Rick Wagner has over 25 years of experience in employee benefits consulting, during which he has provided tax, audit and business advisory services on a variety of subjects, including employee stock ownership plans, equity-based plan design and compliance, deferred compensation structuring, multi- and single-, employer pension and welfare plans, and non-qualified executive compensation plans in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Rick has served on the AICPA Oversight Board for employee benefits and is a frequent presenter for professional organizations on a variety of subjects, including long term incentive plan design, FAS123R/ASC718, Code Section 409A, ESOPs and other employee benefit related topics.

Prior to starting Customized HR Solutions, Rick spent four years as a lead consultant for Denver Compensation and Benefits, was a Partner with BDO Seidman, LLP, lead the Western Region Compensation and Benefits practice for Grant Thornton LLP, worked in the Employee Benefit Consulting practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP, and practiced law.

Rick received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Southern California, his Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Davis, and his Certified Equity Professional (CEP) from Santa Clara University.

His Affiliations include; Western Pension Benefits Conference, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, ESOP Association, and Colorado Society of Human Resource Professionals.

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Rick Wagner, Principal



Brook has over 20 years of combined public accounting and consulting experience as well as experience in a large corporate HR department, with the last 16 years focused entirely on employee benefit plans, both from the corporate and auditor perspective. She began her career with Arthur Andersen performing audits primarily of large public clients. Following Arthur Andersen she went into the private sector for a large cable company as a manager of benefits finance, where she was responsible for administration and audit support of the 401(k), pension, life and health plans. When she went back into the public accounting world, she was a manager and later director of benefit plan audits. Her years spent in the private sector helped her realize what it feels like to be the client, and this has helped her to provide a higher level of client service. She specializes in qualified and welfare benefit plans, including defined contribution and defined benefit plans, as well as voluntary employee beneficiary associations (VEBAs). Brook has also had the opportunity to lead training sessions on both the local and national level on all aspects of benefit plan auditing and benefit plan compliance, with a primary focus on health and welfare auditing and issues specific to this type of plan.

Brook provides consulting on both accounting and compliance matters relating to plans, including plan financial statement preparation, audit assistance, RFP's, compliance reviews, dependent eligibility audits, health claims audits and assistance in calculating Plan corrections and filing the necessary documentation to comply with the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service correction programs.

Brook received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an accounting emphasis, from Colorado State University. Brook is a Certified Public Accountant and her professional affiliations have included membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), and the Western Pension & Benefits Conference (WP&BC). She has also served as a board member for the Denver Chapter of WP&BC.

Brook Bise, Principal