Scott Brookes, AIF® is the Director of Retirement Plan Services for Sharkey, Howes & Javer. Scott joined the firm in October, 2007 to help businesses research, establish and manage corporate retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans.
Scott is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, with over 25 years experience in the industry, providing clients with retirement plan consulting services, vendor searches, fee audits, trustee education and investment analysis.
As a fee-only financial planning firm, Sharkey, Howes & Javer (SHJ) accepts no commissions for retirement plan services and bills on an hourly or fee basis for their independent, comprehensive reviews and reports as contracted.
Scott’s philosophy is that appropriate plan design, shared fiduciary responsibility, clear communications and fee transparency are the basic tenets of a good retirement plan.
“By experience we know that most plan sponsors initially choose their 401(k) or retirement plan provider based on investments and the cost of annual recordkeeping services, while their primary reasons for changing providers are administrative errors, employee communication issues, uncompetitive fee structures and lack of service” said Scott.
“This recurring fact highlights the need for plan sponsors who understand the value of essential plan components (plan design, compliance, expenses and employee communications) and not just investment management or recordkeeping. At SHJ, we provide this analysis and do most of the “heavy lifting” for you”.
Prior to joining Sharkey, Howes & Javer, Scott was a Vice President and consulting Retirement Plan Specialist for one of the largest national brokerage firms. He also served as the Director of Retirement Plan Services for a national mutual fund company located in Denver, Colorado. Over the years, Scott has worked with several hundred mid-sized corporations and not-for profit organizations, as well as with member companies of the Fortune 500.
Scott is a current member of the Center for Fiduciary Studies and the Western Pension Benefits Council.