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President's Message

We're off to a very good start in 2017! I hope you didn't miss the February Quarterly Education Meeting. With nearly 300 people registered, we had to close registration early. This was a first for our chapter as we reached a new record high in attendance.

Our May 10th Quarterly Education Meeting is coming up quickly. You'll want to make sure to register now if you haven't yet (Here's a link to the invitation). We have a great lineup of speakers. Our Platinum Partner, BlackRock, will lead off with Daniel Niland speaking on constructing bond portfolios to weather equity volatility and rising interest rates. Be sure to stick around in the afternoon for Tim Maurer as he presents on how to apply the best of behavioral science and economics for the benefit of our clients (watch Tim on the Today show take rapid fire personal finance questions).

Two days after our quarterly meeting (Friday, May 12th), we'll be participating at the 10th Annual South County Senior Summit, hosted by OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. Over 1,000 attendees are expected at this popular event at Laguna Woods Village. Our past president, David Little, will be speaking. CFP® Professionals, If you are interested in giving your time to provide private financial consultations to attendees, please sign up here.

We have a strong Board of Directors this year who have been hard at work implementing our strategic plans (meet the 2017 Board). Each chapter committee is led by a board member, and we still have a number of volunteer opportunities available. Click here to see if there is a committee you might like to join – they are a great place to meet other FPA members. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Karmen Younes, Volunteer Development Chair.

Many thanks to all of you who have made our chapter what it is today. I'm proud to be serving as your President this year. If you have any questions or suggestions for me, please feel free to send me an e-mail at

See you on May 10th!


David K. MacLeod, CFP® CFA®
FPAOC President

Upcoming Events

May Quarterly Education Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UC Irvine Student Center
311 W Peltason Dr, Irvine, CA 92697

Cost: $30 Members, $160 Non-Members, and FREE for first time visitors
Lunch and parking are included

We anticipate offering 5.0 CFP CE, 5.0 CPA CPE, and 1 hour CA Insurance.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Daniel Niland, CFA, Managing Director, BlackRock, Constructing Bond Portfolios to Weather Equity Volatility AND Rising Rates
  • Colleen Bell, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, First Vice President, Fiduciary Services, and Member, Senior Council, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., Future of the Fiduciary
  • Sanford D. Coggins, Founder, VisionWise Capital LLC, Private Equity – Shifting Paradigms to Obtain Alpha
  • Fred Giron, CPCU, AIC, Account Executive, PHD Insurance Brokers, Inc., and Kevin Henss, CFP®, CDFA™, Lead Financial Planner, Inspired Financial, More P&C Bang for Your Client's Buck
  • Tim Maurer, CFP®, Director of Personal Finance, The BAM Alliance, Simple Money: Demystifying Client Motivation


Chapter Study Group

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Compak Asset Management
1801 Dove Street, Newport Beach
No Cost

If you haven't been to the Chapter Study Group before, join us in May! We meet in a friendly roundtable atmosphere to discuss all things pertinent to our practices: current events, economics, clients, asset allocation, and other financial planning topics. We also share practice management ideas, marketing strategies, and any other business topics you'd like to add to the agenda!


NexGen Mixer

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Valet parking, appetizers, and first drink are included.

Join us at the trendy Aqua Lounge at the Island Hotel Newport Beach for this NexGen Mixer. The event is a great place to get to know others who are young planners or those considering the profession.


Advisors in Transition Meeting

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Brown & Streza Training Room,
40 Pacifica, Ste. 1500, Irvine

Cost: $15 Online, $20 At the Door

What's YOUR Next Step?

Where are you today – and where do you want to go? We discuss what is next and how to get there. Eric Edson, Principal and CEO of Practice Solutions, Inc., will join us to share his experience from going step to step in his firm which has grown to include a network of recruiters with a national footprint that specializes in all facets of the wealth management industry. Our discussion will be followed by a time of Q&A and networking.


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Chapter News

Advocacy in Sacramento

On March 7th, eight Orange County chapter members trekked to the Capitol for the 4th Annual Advocacy Day. Balaji Rao, Ashley Bleckner, Kathleen Boyd, Steve Carder, Meghan Coolbaugh, Janet Larsen, Yuhsin Wang, and Diana Yanez joined others from 13 chapters of FPA California. FPAOC had the highest chapter participation among the 31 in attendance.

On March 6th, we met with Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner, and representatives of the Department of Business Oversight, the Treasurer's office, and the Controller's office. The following day, we met with various Senators, Assembly Members and staff to give perspective on legislative and regulatory issues affecting clients, Financial Planners and our industry. The meetings strengthened our lines of communications with our legislators and regulators. A meeting with District 73 AM William Brough resulted in an invitation for Ashley and Meghan to join his Revenue and Taxation committee.

Our Advocacy efforts are an investment in the future. As one Advocacy member said, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” On June 20-21, we will be going to Washington, D.C., for the 4th Annual FPA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Again, in September, we will meet locally with CA legislators in their district offices for Advocacy Week. Please join us in Washington D.C. or locally!

Contact, if you are interested in joining us!



Volunteer of the Quarter

Congratulations to Ashley Bleckner, our Volunteer of the Quarter! Ashley jumped in volunteering at Financial Planning Day right after moving here from Ohio a couple of years ago. She has since shared her time with the Membership Committee and the Allied Professionals Committee, in addition to volunteering for other financial education programs in our area. Thank you, Ashley, for all you do for FPAOC!

Pro Bono/Community Outreach

10th Annual South County Senior Summit
All Volunteer Slots FULL

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Speakers and Exhibitors
- 8:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Financial Consultations - 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Laguna Woods Village, Clubhouse 3
23822 Avenida Sevilla, Laguna Woods

Join us for this popular annual event which attracts over 1000 attendees. This year is the first time FPAOC is participating, and the first time financial planning consultations will be offered. We need additional CFP® Professionals to provide one-on-one private consultations, which will be held in the afternoon. No selling is allowed. A limited number of non-CFPs are needed as well. (Non-CFP volunteers, please contact directly to see if spots are available.)

Photo Credit: Ted Miller Photography

Member Highlights

New Members

Name Joined City Company
Tunc Tunc Diptas, CFP® February Newport Beach Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Samantha Garcia, CFP® February Cypress Asset Planning, Inc.
Glenn Hamburger,CFP® February Newport Beach Bank of the West
Irving Katz February San Clemente Irving Katz
Diep Le February Riverside  
Brad Meyers February Newport Beach Larson Financial Group
Shea M. Reza, CFP® February Irvine Northwestern Mutual
Ekaterina Soukhorado, CFP® February Trabuco Canyon Orange County's Credit Union
Michael Allbee March Anaheim Hills BFSG, LLC
Kyle Anderson, CRPC March Irvine Sagemark Consulting
William Freedman March Laguna Niguel  
Kristen Vande Bossche, CFP® March Yorba Linda Northwestern Mutual
Ellen Brasee, CFP® April Riverside Waddell & Reed
Kaitlin Hayes April Newport Beach The Tarbox Group
Thomas Maruscsak April Dana Point Arbor Financial Group


Member Anniversaries

Name Company Years
Jeffrey Vieth Buffalo Capital Corporation 40
Rick Keller First Foundation Advisors 35
William O’Connor Applied Financial Planning, Inc. 35
Randall Larson Larson Financial Advisors Inc 35
Paul Toohey The Planners Network, Inc. 35
Diane Guggenheimer H. M. Barth & Company, LLC 30
Marjorie Wray   30
Mark Gieser Caps Management, Inc. 25
Louis Barajas Louis Barajas, LLC 25
Stephen Kieman Anchor Financial Group 25
Ruth Sully Edelman Financial Services 20
Donald DeBok   15
William Wheeler LPL Financial 15
Linda Wong First Foundation Advisors, Inc. 15
Steven Medland TABR Capital Management, LLC 10
David Sweet DES Financial Group LLC 10
Michael Spieler Sherpa Financial Advisors 10
Henk Pieters Investus Financial Planning 10
Kimberly McFee Reverse Mortgage Educators, Inc. 5
Kelly Campbell Campbell Advisory Services 5
Kate Gregory Gregory Advisors Incorporated 5
Erin Nelsen Asset Planning Inc. 5
Don Testa Donald Testa Inc. 5
Brandon Arnold Edward Jones 5
Ryan McGuire   5
Nick Bautista Clearview Financial Planning Group 5
Patrick Bracamonte   5
Sharon Buck FMN 5

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