Our Public Sector Experience

For seven years Todd Gourno and Clint Helmbrecht worked together at State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio as Member Education Specialists.  They are also members of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.  During this time they completed hundreds of small and large group retirement planning seminars for individual school districts and at STRS Ohio sponsored events across the state.  They have fielded questions from thousands of Ohio public teachers covering, among other things, the topics of:

Retirement Eligibility The PLOP Plan
Final Average Salary Plans of Payment
Purchasing Service Credit Taxation of Benefits
Severance Payouts Retirement Income Planning
Social Security Re-Employment
STRS/OPERS Health Care Medicare
Survivor Benefits Disability Benefits

There is no substitute for the rigorous training program required at STRS Ohio prior to our interaction with STRS Ohio members.  While many advisors in our business may claim experience in working with teachers, we are fortunate to be able to demonstrate our experience in a unique way due to our years of service within the public sector and knowledge base gained through the Certified Financial Planner™ designation.  While our decision to leave STRS Ohio years ago was a difficult one, we are able now to both educate AND advise teachers and other public employees regarding their public pension retirement decisions and other retirement income planning needs.  We look forward now to many years of continued close interaction with Ohio’s public employees.

Todd Gourno, CFP®, Clint Helmbrecht, CFP®                                                                                                                                 Owners, Prospera Financial Group

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