Cliff Laine Awarded Designation

Peoria, IL - May 16, 2017

Cliff Laine Awarded the C(k)P® - Certified 401(k) Professional Designation

The Retirement Advisor University and ABG Retirement Plan Services are pleased to announce that Cliff Laine is now credentialed as a Certified 401(k) Professional - and holds the C(k)P® Designation, which represents a distinguished acheivement for the professional Retirement Plan Advisor.

The C(k)P® or Certified 401(k) Professional Designation is administered by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education.

The C(k)P® Designation distinguishes financial professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and experience-level to favorably impact the outcome of corporate retirement plans. Cliff Laine is now authorized to use the C(k)P® Designation certification mark.

"Cliff is an important part of ABG's future success. He continues to grow and stay tuned to the changing industry and how that impacts the people we service," Linda Blossom, Executive Vice President - Investment Services at ABGRPS stated. "As a firm, ABGRPS values and supports its team members in their growth - both professionally and personally. We will succeeed in meeting our mission - 'Helping People Retire' - as they grow in their skills."

The C(k)P® Standards & Certification Committee establishes the standards for the Certified 401(k) Professional Designation. Holders of the C(k)P® Designation are expected to maintain a high degree of knowledge and ability in the following areas:

  • Technical Competence
  • Optimizing Plan Outcomes
  • Business Management

To earn the right to use the C(k)P® Designation requires more than an academic aptitude. A financial professional is expected to demonstrate a real world application of the core competencies taught in the classroom.

The prerequisites* to use the C(k)P® Designation on marketing material consists of:

  • 3 years of experience in the defined contribution industry;
  • 10 plans under management/advisory; and
  • $30 million of assets under management/advisory.

*The requirements regarding the quantitative measures of the C(k)P® Designation are waived for professionals who are employed within the retirement plan industry, but are not functioning as financial advisors.

ABG Retirement Plan Services is a regional service office of one of the largest retirement plan administration organizations in the country. For more than 40 years, ABGRPS has built up more than $3 billion in retirement plan and health savings account assets by providing administration for more than 42,500 plan participants and health savings account holders. ABGRPS' website ( contains more information.


ABG Retirement Plan Services (ABG) is a regional service office of one of the largest retirement plan administration organizations in the country. (More)

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