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President's Message

It’s slightly past mid-year 2014, and we’ve made excellent progress on a number of initiatives in our Orange County FPA chapter. We’re well on our way to presenting a renewed Financial Planning Day on Saturday, October 18th, at the Huntington Beach Library. The keynote speakers are former USC and Rams football coach, John Robinson, and California State Controller, John Chiang. Financial Planning Day gives the public a chance to meet one-on-one with CFP® Professionals in a no-cost, no-sell environment. We are pulling out all the stops and hope to help as many as 500 individuals. There are still a few spots available for CFP® Professionals who want to volunteer.

Our Allied Professionals Summit is set for Wednesday, October 22nd, at the Pacific Club. We’ve got a terrific keynote, nationally renowned economist Christopher Thornberg from Beacon Economics. This educational and networking event continues to grow in momentum as a prime Orange County financial professional event. We would love to see ALL FPAOC members come out to support this great event. Take advantage of the special pricing for August, and bring your own allied professionals who are new to the chapter for just $50 per person.

Our Public Relations Committee, and it’s chairman, Daniel Sands, is moving forward on building an effective social media outreach capability for the chapter. We’ll be using our LinkedIn page and our Facebook page sharing information on a timely basis on our education and networking activities. This is a huge step into the future to take advantage of where communications is going, to build on our comprehensive chapter website (in which we recently launched a consumer page).

Also, we’ve had a strong response to another high level networking and educational event, our pre-Quarterly Education Meeting (QEM) dinners. These dinners are where interested members, board members, and speakers interact prior to the QEM, facilitating exchanges between the presenters and members in a way to enhance their presentations during the QEM. We thank Brown & Streza, Alliance Bernstein, Payden Mutual Funds, and Signature Resources for stepping up and sponsoring this initiative.

Finally, our volunteer recruitment and tracking effort could not possibly be better. While we’ve always, in past years, worked toward encouraging volunteers to spread the mission of FPA, Aileen Danley is doing a superior job at understanding the needs of both the chapter and the volunteers to match them up in a way that maximizes the positive experiences of all of us. In this way, we are able to truly “advance the financial planning profession.”

Upcoming Events

August Quarterly Education Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: UCI Student Center

This meeting will include 5.5 CE for CFP® Professionals, 5.5 CPA CPE, and 2.0 CA Insurance CE.

Scheduled Speakers:

  • Carolyn McClanahan, M.D., CFP®, Founder of Life Planning Partners, Inc.
    Meeting Your Client’s Healthcare Spending Needs In Retirement
  • Scott J. Weiner, PhD, Managing Principal, Payden & Rygel
    Opportunity and Stability in Fixed Income in a Rising Rate Environment
  • James Tissot, CFP®, Founder and President of Prism Planning Financial Services
    Same Sex Marriage – One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Kerry Johnson, MBA, Ph.D., Speaker/Author/Coach
    Behavioral Investing: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes With Their Money


Orange County Financial Planning Day

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Orange County Financial Planning Day is back and better than ever! Financial Planning Day is now part of the CA State Controller’s Manage Your Money Week, in addition to being part of the Financial Planning Days national initiative. We are again teaming up with the City of Huntington Beach and have planned a day filled with great speakers, financial workshops, and opportunities for the public to meet one-on-one with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for free financial planning advice. We would love for you to join us, and please refer anyone you know who could benefit from this great event!

Speakers include:

John Robinson,
Former USC and Rams Coach


John Chiang,
California State Controller

Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for volunteer CFP® Professionals to meet one-on-one with attendees. For more information, please see


7th Annual Allied Professionals Summit

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Pacific Club
4110 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Early Bird Registration (ends October 1st) - $60
Online Registration - $70
At the Door - $75

SPECIAL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST: Register for the Summit for the Early Bird price of $60, and you can bring guests new to FPAOC for the just $50!

Join FPA of Orange County on Wednesday, October 22, to strengthen your financial planning team. Bring your Certified Financial Planner® professionals, Enrolled Agents, CPAs, Chartered Financial Analysts, attorneys, investment professionals, bank executives, trust professionals, and other business leaders to grow your business and collaborate more effectively in a team-based approach.

Keynote Speaker:

Christopher Thornberg,
Founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC


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Chapter News

Volunteer of the Quarter

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Quarter, Tracy Fozdar! Tracy is a member of the Volunteer Development Committee. She has been a valuable member of FPAOC since joining the chapter in 2013. She is currently helping to find volunteers and make our chapter stronger. Tracy attends nearly all FPA events, including AP mixers, and NexGen and AiT meetings throughout the year. She has graciously offered her firm's office for our chapter Discussion Group, as well as the Volunteer Development Committee monthly meetings. This year, her company, Signature Resources, is an FPA Silver Partner. Tracy always steps up to help when asked and is out there promoting our chapter's mission. Thanks, Tracy, for all you do for the FPAOC!


Bon Voyage: A Great Thank You to Our Volunteers

FPA of Orange County thanked our many volunteers with an evening cruise on Hornblower’s Endless Dreams. The volunteers were greeted by attentive staff with glasses of cold champagne and trays of delicious appetizers. The Volunteer Development Committee went all out, entertaining guests with games and prizes. The night was a big success!

Member Highlights

New Members

Name Joined City Company
San Chin April Yorba Linda  
Jennifer Lefton April Irvine  
Zack C. Smith April Irvine SageView Advisory Group
Tyler Reesor April Tustin  
Joe Raszewski April Corona del Mar JTrac
Jonathan Obest May Tustin  
Niina I. Bagdasar May Irvine Newport Coast Securities, Inc.
Robert Aguirre May Irvine  
Jennifer Owen, CFP® May Irvine MetLife
Eugene O’Brien, CFA May Irvine Clover Wealth Management, Ltd.
Dennis M. Percell, Jr. May Irvine City National Bank
Michelle Nguyen May Irvine First Foundation
Edward Frelly, CFP® May Laguna Niguel Waddell & Reed
Karmen Younes May Newport Beach Crown Wealth Management
Jamie M. Lima, CFP® May Mission Viejo Fidelity Investments
Melanie Vu May Irvine Mark Phillips & Associates
Cameron Tong June Irvine  
Karen M. Sarten, CFP® June Newport Beach Beacon Pointe Advisors
Boulos G. Michael June Huntington Beach Ameriprise Financial
Haddy Homampour, CFP® June Lake Forest UBS Financial Services, Inc
Linda Genthe June Coto de Caza  
Rick Hagins June Laguna Woods Amada Senior Care
Marah Fineberg, CFP® June Long Beach Wells Fargo Advisors
Stephen Wiechert June Irvine First Foundation Advisors
Dayna Santiago June Anaheim  
Jay Johnson, CFP® June Aliso Viejo  
Nathan Hwangbo June La Palma  


Member Anniversaries

Name Years Company  
Jerry Cennamo 40 Market Timing Resources, LLC  
Bruce Hallenbeck 35 Morgan Stanley
Wanda Delgado 30 Insight Financial Advisors  
Violet Woodhouse 30    
Roberta Welsh 25 Welsh & Welsh  
Rich Connington 20 River Source Insurance  
Phil Strick 15 LifePlans Financial & Insurance Srvc. Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.  
Mark Robertson 15 Maxim Capital Advisors Inc.  
Jerry Schmitt 10 Sagemark Consulting  
Kenneth Charlton 10 Kenneth E. Charlton, CFP®  
Ernie Garrett 10 Towneley Capital Management, Inc.  
Stacy Schaus 10 PIMCO  
Anne-Marie Maxe 10 Seaside Financial & Ins Services  
Pamela Thompson 5 UBS Financial Services  
Stephen Lee 5 TIAA-CREF  
Eric Oh 5 Chattern & Associates, Inc.  
Robert Kamme 5 Pacific Design Wealth Management, LLC  
Lawrence Chin 5 DNT Financial, LLC  
Daniel Sexton 5 RS Crum, Inc.  
Eric Figarsky 5 Mark Phillips & Associates  
Jon Theriault 5 RS Crum, Inc.  
Tracy McKenney 5 Tracy S. McKenney, CFP® CDFA  
Emmanuel Dalmacio 5 Dalmacio Accountancy Corp  
Charles Schuhmann 5    
Denise Healy 5    

Pro Bono

The Pro Bono/Community Outreach Committee is proud to work again this year with the Simon Family Foundation. On June 25th at the Lazy W Ranch in San Juan Capistrano, we taught financial education principles to 90 college students as part of our ongoing program which impacts returning students and new freshmen each year. The event was a big success, and we have been invited back in August – this time to share financial literacy with their high school students.

Thank You To Our Partners

Our Platinum, Gold and Silver Partners will have representatives, our guests, at each quarterly meeting and other FPA of Orange County events. Please take a few minutes to introduce yourself and thank them for making possible the many services they are providing to our membership and the community in which we live and work. Always perform your own due diligence before engaging any professional.