Accelerated Genetics, Baraboo, Wis., hired Francis Investment Counsel as investment consultant to its $14 million 401(k) plans, said Kelli Send, senior vice president-client services and co-founder at Francis. Smith Barney was the previous consultant; Mike Francis, co-founder, president and senior consultant at Francis, left Smith Barney earlier this year, Ms. Send said. The plan offers nine investment options. Ceridian is record-keeper and State Street Bank is trustee. William Cox, vice president-finance at Accelerated Genetics, would not say why the plan changed consultants.