OKC-Based Journal Record's Beacon Awards Finalist: Retirement Investment Advisors Inc. in Oklahoma City

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Employees at Oklahoma City's Retirement Investment Advisors Inc. have a simple creed - to help. That means to help not only their clients, but all those around them in need.

Starting with their CEO, the company's 15 employees volunteer extensively for everything from the Regional Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA to Wings (a community for special-needs adults), the Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association and the Oklahoma College Savings Plan, among many others.

Most notably, they share their professional expertise by working with the nonprofit Consumer Credit Counseling Services, assisting people who are trying to get themselves and their families out of debt and live healthier financial lives.

"After adhering to a financial plan developed by Retirement Investment Advisors financial advisers, we are oftentimes lucky enough to see familiar faces walk back through our door who have followed the plan given to them and been successful," said Erin Wentroth, Retirement Investment Advisors' vice president of marketing.

Volunteering has made a huge difference in the company culture and its employees, Wentroth said. "We are kinder to each other, to those around us, and to those just entering our lives, both personally and professionally," she said. …