About Kidder

Kidder Benefits Consultants is a full service, independent, qualified retirement plan consulting, administration, and investment firm headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Established in 1996, Kidder and our people are committed to designing and implementing tailor-made qualified plan solutions that satisfy the needs of employers, professionals and their financial advisors. By not representing any particular plan, concept, or funding method, we can design working programs from across the spectrum of qualified plan and funding alternatives.

Our firm and staff participate and serve in professional organizations and societies focused on the qualified plan marketplace, including:

The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA)

ASPPA is the national professional society of benefits professionals and is the premier educator, voice and advocate for the employer-based retirement system.

The ASPPA Plan Administrators Policy Alliance (APAPA)

APAPA is a unique membership division of ASPPA exclusively for TPA firms. The purpose of APAPA is to provide an organizational structure through which member firms can share common concerns, provide policy input and become more politically active in preserving the private pension system. APAPA is mentored by Craig P. Hoffman, ASPPA’s General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs.

National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA)

NIPA is a leading provider of educational programs for retirement plan professionals.

Center for Fiduciary Studies (CFS)

CFS is the first full-time training and research facility focused exclusively on investment fiduciary responsibility and portfolio management. The Center provides training to help investment fiduciaries and professionals improve the investment process.

ESOP Association (ESOP)

ESOP is a national, non-profit membership organization serving approximately 2,500 employee ownership plan companies and professionals with a commitment to ESOPs. It is the only association devoted solely to ESOPs and promotes and enhances laws before Congress and regulatory agencies that govern ESOPs. It also provides its members with expert educational ESOP programming.

National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)

NCEO is a private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans, equity compensation plans such as stock options, and ownership culture.

American Bar Association (ABA)

The ABA is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. The ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The mission is to be the national representative of the legal profession, servicing the public and profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

The AICPA is the national, professional organization for all Certified Public Accountants. Its mission is to provide members with the resources, information and leadership that enable them to provide valuable services in the highest professional manner to benefit the public as well as employers and clients.