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Press release:

Martin Pippins Tapped for Key ACOPA Roles

Issued by: American Retirement Association

Date: Jan. 25, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA, January 25, 2018 – The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) has named Martin Pippins as its new Executive Director and Director of Regulatory Policy, effective May 1.

Previously he served as the Director, Customer Service & Stakeholder Relations for the Services & Enforcement ACA office, and prior to that he was the Manager of Voluntary Compliance, Employee Plans Rulings & Agreements in the Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division where he was responsible for a nationwide corrections program for retirement plans.

Formed in September 2008, when ASPPA and the College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) combined to form a semi-autonomous operating unit within ASPPA, ACOPA is the primary source of professional organizational support for pension actuaries, and is charged with carrying out ASPPA’s responsibilities as one of the recognized U.S.-based actuarial organizations.

Pippins joined the Internal Revenue Service in 1987 as an Actuary in the Employee Plans/Exempt Organizations Division in Washington, DC and has held multiple positions across the Service including a detail as the assistant to the Director of the Global High Wealth Industry in the Large Business & International Division, and Manager of Employee Plans Technical Guidance and Quality Assurance where he headed TE / GE’s published guidance team on retirement issues.

Pippins served for over four years on the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries, including a term as Chairman. Prior to joining the IRS, Marty was a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1982, and had a four year Naval R.O.T.C. scholarship.

“We have worked with Marty on a host or key retirement plan issues over the years,” noted Brian H. Graff, Esq., CEO of the American Retirement Association. “His deep regulatory background is a natural fit to lead a renewed ACOPA focus on regulatory policy. He also brings to ARA and ACOPA a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable in shaping the future of the organization”.

“I very much look forward to stepping outside the government, working even more closely with private sector pension actuaries and other retirement professionals, and hopefully bringing to bear my broader government experience in both the executive and legislative branches on the very important issue of retirement savings. I’m proud to be part of the team at the American Retirement Association.”

The appointment was announced at the LA Advanced Pension and 401(k) Conference, an event designed especially for practicing pension actuaries and TPA retirement plan professionals.

About the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA)
The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) is part of the American Retirement Association. ACOPA is responsible for identifying and addressing the professional development needs of the organization’s actuarial membership, preparing formal comments, position papers, and other relevant pronouncements involving federal regulatory authorities and standard setting bodies, and carrying out ASPPA’s responsibilities as one of the recognized U.S.-based actuarial organizations.


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