June 10, 2014

Michael Kitces Invites You

Special Meeting of the FPA of Central Ohio
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM, The Fawcett Center



  • Understanding the New World of Health Insurance (1 CFP & Ohio Insurance CE credit - requested)


  • Cutting Edge Tax Planning Developments and Opportunities (1 CFP & Ohio Insurance CE credit- requested)


  • Social Security Benefits Planning for Couples (1 CFP & Ohio Insurance CE credit- requested)


Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL

May 13, 2014
Ohio Residency and Tax Planning


Tom Zaino will review Ohio's state and local rules that determine when a person is treated as a resident for Ohio and city tax purposes. Focus will be on Ohio's Bright-Line Residency Test, including how it works and common mistakes by individuals that relocate their domicile outside Ohio.


Thomas M. Zaino, JD, CPA

Tom is Managing Member and founder of Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC. He represents multistate and multinational companies and their owners and executives, before various state departments of revenue across the country, as well as before the Ohio Department of Taxation, other federal and state agencies, municipal tax authorities, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, and the Ohio General Assembly. Tom currently serves as Chair-elect for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, "THE Voice for Business in the State of Ohio." Prior to founding the Firm, Tom was an attorney with a multistate law firm where he served as Chair of the Multistate Tax Practice Group, as Managing Member of the Columbus Office, and as member of the Board of Directors.

April 8, 2014

Succession Planning


Rob Blevins, a local consultant specializing in recruiting and negotiating for financial advisors and firms nationwide, will discuss essential concepts of succession planning to help you preserve and maximize the value of your practice.  He will cover topics such as the latest trends in practice valuation, conducting proper due diligence, how to negotiate effectively, and common pitfalls to avoid-all in an effort to help financial planners achieve a smooth transition coming and going.

According to Cerulli Associates, less than two-thirds of advisors have an adequate succession plan in place.  This session aims to achieve a higher proportion of better-prepared planners in Central Ohio.


Rob Blevins, Rowlette

An executive search and consulting professional specializing in recruiting, negotiations and systems development for full-service retail and institutional Financial Advisors and firms nationwide.  

In 1999, Rob began his career with Rowlette, Inc.  He learned early on that he had a gift for bringing people and opportunities together and quickly earned the complete trust of his clients.  He has a very honest, professional approach to the business which has elevated him into an industry leader position.  To Rob, integrity is everything.  He was promoted to Managing Director of Rowlette in 2005 and became President in 2007 when he and his brother, Ryan, acquired the company.

March 11, 2014

State Teachers Retirement System - Ohio


Gary Russell will discuss the pension reform changes that were enacted into law through Sub. S.B. 342. He will review new pension eligibility rules, changes to early retirement reductions along with changes to the calculation for purchasable service. This presentation will help planners assist Ohio public teachers evaluate retirement options and the cost/benefit implications of purchasing service credit.


Gary Russell, STRS

Gary Russell has been with STRS Ohio for 22 years and serves as the Director, Member Services. His responsibilities include strategic planning for member benefits and managing the system's call center, counseling services and member education departments. Member Services is responsible for handling 330,000 incoming calls per year along with providing 20,000 counseling sessions and presenting group meetings to more than 20,000 members. He also has responsibility and oversight of the Member Self Service and benefit information areas of the STRS Ohio Web site.


February 11, 2014

Planning for Same Sex Couples in Light of Windsor

FPA February 2014 Presentation


The U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, 570 US ___, (6/26/2013), declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") to be unconstitutional. Prior to DOMA, Federal law looked exclusively to state law for the definition of marriage. Windsor now places us back to that pre 1996 position of looking to state law for the definition of marriage. We will explore how this change effects both estate and income tax planning in light of the numerous states that now recognize same sex marriage.


Russell W. Kessler, Kessler & Ballenger Co. LPA

Mr. Kessler is a tax attorney with the firm of Kessler & Ballenger Co.,LPA. Kessler & Ballenger is a boutique law firm located in north Columbus with a practice limited primarily to tax planning and compliance along with estate planning and administration. Mr. Kessler began in private practice in 1981. Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Kessler was a tax manager with the accounting firm of Arthur Young & Company. Mr. Kessler is one of four lawyers in Ohio to be certified as a specialist in both Federal Taxation Law and Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association and has been named as a Super Lawyer 6 times. Mr. Kessler has a B.S. degree in accounting from Miami University and J.D. and LLM (taxation) degrees from Capital University. Mr. Kessler is also a certified public accountant.


January 14, 2014

Economic & Real Estate Outlook


The health of the U.S. economy and the performance of commercial real estate investments are uniquely intertwined. This presentation explores the trends impacting each for 2013, including the cautiously optimistic outlook for the U.S economy and the continued recovery in the commercial real estate markets, led by technology and commodities.


Ethan Russman, Vice President, Product and Sales Management, Cole Real Estate Investments

Ethan Russman serves as Vice President, Product and Sales Management for the RIA Channel at Cole Real Estate Investments. In this position he is responsible for providing formal educational and training sessions to the advisory consultants on various industry topics, manages the overall coordination and communication between the external and internal consultants, and manages reporting and engagement between RIA consultants and Cole's Executive Team.

Mr. Russman previously served in several different capacities at Cole, including as Senior Director of Product Management, where he was responsible for all communication to the capital markets division as it relates to portfolio strategy and investments, industry information and competitive product developments and strategies. Prior to that, he was a Regional Territory Manager for Cole, where he was responsible for raising capital by creating, building and maintaining relationships with financial advisors. Prior to joining Cole, Ethan was an Account Planner for a marketing consulting firm and helped launch new brands for Unilever and General Motors. Ethan earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing and a Master's of Business Administration.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How Clients can Benefit from ACA Marketplaces

Understanding How Individuals & Small Business Owners Can Benefit From the New Healthcare Marketplaces


This program will focus on the development of the healthcare Marketplaces (aka the “Exchanges”) and how the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is moving individuals and small businesses toward using the Marketplaces to purchase coverage.  The ACA uses both mandates/penalties and incentives/subsidies to encourage individuals, families and small employers to use the Marketplaces to purchase coverage.  Understanding how to access the incentives while avoiding the penalties will make compliance with the ACA a less taxing ordeal.


James P. Minutolo, Plante Moran

James is a Senior Manager in Plante Moran’s National Tax Office and member of PM’s Health Care Reform task force.  He as extensive experience in qualified and non-qualified retirement plan design and administration, executive compensation and employee and fringe benefit planning.  He also spends a significant portion of his time on business transaction matters, including merger and acquisition analysis and structuring, capital restructuring and business reorganizations. He is a leader in the firm’s Wealth Management Industry Group where he focuses on the design and implementation of sophisticated income, estate and gift tax planning strategies. 

During his thirty years of experience James has worked with a broad range of businesses in a variety of matters including organizational and operational planning; estate, financial and succession planning; mergers and acquisitions negotiation and documentation; and capital finance and venture capital planning. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies


This tax planning presentation provides an overview of the 2013 tax code changes and how the 2013 tax law affects business purchases; other topics include audit proof record keeping entertainment strategies, vehicle deduction strategies, and new rules for home office deduction. The seminar is designed to provide updated tax planning strategies for self-employed financial planners and their clients.


Maine Shafer, J.D, has more than 10 years' experience as a professional speaker delivering tax reduction strategies on behalf of Bradford and Company, Inc. Maine consistently earns student evaluation ratings in excess of 9.65 on a scale of 1 to 10, a testament to his ability to make taxes a cash resource for participants.

Maine's strong background in taxes started when he worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill, while receiving his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. His tax education continued during his clerkship with the Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and while working as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico. In addition, Maine has served as the attorney for the New Mexico Board of Dentistry as well as the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.

Maine's platform abilities have involved not only making tax information clear and usable, but also delivering sales and motivational speeches and programs throughout the Western United States and hosting a radio talk show.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (afternoon program)

Estate Planning in Today's Environment


Our esteemed panelists will be asked questions on a broad range of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, income taxation of trusts and estates, charitable giving and probate topics given the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). 



Alan S. Acker:

Dick W. Holz:

Nikki S. Mesnard:

Laura Pistro : A tax senior manager in Private Company Services with Deloitte with over 13 years of experience. My experience includes income, trust and estate tax compliance and consulting services to affluent individuals (including International Assignment Services) and closely held businesses. My experience also includes assisting clients with wealth transfer planning strategies to minimize income, estate and gift taxes to meet their goals and objectives as well as succession planning. I am a CPA licensed in Ohio and Michigan. My Professional Associations include: Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Treasurer of Gladden Community House.

John D. Schuman, JD, CFP®:


Aaron T. Armstrong, CFA, CFP®:


Tuesday, September 10

What's next for Rates? Strategies for Navigating Today's Complex Rate Environment

PIMCO Presentation


Erik Aarts from PIMCO will put recent market events in context, discuss where rates are likely headed and by how much and, most importantly, talk about concepts and strategies to help you navigate your client portfolios through today's complex rate environment. 


Erik Aarts

Mr. Aarts is an executive vice president in the New York office and a member of the global wealth management group. He is responsible for managing firm relationships with research platforms covering all product and vehicle offerings globally. Mr. Aarts was previously head of product management at Allianz Global Investors, providing financial professionals and their clients with insights on the financial markets, economic trends and PIMCO's outlook and investment strategies. Prior to joining Allianz in 1999, Mr. Aarts worked for International Strategy and Investment (ISI) as the lead research analyst, for Caxton Corporation as an economic analyst and for Griffin Trading Company at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He has 21 years of investment and financial services experience and holds both an MBA and a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Aarts is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®).

Tuesday, August 13

Reverse Mortgages: Incorporating Housing Wealth in Retirement Distribution Income Streams


Reverse mortgage has gained more popularity in the past decade. This presentation will discuss how financial planners are now looking at reverse mortgage products as a potential integral part of cash flow management for their clients in today's ever changing world. Learn more about the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program and its features. Find out the mechanics and fees of the reverse mortgage including the varied payout mechanisms, along with likely scenarios of clients who could benefit from such a loan.


Keith Turner

Keith Turner is a Certified Reverse Mortgage Consultant with Security 1 Lending, which leads the country in originating Reverse Mortgages.  His career in Reverse Mortgages and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) began in 2004 after retiring from IBM.  He has helped hundreds of seniors to understand and benefit from the financial advantages of Reverse Mortgages.  Keith is a well-known local expert and speaker on this topic.  With his "no-pressure," educational approach he is proficient at helping his clients find solutions that meet their needs.

Tuesday, June 11

Social Security Updates & Advanced Planning Strategies


John LaMotte, with the Social Security Administration, will discuss how Social Security benefits are calculated as well as factors to be considered when evaluating whether to take benefits early or wait, including the relative “payback” time to consider in such decisions. He will also address factors to be considered when evaluating whether to take survivor’s benefits or one’s own benefits instead and factors to be considered when evaluating whether spouse’s benefits may be elected instead of one’s own retirement benefits. Finally, he will discuss how working after 62 affects benefit eligibility.


John LaMotte

John has been with Social Security Administration for over 25 years and currently serves as the Staff Assistant/State Liaison. He graduated from Ohio University with an undergraduate degree in Government, subsequently obtaining a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University.  John works with numerous state, local and federal agencies to address shared problems and challenges.

He has conducted hundreds of information and educational sessions concerning the programs administered by the Social Security Administration for professional and consumer groups throughout the Central Ohio area. He has also been guest instructor regarding Social Security issues  for college classes at The Ohio State University and Columbus State University.


Tuesday, May 14

Long Term Care Insurance - The Next Generation


The aging of baby boomers has led to a national discussion of the increased demand for long-term care services. Long-term care is a range of services and supports one may need to meet the health or personal care needs over a long period of time. About 70% of people will need some form of long-term care at some point in their lives. There are a number of factors that affect the possibility that one will need care, such as age, gender, health status, disability, and living arrangement. Natalie Murch, ChFC, CLTC, will give us an update on the cost and projections of long term care insurance. She will also share her expertise on the trend of long term care insurance, including the carriers, pricing, products in the market, and the underwriting of long term care policies.



Natalie A Murch, ChFC, CLTC

Natalie began her career with The Midland Life Insurance Company in June, 1986.  She spent nine years there, working in various capacities including underwriting, managing the customer service unit, preparing actuarial data, composing advertising material and promotional pieces.  Natalie spent her last four years as a regional marketing rep calling on brokerage agencies across the country.

Tuesday, April 9

Market Outlook & Multi Asset Portfolios in a Constantly Changing Global Environment

Russell Investments Presentation


Mark Eibel, Director of Client Investment Strategies for Russell Investments will present Russell’s global economic outlook, capital markets outlook and implications for investors. His presentation will highlight the need for multi asset solutions and will include a discussion on constructing multi asset globally diversified portfolios.

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Mark is a principal spokesman for Russell’s investment process and frequently speaks to clients, industry conferences and the media. He is a frequent guest on television and radio networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Bloomberg Radio. Mark is responsible for the Investment Manager Outlook, a quarterly publication, and is the investment division representative to the Board of Directors for the Russell Investment Company.

Tuesday, March 12

Making Philanthropy a Family Affair


Philanthropy has long been looked at as a way to convene families and impart values from one generation to the next. Families are looking for a framework to engage their children as well as structure their gifts. Margae Diamond, Director with Schwab Charitable, will share best practices for helping families communicate across generations. She will also share what’s driving the increased use of donor advised funds and specifically how Advisors and their clients are using them to meet their philanthropic and tax objectives.


Margae Diamond is a Director with Schwab Charitable

Tuesday, February 12

Special Needs Planning for Children with Disabilities


The speaker, Mike Renne, will discuss issues related to proper special needs planning; including special needs trusts, government benefit requirements, and the potential pitfalls of simply bequeathing a set amount of money to a disabled child's sibling or other close relative with the understanding that the money will be spent on the disabled child. 


Mike Renne is a Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl Law Firm. He focuses his practice on estate and gift planning, disability planning, and estate administration.

Tuesday, January 8

2013 Economic/Market Outlook

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  Bryan Jordan, Nationwide's Chief Economist, will offer insights into what 2013 holds for the global economy impacting the outlook for our companies and clients.

He will discuss the following topics and answer any questions you may have:

  • Fiscal Cliff Resolution
  • Long-term Debt Outlook
  • Interest Rate Environment
  • Stance of Monetary Policy
  • Cycle Fundamentals
  • Market Outlook
  • Global Trends and Impacts

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Bryan Jordan, CFA is the Chief Economist and Director of Financial Markets Analysis at Nationwide Investments. He produces Nationwide’s economic and interest rate forecast and is a member of the firm’s Enterprise Portfolio Management team. Bryan currently authors a weekly economic commentary, a monthly economic chartbook, and a quarterly economic newsletter.

Prior to joining Nationwide in February 2005, Bryan served as an economist at Banc One Investment Advisors, where he was the honored recipient of the Henry J. Reese Memorial Award in 2001. He has been quoted in several media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Reuters, The Dow Jones Newswire, and The Associated Press, and his research has appeared in Barron’s and Blue Chip Financial Forecasts.

He holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from Miami University and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Bryan currently serves as the Chairman of the Ohio Council of Economic Advisors, the National Association for Business Economics, the Bloomberg monthly economic forecasting panel, and Mensa.


Tuesday, December 11

Tax Planning Update & Holiday Networking Social

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  There will ba one hour program on Tax Planning for 2013 by two CPAs from GBQ.  Christy Zimmerman and William Thomas will be dicussing recent events and offering planning thoughts and suggestions on using traditional strategies in unprecendented times.  They will also include thoughts and suggestions on expiring tax credits, the AMT patch, the new Medicare tax, as well as estate tax planning.


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Christy Zimmerman, CPA graduated from University of Cincinnati in 1995 with a Bachelors of Business Administration, with honors in Accounting. Upon graduation, Christy worked in the tax department at a big four accounting firm for 8 years and she has also worked in tax accounting at a public bank.

Christy joined GBQ in 2010 and works on a variety of tax engagements for corporations, partnerships and individuals with an emphasis on corporate and tax accounting matters. She is also responsible for training and supervision of the tax staff to assist with their growth in the firm.

Christy is actively involved in the community and serves on the Board of the Athletic
Association at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church. She has held various board positions
at Westside Eastside Childcare Association and at St. Brigid.

Christy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

William Thomas, CPA joined GBQ Partners LLC in 1999 after a prior career in public education.  He has served clients in a variety of industries including real estate investment and manufacturing.

William’s focus at GBQ is to provide tax consulting for middle market, closely held businesses and to assist clients with their business planning, compliance and tax examination needs.

William is the Treasurer for Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus, the
Past Treasurer for Relay for Life in Sunbury, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tuesday, November 13

Searching for Stable Alpha? The Extraordinary Case for Managed Futures by Bradley Weltler, Steben & Company

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  Learn the Ins and Outs of Managed Futures including:

  • What They Are

  • The Historical Correlation and Performance of Managed Futures Compared to Various Indices

  • Trends vs. Reversals

  • Non-Correlated Characteristics of Managed Futures Returns

  • Potential Portfolio Diversification Benefits

  • Managed Futures Funds Risks

  • Different Vehicles That May Be Utilized to Access This Investment Class


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Brad Weltler is Regional Director covering the Mid-West region at Steben & Company.  Brad joined the firm in 2004, and has 14 years investment experience.

Prior to joining Steben & Company, Brad spent four years as regional vice president at Fox Asset Management of Little Silver, New Jersey.  Previously, he was a consultant at Performance Analytics, Inc. of Chicago.

Brad is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association® and holds Series 3, 22, 30 and 63 licenses.  He is registered with and has been an Associated Person of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission since 2004.

Brad earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin in 1995.

Tuesday, October 16

Ethics in Action

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:   Ethics training doesn’t have to be dull or boring.  Ethics in Action uses animated videos and a game-show theme to keep the audience involved and learning. Teams participate in an informative and engaging session that teaches the six learning objectives required by CFP Board for ethics training in 2012 and three additional learning objectives for insurance credit.

1. Demonstrate an understanding of, and be able to define financial planning, the financial planning process, and financial planning subject areas.
2. Describe the material elements of financial planning.
3. Determine if a CFP® professional is providing financial planning or material elements of financial planning.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the required elements of a written agreement when financial planning services are provided.
5. Articulate disclosure requirements and apply disclosure requirements to their practices.
6. Define and outline elements of the fiduciary standard and know when it applies.
7. Understanding suitability for seniors by agents who are also certificants.
8. Recognizing signs of financial abuse when working with seniors.
9. Best Practices for insurance producers serving the senior market.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Dan Candura, CFP® provides financial advice and education to consumers and financial professionals. He is founder of his own education and consulting firm Candura Group, LLC. He is also the President of PennyTree Advisors. LLC, a registered Investment Advisory firm in Massachusetts. PennyTree Advisors provides financial education and counseling to employees in workplace settings as well as personal financial planning and forensic financial analysis for consumers and litigation support services for attorneys. Dan teaches in the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston and is an NASD arbitrator.

This program was approved for the following CE credits:

  • 2 CFP CE Ethics
  • 1 CFP CE Insurance
  • 3 OH Insurance CE Ethics
  • 3 CIMA credits Ethics

*All CE credits will be provided by the Candura Group, LLC

Tuesday, September 18

Continuing Education Symposium

The Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio is honored to continue our mission to serve and inspire those who deliver, support and need financial planning by offering to financial planners a full day of continuing education with outstanding speakers and programs!

Suzette Rothberg, CFP, American Funds - A Tale of Two Minds - 1 hour CFP & OH Ins. CE

An Update from Capitol Hill presented by Financial Services Committee member, Congressman Steve Stivers

AM Breakout Sessions:

  • Breakout 1 - Heidi LeMieur, Columbia Funds - Retirement Resources Guide (10 hours CE offered to qualified test takers)
  • Breakout 2 - Includes two one hour sessions
    • Part 1:  Casey McCarthy, American Century - The Practice Building Trifecta
    • Part 2:  Michael Kitces, Pinnacle - Modern Portfolio Theory - 1 hr CE: CFP & OH Ins.

Craig Zablocki - The Business of Laughter: Using Humor in the Workplace

PM Breakout Sessions:

  • Breakout 1 - Jim Johnson, Allianz - Tax Efficient Strategies in Retirement
  • Breakout 2 - Maura Scherer, Invesco Van Kampen Consulting - Rainmaker: Building Strategic Relationships
  • Breakout 3 - Michael Kitces, Pinnacle - Social Security Planning for Couples - 1 hr CE: CFP & OH Ins.

Mutual Fund Panel: Opportunities in the Financial Markets - 1 hour CFP CE, moderated by Robert Keidan, CFP with panelists:

  • Jeffrey Given, CFA, John Hancock Asset Management
  • Todd Herget, Columbia Management
  • Michael Lippert, CFA, JD, Baron Funds


Tuesday, August 14

The Case for Canada

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:   In an effort to broaden investors’ awareness and contribute to the investment research process, Mr. LeSage will explore several critical and relevant themes in today’s environment that he believes support the investment thesis for allocating investor capital to the Canadian financial markets. The summary points of his analysis include the following:

• Economic fundamentals support Canadian asset growth and a sustained rise in the Canadian dollar.

• Canada is a resource-rich country that may benefit from continued strong demand in the emerging market economies.

• Canada’s financial system has remained intact throughout the recent credit crisis and Canada’s ten years of fiscal and current account surpluses have improved Canada’s international position.

• Geographic proximity to trade partners and infrastructure investment will provide competitive advantages for continued international trade expansion.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Wayne LeSage is a Director with Dundee Wealth US, LP. (DWUS). In his current role, Wayne leads the DWUS Investment Strategy Group.  His team is responsible for manager research and analysis, portfolio analytics and Fund manager oversight of the Dundee Wealth Funds.  The DWUS Investment Strategy Group also works in partnership with the firm’s institutional clients and Fund shareholders on a variety of client service initiatives including asset allocation, performance reporting and risk management.

Prior to joining Dundee Wealth US in 2007, Wayne held the positions of Investment Officer (2006-2007) and Investment Associate (2004 – 2006) at Davidson Capital Management. He was an Assistant Portfolio Manager with Valley Forge Asset Management Corporation from 2002 – 2004, and a Financial Analyst with White & Case, LLP from 2001 – 2002. Wayne is a CFA Charterholder and earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

Click here for the Case for Canada white paper

Click here for the Case for Canada presentation

Tuesday, June 12

What Women Want: How to Give Financial Advice to Women - Attracting and Retaining High-Net-Worth Female Clients

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:   In this keynote presentation, Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, an expert in the psychology of women and wealth, offers practical strategies for connecting with and advising affluent women. Learn how to take simple, actionable steps to improve the advisor-female client relationship, how to incorporate key gender differences into your marketing and advising practice and how to improve client satisfaction now and into the future.

Kathleen Burns Kingsbury is a wealth psychology consultant and author of How to Give Financial Advice to Women: Attracting and Retaining High-Net-Worth Female Clients (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Her company, KBK Wealth Connection, is dedicated to teaching financial services professionals how to connect, communicate and collaborate more effectively with their clients to increase client satisfaction and retention and improve profitability.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Kathleen is a Faculty Member of the Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) program offered by the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) in conjunction with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  She is also an adjunct lecturer at the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University, where she teaches “Psychology in Financial Planning.”

As a frequent keynote speaker, she has presented at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management Advanced Education Symposiums, IMCA National Conference, Financial Planning Association Symposium, Women Advisors Forums, the Massachusetts Bankers Association Wealth Management Conference, and many others. She is a columnist for the Women Advisors Forum and has contributed articles to print and online publications, including IMCA ’s Investment and Wealth Monitor, The Glass Hammer and MOTIVATED Magazine.

As an expert on financial psychology, Kathleen has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC ’s Today Money, Forbes ’s Forbes Woman, Thomson Reuters’s Reuters Wealth, and Financial Planning Magazine and is a frequent guest on financial radio shows across the country. Kathleen holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach(CPCC). She is a member of the Financial Therapy Association, theInternational Coach Federation, and the National Speakers Association.

Click here for more info on Kathleen Burns Kingsbury.

Click here to go to her website.

Tuesday, May 8

Constructing Next Generation Retirement Solutions

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:   Austin Rosenthal, VP with Dimensional Retirement, will review industry research on how participants view 401k plans and what they desire in their plans. Dimensional and the Boston Research Group surveyed 1,000 plan participants in 2011. He will review the key findings of this research and illustrate the necessary conversion factors of assets into income (ie annuity conversion rates), the volatility of these rates over time from academic research and discuss how to manage the volatility of these annuity factors when trying to generate retirement income. 

He will also discuss differences in market technologies in dealing with such approaches (ie in plan annuitization vs. hedging vs. efficient frontier), and reveal the insights from actual participant behavior when they presented them with income replacement rates as their retirement goals in a 401k plan vs. the traditional asset accumulation approach. He has experience with several Ohio plans and will share what he has learned in terms of the benefits and challenges of participant education around income.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Prior to joining SmartNest, Austin worked at Lincoln Financial Group in a variety of strategy, product management, and innovation roles. He also was a member of the investment committee for Lincoln’s defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Before joining Lincoln Financial, Austin was a managing director of the team that built SmartNest at Integrated Finance Limited (IFL).

He started his career in JPMorgan’s investment banking organization, ending up as an associate focusing on merger and acquisition financing and capital raising. Austin earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is a General Securities Principal and registered rep with FINRA and holds the Series 7, 24, and 63 certifications.


Thursday, April 19

FPA Central Ohio Chapter Presents:  Knowledge is Power!

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:   Russell Investments' Dr. Stephen Wood shared his in-depth knowledge and perspective of the current financial markets.  He provided insight on how to view short-term market events in relation to your long-term market events in relation to your long-term investment strategies, and the role investor behavior plays in reaching investment goals.

Dr. Wood did his best to answer your individual questions and, hopefully, left you feeling more confident in your understanding of today's market environment.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  As Russell's Chief Market Strategist, North America, Dr. Wood conducts research on the economy, capital markets, portfolio strategies and investor behavior.  Dr. Wood is a frequent contributor to the international media.  He appears on CNBC, BBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, and PBS and is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Tribune, and many others.  He also travels throughout the U.S. speaking with advisors and investors alike.

Prior to joining Russell in 2005, Dr. Wood worked as portfolio strategist and researcher for firms in both New York and San Francisco.  Before entering the private sector he had extensive experience as a professor in California in the 1990's.

Tuesday, March 13

The Universal Language – DISC:  Using Behavioral Styles for Improved Effectiveness in Your Financial Planning Practice - Wes Mayer

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  In this discussion, Mr. Mayer will discuss what DISC is and what it is not and the history of DISC, including the academic beginnings and the evolution.  He will explore and explain the assessment tool; what it measures, the four DISC behavior style categories, and examples of each (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance).

He will teach you how to identify and adapt to core behavioral styles by providing useful tools and highlighting important caveats.  He will also discuss how DISC can be used to improve effectiveness when working with clients and other professionals and advisors to your clients, as well as how it can improve communications, management and leadership, and team and group work.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Wes Mayer is a certified business coach affiliated with FocalPoint International.  As a business coach, he works with business owners and business unit leaders to grow their business and to improve the performance of their organization.

Having owned his own management consulting firm since 1999, his background includes senior management roles with Oppenheimer Funds, Manulife Financial, Merrill Lynch and Mass Mutual.  His diverse background allows him to bring a deep knowledge of business and practical hands-on experience to clients.

Accomplishments include: leading sales and marketing organizations; developing new distribution channels; leading organizational change and transition; leading the development and introduction of new lines of business; and managing joint ventures and strategic alliances.  In addition, he has direct experience with international and offshore markets and particular expertise in business to business relationship management.

Tuesday, February 14

Demystifying the Rating Agencies - Jason Weybrecht, CFP

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  This presentation will focus on the rating agencies. While everyone — investors, media, etc. — is fairly familiar with the stars, letters and numbers these organizations use to rate and rank mutual funds, very few people understand the systems behind these ratings and rankings. This presentation will demystify these systems and increase your understanding of why the ratings are often the least valuable information these organizations provide.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Jason Weybrecht, CFP is an Investment Advisory Relationship Manager and Vice President for American Funds Distributors, Inc.  His territory consists of six states:  Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  Prior to joining American Funds, Jason was a Vice President and portfolio manager for Spero-Smith Investment Advisors in Cleveland, Ohio.  Jason graduated from Lake Erie College in Ohio with a B.S. in business administration.  He holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations.  In addition, he is a Certified Financial Planner.  Jason currently resides in Highland Heights, Ohio with his wife Kimberly and their children Evan and Amy.

January 10, 2012

401(k) Plan Transparency - Martha Hutzelman

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Martha Hutzelman will highlight issues to consider as the first participant-level fee disclosures under ERISA section 404(a) and (c) and plan-level fee disclosures under ERISA section 408(b)(2) are developed. An overview of current regulatory requirements will be provided. Practical issues to consider during the implementation process will be addressed. In addition, anticipated government agency guidance will be noted during the discussion. Opportunities for questions and attendee discussion will be provided throughout the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ms. Hutzelman is the principal attorney of the Law Office of Martha L. Hutzelman, in New Albany, Ohio, an employee benefits law firm representing management and employer interests of a national clientele. Ms. Hutzelman’s practice includes all matters affecting pension, profit sharing, 403(b), 457, 401(k), executive compensation and health and welfare programs. She counsels clients on matters including, but not limited to, plan design options, self-audits, operational compliance and corrections and fiduciary requirements. Ms. Hutzelman formerly served as Senior Attorney in the Employee Benefits division of the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. Honored as a Distinguished Author by Tax Management, Inc., she has co-authored the BNA portfolio on Qualified Plans – Taxation of Distributions and the portfolio titled Employee Benefits for Small and Mid-Sized Employers. Ms. Hutzelman is a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Taxation Section Employee Benefits Committee, a former Chair of the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits and a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.


Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA: Self-Report

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December 13, 2011

Tax Planning at a Time of Uncertainty Seminar - Matthew Leppert, CPA, MST

Program:  Uncertainty in financial markets is partially fueled by continued uncertainty and instability in our tax laws which make long-term tax planning illusive. As businesses, investors, and advisors are still digesting elements of the 2010 Tax Relief Act rushed out at the end of last December, it is time for many of those provisions to expire at the end of 2011, so speculation turns to guessing which provisions will be part of another stop-gap extension law to close out 2011. In addition to Congress changing the tax law, new courts decisions, and the IRS rulings and regulations were issued throughout 2011 to create more change. Here in Ohio, we have tax law changes being done in the name of job creation and attracting businesses while simultaneously the Department of Taxation is desperately seeking to replace lost tax revenue by announcing planned “get tough” initiatives against businesses. This presentation is intended to help you keep pace with changes that affect the investing public, business owners, and individuals as you head into the closing weeks of 2011 and kick off the new year.

About the Speaker:  Matthew R. Leppert, CPA, MST; Matt has provided tax advice to business owners, rental realty investors, and high net worth individuals for over 29 years. Prior to starting the 5 person firm of Leppert Company CPAs, LLC, he was a Senior Tax Manager of a Big Four CPA firm, started and headed the Columbus office Tax Department of a Pittsburgh based regional CPA firm, and was a partner of another Columbus CPA firm. Matt is a 1982 accounting graduate of OSU and earned a Masters degree in Taxation from Capital University’s Law and Graduate School in 1995. The firm currently serves businesses and their owners throughout Ohio ranging from 1 employee start-ups to businesses with 1,000 employees and sales of $70 million. Matt has previously been a speaker to FPA, OSCPA, Columbus Board of Realty, and other organizations.

Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA: Certificates will be available

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November, 8, 2011

An Update on Estate Planning - William A. Morse

Program: An Update on Estate Planning: William A. Morse will discuss the 2010 Federal Tax Relief Act as it pertains to the federal estate and gift tax exemption portability, how to provide a credit shelter trust with flexibility, and the impact of current use of the federal gift tax exemption. Trust provisions in the future will also be discussed including trust protectors and advisors, trustee succession protocol, trust contest provision and the definition of children and lineal descendants. He will also discuss Senate Bill 117, which is likely to become new law in Ohio, and the new general Power of Attorney form, trust anti-lapse provisions, and trust decanting.

Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA: Certificates will be available

October 11, 2011

Session 1: Winning Ethics
(2 Hours CFP & Ohio Insurance Ethics Credits)

Session 2: Senior Suitability
(1 Hour Ohio Insurance Ethics)

Session 1: Winning Ethics
Winning Ethics uses a game show theme to keep the audience involved and learning. It features a team based approach in a three round battle of wits to determine who knows the most about ethical conduct required of certificants by CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct. Audience members interact with each other to determine the most appropriate responses. After every answer the presenter provides explanations about the answers and helps participants to become better informed about CFP Board's ethical standards for financial professionals.

Round One --? Round One is a classic quiz bowl with questions worth 50 points each and penalties for incorrect responses.

Round Two - Participants choose questions of varied point values from 5 categories including fiduciary standards, practice standards, ethical principles, recent changes and the operation of CFP Board's Disciplinary process.

Round Three - The presenter offers a final case study challenging participants to resolve an ethical dilemma faced by an adviser caught between the needs of an elderly client and the interests of the client's family. Candura Group, LLC, is the creator of the course.

CEUs - 2 Hours CFP Ethics Credits & 2 Hours Ohio Insurance Ethics Credits


Session 2: Seniors, Suitability and Ethics
This course provides advisers with an overview of the focus by financial services regulators on issues faced by seniors. The course helps advisers to understand the reasons behind the increased scrutiny of transactions involving older consumers. It also describes how the ethical standards contained in CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility can protect seniors from financial abuse.

CEUs - 1 Hour Ohio Insurance Ethics Credit


Daniel Candura, CFP®
Dan Candura, CFP® provides financial advice and education to consumers and financial professionals. He is founder of his own education and consulting firm Candura Group, LLC. He is also the President of PennyTree Advisors. LLC, a registered Investment Advisory firm in Massachusetts. PennyTree Advisors provides financial education and counseling to employees in workplace settings as well as personal financial planning and forensic financial analysis for consumers and litigation support services for attorneys. Dan teaches in the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston and is an NASD arbitrator.


September 13, 2011

Review & Outlook

The presentation will examine the many crosscurrents influencing the economy and financial markets. These include the fiscal situation in the U.S., the European debt crisis, and the stance of monetary policy. The prospects for a double-dip recession will also be discussed and emphasis will be placed on the fundamental factors that drive the business cycle. There will be an historical focus throughout, especially when it comes to determining the outlook for the cycle. The presentation will hit on asset allocation strategies as well as the longer-term outlook for the economy and financial markets. Time will be allotted for a question and answer session.


Bryan Jordan, CFA
Chief Economist & Director of Financial Markets Analysis
Nationwide Insurance

Bryan Jordan, CFA is the Chief Economist and Director of Financial Markets Analysis at Nationwide Insurance. He produces Nationwide’s U.S. economic and interest rate forecast, as well as the firm’s global growth and currency estimates, and he authors both a weekly economic commentary and quarterly economic newsletter. Prior to joining Nationwide in February 2005, Bryan served as an economist at Banc One Investment Advisors, where he was the honored recipient of the Henry J. Reese Memorial Award in 2001. He has been quoted in several media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Reuters, The Dow Jones Newswire, and The Associated Press and his research has appeared in Barron’s and Blue Chip Financial Forecasts. He holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from Miami University and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Bryan currently serves as the Chairman of the Ohio Council on Economic Education and is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Columbus, the Ohio Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the National Association for Business Economics, the Bloomberg monthly economic forecasting panel, and Mensa.


Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance: Approved
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA: Self-Report

August 9, 2011

Alternative Investments: How Do I Get These Things In My 60/40 Portfolio?

Travis Upton, CFA, FRM, CAIA, Executive Vice President, The Joseph Group, Inc.

About the Program:  “Alternative Investments” is a popular buzzword in the investment world with most advisors feeling like they should use them and many clients are demanding them. However, the methodology for applying alternative investments in a portfolio context is all over the map. Many advisors with a traditional stock/bond portfolio allocation carve out a portion of the their stock allocation or a portion of their bond allocation in order to obtain the diversification alternatives provide. The purpose of this course is to provide more logic for creating an alternatives allocation in an investment portfolio. The course will differentiate between alternative asset classes and alternative strategies and how each impacts a portfolio differently. From there, the course will look at the client needs, alternative assets, and alternative strategies.


Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards

Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance

Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA

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Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Topic: GMWB Rider Panel Discussion
Speaker(s): Peng Chen, Ph.D., CFA, Antonio E. Morello, CFA, Tyler Denholm

About the Program:
In this session, Dr. Chen will begin with an academic overview of variable annuities with the popular Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) rider. Peng and Mr. Morello collaborated on the white paper titled, “Retirement Portfolio and Variable Annuity with Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (VA+GMWB)”. He will explore the arguments for and against these products, and present when these riders make sense for the client, and when they don’t. Dr. Chen will present key points to help advisors evaluate the importance of these riders and how they may fit for some clients. After his discussion, he will be joined by Antonio Morello of Nationwide, and Tyler Denholm of Valmark Securities, and independent Broker/Dealer. If you have questions about the validity or utility of these products, you will have the opportunity to present your questions to this panel of experts.
Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA

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Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Topic: An Investment Evolution - Confessions of a Chief Market Strategist
Speaker: John Blood, CFA, CFP®
About the Program:
In this session, John will explore some commonly held beliefs behind the conventional wisdom of investment management, and discuss the findings of a research projec the conducted in 2008 that helped to re-shape his own investment philosophy. Through the lens of his experiences as an analyst at Morningstar, and then as Director of Research and Chief Market Strategist at Commonwealth Financial network – John will share his insights on topics including the financial media, investment manager research and due diligence, and the concept of the “Lost decade” for investors.
Continuing Education:
Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA

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Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Speaker: Gary Russell, STRS and Kevin Blann, OPERS

About the Program:
"Do you advise clients who are or will be receiving benefits under the State Teachers or Public Employees Retirement Systems? Like Social Security, these benefits are a very important piece to one's retirement plan. As a financial planner, not knowing how to accurately model future benefits could adversely affect your clients. Also like Social Security, the STRS and OPERS plans are under financial pressure to continue benefits as currently legislated. Something will have to give. Come and learn about the current proposed changes to these important benefit plans."
Continuing Education:
Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA

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Date: March 8, 2011
Topic: What is Your Financial Plan B?
Speaker: John C. Lynch, CPA, CFA, CFP – President, Lynch Financial Group LLC
About the Program:
Our speaker has been focusing on the challenges of helping our clients manage their longevity risk for some time. Several years ago John made a well-received FPA presentation on how to use the strategies included in his “Managing Longevity Risk” white paper. Unfortunately, the recent financial crisis has reconfirmed that bad things happen and can have a signification negative impact on you client’s Plan A. In the current presentation, John will focus on how we can incorporate a Plan B into our client financial plans.
John will summarize the basic Managing Longevity Risk strategies but will focus on which strategies can be implemented when things go bad. He will review his updated financial plan checklist which incorporates Plan A and B strategies. He will then lead us through a brief case study and discuss the strategies that you can use to help clients mitigate the negative impacts of financial events and circumstances.
Continuing Education:
Total 1.5 CE hours for CFP Board of Standards
Total 1.5 CE hours for Ohio Department of Insurance
Total 1.5 CE hours for CPA

Date: February 8
Topic 1: The Art of Hosting Strategic Conversations Around Money
Topic 2: Developing Successful Planner/Client Relationships
Speaker(s): Tuesday Ryan Hart
About the Program: Many planners rely solely on quantitative fact-finding as the core of their needs analysis, estate and financial planning. However consumer surveys, research and the CFP Practice Standards (100 and 200) speak to the importance of qualitative information and the importance of communication and listening skills in building client trust and commitment, to truly own the plan. Additionally many experienced practitioners have found that client input into the plan and planning process leads to greater execution and long term relationships.
This session will focus on the case for, and methods of, having conversations that will uncover client values and concerns and leads to greater trust and commitment to the process and to the relationship. We will explore the rationale and use of small group participatory process to share concerns, stories and collective wisdom. We will touch on applications in turbulent times, estate planning as well as applications for leaders. The session will be participatory in nature.

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Date: January 11
Topic: Why Ohio's 529 Plan Matters to You and Your Clients
Speaker(s): Ben Gibbons

About the Program:
This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the history, features and benefits of 529 plans, in general, and CollegeAdvantage, Ohio’s 529 plan specifically. Attendees will also gain insight on the role Ohio plays in the 529 industry, and receive the latest state and federal updates on 529 plans. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to address questions and comments to a representative of the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, the state agency that administers CollegeAdvantage.

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Date: December 14
Topic: Ohio Deferred Compensation
Speaker(s): Jim Allen ChFC, CRC, FLMI
Date: November 9
Topic: 2010 Federal TAx Update: A Year of Change and Uncertainty
Speaker(s): Matthew R. Leppert, CPA, MST • Leppert Company CPAs, LLC
Speaker Handouts
Date: Tuesday, October 12
Topic: Emerging Markets: The New Masters of the Universe
(Or Is It Just the Latest Fad...)
Speaker: Raj Menon
Date: Tuesday, September 14
Topic: FPA of Central Ohio 2010 Continuing Education Symposium
  • Opening Remarks • Jamie Menges, FPA of Central Ohio Chapter President
  • It’s the Economy • Bryan Jordan, Nationwide Insurance
  • Developing the Millennial Talent • President Gordon Gee, The Ohio State University
  • Breakout Sessions
    • Breakout 1 • The Lost Art of Financial Planning – Ken Zahn
    • Breakout 2 • Designing Your Business Purpose – Dan Finley
    • Breakout 3 • Know Your Retirement Plans – Andy Larson, Columbia Funds / Mark Guenard, AIF, Regional Vice President, Asset Management Columbia Management
  • Mutual Fund Panel I
    • Moderated by Robert A. Cochran, CFP®, PDS Planning, Inc.
    • Panelist 1 • Kathleen Gaffney, Loomis Sayles Bond Fund
    • Panelist 2 • Michael Avery, Ivy Asset Strategy Funds
  • Mutual Funds Panel II
    • Moderated by Robert S. Keidan, CFP®, PDS Planning, Inc.
    • Panelist 1 • Ric Dillon, Diamond Hill Funds
    • Panelist 2 • Michael Kass, Baron Funds
    • Panelist 3 • Michael Maloney, Skyline Special Equities Portfolio
  • Breakout Sessions
    • Breakout 1 • Protecting Your Client's Assets – Ken Zahn
    • Breakout 2 • Building A Better Business – Dan Finley
    • Breakout 3 • Know Your Retirement Plans – Andy Larson, Columbia Funds
  • Prominence to Prison Why Smart People Do Dumb Things • Patrick Kuhse
  • Closing Remarks • Jamie Menges, FPA of Central Ohio
Date: August 10
Topic: FPA of Central Ohio Presents: Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs
Speaker: Mary Anne Ehlert
Date: July 8
Topic: How Do Professional Advisors Work with the Columbus Foundation
Speaker: Lisa Jolley
Date: June 8
Topic: Disability and Long Term Care (LTC)
Speakers: Kevin Quinn & Dave Cass
Date: May 11
Topic: Outlook on the Municipal Market
Speaker: Anthony Parish
Date: April 13
Topic: Building Portfolios with Absolute Return Strategies
Speaker: William Harding
Date: March 9
Topic: Identity Theft
Speaker: Harry Trombitas
Date: February 9
Topic: Raising Public Awareness About the Value of Disability Planning & Long Term Care - What's Your Plan
Speakers: Kevin Quinn & Dave Cass
Date: January 12
Topic: Social Security Essential
Speaker: John LaMotte


Date: Tuesday, January 8
Program Topic: Updates on the Ohio Deferred Compensation and OPERS Retirement Plans
Presenters: Matt Gill, Jim Allen & Bob Franz
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - Two (2) / Course #1080
Ohio Department of Insurance - Two (2) / Course #46249
Date: Tuesday, February 12
Program Topic: "Authentic Leadership" • Passion is what separates leaders from managers. You simply cannot sustain your ability to lead over time without passion. In this session you will gain an understanding of how to develop and refine your passion. You will learn how to turn this passion into a vision. You will also learn how to identify and overcome the chief obstacle to your ultimate success: fear. By the end of this powerful presentation you will be ready to write a plan for your leadership development that will provide a roadmap for your ultimate success.
Presenter: Steven L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Charles Schwab Institutional
Date: Tuesday, March 11
Program Topic: Distribution Planning
Presenter: David Blanchett
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - Two (2) - Course #0308
Ohio Department of Insurance - Two (2) - Course #46635
Program Sponsor: Chubb Group of Insurance
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Program Topic: Annuity Riders - The Great Debate
Presented by: TBrad Knoll, Axa
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - One / Course #0408
Ohio Department of Insurance - One / Approved
Sponsor: DWS Scudder
Date: Tuesday, May 13
Program Topic: Global Investing • "How to pack you bag for Global Investment Trip" (OUTLINE)
Presented by: Robert W. Scharar, President, FCA Corp
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - Two (2) / Course #0508
Ohio Department of Insurance - Two (2) / Course #46947
Program Sponsor: RiverSource
Date: Tuesday, June 10
Program Topic: Technology Best Practices
Presented by: Victor L. Bonilla
Sponsor: Thornburg Investment Management
Date: Thursday, July 10
Program Topic: Annual Golf Outing, Riviera Golf Club
Date: Tuesday, August 12
Speaker: FPA National Board Member, Karin Maloney Stifler, CFP®
Program Topic: Later Life Health, Housing and Financial Strategies
Program Description: Panel presentation on the needs of the elderly.
Presented by:
- John Lynch Moderator
- Rich Taps, Elder Law Attorney
- Natalie Murch, LTC Insurance Broker
- Steve Love, Friendship Village
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - Two (2) / Course #0808
Ohio Department of Insurance - Two (2) / Course #47365
Sponsor: Diamond Hill Funds
Date: Tuesday, September 16
Program Topic: Midwest Continuing Education Program
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Program Topic: The Alternative Minimum Tax Trap & Tax Developments and Year-end Strategies
Presented by: Matt Leppert, CPA, MT
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - Two (2) - Course #1008
Ohio Department of Insurance - Two (2) / Couse #47842
Date: Tuesday, November 11
Program Topic: Surviving State and Federal RIA Regulation • A look at Regulatory Adutis, Compliance Programs and Recent Developments
Presented by: Matt Fornshell of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - One (1) / #1108
Ohio Department of Insurance - NONE
Sponsor: SunAmerica Mutual Funds
Date: Tuesday, December 9
Program Topic: Economics Review
Presented by: John Stoltzfus
CE Credit Hours:
CFP Board of Standards - Two (2) / #1208
Ohio Department of Insurance - NONE


Date: Tuesday, January 9
Program Topic: Offense & Defense in the Fixed Income Market and Equity Market Valuation & Outlook
CE Credit Hours:
Two (2) Approved by the CFP Board of Standards
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Program Topic: Creating Lower Volatility Portfolios
Presented by: Louis P. Stanasolovich, CFP®
CE Credit Hours:
Two (2) Approved by the CFP Board of Standards
Date: Tuesday, April 10th
Program Topic: The Magic of Working Smarter
Presented by: Neil Wood
Date: Tuesday, May 8th
Program Topic: Business Ethics for the Financial Services Industry
Presented by: Patrick Kuhse
CE Credit Hours:
CEs: Two (2) Ethics
Sponsored by: American Century
Date: Tuesday, June 12th
Program Topic: Evaluating Life Insurance Policies
Presented by: Rich Connolly
CE Credit Hours:
CEs: One CFP & One Insurance
Date: Thursday, July 12th
Program Topic: Annual Golf Outing @ Riviera Golf Club
Date: Tuesday, August 14th
Program Topic: "Wealth Management Strategies-Using the 529 as One Vehicle to Achieve Numerous Goals"
Presented by: Chris Stack
CE Credit Hours:
CEs: Two (2)
Sponsored by: National City Bank
Date: Tuesday, September 11th
Program Topic: Managing Longevity Risk
Presented by: John Lynch
CE Credit Hours:
CEs: One (1)
Date: Tuesday, October 9th
Program Topic: Practice Management Panel
Moderated by: Bob Keidan
Sponsored by: Diamond Hill Investments
Date: Tuesday, November 13th
Speaker: FPA Executive Director & CEO, Marv Tuttle
Program Topic: Find out what's going on at FPA National and how your membership dollars are working for you! and
Speaker: The Ohio Trust Code presented by Bill Morse
Program Topic: House Bill 416 adopted the Ohio version of the Uniform Trust Code and it was signed into law in 2006 and went into effect January 1, 2007. Attorney Bill Morse will give an overview of The Ohio Trust Code provisions that are of interest to financial planners. Learn how this important legislation may change the way attorneys draft trust documents for clients going forward.
CE Credit Hours:
CEs: One (1)
Date: Tuesday, December 11th
Program Topic: Investment Outlook for 2008
CE Credit Hours:
CFP CEs: Two (2) Credit Hours


Date: Tuesday, January 10
Program Topic: Capturing Retirement Plan Opportunities 2006
Presenter: Bert Nester
CEs: Two (2)
Sponsor: Pacific Life
Date: Tuesday, February 14
Program Topic: Tax-Deferred Exchanges
Presenter: Gregory Smith. Esq.
CE's: One (1)
Sponsor: Hines Real Estate Securities, Inc.
Date: Tuesday, March 14
1st Hour Program: Understanding the Life Settlement Industry - Your Clients Cannot Afford for You Not to Know
Presenters: Kelley A. King, CLU, ChFC, King Dodson Armstrong Financial Advisors, Inc. & Kenneth T. Prillaman, EVP - Agency Operations
2nd Hour Program: Legislative Changes to Medicare & Medicaid
Presenter: William J. Browning, CELA Nationally Recognized Law Expert
CE's: Two (2)
Sponsor: Scudder Distributors, Inc.
Date: Tuesday, April 11
Program: The Real Asset Era: Will the Next 25 Years Look Like the Last 25?
Presenter: Michhael S. Lawrie
CE's: One (1)
Sponsor: TD Waterhouse
Date: Tuesday, May 9
Program: Technology Solutions for Your Practice
Presenter: Joel P. Bruckenstein, CFP® • Joel is a nationally renowned speaker and we are fortunate to have him. However, since the topic is practice management related, unfortunately the CFP Board does not grant CE credit for his presentation.
Sponsor: Lincoln Financial Advisors
Date: Tuesday, June 13
Program: Financial Planning for Non-Traditional Couples
Presenter: Scot E. Dewhirst & Thomas J. Addesa
CE's: One (1)
Sponsor: Diamond Hill Funds
Date: Monday, July 10
Program: FPA Annual Golf Outing
Date: Tuesday, August 8
Program: 30 Innovative Planning Ideas
Presenter: Jeff Scroggin
CE's: Two (2)
Sponsor: Nationwide Financial
Date: Tuesday, September 12
Program: The Changing Nature of Personal Risk - Needs Assessment for Personal Risk
CE's: One (1)
Sponsor: Dividend Capital Group
Date: Tuesday, October 10
Program: FPA Midwest Continuing Education Symposium 2006
Date: Tuesday, November 14
Program: Divorce Planning
Presenter: Jeffrey & Andrew Grossman
CE's: One (1)
Sponsor: Fidelity Investments
Date: Tuesday, December 12
Program: Retirement Redesigned - A Master Plan Distribution
Presented by: Harold Evensky, CFP, AIF & Deena Katz
CE's: Two (2) CE's approved by the CFP Board of Standards