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NAPA Welcomes Jania Stout as 2019 President

Issued by National Association of Plan Advisors [NAPA]

May 13, 2019

Arlington, VA (May 7, 2019) - The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) announced Jania Stout as its 2019-2020 president at the opening session of the 2019 NAPA 401(k) Summit early April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stout is practice leader and 2014 co-founder of Fiduciary Plan Advisors at Hightower in Owings Mills, MD. Previously she founded the Fiduciary Consulting Group at PSA Financial, helping to grow the practice from $300 million to nearly $3 billion from 2009 to 2014. She began her career at ADP's Retirement Solutions Division and also has served as a senior account executive at Fidelity Investments.

She has served on the NAPA Leadership Council since 2014. Stout's team was honored with NAPA's 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award in 2013 and she has been named to NAPA's Top Women Advisors list multiple times. She also is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and serves as the commissioner of the LTRC Lacrosse League in Maryland.

Stout acknowledged the contributions and accomplishments of Jeff Acheson, NAPA's 2018-2019 president, presenting her predecessor with a special award thanking him for guiding the organization through its seventh year.

Other changes on the NAPA Leadership Council for 2019-2020 include:

  • Last year's Vice President Pat Wenzel is this year's president-elect. Wenzel is managing director of wealth management at Merrill Lynch in Houston, TX.
  • Alex Assaley, principal at AFS 401(k) Retirement Services in Bethesda, MD, replaces Wenzel as vice president.
  • Jeff Acheson replaces his predecessor, 2017-2018 President Paul D'Aiutolo, as an ex officio member.
  • Kevin Mahoney of Raymond James replaces Assaley as an at-large member.
  • Brendan McCarthy of Nuveen joins the Leadership Council as a firm partner representative, replacing Yaqub Ahmed of Franklin Templeton.
About the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA)
The National Association of Plan Advisors was created by and for retirement plan advisors. Membership is also open to other retirement industry professionals who support the interests of plan advisors. NAPA is the only advocacy group exclusively focused on the issues that matter to retirement plan advisors.

More information about NAPA is available at

About the American Retirement Association (ARA)
The American Retirement Association, based in the Washington, D.C. area, is a non-profit professional organization established to empower retirement plan professionals who are dedicated to building a better retirement for Americans. The American Retirement Association is comprised of five 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), the National Tax-deferred Savings Association (NTSA), and the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA). For more information, visit


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