Mark began his professional financial services career in 1995 and advocating for fiduciaries in 2009. Prior to 1995, he was a Commissioned Officer in the US Army where he served in the United States and South Korea. While he spent most of this time as a helicopter pilot his final assignment was an instructor of Philosophy and Ethics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Mark has earned a Bachelor’s from the University of Scranton in Philosophy, a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and has earned credits towards his doctorate at Temple University. He also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst designation (AIFA®) through the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the Global Financial Steward designation (GFS®), and the Certificate in Fiduciary Governance. He has also been certified by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence to conduct CEFEX certifications, and has been retained as a 401k hidden fee subject matter expert by multiple law firms.
Prudent Champion is affiliated with Fiduciary Plan Governance, LLC. which together possess many years of fiduciary expertise and provide independent, unbiased, expert help & advice to fiduciaries.
Given his Philosophy background, Mark focuses on the ethical imperative of fiduciary responsibility to educate plan sponsors and other fiduciaries on their fiduciary duties. Mark has written the 401k Ethicist column for the Journal of Compensation & Benefits, and is a contributor to the Paladin Registry, Investor Watchdog and Huffington Post. He is also a co-author of the Fiduciary Handbook for Understanding and Selecting Target Date Funds.
Mark has been included as one of 401(k)Wire’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the 401(k) Industry and was a nominee for the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council.
Mark speaks on fiduciary and professional ethics issues to organizations such as the American Institute of CPAs, the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the National Funeral Directors Association Leadership Conference, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, the New Jersey Society of CPAs, and the Pennsylvania State Society of HR Management (SHRM). Some of Mark’s articles and presentations can be found under the Resources section of this site.
He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the West Point Society of Philadelphia and the Unsung Heroes Project, and has served on the Boards of the University of Scranton and the USO of Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey.