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Pentegra Names Thad Coward Director, TPA Operations

Issued by Pentegra

Oct. 4, 2018

White Plains, NY, October 3, 2018 -- Pentegra, a leading provider of retirement plan and fiduciary outsourcing solutions, has named Thad Coward as Director of TPA Operations.  Coward will lead Pentegra's third party administrator operations, overseeing Pentegra's TPA divisions in Blacklick, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina. Coward will report to Lance Kesterson, Regional Senior Vice President, TPA Services and will be based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pentegra Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Michael Palmiere said, "Thad is an accomplished and talented addition to our growing team. With more than twenty years of experience in the industry, he brings operational depth and a strong track record of professional success to Pentegra. Thad will be instrumental in working with our TPA operations teams to ensure that Pentegra is well positioned to meet the growing demand for our expert 3(16) fiduciary outsourcing and premium TPA services."

Prior to joining Pentegra, Coward served as Manager, Ascensus, Inc., where he was responsible for quality control and compliance production for more than 800 retirement plans.  Previously, he was a Senior Compliance Analyst with The Newport Group. He also served our nation for more than twenty years in the U.S. Air National Guard, where he retired as a Master Sergeant.

Coward holds a BBA in Accounting with a double major in Mathematics from Francis Marion University along with the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designations.  

Pentegra is a leading provider of retirement planning and fiduciary outsourcing solutions to organizations nationwide. Founded by the Federal Home Loan Bank System in 1943, Pentegra offers a broad array of qualified and non-qualified retirement plan solutions, TPA services and benefits financing solutions using BOLI. In addition, Pentegra, through Pentegra Investors, Inc., also serves the needs of institutional investors, offering investment outsourcing capabilities. For more information, go to


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