About Us

DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. has been providing full-service employer sponsored retirement plan administration and consulting since 1979. DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. assists employers in the design, implementation, administration and communication of a wide range of retirement plans. We are committed to providing these services to our clients in a timely, accurate and cost-effective manner.

Our benefit professionals are dedicated to helping employers implement retirement plans that promote corporate goals and objectives, control costs and give employees a sense of security.

Our People

Our current staff of 28 employees has a combined experience in excess of 700 years in the retirement planning industry. We have nine plan administrators that average 30 years of experience and an ERISA attorney with 38 years of experience. Our management and key plan administrative staff have substantial years of service with our company. They are committed to providing our clients with friendly, courteous and responsive personalized services of superior quality. DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. is employee owned with nine employee stockholders.

Jim DeMars

President

Jim DeMars entered the retirement planning field in January 1969 and moved to the Kansas City area later that year. After working for two firms he founded DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. in June 1979. He is a consultant with more than 53 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Jim’s primary responsibility is consulting, plan design and marketing for the firm. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.

John Finn, J.D.

Vice President/Staff Attorney

John joined the firm in January 1986 and has 38 years of experience in the qualified plan market. His responsibilities include plan installation services, amendments and he serves as the Internal Revenue Service liaison. John researches compliance, legal and administration questions for staff, referral sources, and clients and processes plan terminations with the Internal Revenue Service and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. John has his Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American Bar Association.

Joanne Trompeter

Vice President, QPA, QKA

Joanne’s responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans, including employee stock ownership plans and profit sharing 401(k) plans. She joined the firm in February 1988 and has 50 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Joanne has her Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator designations from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).

Cyndi Johnson

Vice President, Human Resources/Business Operations

Cyndi’s responsibilities include human resource management and overall business management. She joined the firm in June 1993 and has 42 years of experience with pension consulting firms. Cyndi has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Computer Applications and a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management from Ottawa University of Kansas City. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Tim Heffel

Retirement Plan Service Representative

Tim joined the firm in September 1997 and has 39 years of experience in the qualified plan market. His responsibilities include client servicing, data gathering, delivering annual valuations and conducting 401(k) enrollment meetings. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University.

Peter DeMars

Retirement Plan Service Representative

Peter joined the firm in December 2004 and has 20 years of experience in the qualified plan market. His responsibilities include client servicing, delivering annual valuations and gathering data in regards to retirement plan conversions. Peter has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas.

Susan Joslin

Senior Pension Administrator – 47 Years

Employed previously by a pension consulting firm providing administration of retirement plans. Joined DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. in October 1984. Responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans, including 401(k) plans.

Kimberly Barmann

Senior Pension Administrator

Kim joined the firm in January 1988 and has 37 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Her responsibilities include actuarial and administration of defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, plan terminations and profit sharing 401(k) plan. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bethany College.

Truong Nguyen

Pension Administrator, QKA

Truong joined the firm in January 2012 and has 22 years of experience in the qualified plan market. His responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in the administration of profit sharing 401(k) plans. Truong has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Mary University.

Manuel Resto

Pension Administrator, QKA

Employed previously as a Trust Administrator for a pension administration firm. Joined De Mars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. in November 2012 and has 14 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in 401(k) plans. Manuel has a Bachelor of Business Administration/ Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico.

Hope White

Senior Pension Administrator

Employed previously by a pension consulting firm, an investment firm and a bank trust department. Hope joined DeMars Pension Consulting Services in March 2022 and has 29 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in 401(k) plans.

Jayme Ernst

Pension Administrator

Employed previously by pension consulting firms. Jayme rejoined DeMars Pension Consulting Services in February 2022 and has 12 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in 401(k) plans. Jayme has a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Sciences/Business Administration from Pittsburg State University

Charlene Michaelis

Senior Pension Administrator

Employed previously by serveral pension consulting firms and an investment firm. Charlene rejoined DeMars Pension Consulting Services in March 2022 and has 20 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Responsibilities include administrative services for defined contribution plans with an emphasis in 401(k) plans. Charlene has an Associates Degree in Accounting from Barton County Community College.

Emma Shippee

Pension Administrator, QKA

Joined DeMars Pension Consulting Services, Inc. in February 2020. Responsibilities include administration services for defined contribution plans and working with Relius pension software for completion of Annual Valuations. Emma has her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Kansas.

Mark Mallory

Manager, Strategic Alliances / Corporate Secretary

Mark supports sales efforts and provides broker and referral source education. He is responsible for setting up new plans and the conversion of existing plans to new daily valuation platforms. Mark joined the firm in January 1997 and has 30 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Emporia State University. Mark holds the Accredited Pension Representative designation offered through the National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA).

Robert Brown

Strategic Alliances Manager

Robert’s responsibilities include management of participant recordkeeping functions including daily contributions, investment splits, distributions, conversions and reconciliation of accounts. He joined the firm in November 2003 and has 34 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Bob has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting/Human Resources from the University of Iowa and has his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation.

Marsha Emerson

Distribution Administrator

Marsha joined the firm in April 2005 and has 36 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Responsibilities include client and participant assistance in the preparation of distribution paperwork.

Libby Hostetter

Pension Systems Manager

Joined DeMars Pension Consulting Services in January 1998 and has 30 years of experience in the qualified plan market. Employed previously as a Senior Customer Service Representative for a pension firm. Libby has a Bachelor of Science in Theater.

Michele Haney

Accounting Manager

Joined DeMars Pension Consulting Services in October 2021. Previous experience includes management of Accounts Receivable/Payable. Michele has her MBA in Business Administration.