Jamie Hopkins

Jamie Hopkinsage 30

Associate professor of taxation, The American College

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If you asked him, Jamie Hopkins would say his greatest accomplishment was creating the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation, an educational program at the American College of Financial Services from which 1,500 advisers have graduated and another 75 are currently enrolled.

As the population ages, Mr. Hopkins thinks retirement planning needs a bigger spotlight, and he has made great strides toward making that happen.

Mr. Hopkins also created the RICP Retirement Literacy Report, which surveys Americans on their knowledge of retirement. He has testified before Congress on Social Security and serves as associate director of the New York Life Center for Retirement Income.

“What we’re seeing now is more comprehensive planning being done that in the past people weren’t exposed to,” Mr. Hopkins said of the RICP designation. “This has broken down the silos and given financial advisers more tools and a framework on how they’re doing planning for their clients.”

Prior to championing retirement, Mr. Hopkins, an attorney, clerked for the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division and worked in private equity.

While accomplishing all that, he still has had enough energy to maintain a running streak for the past 5 years. Mr. Hopkins runs at least one mile every single day, as well as participating in marathons and half marathons.

— Alessandra Malito

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be a lawyer growing up (for a large sports franchise, at least!)
  • Runs at least one mile every single day
  • Guilty pleasure is cheeseburgers
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