Industry veteran will help develop and deliver internal training and business development programs.

October 31, 2013 – The Entrust Group, Inc., the pioneer in administering self-directed retirement accounts, announced today that John Paul Ruiz will join its team as Director of Professional Development. Mr. Ruiz will bring to Entrust over 20 years of experience as a consultant and trainer in the retirement and financial services industries. As Director of Professional Development, he will spearhead trainings to help Entrust’s team of professionals remain compliant with ERISA regulations, current state and federal banking requirements, and industry best practices.

Mr. Ruiz’s comprehensive knowledge of the retirement services and alternative investments industries will help develop, recommend, and implement plans for enhancing Entrust’s existing programs and operations. He will initiate business improvements based on market and industry analysis, and cultivate and expand Entrust’s growing network of business relationships in new regions. In addition, Mr. Ruiz will help ensure Entrust is delivering the most accurate information and education with clients, business professionals, and the general public.

“It’s a very exciting time to be in the retirement arena with all of the opportunities that lie ahead in self-directed retirement plans,” states Mr. Ruiz. “Education is the key to making consumers and retirement professionals comfortable with exploring the opportunities available to them through The Entrust Group. With my background in retirement plan education, I’m honored to be a part of bringing a specialized educational and business development component to The Entrust Group’s initiatives.”

Before joining Entrust, Mr. Ruiz served as Vice President of Professional Development for Integrated Retirement Initiatives, LLC. He has also gained valuable retirement plan insight from his roles at Ascensus, the IRA Institute, and American Bankers Association, among others. He has earned the Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) and holds a Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP) certification through the American Bankers Association’s Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB).

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