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President's Message

As I begin my term as the 2015 FPA of Orange County President, I reflect back to when I became a member of the IAFP in 1996. The International Association for Financial Planning was one of the two predecessor organizations of the FPA. I immediately was asked to serve on the board in the capacity of V.P. of Education. I then participated in the merger of the chapter of the IAFP with the Orange County chapter of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP) that formed the FPA of Orange County in 2001. I have served on many different board positions and grown as a CFP® professional. I have watched our chapter grow from infancy to a mature chapter. We have been called the “Gold” chapter, the “Pinnacle” Chapter, and we have been given many awards for our accomplishments. This year, our chapter has grown to over 500 members and our participation at our Quarterly Education Meetings (QEM) is tremendous. By far, FPA of Orange County is one of the best attended gatherings within the almost 100 chapters across the US.

As I start my year, I want to showcase our incredible 2015 FPAOC Board of Directors and make our focus on “putting FPAOC on the map!” My goal this year is to demonstrate to Orange County residents and businesses that we, the FPAOC, are the "leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning."

I would like to highlight some of the different ways we plan to do this in Orange County and within the state of California.

Howard Erman
will serve as a mentor to the Future Leaders Group and will also serve as a resource to the Allied Professionals Summit.

Wil Smith
will be responsible for making welcome calls, sending executive welcome letters after QEMs to guests and new members, and will chair the nomination committee.

Jacqueline Zweig
coordinates and oversees the Financial Examination Committee. She also custodies the chapter funds and manages our chapter budget with full and accurate financial reporting over it.

Bonnie Stramer
is showcasing our many activities with Roadmap to Success, which is a strategic planning tool where we measure our chapter’s performance annually. Another way in which she will showcase our successful practices is through Outstanding Achievement Award submissions to our national chapter. Our chapter has garnered many awards at the FPA National Chapter Leaders Conference.

Mark Prendergast
will be gathering up members of our chapter for the FPACA Advocacy Day on March 3rd in Sacramento. He will also be visiting our local politician’s offices. Please help Mark by identifying your local Assembly member and State Senator, and let him know if you’d like to schedule a visit with them and with Mark.

Balaji Rao
will be working to develop mutual awareness with various professional alliances so we can work together to provide more complete solutions to our clients. Our annual Allied Professionals Summit is on September 29th.

David MacLeod
will continue to excel in providing our chapter’s stakeholders with highly relevant content, through various mediums, with a stylistic focus on clarity and ease.

Aileen Danley
wants to succeed in making sure that we recognize FPA members for their successes and also highlight the benefits of joining our chapter to planners who are not yet members.

Scot Shier
has done an incredible job highlighting the benefits of early renewals to our partners. We will be adding a technology conference to our August QEM, where we will learn about cutting edge technology for our practices.

Julie Bray
heads our Quarterly Education Meetings by providing world class keynote speakers. She makes sure our chapter speaker dinners continue in their success.

David Sweet
is leveraging relationships with community-based organizations. The Pro-Bono team is starting with the Illumination Foundation and is also continuing our ongoing community service with the Simon Foundation, where we are teaching financial literacy to high school and college student leaders. Our annual Orange County Financial Planning Day will also continue changing lives locally and will be held on October 17th this year at the Huntington Beach Library.

Kelly MacRae
is continuing to build relationships with the Orange County Business Journal, OC Metro, Orange Coast Magazine, and reengage our relationship with the OC Register and other T.V. and radio media. She is outstanding in her social media prowess and will lead our Public Relations efforts.

Daniel Sands
wants to energize our volunteers and empower our members. He wants to strengthen and streamline the ways we match volunteers with committees. Another goal is to redevelop the “Do One Thing” campaign.

Each of the above board members will welcome visitors to their Committee Meetings, Happy Hours, Breakfasts and Summits. Many hands make light work. We would like each of you to participate in our “Do One Thing” campaign to make 2015 an even more wonderfully successful year where we put our Financial Planning Association of Orange County on the map!

Let’s put FPAOC on the Map in 2015.

Andi Y. H. Kang, CFP®
FPAOC President 2015

Upcoming Events

Quarterly Education Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 18
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: UCI Student Center

This event will offer 4 CE for CFP® Professionals, 1 CPA CPE, 1 CA Insurance CE, and 1 MCLE.

Speakers include:

  • Tim Maurer, CFP®, speaking on both: Casting A Broader Net: Advisors & Media Interaction and The Narrative Imperative: Understanding Your Story To Help Clients Find Theirs
  • Dr. Esmael Adibi, The U.S., California and Orange County Economic Outlook
  • Matt Brown, Spotting Philanthropic Planning Opportunities: A Checklist Approach
  • Stuart Hack and Alison Smith Fay, Changing Roles for Fulfilling Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Following the meeting will be Happy Hour: Cocktails and Conversations immediately following the meeting across the street at Eureka, 4143 Campus Drive.

Cost: FPA Members $25, Non-Members $150, First-Time Visitors are free. Lunch and Parking are included.

FPA of Orange County Members are encouraged to purchase a 2015 Annual Pass ($80 for four Quarterly Education Meetings and a mixer of your choice).

Mark your calendars now for our other 2015 meetings on May 6, August 12, and November 18.

If you haven’t been yet to a Quarterly Education Meeting, 1st Time Visitors are Free!



Allied Professionals Events

We are continuing our successful Allied Professionals events in 2015 and will be adding even more opportunities to network and learn. Our Allied Professionals events welcome individuals in all areas of financial planning, including CFP® Professionals, Enrolled Agents, CFA® charterholders, CPAs, attorneys, investment and insurance professionals, bank executives, Professional Fiduciaries, and more.

  • Allied Professionals Summit – Save the date! Tuesday, September 29th, at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach
  • Allied Professionals MixersFebruary 11, March 11, May 20, July 15, September 16, November 4, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at JT Schmid’s in Tustin.
  • Coming Soon – Educational Breakfast Groups


Chapter Study Group

Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Signature Resources,
16755 Von Karman, Suite 200,
Irvine, CA

Join us as we kick off a new year of our Chapter Study Group! FPA of Orange County’s chapter study group helps practitioners grow their expertise in all areas of financial planning and leverage the knowledge of others in areas like practice management and business growth. The group is a great place to share resources, referrals and opinions as you get to know others in the area. There is no cost; invite your colleagues to join you! See all 2015 dates on our Study Group webpage.


NexGen Events

NexGen, the FPA group for younger planners and those new to the profession, has new and exciting events planned both locally and nationally this year. Keep up to date on our NexGen web page.

The first two NexGen events include:

NexGen Inside the Firm: The Tarbox Group
Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Tarbox Group,
500 Newport Center Drive, Suite 500,
Newport Beach, CA.
Gain real world insight on what it takes to succeed in the financial planning profession from experienced planners. This event is free; space is limited.

NextGen Spring Mixer
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: JT Schmid’s 2415 Park Avenue in Tustin


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Chapter News

Volunteer of the Year

FPAOC’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year is Linda Barlow. Linda worked to merge the IAFP and ICFP into the Financial Planning Association in 2000, and she went on to serve as the board secretary, president-elect, president, and chair from 2001-2004. She created and still manages the FPAOC internship program, which has matched many new planners who want to gain experience in the profession with an equally large number of employers who are willing to come beside them. Linda also plays a key role in our chapter’s Advisors in Transition community, and she runs our Chapter Study Group. She is always available to support our chapter activities throughout the year, and she is a helpful mentor to our board members when needed.


Volunteer of the Quarter

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Quarter, David MacLeod! David was instrumental in starting our chapter’s NexGen program 4 years ago, and he has been helping to lead it ever since. David served as the Membership Chair for three years from 2010-2012, and we are excited to welcome him back onto the board as the 2015 Communications Chair. We are grateful for volunteers like David!

Member Highlights

New Members

Name Joined City Company
Fred L. Jin October Newport Beach Compak Asset Management
Aileen Grant October Newport Beach Pence Wealth Management
Bradley Sullivan, CFP® October Newport Beach Beverly Hills Wealth Management / Sullivan Group
Dan Ta October Cypress  
Jack Biedebach October Anaheim JBG Wealth Management
Janet L. Larsen, CFP® October Downey Step Financial Services LLC
Anthony DiLiberto November Huntington Beach  
Matthew Stasior, AMP November Irvine Equitykey
Joseph Cavallo November Mission Viejo Financial Management Network, Inc
Brian K. Ephraim December Irvine Northwestern Mutual
Kelly K. Campbell December Irvine Campbell Advisory Services
Michael Kish, CFP®, CRPC® December Irvine Lincoln Financial Advisors
Mark Pembrook December San Juan Capistrano Pembrook Tax and Financial
Craig J. Mardany, CFP® December Newport Beach United States Trust Company


Member Anniversaries

Name Company Years
Charles Kelly C.T. Kelly Insurance Agency, Inc. 45
Ken Stark Financial Network Investment Corp. 40
Linda Barlow Linda A. Barlow, CFP 30
Nancy Carr Carr Financial Services 30
Curtis Farrell Financial Management Network 30
Mitchell Keil Integrity Financial Management 30
Tracy Jackson Jackson Financial Management 20
C. Richard Ferree Ferree & McCarthy 20
James Dumbeck Waddell & Reed 15
Jeremy Combe Ameriprise Financial Services 15
Anthony Erenyi TSE Financial Inc. 10
Lara Grady   10
Ryan Hawkins Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 10
Daniel Olson   5
Kenneth Tokash   5
Fred Giron PHD Insurance Brokers 5
Brock Becker SageView Advisory Group 5

Pro Bono/Community Outreach

Our FPAOC Pro Bono/Community Outreach Committee kicked off 2015 at the Illumination Foundation's New Year, New You event. The Illumination Foundation works to break the cycle of homelessness in Orange County by providing families with housing, case management, and mental health counseling. Our volunteers were on hand with budgeting worksheets and financial guidance for the 165 attendees. The Foundation also distributed 150 jackets/coats and hygiene kits, plus provided haircuts and makeovers.


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.