January 1, 2022

For Immediate Release

Ann Slotwinski

Executive Director, The Cerrado Group


NATIONAL – The Cerrado Group is pleased to announce its 4th new member firm since its launch on March 1, 2021. Effective January 1, 2022, Dunbar Bender & Zapf is joining the group.  Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dunbar, Bender & Zapf is the largest independent retirement plan consulting firm in the region.

“Dunbar, Bender & Zapf (DBZ) is very pleased at the opportunity to join the Cerrado group.  We look forward to the partnership with a dynamic organization of independent, thought leading TPA firms.  We believe this group will significantly impact the continually changing retirement plan industry while enhancing our abilities to provide expert advice and service to our community of clients and partners.”  Nick Zapf, President – Dunbar, Bender & Zapf, Inc.

Jordan Cross, President of Founding member firm CrossPlans, notes “Dunbar Bender & Zapf represent everything The Cerrado Group looks for in our new member firms. Not only are they a strong technical shop and thought leaders in their market, but they are also intently focused on the future of our industry. As The Cerrado Group grows our national network of fiercely independent TPA’s, firms like Dunbar Bender & Zapf are exactly who we will target to grow the group’s national footprint and bolster the value each of our member firms bring to our independent clients.”

The addition of Dunbar Bender & Zapf brings the Cerrado Group membership to 12 firms representing the absolute best that the industry has to offer both from a service and industry wide knowledge base point of view. These firms have a footprint that covers more than 80% of the nation and service retirement plans of all types that total more $35 billion in assets under management in over 17,000 plans. The Cerrado Group continues to grow organically as new member firm applicants are identified and vetted for inclusion. Already making an impact on the industry, members have been speaking at industry events, sales meetings, educational forums, and industry webinars, sharing their knowledge and expertise with other firms, advisors, and employers.


About the Cerrado Group:

The Cerrado Group was founded by Nine of the nation’s preeminent Third Party Administrator (TPA) consulting firms, this member only, 501(c)(6) Trade Association was established to offer an entirely new approach to the highly-specialized work of retirement plan design, reporting, compliance, administration, and industry education. The Cerrado Group members, while remaining independent regional operators, actively combine their vast resources to fully serve the retirement plan industry at large.


For more information, contact:

Ann Slotwinski, Executive Director of The Cerrado Group