David Stofer, Managing Director

David Stofer, ChFC®, CLU

Managing Director

Overland Park, KS

In his role as managing director, David is responsible for ensuring the delivery of quality retirement planning services to clients. With a focus on plan design, compliance and in-depth investment monitoring, David uses proprietary tools to analyze retirement plan performance and determine the most effective way for clients’ employees to maximize their retirement benefits. He also consults on a wide range of issues related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and advises clients on the impact a corporate transaction may have on retirement benefits.

David has more than 30 years of experience in the retirement plan business and more than 10 years of experience advising on mergers and acquisitions. He specializes in 401(k), 403(b) and defined benefit plans and also has experience with nonqualified deferred compensation plans. David led the formation of the retirement plan solutions team (previously Mariner Retirement Advisors) in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, he was a principal at SageView Advisory, where he focused on helping plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations. David began his career as an administrator, drafting adoption agreements, filing 5500s and conducting discrimination testing.

Recognizing a need for better retirement plan and investment monitoring, David developed Fiduciary Investment Reporting Manager (FiRM), an investment monitoring tool.

David has a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from Kansas State University and is a trustee of the Kansas State University Foundation. He has passed the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 exams, and he has been a member of the Retirement Advisor Council for four years. In 2008, David Stofer was recognized as one of the most successful retirement plan advisors by Plan Sponsor Magazine. In 2009 and 2010, he was recognized as one of the 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution by The 401k Wire. In 2015, Mariner Retirement Advisors was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 retirement plan advisers by PlanAdviser magazine.


PLANSPONSOR nominations for retirement plan adviser of the year “were solicited online from retirement plan advisers, their employers and/or broker/dealers, and plan sponsors, as well as for working partners of these advisers.” 401kWire’s 300 Most Influential DC Advisors list is based on nominations from the industry and the publication’s editorial staff, with the final list based on objective criteria including statistics about the advisers’ practices gathered directly from the advisers. The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list is compiled from adviser-completed entry to the PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey.