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About Us

At Defined Plan Advisors (DPA), we are focused on one thing – making sure you have the best retirement plan possible. 

When you're looking for someone to help with your retirement plan, you want someone who listens to you. You want someone who will work with you as a partner to create a meaningful outcome for both your employees and your company. And you want someone you can trust and has your best interest at heart.

You may think that's impossible—but we've done it for so many of our clients already. We know what it's like to be on both sides of the table: we've worked at employers that sponsor retirement plans and for retirement plan service providers prior to DPA, and we bring that wealth of experience to every client interaction.

We know there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to retirement plans, so we'll listen closely to your needs and goals, then work together to create a plan that works best for you.

If you're tired of spending valuable time and resources on meeting your fiduciary obligations, we can help. 

We're not just another service provider. We're a partner who's committed to helping you meet your fiduciary responsibilities while saving you time and money.

Ready to learn more? Give us a call today or click on the button below to schedule a time that's convenient for us to call you. 

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Our Mission

Our Mission

For our plan sponsor clients, our mission is to fit their companies with retirement plans that perform. We know that each plan has unique goals and objectives. As your plan consultant, we will create an ongoing service plan specific to your needs and we will serve as a co-fiduciary to your plan. This means that we commit to putting the interests of your plan and its participants ahead of our own. 

For our individual wealth management clients, our mission is to get to know and understand your needs, wants, and long-term goals. We want to help you develop, implement, and monitor a strategy that’s designed to address your individual situation.

Meet our Team

Tim Norris-Buzzini, CRPS®, CPFA™



Tim Norris-Buzzini founded Defined Plan Advisors in 2007 after fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry. Tim started his career as a financial advisor with a national brokerage firm and then worked several years with a local pension administration firm where he developed corporate retirement plan expertise. The decision to start Defined Plan Advisors in 2007 was based upon a desire to deliver objectively prudent advisory services to clients, completely independent of all providers. In 2008, Defined Plan Advisors partnered with Retirement Plan Advisory Group to leverage the strategies, systems and services offered by one of the largest independent consulting networks in the U.S.

Tim graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.S. in Business Administration. He holds FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination) licenses, is an Investment Advisor Representative and maintains the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist® professional designation.

Nichol Cunningham, QPFC

Client Service Manager


Nichol has worked in the retirement plan industry for the past 13 years. She started her career as an administrative assistant with a local third-party administrator firm that specializes in retirement plan administration. In this role, she was responsible for trust accounting reconciliation, data entry of annual census information and daily processing of participant loans and distributions. Nichol's skillset and knowledge rapidly expanded, and soon she was doing everything from plan design consulting to daily plan administration, compliance testing, contribution calculations, annual plan valuations, Form 5500 filings, enrollment meetings and more. Nichol loves working with retirement plans because they are so complex and ever-changing; there's always something new to learn.

In her role as Client Service Manager, she is dedicated to providing top-quality customer service and support. Nichol’s prior work as a retirement plan administrator makes her uniquely qualified to serve our clients. She understands the complex issues facing retirement plan sponsors and participants and is passionate about working with employers to help them understand the various aspects of plan administration and their role in it. She takes pride in her ability to build relationships with clients and work collaboratively to find solutions for the many issues that arise as part of daily plan administration.

Nichol holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management and Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and recently obtained her Qualified Plan Financial Consultant Credential (QPFC). She has a positive attitude and a great sense of humor, which helps her get through life's ups and downs. Nichol currently lives in Modesto with her husband Casey and their two cats (one sweet and one feisty).

Meet our Partners

Retirement Plan Advisory Group

Retirement Plan Advisory Group

Our office is a member of the Retirement Plan Advisory Group (RPAG), allowing us to provide clients with a higher level of service.

As a member of RPAG, we are backed by an extensive team of retirement plan experts. We leverage the RPAG platform to work closely with our clients, becoming strategic partners in the trenches, thinking about their business as much as they do.

This partnership allows our office to work with CFA® Charterholders, ERISA Specialists, a Financial Professional Support team, RFP/Benchmarking Specialists and other Plan Consultants to provide you with best-in-class support for your retirement plan.

Kestra Financial

Kestra Financial

Kestra Financial, Inc. is the parent company of Kestra Investment Services, LLC (Kestra IS) member FINRA/SIPC, Kestra Advisory Services, LLC (Kestra AS), Kestra Private Wealth Services, LLC (Kestra PWS), and Kestra Institutional Services, LLC. Kestra IS is a registered broker-dealer.

Being part of Kestra Investment Services LLC and Kestra Advisory Services LLC, allows us to offer a broad range of products and services from some of the nation's leading investment companies.

Unlike financial advisors affiliated with banks, insurance companies, or brokerage firms, we are not required to sell proprietary products or meet production requirements. Whether you are looking for objective advice, access to a multitude of independent solutions, or help with implementing strategies which fit your needs, we do it without charging high commissions or putting pressure on you.