reading a brochure, attending an employee enrollment session, or trying to navigate an online tool. That's what this award is all about—inspiring grassroots education and encouragement."
David Wray, retired Plan Sponsor Council of America President who is serving as an adviser to the 401(k) Champion® effort, added: "I have learned from years of experience that 401(k) success is enhanced when principles are not only taught but reinforced by trusted co-workers."
About the 401(k) Champion Award® – Learning and Leadership
Jason created the 401(k) Champion Award® in 2018 after recognizing that, within the 401(k) space, there were awards that honored plan sponsors, but none that focused on 401(k) participants.
"It was time to shine a light on participants who not only knew how to optimize their 401(k)s but encouraged others to do the same," said Jason. "That's what the 401(k) Champion® competition is all about."
Three 401(k) Champions® will receive cash awards of $1,000 each based on an essay submitted online.
Compete for the Title of 2021 401(k) Champion®
401(k) participants can compete for the title of 401(k) Champion® by applying at 401kchampion.com. Plan sponsors are encouraged to share information about the award with 401(k) participants. Here's how: 1) share this link to apply or 2) share information about the award on social media.
The award is open to all ages 21 or older who currently participate in their 401(k)s, whether working or retired. Applications must be received by Thursday, Oct. 28. See the award rules at 401kchampion.com.
About the Judges
The applications will be judged by: Nevin Adams Chief Content Officer with the American Retirement Association; Anthony Aiken, CPA, retired founder of Aiken & Company, PC; Adam Berkowitz, Associate Executive Director of New Heights Youth, Inc.; Manny Bernardo, retired Human Resources Benefits Executive; Rebecca Moore, Associate Director at ISS Media, and the digital managing editor of PLANSPONSOR. The American Retirement Association, PLANSPONSOR and ISS are not affiliated with the 401(k) Champion® Award Competition or the award's sponsors, nor are the other companies noted.
About the Sponsors
Julie Jason is a long-time vocal proponent of investor education. Her first two books focused on 401(k)s. In 1996, she authored "You and Your 401(k): How to Manage Your 401(k) for Maximum Returns," and in 1997, "The 401(k) Plan Handbook," a guide for sponsors. Her more recent books include "The Retirement Survival Guide" (2017 update of "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide") and "Retire Securely," both recipients of the EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Award. Her upcoming book is a retirement guide for lawyers, called "The Discerning Investor," to be published by the American Bar Association. www.juliejason.com
Jason is the founder of Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc., investment counsel serving high-net-worth families. www.jacksongrantus.com
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