|ARLINGTON, VA, June 20, 2017 – The National Tax-deferred Savings Association has named Brent P. Neese as its Executive Director, effective immediately.
Neese joins NTSA, part of the American Retirement Association, with nearly a quarter century of experience specializing in public and tax-exempt 403(b)/457(b) retirement plans, both as an advisor and in senior management roles with two of the industry’s leading providers. Formed in 1989, the National Tax-deferred Savings Association (NTSA) represents more than 3,000 practitioners, agencies, and corporate members who work with public sector retirement plans.
“Brent brings to ARA and NTSA a wealth of knowledge and decades of dedication to the industry working with advisers, plan sponsors and participants,” said Brian H. Graff, Esq., CEO of ARA. “His extensive executive leadership experience will make him an immediate asset to NTSA members and NTSA strategic partners at a pivotal time for the industry.”
Neese was most recently senior vice president at Empower Retirement (Great-West Financial), where he led more than 350 associates across the United States and the Territory of Guam in serving nearly 2.6 million customers through 24 state retirement plans, and more than 9,200 local governments. He was vice president for the National Association of Governmental Defined Contribution Administrators (Industry Committee), and is an associate member of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. Neese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University (Florida).
“I have dedicated my career to improving public sector retirement security and I’m proud to continue this critical mission as executive director of NTSA,” noted Neese. NTSA’s mission of advocacy and education for industry members is vitally important in helping Americans create sustainable lifetime income in retirement. I am proud to be associated with the ARA and lead the efforts of NTSA.”
About the National Tax-deferred Savings Association
Formed in 1989, the National Tax-deferred Savings Association (NTSA) represents more than 3,000 practitioners, agencies, and corporate members. For more than a quarter century, NTSA has been nationally recognized for its thought leadership and policy expertise with regard to public-sector retirement plans. NTSA represents its membership in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country to address issues and design retirement plans that improve employee outcomes. NTSA also provides high-quality education, professional development, and information resources for those involved in the 403(b) and 457(b) marketplace.
About the American Retirement Association
The American Retirement Association, based in the Washington, D.C. area, is a non-profit professional organization established to educate all types of retirement plan professionals, and to preserve and enhance the employer-based retirement plan system as part of the development of a cohesive and coherent national retirement income policy. The American Retirement Association is comprised of four premier retirement industry associations; the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA), the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), and the National Tax-deferred Savings Association (NTSA).