Award Recognizes Distinguished Career in Industry
WASHINGTON (October 28, 2012) – The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) honored Lawrence C. Starr, CPC, QPFC, with the 2012 Harry T. Eidson Founders Award during the opening session of the ASPPA Annual Conference at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md.
Lawrence C. Starr is the President and owner of Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (QPC), of West Springfield, MA, which he founded in 1983. QPC is an employee benefit consulting firm that provides consulting, record-keeping, administration and actuarial services for qualified retirement plans on a fee-for-service basis.
Starr has been an ASPPA member since 1983 and has served many roles within ASPPA, including Vice President. He worked for many years on the ASPPA Board of Directors, Education and Examination Committee, and the executive committee of the Government Affairs Committee (GAC). He has also chaired the Communications Committee of GAC, which oversaw publications, Q&A sessions with the Regulatory Agencies, and webcasts, and now is Senior Advisor to GAC. He also served as Chair of ASPPA’s Political Action Committee (ASPPA PAC) and has spoken at numerous retirement industry and ASPPA conferences, webcasts and webinars. Starr was the 2004 recipient of ASPPA’s Educator Award and is only the second ASPPA member to receive both the Eidson and the Educator’s awards.
“Larry Starr is passionate about helping his clients, ASPPA and the private retirement system. He has had an indelible impact on ASPPA where he helped lead the development of the APM credential and publication of the ASPPA asaps. Regardless of whether one agrees with his views on the industry, no one can doubt that whatever endeavor he is focused on, he remains true to his principles. ‘Do what’s best’ is Larry’s mantra and he simply does not waiver from that core principle,” says ASPPA President Robert Richter.
Starr has achieved wide recognition in the retirement industry for his dedication to upholding and improving the employer sponsored retirement system. He received his M.B.A. in Economics and Finance with a specialty in Insurance from the University of Hartford. He recently served several years as chair of the Pension Section of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. Starr holds many industry designations including FLMI, CLU, CEBS (the original class of 1980), and ChFC and is an Enrolled Agent (EA) authorized to practice before the IRS and Treasury.
ASPPA established the award in 1995 to honor the memory of its founder, Harry T. Eidson. His belief in the importance of the employer sponsored retirement system in the United States and in having an organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing such a system was the inspiration for the formation of ASPPA in 1966. Each year, ASPPA honors individuals for their contributions to the industry. Past recipients include Samuel Savitz (2009), Curtis E. Huntington (2010), and Bruce Ashton (2011).
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About ASPPA: The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) is a national organization of more than 10,000 retirement plan and benefits professionals that serves as the educator, voice, and advocate for the employer-based retirement system. ASPPA members are administrators, actuaries, advisors, attorneys, accountants, and other financial services professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans.
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