Bush Retirement Plan Services

About Debbie

Debbie Bush has spent her career learning how to help owners of small businesses. From her first entry-level job in an employee benefits department to the recent creation of her own company, Debbie recognized the unique financial needs of small businesses.

A native Atlantan, Debbie began her career in the mid-1980s at a Fortune 500 company where she worked in the Health and Welfare division. From there, she moved to the Retirement Plans division at a Big 4 accounting firm, focusing on retirement plan administration.

Continuing her professional development as a pension consultant Debbie also worked at a local actuarial and retirement consulting firm for many years.

In 1996, Debbie joined Benefits Services Corp., which provided third-party administration and consulting for qualified retirement plans. While at Benefits Services, Debbie developed the company’s department and procedures to meet the ERISA reporting regulations for retirement plans. Under Debbie’s direction, the department created systems and processes that made the group’s error percentage rate nearly non-existent.

Debbie was named Director of Compliance Services, tapping her to merge three departments: Government Reporting, Compliance Testing and Legal. The new 40-person department was also responsible for plan terminations and plan corrections.

At Benefits Services, Debbie worked closely with her eventual business partner, ERISA attorney Kelley Sabot. When the parent company of Benefit Services decided to relocate its plan administration services to St. Louis, MO, the two women decided to create their own company, focusing on the niche retirement plan services required by owners of small businesses. In 2004, Debbie and Kelley created Bush, Sabot & Associates, Inc. and they worked together until Kelley’s death in 2009. Together, the women developed services and processes designed to serve small and mid-sized plan sponsors. In 2010, Debbie created an alliance with ERISA attorney Patricia Keesler to continue the service of providing legal services to her clients. She also began the re-branding of Bush, Sabot & Associates, Inc., Effective January 1, 2011, Debbie launched her own third-party administration and consulting firm, Bush Retirement Plan Services (BushRPS).

Debbie lives in Gwinnett County with her husband, Don. They have three children and four grandchildren, and also raise and show English Springer Spaniels. She is an officer with the Chattahoochee English Spaniel Club of Greater Atlanta and a member of the Lawrenceville Kennel Club. Debbie is a Gwinnett County Master Gardener volunteering and providing services to the Gwinnett community. She has held positions of president, vice president and chairman of the annual garden tour for the Gwinnet County Master Gardener Association.