Why intelligent minds like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk reject silos. NWPS competes with the largest of 401(k) vendors. We frequently go up against Vanguard, Fidelity, Empower and the others. While there are many facets to our story, a differentiating one is that NWPS does not have departments or “silos” for different processes (e.g. the document department, the compliance group, the year-end services division, the distribution unit). Rather, each client is assigned a dedicated team with a lead consultant responsible for all aspects of plan operations. There are no silos at NWPS with robotic employees performing repetitive tasks. It has been this way since our founding in 1994. Little did we know that Steve Jobs and Elon Musk have publicly endorsed our service model! Writing for Inc.com, author and leadership expert Justin Bariso recounts how both Jobs and Musk rejected silos that “create an us vs. them mentality.” The cost of this divisive model increases as a company grows. In an organization with functional silos, each department has its own set of success metrics, often not aligned with other departments. Each silo ends up attempting to curry the favor of management by hitting their own goals, frequently at the expense
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and our profound gratitude goes out to the medical first responders and the every-day, hard-working Americans who are delivering our food, stocking the shelves and manning the gas stations. At NWPS, we take our responsibilities to our clients, plan participants, and staff very seriously. During this COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority is keeping everyone on our team healthy so they can continue to perform their jobs while doing our civic duty to help slow the pace of infection. With that in mind, we have implemented a plan that ensures, from your perspective and the perspective of your plan participants, it will be business as usual, and we are committed to keeping the quality of our services and our responsiveness at the level you expect from us. Rest assured that contributions are being processed, phones are being answered and distribution checks are being sent. Because of our careful planning, we are confident we have the infrastructure and processes in place to be successful. We will keep you posted as new events develop, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if
At the recent NAPA industry conference, NWPS helped sponsor the Nashville 4.01k Race for Financial Fitness™. This race was locally sponsored by Avondale Partners, a perennial PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Adviser (and NWPS partner) and proceeds benefited Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. The concept of the 4.01k Race for Financial Fitness™ was launched by Jason Chepnik and his Smarter Tomorrow Foundation™ in 2015. The Smarter Tomorrow Foundation™ is on a mission to give every kid from every community a fair shot at a strong financial future. By spearheading the 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™ and other initiatives that promote financial education for the next generation, the foundation will empower kids across the nation to take charge of their finances and their life. Since 2015 more than $250,000 has been donated to financial literacy programs for children. We were delighted to participate in this worthy cause, even to the point of running through a deluge of rain. Pictured above (left to right) Jordan Sibler, Avondale Partners; Steve Glasgow, Avondale Partners, Tom O’Brien; NWPS and Erich von Bereghy; NWPS. Thanks to Jason Chepnik for founding this worthy cause and Avondale Partners for hosting and sponsoring in Nashville.
Because it’s Thanksgiving! Last year we had family in for Thanksgiving so we had to cook dinner. Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to try not one, but two new (to me) methods of cooking the turkeys. (This is a somewhat risky strategy because as you know the turkey is the linchpin of Thankgiving dinner – so I was more than a little nervous. I grilled one bird on the Weber, and smoked the other on the Traeger. Drumroll please . . . They came out great. We ate right on time – 4:00 PM and both birds were very well cooked. The smoked turkey on the Traeger took about 5.5 hours. The turkey on the Weber only took 2.75 hours. I cooked both to an internal temperature (instant read thermometer) of 170 degrees and then took them off. Preparation was simple. Two 15 lb fresh organic turkeys (from the local food co-op) brought to room temperature and then dressed with a simple rub of olive oil, salt, pepper and finely chopped fresh sage, rosemary and thyme. I chopped up some apples, drenched them in the rub and put them in the cavities – just for flavor. (No stuffing.) For cooking, I ran the Traeger on