MassMutual and Clients Capture Multiple Golds and "Best of Show" for Retirement Education

2011 PSCA Signature Awards recognize "best in education and communication" to help American workers plan and save for retirement

Sep 21, 2011, 08:00 ET from MassMutual Retirement Services Division

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Profit Sharing/401k Council of America (PSCA) presented its highest honor for outstanding communication and education programs – Best of Show – to MassMutual Retirement Services and client, Gables Residential, in the 2011 PSCA "Signature Awards" event. Winners were announced today at the PSCA's 64th Annual Conference to honor retirement plan services providers and plan sponsors for their successful efforts in helping American workers plan and save toward for retirement.

"The Signature Awards represent the 'best of the best' in the defined contribution plan world," says David Wray, president, PSCA. "MassMutual has a long history of successful retirement communication and education. Their programs continue to evolve to embrace different plan types, cultural and language differences, and the diverse ways participants learn," says Wray.

"Once again, by winning nine PSCA Signature Awards including Best of Show, MassMutual continues to show its leadership and great collaboration with plan sponsors in producing innovative, creative communication and education solutions that drive positive results," states Robert Benish, chief operating officer for PSCA. "With four gold awards and the prestigious Best of Show, MassMutual deserves recognition as one of the foremost leaders in the workplace savings community," adds Benish.

MassMutual and its clients earned a total of nine awards for both sponsor and participant communications covering corporate, union and nonprofit defined contribution plans including:

PSCA Awards – MassMutual and Clients

Best in Show -- MassMutual/Gables Residential

Gold (Category: Language and Cultural Diversity)

MassMutual/Gables Residential

Gold (Category: Plan Design Changes)

MassMutual/Hillside Family of Agencies

Gold (Category: Onsite Events and Workshops)

MassMutual/Gables Residential

Silver (Category: Language and Cultural Diversity)

MassMutual/Rosen Hotels and Resorts

Silver (Category: Conversion)

MassMutual/Hillside Family of Agencies

Honorable Mention (Category: Train the Trainer)

MassMutual/IATSE Annuity Fund

PSCA Awards – MassMutual Provider Awards

MassMutual also earned awards in the "Communications To Be Used By Multiple Plan Sponsors" for its action-oriented participant education offering:

Gold (Category: Education Programs) for MassMutual's Participant Action Campaign

Bronze (Category: Education Programs) for MassMutual's Live Participant Seminars

"Earning this recognition from the PSCA is a double win," says Philip Altschuler, senior vice president of human resources for Gables Residential, Atlanta, Ga. "We believe we've done a great service for our employees and this recognition affirms our belief. The entire Gables team worked very hard with MassMutual -- this was a winning partnership with results far beyond what we expected," adds Altschuler.

"These awards are a testament to the great results that can be achieved when retirement plan sponsors, their advisors, and plan participants work together toward a common goal," says
Elaine Sarsynski, executive vice president of MassMutual's Retirement Services Division and chairman and CEO of MassMutual International LLC. "Effective communication and education lead to a healthy retirement plan and, ultimately, plan participants who have the tools to achieve a comfortable level of income in retirement," she adds.

The Profit Sharing/401k Council of America is a nonprofit association advocating increased retirement security through profit sharing, 401(k) and related defined contribution programs.

For more information about MassMutual retirement services, please call your retirement advisor or contact MassMutual at (888) 626-4911.

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MassMutual's Retirement Services Division has been serving retirement plans for 65 years. It offers a full range of products and services for corporate, union, nonprofit and governmental employers' defined benefit, defined contribution and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. It serves approximately 1.3 million participants.

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