ASPPA Honors Joan Gucciardi with Eidson Founders Award
The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries honored Joan A. Gucciardi, MSPA with the prestigious Harry T. Eidson Founders Award during the Oct. 22 opening session of the 2017 ASPPA Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD.
The award was presented to Gucciardi by Ilene Ferenczy, Esq., Managing Partner of the Ferenczy Benefits Law Center.
Gucciardi enjoyed a long and distinguished career prior to her retirement in 2010, including heading her own pension consulting actuarial practice and as a Senior Consulting Actuary at Summit Benefit and Actuarial Services, Inc. She is best known as the creator of the Journal of Pension Benefits, author of several volumes in the annual Wolters Kluwers Answer Book series, including the 401(k) Answer Book, and co-author of the annual 5500 Preparer’s Manual.
Gucciardi served in ASPPA leadership and as a volunteer for many years, including as an ASPPA Board member, Chair of the Education and Examinations Committee, and on the Government Affairs Committee, including Chair of the 401(k) Subcommittee.
ASPPA established the Eidson Award
in 1995 to honor the memory of its founder, Harry T. Eidson. His belief in the importance of the employer-sponsored retirement system in the United States and in having an organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing such a system was the inspiration for the formation of ASPPA in 1966. Each year, ASPPA honors one or two individuals for their contributions to the industry. Recipients can be members of ASPPA or from outside the association’s membership.