R. Henry DeSpain, APA, QPA, ERPA


Henry DeSpain has been designing, administering and consulting on employee retirement plans since 1991. His talent for blending technical expertise with managing relationships makes Henry a valuable asset. He works well alongside fellow advisors to ensure clients best interests are served at every step of the plan implementation process.
Henry was born and raised in Pima, Arizona and he graduated from Arizona State University in December of 1990, with a degree in Finance. In 1991 he began his career at Merkley, Miller & Associates as an account administrator for 401(k) and defined benefit plans. In April of 1994 he moved to Matthews, Malone & Associates where he was heavily involved with the defined benefit and plan termination departments. Henry continued with Matthews, Malone as they evolved into Matthews, Gold, Kennedy and Snow, Inc., which is known as “MGKS” today.
Over the last twenty-two years, Henry has helped define the corporate culture for MGKS. As a Plan Administrator and as a Pension Consultant, Henry has set the tone for quality plan consulting services and has been an integral part of the growth experienced by MGKS. Given his strong work ethic and commitment to servicing clients and advisors, Henry was made partner at the firm in January of 2010. Currently, Henry leads the Firm’s marketing efforts and growth strategy.
From 1997 to 2005, Henry had the opportunity to be a part of the exam committee overseeing the defined benefit and hybrid plans exam for the National Institute of Pension Administrators. In addition to that, he has been involved with the Western Pension Benefits Conference, and has served on the Board as both Secretary and Treasurer for the Arizona Chapter of NIPA. The rewards for his service have been many long lasting relationships as well as the satisfaction of being able to assist other professionals in their quest for knowledge. Most recently, he was asked to serve on the governing board of The Arizona Family College Savings Program. Part of Henry’s consulting work includes speaking at seminars and presenting his knowledge to financial advisors regarding design and implementation of qualified retirement plans.

Henry enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family. He is married with four children and one granddaughter.

Designations and Affiliations
 Accredited Pension Administrator
 Qualified Pension Administrator
 Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent
 Oversight Committee Member, Arizona Family 529 College Savings Program

P: 602.944.1515 | hdespain@mgks.com