President’s Message

Continuing a tradition of excellence

I hope that everyone had a successful 2016, and that the new year is off to a great start!   This is Evan Melcher, and I am the President of your ASPPA ABC of Atlanta.  I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the most talented and knowledgeable group of retirement plan professionals in the Southeast.  The ABC of Atlanta has a rich tradition of providing unparalleled education and networking opportunities for our membership, and 2017 will be one of our most exciting years yet!

Last year was incredible for many reasons…so let me share a few highlights:

  • Technology upgrades – We launched a new and improved website that allows our community to join our mailing list, become a member, register for events, learn about our sponsors, and more!
  • Sponsors – For the first time, we welcomed strategic sponsors to partner with the ABC of Atlanta.  This allowed us to offer distinguised speakers and unique educational opportunities at a cost that is very reasonable when compared to other continuing education events.
  • Membership is up – More people have joined our amazing organization and we look forward to even more of you joining this year.

This year, we are starting off our workshops by welcoming 5500 expert Janice Wegesin in a session called “Navigating the 5500 Nonsense.”  We are finalizing the plans for the other sessions to take place later this year, and we are excited to announce these in the coming weeks…so check back often!

With the start of the new calendar year, it is also time to renew your memberships with ASPPA and your ABC.

Your membership in ASPPA provides a host of benefits.  ASPPA credentialing places members at the top of the retirement plan industry.  ASPPA members stay ahead of their peers with access to unmatched levels of education, information, networking, and advocacy.  ASPPA members enjoy immediate access to vital information on issues and changes in the industry through The ASPPA Plan Consultant Magazine and the ASPPA ASAP email broadcastsIn addition, ASPPA takes a leading role in obtaining legislative and regulatory changes to simplify the rules governing retirement plans and to promote the retirement plan industry.  In today’s ever-changing legislative environment, your voice is important.  To join ASPPA, please visit the ASPPA website at

Your membership in the local ABC is also very important.  Your commitment to the ABC allows us to provide quality, cost-effective, local education for you.  In addition, your participation in the ABC allows you to network with other retirement plan professionals in the area and share ideas and solutions.  Once again we appreciate your past involvement with the Atlanta ABC and we look forward to seeing everyone again in the upcoming months.  If anyone is interested in becoming more involved with ABC please contact one of the board members directly and we will try and find an opportunity to get you involved. We also encourage our membership to recruit anyone they think would benefit from attending a workshop whether it be a client or other colleagues in the industry.  To become a member of the ABC, visit the ABC website at to join online!


Looking forward to a successful 2017 and to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Evan Melcher, President