The Standard Appoints Two New Retirement Plan Consultants

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StanCorp Equities, Inc. (“The Standard”), a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (SFG), announces the appointment of two new retirement plan consultants for its Eastern Sales Region.

Joe Bruns will support retirement plan advisors in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Bruns has worked in the retirement plan services industry for more than 14 years. Prior to joining The Standard, he served as a Vice President and Client Consultant for Manning & Napier Advisors. He has previously held sales positions at Fulton Financial Advisors, JP Morgan Retirement Plan Services and T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services.

Bruns is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

Mark Schatzel will support advisors in Pennsylvania. He will be based in The Standard’s Philadelphia office. Schatzel has worked in the retirement plan services industry for more than 12 years. Most recently he was a Business Development Wholesaler with Lincoln Financial Distributors. Prior to that, Mark worked at Vanguard for nearly 10 years with expertise in group retirement plan education, investment support and sales support.

Schatzel graduated summa cum laude from Immaculata University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He holds a Certified Retirement Plan Counselor (CRPC®) designation, as well as the FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses. He also holds a Life, Health & Annuity insurance license.

“We are excited about the depth of industry knowledge and experience that Joe and Mark bring to The Standard,” said Dan Hall, vice president of Retirement Plan Sales for The Standard. “The addition of two sales team members in the Northeast will enhance our ability to support advisors in the region. Mark and Joe will be focused on helping advisors grow their practice and implement customized retirement plan solutions for their plan sponsor clients.”

About The Standard

The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries. StanCorp Equities, Inc., member FINRA, wholesales a group annuity contract issued by Standard Insurance Company and a mutual fund trust platform for retirement plans. Third-party administrative services are provided by Standard Retirement Services, Inc. Investment advisory services are provided by StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., a registered investment advisor. StanCorp Equities, Inc., Standard Insurance Company, Standard Retirement Services, Inc. and StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., are subsidiaries of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and all are Oregon corporations.

The Standard
General Media:
Bob Speltz, 971-321-3162
Director, Public Affairs
Investor Relations and Financial Media:
Jeff Hallin, 971-321-6127
Vice President, Investor Relations & Capital Markets
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