About 50 defined contribution plan executives were nominated for Innovator Awards in this inaugural year. The entire process — from nomination through judging — was online.
An initial review pared the list by more than 50%. The remaining entries were judged by about a dozen industry participants. Following the judging and a tally of the results, judges met on a conference call to pick the winners.
The judges were:
- L. Wayne Adams, director-investment, AT&T Corp., Dallas;
- Toni Brown, director of U.S. client consulting, Mercer, San Francisco;
- Jaye K. Ciontea, senior benefit analyst, Plexus Corp., Neenah, Wis.;
- William Clark, senior vice president and chief investment officer, Federal Reserve Office of Employee Benefits, Newark, N.J.;
- Marla Kreindler, partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Chicago;
- Jamie McAllister, vice president, Callan Associates, Chicago;
- Cindy Moehring, executive director-corporate benefits, MGM Resorts, Las Vegas;
- Keith Overly, executive director, Ohio Deferred Compensation, Columbus;
- Jaime Erickson, director of retirement benefits, NBCUniversal, New York; and
- Thomas Woodruff, director of the retirement and benefits division, Office of the Connecticut State Comptroller, Hartford.
This article originally appeared in the November 12, 2012 print issue as, "HOW THE INNOVATOR PROCESS WORKED".