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President's Message

This is the most exciting, engaging quarter of the year for FPA! By the next time I write you a letter, our two colossal events for the year, the Allied Professionals Summit and OC Financial Planning Day, will be in the books! As I write this, the dozens and dozens of planners who volunteer for the chapter will be going on a Newport Harbor cruise together within the week. We had an outstanding chapter picnic earlier in the Spring. It's really a great family to be a part of!

I want to call attention to the Allied Professionals Summit and OC Financial Day and call you to engage with these two events. The AP Summit is our annual big event to bring the other professionals we work and team with: CPAs, Estate Planning Attorneys, Real Estate professionals, Insurance professionals... Bring value to your team by helping them expand their network and knowledge base. In turn, our profession is expanding its awareness and visibility as a true profession. Be engaged in the success of the professionals you do business with and invite them today! Details and registration can be found at

OC Financial Planning Day is our annual, huge opportunity to engage with the community by offering free, objective financial planning advice to the public. This event was developed as a coalition between the FPA, the CFP Board, the Foundation for Financial Planning and the US Conference of Mayors. This year we are excited to announce that we have the support of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, and Orange County Treasurer, Shari Freidenrich, CPA. We are expecting Honorable Bartlett and Huntington Beach Mayor Jim Katapodis to attend the event. Will you? We've had hundreds of attendees in the past, and we want to make sure of two things: that everyone has an opportunity to meet with a CFP Professional®, and that we've told everyone and spread the word every way we can about this event! What a great opportunity and way to give back! Details and registration for both the public and volunteers can be found at

And lastly, I have one more request of you. Will you consider setting aside 2 hours per month as a standing slot that you'd entertain the thought of Pro-Bono planning in your own practice? This is something that I implemented over a year ago in my own practice, and it's rewarding and fulfilling. There are many, many families that could use your expertise, but don't have the resources to pay you for your advice. Would you be willing to tell your network that you've freed up time to take Pro-Bono cases? Would you be willing to serve your profession, your chapter, your community and yourself by making that commitment? I'll talk more about this initiative at the Quarter Education Meeting, but I want to start the dialogue now.

Will you join me and us in offering 2 hours per month of Pro-Bono financial planning?

Thank you again for being the top chapter that we are and allowing me to serve such an engaging group. I'm proud of us and the excellence and the engagement our chapter possesses! Thank you!

Wil Smith, CFP®
FPAOC President 2016

Upcoming Events

August Quarterly Education Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 24
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 our chapter! We anticipating offering 3 CFP CE, 4 CPA CPE, and 2 hours CA Insurance. Also, be sure to stay for Cocktails and Conversations, our happy hour after the meeting at Eureka! across the street.

Scheduled meeting speakers include:

  • Anthony Morris, Speaker, Coach, UBER Your Practice
  • Carolyn McClanahan, M.D., CFP®, founder of Life Planning Partners, Inc., Implementing Health Care in Wealth Care and Creating a Long Term Care PLAN
  • Rick Keller, Jr., CFP®, Chairman of the Board, First Foundation Inc., Economic and Market Update
  • Joel P. Bruckenstein, CFP®, Publisher, Technology Tools for Today (T3) newsletter and the producer of the Technology Tools for Today (T3) Advisor Conference, Leveraging Technology in Your Practice

Anthony Morris
Carolyn McClanahan,
M.D., CFP®
Rick Keller,
Jr., CFP®
Joel P. Bruckenstein,


NexGen Events

FPAOC's NexGen group has planned an active fall! We invite those who are young planners or new to the profession to join us for these two great events:

NexGen Technology Panel

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Warren Street Wealth Advisors
17822 E 17th St. Suite #208, Tustin

Event is free. Group size is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Join us for a lively tech discussion and learn how others are leveraging it for career success.

NexGen End of Summer Mixer

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Aqua Lounge at Island Hotel - Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Cost: $15 and includes a drink, appetizers, and complimentary valet parking

Join NexGen to say goodbye to summer and meet new contacts for fall at trendy Aqua Lounge.


Advisors in Transition

Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Brown & Streza Office
40 Pacifica, Suite 1500, Irvine, CA 92618

Cost: $15.00 Online, $20 at the Door

Join us for Solo to Ensemble, Sandra Field's 30-year journey from wirehouse broker to independent ensemble practice. Sandra, founder of Asset Planning Inc. (API), will share her career transition stories, her biggest challenges and successes and how she built a unique aged-based niche.


9th Annual Allied Professionals Summit

Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Pacific Club, Newport Beach
4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Early Bird Registration: $60.00 (ends September 1st)
Online Registration: $75.00
At the door: $100.00

The Allied Professionals Summit is the FPA Orange County’s premier annual event designed to promote networking and collaboration among financial planning professionals of all disciplines. This half day event is filled with engaging and dynamic speakers and includes multiple interactive roundtable sessions.

Scheduled Keynote Speakers:

  • The Upcoming National Election & Your Clients: A Discussion on Where the Candidates Stand on Key Money Issues - Scott Baugh (The Republican), Mark Hertzberg, (The Democrat), and Tom Campbell (The Moderator)
  • Pushing Beyond Limits to Achieve Success - Bonner Paddock, Founder of the OM Foundation (OMF)

Registration includes lunch, parking, wine reception sponsored by Skyline Home Loans, and a complimentary copy of keynote speaker Bonner Paddock’s book, One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth.


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Chapter News

Join us in congratulating FPAOC member Tony Chan, CFP®, EA, for recently being named one of InvestmentNews' 40 Under 40. Tony is our chapter's NexGen Committee Chair and owner of Crossroads Planning. He is a fee-only financial planner and a 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserve 326th Financial Management Center. Tony was one of the five honorees who were featured on the cover of InvestmentNews. Find out more by visiting:


Volunteer of the Quarter

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Quarter, Kimberly McFee of Reverse Mortgage Educators! Kimberly has long been a key player on our membership committee, always helping to grow the chapter. She can be found greeting members and visitors and handing out registration packets at Quarterly Education Meetings. Kimberly will also be presenting a case study during the educational roundtables at the upcoming Allied Professionals Summit on September 23rd.


Advocacy in DC

FPAOC members Kathleen Boyd, Janet Larsen, Mark Phillips, Mark Prendergast, and Evelyn Zohlen, participated in the 3rd Annual FPAOC Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., building recognition and name recognition for FPA and the financial planning profession. See the video below! Also, as an FPAOC member, your help is needed locally as well. Join us for Advocacy Week as we work to meet with every state legislator in OC the week of September 19th. Join us as we visit your representative! Contact Janet Larsen for more information.

Member Highlights

New Members

Name Joined City Company
Richard A. Alexander April Irvine Ameriprise Financial
Will Kelly April Newport Beach United Capital
Christina Hernandez May Riverside  
Trajko Papuckoski May Los Alamitos  
Virginia M. Howie May Newport Beach New York Life Insurance Company
Marcy Reyes May Newport Beach  
Christi L. Weinhuff May Newport Beach Clarity Wealth Management, Inc.
Larry M. McCarty May Tustin Diversified Investment Services
John Hawekotte June Tustin  
Todd Crane June Newport Beach  
Jason J. Hamilton June Santa Ana KIS Fee-Only Financial Planning
Donald Crane June Costa Mesa  
David S. McManus June Irvine Cooper McManus


Member Anniversaries

Name Company Years
R. Barry Walson R.Barry Walson Tax & Financial Services, LLC 45
Anita O'Connor Cooper McManus 30
Trudy Haussmann Haussmann Financial 25
Mark Donahue Financial Management Network 20
James Graham Greenberg Graham Advisors LLC 15
Steven Carder Sagemark Consulting / Lincoln Financial Advisors 10
Scott Monroe TD Ameritrade 10
Vali Nasr 5
Jack Gaar   5
John Bosowski 5
John Holmquis Holmquist Wealth Management 5
Jeffrey Tilson JST Investment Consulting 5

Pro Bono/Community Outreach

Each year, FPAOC is pleased to be able financial education to students in the Simon Foundation's Simon Scholars program. Our volunteers spent two days in June with the program participants this year.

The Simon Scholars program is a unique 6-year scholarship program that begins during a student's junior year in high school and continues through 4 years of college. It is designed to help students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to excel academically and socially so they can successfully complete a 4-year college degree.


Thank You To Our Partners

Orange County Register – FPAOC Media Partner

FPAOC is proud to partner with Orange County Register, Orange County's largest local media voice. The Register played a huge role helping us advertise last year's 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.