Retirement Services

SD Mayer’s corporate retirement services, through SDM Advisors, were created to support senior management with design, implementation and maintenance of your company’s retirement plan. Our objective is to make sure your plan is fully compliant with the fiduciary standards set forth in ERISA. Additionally, we recognize how important it is for every employee to be ready for retirement; and build customized education programs based on the unique characteristics of your organization.

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Benefits of Using SDM Advisors


SDM Advisors, LLC is a member of RPAG, a national alliance of accomplished advisors whose intelligence and ingenuity produce enhanced value for sponsors and participants in qualified and nonqualified plans. RPAG’s acclaimed technology platform outranks the industry in full-view metrics, safety-net compliance and clarity in communication. Today, RPAG is represented by over 400 member firms, serving 30,000 sponsors with more than $300 billion in collective assets under advisement (as of 06/30/2016).


Plan sponsors place high value on performance and trust in a relationship. That’s why SDM Advisors, LLC joined Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG)—to offer with conviction one of the clearest choices in retirement plan consulting firms. SDM is a member of one of the nation’s leading alliance of accomplished advisors, whose knowledge, expertise and ingenuity combine to create tangible value for sponsors and participants of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans.


Most prudent plan sponsors hire a plan advisor to help them adhere to ERISA’s rigorous standards and to meet their objective of offering a best practices retirement plan to their employees. ERISA rules are clear — every decision you make as a fiduciary must be in the best interests of plan participants and their beneficiaries, and certain relationships may result in prohibited transactions.

Why SD Mayer

With a focus on applying technology and a fresh way of thinking to each client engagement, SD Mayer is transforming the nature of client service in the accounting industry. For our business clients, we are your trusted advisor, providing actionable insights to solve today’s business issues and strategize for future growth. For our individual clients, we focus on helping you achieve financial security through estate planning, investment guidance, insurance and tax planning, and retirement planning. Whatever life stage you or your business are in, SD Mayer will have your back as your trusted advisor.

SDM Advisors

SDM Advisors LLC is affiliated with Retirement Plan Advisory Group, and along with hundreds of expert advisors nationwide, are united in our mission to build a winning reitrement plan for employers and for their employees.


There are two ways by which SD Mayer can receive payment for their services. The first is by a fixed percentage of plan assets. The percentage tends to be anywhere between 0.25% and 0.5% of plan assets. The second option is by a flat fee which typically fluctuates between $5k to $10k. Both of these options resemble annual recurring income.

Securities and Advisory Disclosure:
Securities offered through ValMark Securities, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC. Fee based planning offered through SDM Advisors, LLC. Third party money management offered through ValMark Advisors, Inc a SEC registered investment advisor. 130 Springside Drive, Suite 300, Akron, Ohio 44333-2431. 1-800- 765-5201. SDM Advisors, LLC is a separate entity from ValMark Securities Inc. and ValMark Advisers, Inc.

  • Service Plan Model

    • Plan Design: Plan design consistent with company philosophy,
    • Benchmarking: Provider that balances fees, services & investments.
    • Investment Advice: Select skilled investment managers.
    • Fiduciary Compliance: Fiduciaries rest assured.
    • Participant Outcomes: Participants achieve retirement income potential.
  • The Right Equipment

    Being a fiduciary requires the right equipment;  we can make available various tools and resources to support the process.

    Our tools are Knowledge, Expertise and Ingenuity

    • Set standards that are easy to follow
    • Helps eliminate uncertainty
    • Helps save time
    • Helps ensure compliance
  • Resources

    Our retirement team is backed with the full resources of the Retirement Plan Advisory Group.

    Plan fiduciaries have access to plan consultants, who are further backed by an ERISA department, investment department, RFP analysis department and an operation department.

    Plan participants have access to communications specialists through a bi-lingual department, an individual investment advice department, a financial consulting department and an investment department.

    Together, we provide you with a best-in-class retirement plan.

    At the start of each relationship, we set goals and objectives via a written Service Plan. We then track the timing and frequency of each service delivered and post all deliverables on our secure plan sponsor portal.

  • Benchmarking & Vendor Services

    Benchmarking is not about the lowest fees, but the balance of cost to features provided.

    Comprehensive Report Components include:

    • 400+ Data Points balancing services, investments and fees

    • Side by Side comparison for a thorough perspective

    • Employs Quantitative and Qualitative metrics

  • Investment Analysis

    Due Diligence for Investment Independence:  The Fiduciary Investment Review includes recommendations for fund additions, deletions and replacements

    Features of our Services Include:

    • Scorecard System for Fund Ranking
    • Asset Allocation Fund Monitoring
    • Investment Analysis Reports
    • Investment Policy Statement
    • Quarterly Market Summary

    Clients rely on our investment review process to:

    • Enhance investment opportunities
    • Manage & control risk
    • Reduce exposure to fiduciary liability
  • Fiduciary Guidance

    All-encompassing deliverable, the Fiduciary Plan Review provides education, documentation and plan metrics to meet fiduciary responsibilities and improve operational efficiency.

    • Evaluates plan design and compliance issues
    • Charts participation, deferral rates and plan performance
    • Benchmarking of Total Plan Cost
    • 404(c) Notice and Statement
    • Compliance Checklist
    • Fiduciary File Checklist
    • Investment Committee Charter
    • Ongoing Best Practices

    Fiduciary Briefcase: Our 24/7 secure portal, which includes a cloud-based filing system for all meeting summaries, newsletters, compliance documentation and more.

  • Education & Communication

    SDM Advisors maximize benefits for plan participants through:

    • Group and individual education meetings
    • Employee communication strategies
    • Asset allocation and investment guidance
    • Financial planning
    • Bi-lingual consultants
    • Education modules & employee memos/newsletters
      • Monthly plan sponsor newsletters keep clients abreast on the latest retirement plan news, legislative updates and industry trends
      • Each newsletter includes sample employee memos that you can print and distribute to your employees
      • Contributing writers and editors represent a staff of one dozen professionals with average industry experience over 10 years.

Thought Leadership

Our Retirement Services Team

M. Thérèse Hjelm
Service Coordinator
Cody Martin
Wealth Management Advisor
Daniel P. Rush
Vice President
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