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Blue Prairie Group Adds a Top 100 Retirement Advisor to Network of Retirement Plan Consultants

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Blue Prairie Group (BPG), a Chicago-based institutional retirement and investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of defined contribution industry veteran, Carmela Elco, to its growing network of affiliated retirement consultants.

Ms. Elco will lead the Philadelphia office of Blue Prairie Group and will maintain an independent business model. I am excited by the opportunity to join a successful ERISA-focused advisory firm like Blue Prairie Group, said Carmela. The affiliation with Blue Prairie Group provides my clients with access to a powerful suite of proven tools and resources, while giving me more time to provide superior client services that has been the hallmark of my approach to retirement consulting.

Ms. Elco has worked as a retirement consultant for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining Blue Prairie Group, she was President of Resources for Retirement where she managed and consulted with numerous public, private and non-profit organizations. As a recognized leader in the retirement industry, she has testified before the U.S Department of Labors ERISA Advisory Council, helping to shape how plan sponsors evaluate target dates funds and was recently named as one of the top retirement advisors in the country by PlanAdviser Magazine.

Ty Parrish, Blue Prairie Groups Managing Partner, said, We are extremely pleased that Carmela chose Blue Prairie Group to continue her successful career as a retirement consultant. Her experience and leadership are exactly what we are looking for as we continue to expand our footprint nationally. Ultimately, we expect to add 15-20 high quality retirement-focused advisory firms to our affiliate network over the next few years as advisors and firms look to gain scale and become more efficient.

Matt Gnabasik, Blue Prairie Groups Managing Director, added, Were excited to have Carmela join our team. We look forward to helping her grow her practice and delivering superior service to her clients.

Ms. Elco has extensive training as a human resources professional as well as experience in investment analytics. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a M.A. in Human Resources Management from St. Francis University. She has her FINRA License 6, 63, 65, 7 & 24, Pennsylvania Health Insurance Representative Registration, has obtained her Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF

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5 – It would replace federal income taxes with a 5 percent national sales tax on all goods except food and medical.

0 – It would exempt all small businesses with gross revenue below $ 2 million from federal corporate taxes.

3 – It would levy a 3 percent corporate tax on the gross revenues over $ 2 million of all companies in the U.S.

“The Ken Cope 503 IRS Elimination Plan is designed to relieve all individual Americans and companies from the burden of federal income tax compliance,” Cope said.

“Companies spend millions of dollars trying to comply with IRS rules and regulations and looking for tax loopholes,” Cope noted. “With my 503 Plan, that money can go to more productive uses. And I’m pretty sure most Americans would love to see the elimination of the IRS. Especially if they’re conservatives and they have been, or fear they will be, a target of the IRS.”

Cope said tax reform through his 503 Plan would be his top priority once elected, because it also effectively forces the repeal of Obamacare. Without the IRS, Cope explained, Obamacare is unenforceable and non-functional.

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Information about the campaign and Cope’s positions on the issues confronting Texans and all of America can be found at the campaign website,, and the Facebook page, Cope is also on Twitter at @CopeTexas.

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