Travis Almond, President

Travis Almond is the member services/communications manager for the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) and has served in this position since 2008. The member services department team is responsible for providing education and customer service to over 79,000 SDRS members and 476 employer units. SDRS is a cost sharing, multiple employer, public employee defined benefit pension plan. SDRS provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for employees of public school districts, the State of South Dakota, municipalities, counties, the board of regents, and other public employers.

Travis joined SDRS in 2001 as an SDRS retirement planner, focusing on benefit counseling as well as educating members via workshops and seminars before moving into his current role. Since 2008, Travis has overseen the development, expansion, and implementation of member education programs, member communication tools, and customer service programs. Prior to working with SDRS, Travis worked in the private sector offering financial protection and wealth management products and services.

Travis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Chadron State College and the Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) designation with the International Foundation for Retirement Education. Travis has been involved with NPEA since 2006 and was elected to the board of directors in 2014.

Term ends December 31, 2020