Maryland Supplemental Retirement Plans (MSRP) provides 457(b), 401(k), 403(b) and 401(a) plans for Maryland State employees. Across the state, 300+ Benefit Coordinators are the first point of contact for employer-sponsored benefits like healthcare, pensions, leave etc. Supplemental retirement plans are not easily understood, so MSRP created Benefit Coordinators’ Academies to help Benefit Coordinators understand how they work and why they’re needed.
MSRP invited Benefit Coordinators to half‐day events to learn more about the Plans, network and have fun. Door prizes, games and giveaways were be used to boost attendance. The Academy was offered in seven different locations, each with a different date, across the state. Each was run by the Team MSRP members who service that portion of the state. Attendees left with a package of materials to help them support the Plans.
MSRP maintains a database of contact information of Benefit Coordinators and staff who administer benefits for state employees. This list was used to:
Each Benefit Coordinators’ Academy began at 8:30 a.m. with a complimentary hot breakfast with the official program beginning at 9:15 and concluding at 12:30. The program included:
Each Retirement Specialist left behind a supply of welcome booklets, a fax cover sheet with the agency number and work address already filled in for Step‐by‐Step forms and a Team MSRP Contacts flier developed especially for Benefit Coordinators.
This campaign resulted in a NAGDCA (National Association of Governmental Defined Contribution Administrators) Leadership Award.