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President's Message

In the last newsletter, I put out a call for all of us to “Engage!” in our chapter, our community, and our profession, and I’m so thrilled to see such a large wave in response!

We’ve had members getting involved with our state representatives to both show them we’re here as advocates for our clients and our community and to lean on us as a resource!

We’ve had members getting involved and leveraging their networks to book OUTSTANDING speakers for our quarterly education meetings!

We’ve had members who want to be involved with sharing the value of financial planning to the underserved in Orange County!

Right now is when a lot of the heavy lifting goes on for two large events that we’re extremely proud to put together: our Allied Professionals Summit on September 23rd and OC Financial Planning Day on October 15th. We have a great tradition of success in bringing awareness of financial planning to our community, and I’d love your help with planning these events to continue our success! Both teams (Allied Professionals and Community Outreach) meet monthly. Please reach out to Colin Kilpatrick, our Volunteer Development Chair, and let him know that you’re interested in helping.

We truly have a tremendous profession and an outstanding chapter. I’m thankful for all of us engaged in the same mission, and I’m thankful for the volunteers giving their time to make this all possible. We work diligently, but there’s nothing better than seeing the genuine smiles of our team at play! We have our annual FPA picnic right around the corner on May 22nd, so make sure you register your family! Last year was a blast, with great food and terrific games for us and all of our kids.

Thank you again. It’s my honor to go to work with such a fun, engaging team!

Wil Smith, CFP®
FPAOC President 2016

Upcoming Events

May Quarterly Education Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UC Irvine Student Center
A, 311 W Peltason Dr, Irvine, CA 92697

Cost: $25 Members, $150 Non-Members, and FREE for first time visitors. Lunch and parking are included.

Join us for great speakers and hot topics, and get to know the wonderful people in our chapter! We anticipate offering 4 CFP CE and 4 CPA CPE. Also, be sure to stay for Cocktails and Conversations, our happy hour after the meeting at Eureka! across the street.

  • Michael Finke, PhD, CFP, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, The American College of Financial Services, A New Perspective on Retirement Income Planning
  • Mark Powell, JD, Mark E. Powell, PC, Do You Recognize That Bit of Financial Elder Abuse?
  • Bob and Susan Karcher, authors, speakers, and professional life coaches, Who Are the Joneses Anyway? – Redefining Success
  • Bart Brewer, CFP, ChFC, CFA, CLU, EA, Financial Advisor, Options Can Be Your Friend!
  • Jeff J. Saccacio, CPA, PFS, ChFC, TEP, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, Enhancing Your Client’s Philanthropic Legacy




2nd Annual FPAOC Chapter Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Irvine Regional Park, Group Site #2
1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Presented by Activity Partner

SPECIAL PRICING: First 150 current FPA Members and their guests are $10 each. General admission is $20 per person. Children 3 and under are FREE! Park admittance is $5/car.

The Chapter Picnic is a great way to get to know others in FPAOC. Bring your family and friends for an all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch and picnic games for all ages sponsored by UCI Extension. You are also welcome to enjoy the many activities at Irvine Regional Park, including train rides, bike and paddleboat rentals, Orange County Zoo, pony rides, horse rentals and hiking. (Additional fees may apply.)


Advisors in Transition

Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Brown & Streza Office
40 Pacifica, Suite 1500, Irvine, CA 92618

Cost: $10

The Devil is in the Details - A Panel of Successors of Financial Planning Firms

Join us as we explore the many details one may encounter in succeeding a planner.

Panelists include:

  • Meghan Coolbaugh, CFP®
  • Patricia Heaton Parker, CFP®
  • Jennifer Zaat-Wright, CFP®

AiT addresses the needs and interests of members contemplating changes in the ownership, structure and oversight of their practices. We include advisors in the process of establishing independent practices, considering retirement or ownership transfers, addressing internal and external successions, and looking to grow their businesses for future transitioning to the next generation.


WiFi: Women in Finance Mixer

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Cost: $20 Online, $25 at the Door
Valet parking, appetizers, and first drink are included

Join us as continue to build our new focus in FPAOC to bring together women from every sector of the financial world to highlight the unique contributions women bring to financial planning.


NexGen Mixer

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery at The District of Tustin
2415 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782 

Cost: $10
Appetizers and first beverage are included. Parking is free.

Bringing together Gen X and Gen Y advisors to network and compare new and insightful advising techniques. Whether you are a student, new graduate, or new to the profession, NexGen is for you!


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Chapter News

Storm the Capital – Sacramento

In March, Orange County chapter members Mark Prendergast, Evelyn Zohlen, Steve Carder, Kathleen Boyd and Janet Larsen joined others from the 13 chapters comprising FPA of California for 3rd Annual FPA Advocacy Day. They met with Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner, plus representatives from the Department of Business Oversight, the Treasurer's office, and the Controller's office. They also met with various Senators and Assembly Members and their staff to give perspective on legislative and regulatory issues affecting Financial Planners and Advisors. The meetings were very productive, and they strengthened the lines of communications that our California chapters have been working hard to establish.

Our Advocacy efforts are an investment in the future. We are at a critical juncture as we evolve into a recognized profession. On June 22, we will be in Washington, D.C. for the 3rd Annual FPA Advocacy Day. Plus, in September, we will meet locally with the legislators in their district offices for Advocacy Week. Please consider joining us! Contact Janet Larsen if you are interested.


Volunteer of the Quarter

Congratulation to Mark Prendergast, our Volunteer of the Quarter! We are very grateful to have Mark as an active member of our chapter. He has a long history with the Financial Planning Association and is always willing to lend a helping hand both locally and nationally. He served as Advocacy Chair for our chapter the last two years and continues to actively grow ties in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to further FPA and financial planning. Previously, Mark served on the national FPA Board of Directors, plus he has been the FPA of Central California treasurer, president-elect, president, chair and government relations chair. He is also currently active on our Programs Committee, helping secure speakers for the Quarterly Education Meetings. He is CFO and Director of Tax Strategies at Inspired Financial in Huntington Beach.

Member Highlights

New Members

Name Joined City Company
Corvi J. Urling January Irvine Watermark Home Loans
Ravi S. Chand, CLU, ChFC, CLTC, MBA January Irvine Northwestern Mutual
Breanna Reish, CFP® January Riverside TriCord Advisors, Inc.
Thomas McKenzie January Los Alamitos McKenzie Legal & Financial
Stephanie Jordan January Newport Beach The Tarbox Group, Inc.
David Kerber January Newport Beach Mercer Advisors
Juliette Cooke February Newport Beach Cooke Wealth Management, LLC
Cary Facer February Tustin Warren Street Wealth Advisors
Blake Street February Tustin Warren Street Wealth Advisors
Erik R. Mora February Newport Beach Integrated Wealth Management
John Dang February Santa Ana Barlow & Parker
Robert Lang February Costa Mesa Security One Lending , RMS Inc
David J. Poh, CTFA February Irvine Wright Ford Young & Co., CPAs
Stephen Hsieh February Irvine Pacific Financial Partners
William Tom February Brea infoQuest
Sherry Delaney Deke, CFP®, CIMA February Costa Mesa New Market Wealth Management LLC
Jared Tanimoto February Irvine
Sandy Juranich, CPA, CFP® February Costa Mesa GenSpring Family Offices
Lauren Robbins March Yorba Linda Hawekotte Financial Group
John W. Thornell, CFP® March Newport Beach BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Daniel Chong March Irvine Index Fund Advisors
Debra Steffen March Westminster
Garrett Jones March Garden Grove


Member Anniversaries

Name Company Years
Thomas Casey 30
Brian Seaman Capital Planning Group, LLC 25
Jeffrey Garell Silversage AdvisorsP 20
David Goad Succession Planning Consultants, Inc. 20
James O'Keefe Cetera Advisor Networks 20
Gregory Aitkens Financial Management Network 20
Steven Wolfe Tellone Financial Services 20
Robert Hill 15
William Armes Dover Healthcare Planning, LLC 15
Robert Berube 10
Jack Stemper First Foundation Advisors 10

Pro Bono/Community Outreach

6th Annual Orange County Financial Planning Day

Save the date – the 6th Annual Orange County Financial Planning Day will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue in Huntington Beach. Watch for more information to come at Join us as we give back to Orange County! There are many opportunities to get involved, both as volunteers and potential presenters/sponsors. We would love for you to be a part of this great event! Contact Aileen Lau Danley for more information.

Thank You To Our Partners

Orange County Register – FPAOC Media Partner

FPAOC is proud to partner with Orange County Register. The Register played a huge role in 2015 helping us advertise the Allied Professionals Summit and Orange County Financial Planning Day. They are offering discounts to our members on new subscriptions and advertising rates, and have opportunities for members to partner with them on educational seminars. See the Member Discount page on our website for more information.