AAFD Joint Venture is the first National Trade Association to offer new Cost-Efficient Retirement Plans 

(Palm Desert, CA,) March 28, 2021 – American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), a national trade association advocating for franchisees and independent dealers, today announced AAFD PEP Retirement Plans, a new Branded Partnership with Access Retirement Solutions, a Pooled Employer Plan (PEP) 401(k) retirement benefit provider. The unique and significant collaboration allows AAFD members to tap into affordable retirement plan options and offer them to their employees.

This year, a new retirement saving tool known as Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs) opened an untapped opportunity for small businesses to offer affordable 401(k) savings plans to their employees due to the passage of the SECURE ACT, which made plans more conducive to simple and cost-effective designs with low-cost administrative fees. The new PEP 401(k) paves the way for franchisees to offer a quality retirement plan benefit and in turn, encourages the number of participants to grow for small and mid-sized businesses.

“We are excited to announce our Branded Partnership with Access Retirement Solutions and offer their services to our members. Access is at the forefront of the marketplace in designing and offering PEPs,” said Robert Purvin, AAFD Chair and CEO. “The integrity of Access’ transparency, and their extensive industry experience makes them an ideal partner.”

According to a 2018 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistic, nearly half of employers with less than 100 workers did not offer a retirement plan.

“We are thrilled to be a partner with AAFD and allow their members to access retirement plans as a benefit to retain employees and provide a path towards financial stability,” said Heath Miller and Michael Halloran, co-founders of Access Retirement Solutions. “Access Retirement Solutions was founded with a sole focus on delivering affordable, best-in-class retirement plan solutions to employers to businesses of any size without the high-cost expense and administrative burden of traditional retirement plan offerings.”

AAFD members would receive a 10% discount on the standard Access subscription fee. Plus, AAFD members may also be eligible for tax credits, which, in many instances, can fully offset the costs of participating altogether.

About American Association of Franchisees and Dealers

AAFD is the oldest, largest, and most respected direct member franchisee trade association in the United States. Since 1992, the nonprofit organization has formed and supported exclusive trademark specific chapters for franchisees of hundreds of franchise systems and seeks to foster its vision of Total Quality Franchising—a collaborative franchise culture that respects the legitimate business interests of franchisors and franchisees.  For more information, visit https://www.aafd.org

About Access Retirement Solutions

Access Retirement Solutions was founded in 2020 by Heath Miller and Michael Halloran with a sole focus on delivering affordable, best-in-class retirement plan solutions to employers and empowering employees to achieve financial security. Access Retirement Solutions understands the concerns that come along with offering retirement plans – high fees, hidden costs, legal risk, administrative headaches and conflicts of interests. With the Access PEP 401(k), employers have options when it comes to providing quality retirement plan benefits to their employees. For more information, visit https://www.accessretirementsolutions.com