New York, NY

Robert Scherzer

Managing Director
New York, NY

Designation: AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary)

Robert Scherzer heads Pensionmark’s Metro New York office, and is primarily responsible for the development and oversight of its institutional consulting business for corporate, tax‑exempt, and governmental retirement plans.

Bob has extensive institutional experience, with nearly 30 years in the retirement plan industry.  He has spent the majority of his career servicing plans of all sizes and complexities, including several of the nation’s largest retirement plans.  His breadth and depth of knowledge cover all aspects of defined contribution, defined benefit, ESOP, and non-qualified plans, including:

  • Recordkeeping platforms
  • Plan Design/Behavioral Finance techniques
  • Institutional investments and stable value portfolios
  • Fiduciary governance
  • Liability-driven investing of defined benefit plans
  • Buy-in/buy-out strategies of defined benefit plans
  • Employee engagement and financial education strategies

Prior to founding the Metro New York office in 2016, Bob ran the Principal Financial Group’s largest retirement sales and service office in New York City for many years.  Bob supervised its team of 15 highly trained professionals, personally working with plan sponsors and retirement plans of all sizes and complexities, and responsible for annual goals exceeding 500 plans and $1.2 billion in corporate and tax-exempt retirement plan assets.

In 2020 Bob was named to the Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisers list, recognizing the top financial advisers who specialize in serving defined contribution (DC) retirement plans across the U.S.*

Bob lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with his wife, Leslie, and children Ryan, Connor, Katie, and Colin.  His passions include coaching football and baseball at the youth level and spending time at Long Beach Island with his family.  Bob is a former board member of the Worldwide Children’s Foundation and current trustee of Chuck’s 15 Yard Foundation, assisting a local family in financial difficulty.

The Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisers is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times (October 2020). The FT 401 is based on data gathered from advisors, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. Neither the advisors nor their parent firms pay a fee to the Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 401.

Sergio Sardera

Vice President, Senior Consultant
New York, NY

Designation: AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary)

Sergio has been in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and has extensive experience in managing retirement plans for corporations and non-profits.  He serves Pensionmark’s New York Metro area clients in all aspects of plan administration, including:

  • Plan design consulting –  keeping clients up to date on the legislative environment, and reviewing plan design provisions to help ensure that the plan still meets their needs.
  • Plan provider selection –  assisting clients in reviewing the administrative services offered by their plan provider, and determining if costs are reasonable relative to the marketplace.
  • Fiduciary education –  working with plan fiduciaries to make sure they understand their responsibilities and liabilities relating to their retirement plan.
  • Investment option selection and monitoring –  assisting with the initial design of the investment lineup, and the ongoing monitoring of those options.
  • Employee education –  working with the retirement plan provider to create an education plan to help meet each company’s specific needs.
  • Ongoing support –  working with clients to correct any operational deficiencies, including late contributions, late Form 5500 filings, untimely ADP/ACP refunds, and plan operation inconsistent with the plan document.

Prior to joining the Metro New York office, Sergio managed corporate and non-profit retirement plans at MGI Retirement Advisors for more than 11 years, serving more than 50 clients with over $200 million in assets under advisement.  He also worked in individual wealth management with UBS-AG and Middlegate Securities.

Sergio is a lifelong New York City resident and lives in Astoria, Queens.  He actively participates in short-distance triathlons and has completed several half-Ironman distance races.