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Walsh Duffield Joins Strategic Retirement Partners

Walsh Duffield’s Christopher Kempton and Lisa Petronio have joined forces with Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP), a national retirement plan consulting firm.  The two currently manage Walsh Duffield’s retirement plan consulting business, and will be focused on growing the existing practice in collaboration with SRP.

As SRP’s Managing Directors for Upstate New York, Kempton and Petronio are the only local advisers who have access to the expanded resources that SRP offers to clients. Upstate New York will be SRP’s fourteenth location nationally. SRP brings a team of specialists who are dedicated to virtually every type of retirement plan, including: 401(k), 403(b), defined benefit pension, ESOP, 457, Taft-Hartley and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.

“We are excited to bring national retirement consulting resources to Western New York,” explained Petronio.  “This collaboration will allow us to better serve our local plan fiduciaries and drive better outcomes for retirement plan participants.”

The pair will begin offering their services to Walsh Duffield clients through SRP immediately. Walsh Duffield’s decision to partner with SRP is part of a strategy for growth locally, with the intention of remaining an independently owned insurance agency, as it has been for over 160 years.

Strategic Retirement Partners is a nationwide independent retirement plan consulting services firm dedicated to providing guidance in decision-making and problem solving to employers and sponsors of retirement plans. With offices from Coast to Coast, Strategic Retirement Partners was recently named one of Plan Adviser’s top 100 retirement plan advisers, and currently consults on over 475corporate and non-profit plans representing the retirement aspirations of tens of thousands of employees.

Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. has been offering insurance solutions to individuals and businesses since 1860. With over 100 employees, Walsh Duffield maintains offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Avon and Medina.  While offering a variety of personal and commercial insurance products to clients across the region, Walsh Duffield continually strives to provide advice, education and guidance to manage risk and deliver group benefits to keep individuals safe and well.

Kempton is the Director of the Group Benefits Division at Walsh Duffield, responsible for working with business clients to design and implement retirement and employee benefits packages. He is a Certified 401(k) professional and holds his Series 6 (Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Limited Representative), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination), and Series 7 (General Securities Representative) licenses. Kempton obtained his MBA in finance from Canisius College.
As Vice President, Petronio manages the retirement plan solutions division of Walsh Duffield, which offers consulting services related to fiduciary review and education, investment analysis, vendor benchmarking, compliance assistance, and participant education.  She holds her RICP® (Retirement Income Certified Professional®) designation.

Securities may be offered through Kestra Investment Services, LLC (Kestra IS), member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services may be offered through Kestra Advisory Services, LLC (Kestra AS), an affiliate of Kestra IS. Kestra IS and Kestra AS are not affiliated with Strategic Retirement Partners or Walsh Duffield.

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