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Sales and Marketing

MICHAEL (MICK) FOUTS
Co-Founder

Mick co-founded Qualified Plans Consultants, LLC (QPC) in 2003 and has over 17 years of experience working with retirement plans. He is primarily responsible for the firms’ marketing and sales efforts which entails calling on a variety of networks and developing relationships with investment advisors, investment companies, wire houses, banks, and independent broker-dealers.

Mick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa, with a double major in Finance and Economics and a minor in Business Management. Prior to starting QPC, Mick held a similar position with a local third party administration firm. 

Prior to that, he worked as a Pension Marketing Consultant at WellMark Capital Value, a former division of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa, in Des Moines, Iowa.  He also served as an Administration Specialist at The Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, in a division that primarily handled 401(k) and other qualified retirement plans. The best way to reach Mick is via his cell phone: (515) 681-3477


TOM LASTUVKA, QKA
Co-Founder

Tom co-founded Qualified Plans Consultants, LLC (QPC) in 2003 and has over 20 years of experience working with retirement plans.  He is responsible for the firms’ day-to-day operations, including employee management, administration, compliance, consulting, and with marketing the firm's services in eastern Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Tom has earned his Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) professional designation sponsored by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), and is currently working towards his Certified Plan Financial Consultant (CPFC) designation.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, with a major in Finance.

Prior to starting QPC, Tom held a similar position with a local third party administration firm. Before that, he worked as a financial planner and Registered Representative with Waddell & Reed in Des Moines, Iowa. He also served as an Administration Specialist, Training Specialist, Assistant Manager, and Manager at The Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, in Defined Contribution administration divisions that handled 401(k), 403(b), 457 and nonqualified retirement plans. The best way to reach Tom is via his cell phone: (515) 371-1861


JACK STEWART, QKA, APA, CBC, RPA
New Business Director

Jack joined Qualified Plan Consultants (QPC) in September, 2010, as New Business Director. Jack helps QPC advisors and their clients design and set up 401k plans that meet their unique needs.

Prior to joining QPC, Jack served in numerous positions at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, including Director of Principal Consulting Group and Director of Pension Market Research. His 30+ years of experience includes work in and direction of Principal's plan design consulting, plan merger analysis and implementation, plan document preparation, and compliance testing and government reporting services.  
Jack has spoken at several IRS and DOL hearings, and has testified before the US House Ways and Means Committee on behalf of the American Business Council. As QPC’s New Business Director, Jack’s responsibilities include consulting with advisors and their clients, preparing plan illustrations and service agreement proposals, marketing of TPA services, installation of new plans, as well as development of new business opportunities and consultative support of QPC clients and staff.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Iowa State University. He holds several industry designations, and is an APA (Accredited Pension Administrator), a QKA (Qualified 401k Administrator), and a RPA (Retirement Plan Associate).The best way to reach Jack is at the office: (515) 222-0980, ext. 6103 or his cell phone at 515-975-1293.

Jack and his wife Rhonda have two adult daughters and enjoy attending major league baseball games throughout the Midwest. His hobbies include golf, racquetball, yoga, and reading.

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Administration

MITZI K. NELSON, ERPA, QPA, QKA
Administration Manager / Senior Consultant

Mitzi joined Qualified Plan Consultants, LLC in August, 2004, after serving as a Senior Conversion Manager at ADP TotalSource in Miami, Florida.  Her 25+ years of experience includes work in the following areas: Plan mergers, terminations and conversions, plan design consultation and legal compliance, discrimination testing for Defined Contribution plans, preparation of annual reporting and disclosure, and implementation of new employee benefit plans.
While at ADP TotalSource, Mitzi played a key role in consulting assignments for professional firms and other plans sponsors converting to the ADP TotalSource 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan.  In addition, she helped clients in correcting plan violations, and provided technical support for in-house and outside sales teams.

Prior to joining ADP TotalSource, Mitzi was a Manager of the pension consulting team with MetLife, Inc.  Her role emphasized the conversion of new clients coming into MetLife, Inc. and the underwriting process to determine client service level.

At QPC, Mitzi's role is working with our largest and most complex clients with ongoing plan administration.  She also assists management with some of the ongoing training responsibilities.  As of September, 2009, Mitzi obtained her Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent designation (ERPA), and so she is admitted to practice before the IRS.


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