The Standard Receives 2021 PLANSPONSOR Service Star Team Award

Company Is Honored for Exemplary Service for Third Consecutive Year

PORTLAND, Ore. — Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) has received the esteemed PLANSPONSOR 2021 Service Star Team Award for exemplary service. The Service Star Awards recognize industry leaders from the retirement plan provider community who, in the words of their plan sponsor clients, have demonstrated excellence in a range of service areas. Only five individuals and five teams out of the 716 industry nominees were selected for this year’s Service Star Awards.

D. Nicholas Lenzi, implementation manager, and Dara Duane, relationship manager, were nominated for their partnership in handling a seamless plan conversion from a previous recordkeeper to The Standard during a simultaneous payroll conversion. Nicholas Lenzi has been with The Standard for 27 years, having held a variety of related roles within the company. Dara Duane has more than 20 years of industry experience.

Employees from The Standard have a history of receiving this honor. In 2020, Account Manager Kyle Krueger received the Service Star Individual Award. In 2019, Relationship Manager David Parker was recognized with an Individual Award and in 2016, Relationship Manager Natalie Gentry and Account Manager Mike Shoemake were also recognized with a Team Award.

“The Standard is honored to have been nominated for the Service Star Award and to be recognized by PLANSPONSOR for the third consecutive time,” said Maria Gonzalez, vice president of Retirement Plan Services at The Standard. “Our service-first approach is an integral part of our DNA and we are proud of Nicholas and Dara for demonstrating our values and working in close partnership with our clients every day.”

For additional details about the Service Star Awards program, please visit PLANSPONSOR.

About The Standard

The Standard is a family of businesses dedicated to helping our customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial products and services for groups and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Mortgage Investors, LLC and StanCorp Real Estate, LLC.



Lisa Martin-Bomnskie