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The Standard Earns Prestigious PLANSPONSOR Service Star Team Award

September 14, 2023

The company was honored by plan sponsor clients for exemplary service

PORTLAND, Ore. — A team from The Standard has received the esteemed 2023 PLANSPONSOR Service Star Team Award for exemplary service. The Service Star Award recognizes retirement plan account representatives and relationship managers who, in the words of their plan sponsor clients, have demonstrated exemplary service. Only three individuals and six teams from 152 industry nominees were selected for this year’s award.

Dara Duane, relationship manager, and Dominick Gallares, account manager, were nominated and recognized for their excellent partnership. Duane, who has worked in the retirement plan industry since 1998, has been with The Standard for 14 years. Gallares has been with the company for 19 years, with 14 years as an account manager.

Employees of The Standard have received this honor for each of the last four years that the awards have been given. This is Duane’s second time receiving the award.

“The Standard is honored to be recognized by PLANSPONSOR for the fourth consecutive time,” said Maria Gonzalez, vice president of Retirement Plan Services at The Standard. “Receiving the Service Star Team Award is a testament to our unwavering dedication to a service-first approach. We are proud of Dara and Dominick for consistently embodying our values in partnering with our clients every day.”

For more 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, paid family leave and 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.


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