Ryan Gardner

Managing Partner & Senior Consultant

Ryan is a Managing Partner and Senior Consultant at Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC (FIA) and oversees the firms’ Defined Contribution Retirement Group. He has been advising institutional clients for 16 years, with a concentration in ERISA and non-ERISA defined contribution plans. Ryan has a wide range of expertise in fiduciary governance oversight, retirement plan design and implementation, fee disclosure, vendor search and selection, and investment analysis. His clients include for-profit corporations of all sizes, colleges and universities, and healthcare organizations. Ryan is a member of FIA’s Investment Committee, 403(b) Sub-Committee and Chair of the firms’ 401(k)/403(b) Strategic Oversight Committee. Prior to FIA, he was with the PRIME Asset Consulting Group at UBS Financial Services Inc.


  • University of Hartford

Outside Activities

  • Riverfront Recapture – Board of Directors
  • Connecticut Chapter of the National Institute of Pension Administrators – Board of Directors
  • University of Hartford, Barney School of Business – Board of Visitors

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Speaking Engagement – Retirement Plans: Steering the Fiduciary Ship (March 2017)
  • Webinar – The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: What is it, and How Will it Affect Your Plan? (June 2016)
  • Speaking Engagement – Retirement Plans: Creating the Fiduciary Trail (March 2016)
  • Webinar – Tibble v. Edison and the Changing Retirement Plan Landscape (July 2015)
  • Webinar – Re-Enrolling Your DC Participants: Practical & Legal Considerations (October 2014)
  • Webinar – Fiduciary Governance: Value Beyond Investment Monitoring (September 2014)
  • Webinar – Is Fee Legalization Right for Your Plan (January 2014)
  • Publication Interview – PIMCO’s DC Dialogue, Perfect DC Plan? (July 2013)
  • Speaking Engagement – Northeastern New York CUPA-HR, The 403(b) Landscape: New Risks and the Steps for Fiduciary Success (April 2013)
  • White Paper – Design Revolution: Fund Menu Tips for 403(b) Plan Sponsors (May 2013)
  • Speaking Engagement – NAPA/ASPPA 401(k) Summit, Solutions for Successful 403(b) Plan Oversight and Management (March 2013)
  • Speaking Engagement – TIAA-CREF National Conference (January 2013)
  • Speaking Engagement – Connecticut Society of CPA’s, Retirement Readiness and the Shift Towards Defined Contribution Retirement Plans (November 2012)
  • Speaking Engagement – Northern New England CUPA-HR, Mitigating Risk as a Fiduciary Through the Creation of a Prudent Process (November 2012)
  • Webinar – 403(b) Alert: Is Your Plan Eligible to Receive Excess Revenue for 2012? (November 2012)
  • Webinar – Fee Disclosure, the Next Chapter (October 2012)
  • Speaking Engagement – The Evolution of 403(b) Plan Governance (April 2012)
  • Publication Interview – Bloomberg, Banks Angle for Bigger Share of $4 Trillion Retirement Market (March 2011)

Personal Interests

Spending time outdoors with family, cycling, skiing

Contact Information

Email Ryan
Phone: 860.697.7416