In early 2002, insurance industry veteran Raymond Ankner saw that the successful small business community was under-served by the retirement planning community, because the plan design documents needed were cumbersome, time consuming and expensive for Plan Administrators to produce. He recognized the need for a program that would systematize the pension logic and financial product features to radically increase the speed and ease of presentation production. Ankner sought the means to build such a program and through an existing relationship with an established technology team, a specification and project plan was produced. During the process it became clear that the traditional financial and insurance industry method of providing software and updates via CD had limited ability to meet the needs of the situation. The decision was made to develop a web based application that would allow for the flexibility, agent visibility, and rapid production curves that were required. The next six-months saw a proof-of-concept and subsequent first release in a project for Travelers.
PlanGen was founded in 2003 to produce on-demand presentations of Fully Insured Defined Benefit Plan platforms for major insurance carriers and has continued to produce custom plan and product engines for financial institutions and their most successful agencies. The original Fully Insured Plans known as 412(i) lead to the production of Traditional Defined Benefit Plans as well. With the Pension Protection Act of 2006, 412(i) became 412(e)(3) and the traditional system went through a major overhaul to comply with new IRS Code. Several types of custom life benefit programs followed, as did the development of a suite of Defined Contribution Plan design tools. Leveraging the web based nature of the system, and the advisor-focused database structure, PlanGen flipped back-end user identities forward to provide public facing resources such as web identity hub pages, client data collection forms that directly fed into plan design process, and custom campaign landing pages for use in digital media marketing.
In the time span since PlanGen first began providing plans to the marketplace, we have seen numerous small businesses happily grow from plan funding into secure retirements. PlanGen's history has been about helping successful small business owners build a prosperous future.
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Raymond Ankner - CEO
Raymond Ankner serves as CEO of PlanGen as well as President and CEO of RMC Group.
Ray has been an innovative leader in the insurance and pension industries for over four decades and he consults with numerous successful small business owners to determine if strategic financial benefits can be derived through the application of Advanced Markets planning concepts. Ray is a Member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).
Eric Edelstein - CTO
Eric Edelstein is co-founder, CTO and Vice President of Product Development for PlanGen, LLC since 2002.
Eric is responsible for translating user interaction behaviors and business logic into the final web application interface and back-end databases to support high-performance, compliant application systems. Eric manages source code control, inter-application code repositories and version releases for the major and minor applications and databases provided through the PlanGen interfaces for thousands of user accounts in PlanGen.
Todd Trzaskos - President
Todd Trzaskos is a co-founder of PlanGen, LLC , President since 2008 and previously served as VP of Operations.
Todd directs the strategic business planning of platform, module and feature design to meet and stay ahead of market demands. He oversees partner, client and vendor relationships and also manages the complex process of translating IRS Code and actuarial intelligence into the business logic and systems which drive PlanGen's advanced planning tools.