Joe is the President of Washington Financial Group, where he leads WFG’s retirement plan group which services over 150 qualified plans. Since 1990, he has maintained a commitment to building an organization centered on client needs that seeks to provide unsurpassed service and independent advice for professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses and their employees.
Joe is proud to lead the team at Washington Financial Group that was named a 2021 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisor, a 2020 NAPA Top DC Advisor Team as well as the 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Small Team of the Year. The 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year winners have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to excellence for their retirement plan sponsor clients and participants.
Joe is the President-Elect of the American Retirement Association as well as the Past President of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). He was recently named to the 2020 Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors list.
Joe is a strong advocate of financial education for himself and his clients. He is a Founding Lecturer at The Retirement Advisor University (TRAU) in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education, where he educates qualified retirement plan advisors enrolled in the two-year C(k)P™ certification program.
Fun Fact: Joe has been on a lifelong quest to find the perfect slice of pizza.
Personal Information: Joe, his wife Stacy and son Anthony live in Vienna, Virginia. He is active in the hockey community as both a coach and a player.
The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list is compiled from responses to the PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. The list is drawn solely from a set of quantitative variables and information in the survey supplied by the advisers themselves. For an adviser to be eligible for recognition in this year’s Top 100, they had to submit a completed entry to the Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. A sub-segment of the questions was used to determine eligibility for the Top 100. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to PLANADVISER in exchange for inclusion in the Top 100.
To be considered a 2020 NAPA Top DC Advisor Team, advisers had to submit an application form to NAPA-Net. The list focuses on investment advisory teams, rather than individual investment advisers, and on the defined contribution practice specifically. Teams are ranked based on Assets under Advisement (as of 12/31/2020). The complete list can be found here: https://www.napa-net.org/industry-intel/industry-lists/top-dc-advisor-teams-2020.
The PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year includes winners across four categories: individual, small team, large team and mega team. Judges look for advisory practices that employ industry best practices across a number of areas, including the implementation of auto enrollment, auto escalation and re-enrollment, especially at higher levels than the industry norms. Advisers that are successful in the award program need to demonstrate a commitment to outcomes-based measurement and encourage plan sponsor clients to create plans not that are just in the best interest of the company but are in the best interest of participants. This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to PLANSPONSOR in exchange for the Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year award.
The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times (October 2020). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflects each advisor’s status in six primary areas: DC plan assets under advisement (AUA), DC AUA growth rate, specialization in DC plans, years of experience, advanced industry credentials and compliance record. A total of 855 advisors applied for the award, of which 401 were selected (47%). This award is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.