PHOENIX, AZ, (February 6) - The National Tax-Deferred Savings Association (NTSA) has honored Kent Schutt and Kris Coffey with its Bob D. Schiller Award for their lifetime achievements and meritorious service.
Coffey and Schutte received the Bob D. Schiller Award at a Feb. 6 session of the NTSA Summit held in Phoenix, AZ. Schutte, 2015 NTSA President, was recognized as the 2021 recipient of the Bob D. Schiller Award that could not be presented in person in 2021 due to the pandemic, while Coffey, 2019 NTSA President, was acknowledged as the award’s 2022 recipient.
The Schiller Award recognizes individuals who have given freely of themselves, their time and resources to the NTSA and to the 403(b)/457 industry—individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations. It is named in memory of Bob Schiller, an enthusiastic supporter of the NTSA who devoted his time and energy to its success.
Coffey was hailed for her tireless work on and in NTSA governance, her collaboration and service on standing committees, and her effectiveness in recruiting new volunteers.
“To say this person gives freely of herself is an understatement,” said 2018 NTSA President Tamara Indianer. “It’s hard to find an area of NTSA she has not touched.” Indianer also noted Coffey’s service across NTSA’s American Retirement Association sister organizations, including service in ASPPA leadership and her role in starting the NAPA 401(k) Summit and the NAPA Fly-in-Forum. “She does everything with high energy and tenacity,” said Indianer.
“We’re all in this together. It’s a collaboration,” said Coffey, continuing, “When you see something good, own it, and act it, and be it. That’s what NTSA is all about.”
Schutte, President of EFS Advisors, LLC and Educators Benefit Consultants, is a longtime strategic partner of the NTSA and has been working with educators, nonprofit and governmental plans since 1985. He was named an NTSA Elite Advisor in 2018 and received the Ford Volunteer Service Award in 2021.
“Over the past 30 years, I met with thousands of educators and truly believe that most are underpaid and underappreciated, yet society expects them to sculpt the future of America. If I can influence more advisors, regardless of geography, to develop a passion to encourage education employees to participate early and throughout their life, that is one of the best comments I can ever receive,” Schutte said.
About the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association (NTSA)
Formed in 1989, the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association (NTSA), part of the American Retirement Association, represents nearly 7000 financial advisors, consultants, administrators, and product creators and providers. NTSA has been nationally recognized for its thought leadership and policy expertise regarding public-sector retirement plans. NTSA represents its membership in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country to address issues and design retirement plans that improve employee outcomes. NTSA also provides high-quality education, professional development, and information resources for those involved in the 403(b), 457 and nonprofit marketplace.
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