Recent Chapter Events - FPA of the East Bay

FPA East Bay Past Events

Date/Time Event
January 12, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FPA NexGen January 2023 Zoom Event

“Is Divorce Financial Planning a Good Niche?”

Presented by:
Jennifer Napper, Vice President of Investments; Raymond James & Associates

 

 

  • Divorce Financial Planning Basics
  • Opportunities and Practice Models
  • Designations and Training
  • Secrets to Working with Family Law Attorneys
  • Growing your Divorce Planning Practice

About the Speaker:
|Jennifer Napper is Vice President of Investments with Raymond James & Associates. She specializes in working with individuals and families with current and upcoming complex life transitions—such as retirement, inheritance, job change and divorce.

Jennifer has attained certification as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA), Jennifer specializes in financial issues specific to divorce.

Jennifer has taught financial planning workshops at prominent companies in the Bay Area on topics such as retirement planning, investment strategies, Social Security, healthcare in retirement, estate planning, college funding, women’s finances, and financial planning for the LGBTQ community. Currently, she teaches the Divorce Options® workshop program through Collaborative Divorce California.

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and her master’s degree from Golden Gate University.  She is a member of the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts, Collaborative Practice East Bay, Collaborative Practice San Francisco, and a board member of Collaborative Practice California.

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January 11, 2023
7:30 am - 9:00 am
January 11 Meeting

“Successful Financial Planning Strategies for 2023”

Panelists:
Lee Ann Coburn

Barry Mendelson

Kristin NIcholson

Marilyn Suey

Join us in January as we have a panel discussion between four successful financial advisors who each bring something different to the table. We will ask our experts to discuss financial planning, client communication, tax and investment strategies that can add value in the coming year. Bring your most challenging questions to ask our panel of experts.

About the Speakers
Lee Ann Coburn, CFP is a Senior VP at Merrill Lynch. Lee Ann and her team help families achieve and maintain a worry-free retirement lifestyle. She has been named to Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list. As a Boston marathon finisher, Lee Ann believes that disciplined preparation and smart planning can set you up for long term success. Lee Ann is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she studied International Relations and captainted the Women’s Lacrosse team. She is dedicated to providing professional women opportunities to connect, collaborate and inspire each other.

Barry Mendelson, CFP is a Wealth Advisor & Managing Partner at ZRC Wealth Management. Barry has been in the financial services since 1994 and he takes a comprehensive approach to investing and wealth management. Barry is a past president of the FPA East Bay Chapter and leader in the Cancer Support Community. He earned his BA in Economics and Accounting from UC Santa Barbara.

Kristin Nicholson, CFP, CFA, is a Senior Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management. She joined First Republic in 2004 and has more than two decades of experience in the investment industry, starting her career as a stock analyst and then continuing into wealth management. Kristin completed her undergraduate education at Indiana University and she received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Kristin is a board member of SHE-CAN Global, a non-profit organization that helps young women from post-conflict countries attend US universities.

Marilyn Suey, CFP, AIF, is a Wealth Manager with the Diamond Group. Marilyn specializes in working with business owner, executives and health care professionals to guide them toward financial independence. Marilyn has over 30 years of corporate experience which provides insight to help her clients and their families on their financial journey. Marily is a life-long learner with dual degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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December 7, 2022
7:30 am - 9:00 am
December Meeting

“Constructing and Managing a Synergistic Team”

Tim Wilkinson, CFS, CMFC, CIMA, ACC, Executive Consultant; Invesco

Tim Wilkinson talks to hundreds of successful advisors and he’s observed some common traits of high performing teams. Tim will share the secrets that he’s seen work for top firms. Many firms are looking to hire talent in their offices and Tim has some tips for finding new members to add to your team.

BIO:
Tim Wilkinson is responsible for presenting personal and professional development programs to financial advisors across the West and Midwest. Tim joined Invesco when the firm combined with Oppenheimer Funds in 2019. Prior to joining Oppenheimer Funds in 2014, he was head of training and development, as well as manager of the national sales desk at Voya Investment Management. Tim’s earlier experience includes serving as team manager and trainer at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where he managed teams of brokers and was a member of the training team that took Schwab’s financial professionals into the wealth management stage of their business.

He began his career in financial services in 1996 as an advisor with Prudential Securities. Tim earned a BS in organizational communications from the University of New Mexico, and he holds the Certified Fund Specialist, Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor and Certified Investment Management Analyst designations, as well as the Series 7, 9/10 and 63 registrations.

He also achieved his Associate Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation in 2017.

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November 15, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NexGen Social at Headlands Brewery

Bring a friend, colleague, or partner for happy hour! Two drink tickets will be included upon registration.

Headlands Brewery
3420 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549

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November 3, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
November LUNCH Meeting

“Improving the Client Experience with Effective Communications”

Speaker: Ben Decker; President of Decker Communications

Communicating with and inspiring people is at the core of all we do. Are you having the desired impact through your communication with clients, professional staff, prospects and referral sources? Ben Decker will share his expertise on communicating and connecting in an authentic and lasting way. Ben’s framework for becoming a first-class communicator will help your professional development and effectiveness as an advisor.

Ben Decker is a leading business communications expert. As CEO of Decker Communications, Ben has worked with hundreds of leaders in Fortune 500 companies to strategize and implement communications solutions that are practical, direct, and attainable.

Ben regularly addresses audiences on the importance of creating a communication experience, developing executive presence, and the communications of a leader at companies such as Marriott, Robert Half International and Hewlett-Packard. Ben also coaches C-level executives from major organizations, including AT&T, Bacardi, Cisco, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, McKesson, Merrill-Lynch, and the US Coast Guard. His book Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action (McGraw-Hill, April 2015) reveals many C-suite stories and tips.

Having grown up in the Decker Methodology, Ben always had a passion for effective communicating. Ben received his BS in Psychology at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Ben spent several years in strategic sales roles in the high tech and medical industries before joining Decker Communications. Through his sales and marketing experience, he saw a genuine need for communication skills development and continuous improvement. Ben joined Decker Communications as President in 2005 to relaunch the company’s core programs, drive business development and grow key accounts for the firm.

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October 26, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FPA NexGen October Zoom Event

“Financial Planning Tips for Clients with Equity Compensation”

Equity compensation is one of the most valuable and misunderstood employee benefits. This event is aimed to help financial advisors working with equity compensation create a process for analyzing these holdings, illustrating strategies, and making recommendations.

Jane Yoo, CEO of Jane Financial, is an Oakland native who specializes in working with Superstar Women in Tech who need help with their stock options and RSUs.

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October 5, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
October Dinner Meeting

Financial Planning Case Study

Featuring:

Gregg Clarke, CFP®


Sabrina Lowell, CFP®

Join us for an interactive case study that will challenge both our NexGen planners and our experienced members. The case study will be facilitated by Gregg Clarke and Sabrina Lowell who have experience sharing similar case studies through the FPA Residency program.

Agenda:
5pm
Arrival/Networking

5:30
Program starts: Introduced to the case study and work

6pm
Buffet Begins – Attendees will continue case study during dinner

6:30
Facilitators review the case study.

7:30
Closing

About Our Speakers
Gregg Clarke, founder of Meritas Wealth Management, LLC, has been a financial advisor since 1990. He has a passion for comprehensive financial planning services with an emphasis on goal setting, investments, asset allocation, and retirement planning. Gregg also works with many clients in the area of employee stock option planning. Gregg is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and has an MBA in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University. Gregg’s undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.

Gregg is past President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of San Francisco and continues to serve on the Programs Committee. He currently serves on the board of the Community Media Center of Marin as Vice Chair and he also is an adjunct professor in the Masters in Financial Planning program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He continues to participate in the FPA Residency program as a mentor.

Gregg lives with his wife, Tiffani, in San Rafael, California, and together they are actively involved in the community through volunteer work for charitable organizations. Gregg participates in a variety of outdoor sports and activities, which includes multiple wine tasting trips. He also enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and friends – his personal goal is to laugh every chance he gets.

As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Sabrina helps clients build a framework for informed financial decision making. She works with career engaged couples to communicate openly about their finances and shared financial goals. Located in San Francisco, Sabrina has an expertise in managing concentrated stock positions and structuring equity management strategies pre- and post IPO.

Sabrina has been named to SF Business Times Women To Watch, Investment News 40 under 40, Ten to Watch by WealthManagement.com, and Investment News 20 Women to Watch identifying women who possess leadership skills and the ability to effect change in the industry.

Sabrina is an active volunteer cultivating the next generation of talent and development of women. Sabrina currently sits on the CFP Board Women’s Initiative (WIN) Council aimed at the development of initiatives to increase the number of women entering the financial planning profession and the number of women CFP® professionals. Sabrina serves as a mentor for the FPA and XYPN Residency Programs designed to engage, inspire, and empower new CFP® professionals through experiential learning to gain skills and confidence in creating meaningful relationships with clients.

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MEETING HANDOUT

September 29, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Whether the Market is Up or Down, How to Engage With Clients Through the Storm.

Unfortunately, the stock market has hit some rough terrain recently. Some days are hopeful and some days are terrible. Julie Johnson will discuss how to take advantage of communication moments with clients when the market seems uncertain.

Julie Johnson will explain how to leave a lasting impression no matter how the stock market is.

About the Speaker:
Julie Johnson started her career in 1996 as a rookie with Smith Barney in Denver. By 2007 she and her team managed over $1B in AUM. They moved their team and every client, including pensions, foundations, 401k’s, family offices and ultra HNW individuals, to UBS in the Fall of 2007, and then came 2008….. Julie was named SVP with UBS, her team received Barron’s top advisor and top team awards during her tenure. On multiple occasions, she was invited to speak and consult on practice management, sales and business development. In 2016 Julie began her career as a full time certified coach, consultant, public speaker and author. She was engaged to consult with advisors and speak at such esteemed national conferences as Barron’s and Fidelity, as well as several regional conferences, both in person and virtually, with FPA, Forbes, Morgan Stanley, WealthManagement, UBS, Ameriprise, BNY Mellon, just to name a few. Julie’s training and consulting expertise lies in the following areas:

  • Sales and Business Development
  • Red Carpet Relationship Management and Client Experience = Referrals
  • How to Mirror the Person you are Speaking with to Develop Trust
  • Practice Management, Collaboration and Communication
  • Generational Communication and Connection
  • Family Wealth Communication and Collaboration
  • Reciprocal Mentoring among Generations
  • Leadership Development; Helping Leaders to Get Out of Their Own Way
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Empowering and Training Newer Advisors to Excel

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September 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
CFP Exam Tips

If you are planning to take the November exam, this is the event you should attend. As an attendee, you will gain value insights on how to study to prepare to pass for the CFP exam.

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September 15, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NexGen September Social
Jack’s Restaurant and Bar, Pleasant Hill CA

Join the FPA East Bay at Jack’s Restaurant and Bar for a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn from financial professionals that have made an impact on our community!

Light appetizers and refreshments will be included upon registration

NO COST Registration for FPA Members.
$30 for Non-Members

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September 8, 2022
7:30 am - 9:00 am
September Meeting

“RIA Mergers & Acquisitions:
Strategies for Growth & Positioning Your Firm to Stand Out in a Crowded Market“

In the hyper-competitive M&A space, to succeed as an attractive buyer, merger candidate or a highly valued seller takes advance preparation and planning. Examine and explore the enhancement opportunities for prospective RIA Buyers, Merger Candidate and Sellers to implement to maximize success in a saturated market. Our speakers will share their expertise learned through their personal experiences with acquisitions.

Featuring:


Arthur Ambarik, CEO at Perigon Wealth Management
Arthur Ambarik is Chief Executive Officer at Perigon Wealth Management, a Financial Times Top 300 National RIA with over $3 billion in assets under management. Arthur is also a Financial Advisor and CFP® professional, and has been named a Best in State Wealth Advisor for California by Forbes. Arthur brings more than 20 years of experience to his role with Perigon including advisory and operational positions he held previously with Ameriprise and LPL. Arthur graduated from Williams College in 2001 with a B.A. in Economics.


Susan Danzig, Business Development Expert for Financial Service Professional
Susan Danzig is a business development coach and the CEO and President of Susan Danzig, LLC. She helps her clients understand, appreciate and clarify their value, define their specialization and create effective marketing strategies. Susan’s specialty is brand refinement, messaging and strategic marketing to enhance a business’s market value for growth and sale. Susan is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, a Certified Business Development Coach and a Certified Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner. A strong contributor to the financial services community, Susan is a National Board Member to the Financial Planning Association.


Linda Willis
, M&A consultant with Career Management Advisors
Linda Willis, founder, and president of M&A consulting firm Career Management Advisors | CMA Consulting, a former financial services senior executive, RIA owner, and lawyer, will provide insights into strategies for optimizing your position as a Buyer or as a Seller.

August 27, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FPA EB Member and NexGen Member Social Event

FPA EB Member and NexGen Member Social Event
Canyon Club Brewery in Moraga featuring a concert by Christie Lene’e
Hosted by FPA EB Board Member Corey Silva

Free to attend, but please us the button below to register

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August 9, 2022
7:30 am - 9:00 am
August Meeting

“The Complicated Path of Politics and Investments”

Speaker: John Emerson; Former US Ambassador to Germany, Vice Chair at Capital Group

Join us for a conversation with global investment and political affairs expert John Emerson. John has enjoyed a fascinating career including the opportunity to serve as the US Ambassador to Germany from 2013 to 2017 where he gained a unique perspective on international relations. He’s since returned to a leadership role at Capital Group, where he has worked for 21 years. John will talk about various geopolitical topics based upon his experience working in Washington, DC and Germany. He will talk about themes such as globalization and trade. He will also discuss the Ukraine/Russia conflict and relations with China. We will have plenty of time for John to take our questions as well.

John Emerson is vice chair of Capital Group. He has 21 years of industry experience, all with Capital Group. He served as the United States ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (2013-2017). In 2015, John was awarded the State Department’s Susan M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career ambassador, and in 2017 he was awarded the CIA Medal and the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service award. Prior to accepting the ambassadorial posting, John was president of Capital Group Private Client Services. Before joining Capital, he was deputy assistant to President Clinton where he coordinated his economic conferences, served as the president’s liaison to the nation’s governors, and led the administration’s efforts to obtain congressional approval of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement and the extension of China’s MFN trading status. Additionally, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Before working in the Clinton White House, John served as Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney, and was a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Phillips. John holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Hamilton College, a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College.

July 21, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Marketing and Fintech/How to put your best foot forward, all things fintech and marketing

Our guest speaker, Michael Reynolds, CSRIC®, AIF®, CFT-I™, will be discussing all things fintech and marketing. If you can’t attend, but have some questions for the presentor. Please register for the event and fill out the survey link here. We will record the presentation and send you the recording through email. Those who do not register will not receive the recording.

Registration for the event will be closed on July 19th. If the registration is closed, please email Danielle Miura

About the Speaker:
Michael Reynolds is a parallel entrepreneur and former digital marketing agency owner. After owning a digital agency for 23 years, he founded and co-founded four new businesses (including his RIA firm Elevation Financial) from 2015 to 2019. Michael sold his marketing agency in 2018 and now focuses on new ventures and growing his advisory firm.

June 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Take Control of Your Finances in 8 Easy Steps

Learn how to take control of your finances and have your questions answered by volunteers from the Financial Planning Association of the East Bay. This workshop will cover record-keeping, spending & savings plans, proper use of debt, estate planning, insurance, and creating a personal financial plan.

Register with your email to attend live and the Zoom information will be sent to you on the day of the event. The event will be closed captioned.

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November 6, 2019 – 11:15am-2:00pm—RHCC *LUNCH*
“Underserved, High Value Markets: Women and Next Gen”

Presented by: Jackie Wilke, Advisory Practices Consultant at First Trust
Sponsored by: Signet Mortgage – – Clay Selland
The growing influence of female and next generation investors continues to disrupt the financial services industry in the form of asset attrition risk. Future-focused advisors and teams are building practices aimed at acquiring new clients within these segments, while solidifying multi-generational relationships with their current clients’ spouses and families. This presentation gives you their processes and strategies to solidify your value and build your client base for generations to come.
Click Here for the presentation slides provided by Jackie Wilke of First Trust

October 16-18 2019
FPA Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN
Save $200 if you sign up by July 26
Click here to Register!

October 14, 2019 – 10:30am to 6:30pm
9th Annual Golf Tournament
at the Contra Costa Country Club
Register Now!!! Space is Limited!!!
Sponsorships available as well!!!

October 2, 2019- 7am to 9am—RHCC
“What You Need to Know About Longevity”

Presented by: Ken Smith, Senior Research Scholar; Stanford Center on Longevity
Sponsored by: MFS – – Corey Silva

September 4, 2019- 7am to 9am—RHCC
“Straight Talk on Crypto: What Is It, Why It Matters, And How It Fits Into A Portfolio”
Presented by: Matt Hougan, Global Head of Research for Bitwise Asset Management and Chairman of Inside ETFs
Sponsored by: Invesco – – Alex Hayes

August 7, 2019- 7am to 9am—RHCC
“Financial Planning 301: Improving your Planning Process”
Panelists: Bill DeMar, CFP®, Enso Wealth
Lee Ann Coburn, CFP®, Merrill Lynch
Corey Silva, MFS Investment Management
Sponsored by: Ivy Funds – – Kurtis Cicero, CFA
Join our panel of successful advisors who share ways you can improve your financial planning process. What can you do to improve your communication process with clients? How can you improve the investment process for your clients?

May 28-29, 2019 – FPA NorCal Conference
Located at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco
For More information Click Here

May 1, 2019- 7am to 9am—RHCC
“Ethical Lessons: Tom Hardin’s Journey from Analyst to Tipper X”
Presented by: Tom Hardin
Sponsored by: David Shaffer Insurance Services – – David Shaffer

April 10, 2019- 7am to 9am—RHCC
“Internal Succession: A Real Life Case Study”
Presented by: James P. King, CFP® and Scott Horton, CFP®; J.P. King Advisors, Inc.
Sponsored by: Bluerock – – John Sorrell

March 6, 2019- 7am to 9am—RHCC
“Life Happens … Planning Matters in Finding Financial Peace When Your Clients Divorce”
Presented by: Beth McClelland, MBA, CFP®, CDFA; East Bay Divorce Financial Planning
Are you prepared to support your clients through their divorce? Join us in March! Beth McClelland, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and CFP®, will share her expertise with us so that we can better serve our clients.
Sponsored by: Litman Gregory – – Chad Perbeck

March 5, 2019 – Sixth Annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento
We meet up at the Embassy Suites near the Capitol and Riverwalk for a hosted breakfast and orientation at 7:00am.  Then we head to the Capitol to visit with our State Senators and/or Assembly Members. This is your opportunity to meet with your elected representatives to discuss what is most important to you in your profession, and create long-standing relationships that matter. Register Here before the February 22 deadline.

February 6, 2019- 7am to 9am—Contra Costa CC
“Estate Planning: Hot Topics and Danger Signals”
Presented by: John Hartog, JD, LLM; Hartog, Baer & Hand, APC
Meeting sponsored by: Orinda Asset Management – – Craig Kirkpatrick
Click Here for John’s presentation slides

January 9, 2019– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting—Contra Costa CC
“2019 Economic and Stock Market Outlook”
Presented by: Charles Blankley, CFA, Chief Investment Officer; Gemmer Asset Management
Meeting sponsored by: Stonecrest Managers – – Kara Paik
Click Here for Charles’ presentation slides

December 5, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Conscious Inclusivity: Why and How Financial Advisors Can Lead the Way”
Presented by: Kellie McElhaney, PhD, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Sponsored by: DWS – – Mike Fredrick (925) 360-4116

November 7, 2018– 11:15 am – 2:00 pm – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Understanding Dementia and it’s Impact on Your Clients”
Presented by: Dori Sproul, Alzheimer’s Assocation
A special extended program on aging.
Sponsored by: Bluerock Capital Management – – John Sorrell (925) 858-2497

October 8, 2018 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – 8th Annual Golf Tournament
At the Contra Costa Country Club
Click Here for Registration/Details
FPA Golf Tournament 2018 <—Use this link to view the photos on doorstep. Password: birdie

October 3-5, 2018 – FPA Annual Conference @ Chicago, IL
Click Here for Registration         *Early Bird Special Ends July 13th
Like most events, the 2018 FPA Annual Conference is designed with similar goals to a game. Our job as game designers (a.k.a. conference organizers) is to keep the attendee as engaged and interested as possible for the duration for the event, and when the event is over, for the attendee to have gained a sense of empowerment, accomplishment and an interest in eventually coming back for more. As the player (a.k.a. attendee), your job is to accomplish as much as you can before time expires.

October 3, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Performance Excellence of World Class Advisors: Client Acquisition thru Community Involvement and Philanthropic Planning”
Presented by: Susan Kay, Vice President and Director of Business Development;
MFS Funds
Sponsored by: David Shaffer Insurance Services – – David Shaffer (925) 944-7100

September 5, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Building Plans for “Positive Aging” with Eyes Wide Open”
Financial professionals will learn about:
·The realities of Aging and their impact on financial resources
·Becoming aware of the obstacles – like new laws increasing cost of care or limiting options
·Structuring a team that provides a safety net for all the “what if’s of longer lives
·Collaborating with Care Managers, Attorneys & Clients to keep the client where their values lead
Presented by: Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC; Founder of Eldercare Services
Sponsored by: Oppenheimer Funds – – Alex Hayes (925) 765-9745
*2 Hours of Ethics CE will follow. 9:30am to 11:30am. Click Here to Register

August 15, 2018 – 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Career Development Networking Event at Wine and PAINT NITE at 1515 Restaurant & Lounge

August 9-12, 2018 at UC Santa Cruz
29th Annual FPA Far West Roundup
www.fpafarwestroundup.org

August 1, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“How to Use LinkedIn to Enhance Your Sales and Referral Success”
Presented by: Kevin Knebl
Sponsored by: Franklin Templeton – – JB Walker (925) 708-4672

May 29-30, 2018 – FPA NorCal Conference The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
The FPA NorCal Conference has been providing advanced educational sessions for our members and affiliated financial professionals for 46 years. The conference is held in San Francisco at the historic and elegant Palace Hotel. This premier Conference has a national reputation for providing knowledgeable inspiring speakers and excellent networking opportunities for the more than 600 financial professionals who attend each year. SOLD OUT!!! Sign up for the Wait List.

May 2, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Case for Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities”
Featuring Justin Leverenz, CFA; Oppenheimer Funds
Sponsored by: Robert Half – – Carolyn Sweeney (925) 930-8180
Click Here for the Presentation

April 11, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Intentional Wealth: What Planners Can Do to Support the Legacies of their Clients”
Featuring Courtney Pullen
Sponsored by: American Century Investments – – Matt Beck (816) 340-9771
Click Here to download Courtney Pullen’s presentation

March 28, 2018– 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
Wine Down Wednesday
Please join us for a Casual FPA mixer at The Rooftop in Walnut Creek, to socialize with other area FPA members. This event is open to both FPA members and their guests.

March 7, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting *NEW LOCATION* Contra Costa Country Club
“Cyber Crimes and the Increased Threat of Fraud”
Featuring Greg A. Ruppert, SVP; Charles Schwab
Sponsored by: MFS Investment Management – – Corey Silva (415) 676-7801

February 7, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting *NEW LOCATION* Contra Costa Country Club
“Using Housing Wealth to Improve Financial Outcomes in Retirement”
Featuring Barry H. Sacks, JD, PhD, HECM Advisors Group
Sponsored by: Signet Mortgage – – Clay Selland (925) 807-1500 ext. 303

January  10, 2018– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting *NEW LOCATION* Contra Costa Country Club
2018 Economic and Market Outlook…Is the “New Normal” Here to Stay”
Featuring Rich Taylor, VP & Sr. Client Portfolio Manager; American Century Investments
Sponsored by: Stonecrest – – Kara Paik (415) 840-6815
Click Here for the Presentation Slides

Early Bird Registration for FPA NorCal Conference 2018 – December 11th-16th
For FPA Bay Area chapter members ONLY, we have opened registration ONE WEEK EARLY – December 11 to 16! (General registration opens Monday, December 18.)
The 2018 FPA NorCal Conference will be held at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
The conference sells out quickly, so register now to guarantee your place! The conference offers lots of CE credit, opportunities to network with a like-minded community, and a remarkable line-up of speakers and sessions.

December 6, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“How to Recruit & Compensate Top Talent”
Featuring Kelli Cruz; Cruz Consulting Group
Sponsored by: Deutsche Asset Management – – (925) 360-4116
Download Presentation slides here

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Fintech and the Future of Finance”
Featuring Gregory LaBlanc; UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law
Sponsored by: Oppenheimer Funds – – (925) 234-8544

October 9, 2017 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – 7th Annual Golf Tournament
Register Now!!! Space is Limited!!! Details/Register
Click Here for a printable brochure!

October 9, 2017 – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Bocce Tournament
Register Now!!! Space is Limited!!! Details/Register
Beverage Sponsor: FlexShares/Northern Trust – – (707) 696-0190

October 4, 2017 – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Monthly Chapter LUNCH Meeting
“Becoming a Better Financial Planner”
Panelists: Larry Ginsburg, CFP®; Michael Ma, CFP®; Lynn Ballou, CFP®
Moderator: Eric Flett
Three veteran financial advisors will share their expertise with the chapter. We’ll cover topics including the financial planning process and techniques to improve communication with clients. Each of the panelists will talk about their successes as well as their mistakes.
Sponsored by: David Shaffer Insurance Services – – (925) 944-7100 Sponsor Handout
Download the Meeting handout Here

September 6, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“From Vapor to Paper”
Featuring Duncan MacPherson, CEO; Pareto Systems
In this presentation, Duncan will guide you through an actionable proven process that enables you to quickly and predictably:
1) Convert occasional customers into fully empowering clients.
2) Build the foundations for client-focused relationships that transcend money.
3) Ensure stewardship over salesmanship for improved persuasive impact
Sponsored by: Franklin Templeton Investments – – (925) 708-4672

August 2, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Wealth Management Strategies- Maximizing the Value of 529 Plans to the Owner’s Benefit”
Featuring Chris Stack, Esq., Managing Consultant; Savingforcollege.com
Sponsored by: Preferred Capital Securities – – Scott Scherer

May 30-31, 2017 – FPA NorCal Conference The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
The FPA NorCal Conference has been providing advanced educational sessions for our members and affiliated financial professionals for 45 years. The conference is held in San Francisco at the historic and elegant Palace Hotel. This premier Conference has a national reputation for providing knowledgeable inspiring speakers and excellent networking opportunities for the more than 600 financial professionals who attend each year.

May 17, 2017 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Wine Down Wednesday
Please join us for a Casual FPA mixer at The Rooftop in Walnut Creek, to socialize with other area FPA members. The event is free and open to both FPA members and Guests.

May 4, 2017 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Speed Networking Event
Speed Networking referral source building amongst Financial Advisors, Estate Planning Attorneys and CPAs. Join us for a fun interactive fast paced evening!
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

May 3, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Real Estate Securities Outlook: Wall Street vs. Main Street”
Featuring Ian Goltra, Portfolio Manager; Orinda Asset Management
and special guest speaker John N. Perry, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at The Macerich Company
Sponsored by: Stonecrest Managers – – (415) 840-6815

April 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm WeOlive Women’s Networking Event
Come out and join us for a fun, casual networking event specifically for women in the financial planning community including established practitioners, new planners and financial planning students.
The goal of this event is to support women networking with women while providing an opportunity for women new to the profession and established practitioners interested in helping or hiring them an opportunity to meet.

April 5, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Post-Election Outlook: Separating the Reality from the Rhetoric”
Featuring Libby Cantrill, CFA; Head of Public Policy at PIMCO
“Libby Cantrill, CFA. Ms. Cantrill is the head of public policy for PIMCO. In this capacity, she helps coordinate the firm’s response to public policy issues and analyzes policy and political events for the firm’s Investment Committee. She is also a member of the firm’s Americas Portfolio Committee. She is a founding member of PIMCO Parents, an initiative focused on supporting parents and families at PIMCO, and PIMCO Women, whose mission is to attract, retain, and develop women at PIMCO. She has 13 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and received her undergraduate degree in economics from Brown University. She is a CFA charterholder.”
Sponsored by: American Century – – (816) 340-9771

March 1, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“New Social Security Rules: How to Maximize Social Security Benefits Now”
Featuring Mary Beth Franklin, CFP®
“The Bipartisan Budget act of 2015 changed the rules for some key social security claiming strategies.  Mary Beth Franklin, CFP®, will speak about the rule changes and their implications on claiming strategies, and how financial planners can help clients navigate these decisions to maximize benefits.  In addition, Mary Beth will present case studies to illustrate how advisers can put these strategies to work for clients.”
Sponsored By: Blue Rock – – (925) 858-2497

February 1, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“MIT Age Lab’s 5 Ways Technology will Change Retirement”
Featuring John Diehl; Hartford Funds
“Technology is transforming retirement, making it easier for aging clients to stay healthy, age in place, remain connected to friends and family, stay mobile and stay on the job.”
Sponsored By: Signet Mortgage – – (925) 807-1500 xt. 303
Here is a Link to the MIT Age Labs video

January 4, 2017 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Economic and Stock Market Outlook”
Featuring Charles Blankley, CFA; Gemmer Asset Management
“Charles Blankley, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer at Gemmer Asset Management. Charles leads the investment committee and is responsible for the tactical position of more than $800 million in assets for financial advisors and their clients. Charles received his BA in Finance and Economics from the University of Washington and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.”
Sponsored by: Robert Half – – (925) 930-8180
Click Here for the presentation slides

December 13, 2016–  5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek For more info contact Beth McClelland

December 7, 2016 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Chasing Dreams and Overcoming Adversity”
Featuring Dana Vollmer, Five Time Olympic Gold Medalist
“Dana Vollmer won seven Olympic medals for swimming during her career–five are gold. Dana found great swimming success at an early age growing up in Texas. At 12 years old, she was the youngest swimmer competing at the 2000 US Olympic Trials. In college, at UC Berkeley, she won four national titles and helped the Golden Bears earn their first national team title. Throughout her incredible accomplishments she has endured setbacks, injuries, and seven weeks of bedrest during her pregnancy. She draws from these experiences for her own inspiration.”
Sponsored by: Franklin Square Capital Partners – – (877) 372-9880

November 8, 2016 –  5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek For more info contact Beth McClelland

November 2, 2016 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“California’s Climate Challenge: How to Reduce Global Emissions”
Featuring Professor Severin Borenstein; ET Grether Chair in Business Administration and Public Policy, UC Berkeley & Chair of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee for the California Energy Commission
“Technology is changing the way we find and use energy. California is leading the effort to reduce the amount of carbon emissions. Please join us in November as energy expert Severin Borenstein discusses some of the challenges we face. Professor Borenstein is enterring his 20th year teaching at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley where he is the ET Grether Chair in Business Administration and Public Policy. In addition, he is the Chair of the Petroleum Market Advisory committee for the California Energy Commission.”
Sponsored by: JB Walker – – Franklin Templeton

October 18, 2016– 3:00pm to 4:00pm– FPA “Firm Tours”
Mercer Advisors
100 Pringle Avenue, Suite 320
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

October 15, 2016–  10:00am to 3:00pm– Oakland Financial Planning Day For more information or volunteer opportunities Click Here or you can download the flyer Here

October 10, 2016 11:am am – 6:00 pm – 6th Annual Golf Tournament
Register Now, Space is Limited!!! Details/Register
This Event Sponsored by: David Shaffer – – David Shaffer Insurance Services
Plenty of sponsorship opportunities available Click Here for Printable Brochure
Click Here for pictures from the tournament

October 11, 2016 – 5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek For more info contact Beth McClelland

October 5, 2016 – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“Building Smart Sustainable Growth Through the Power of Fully Integrated Teams – Business Owner Mindset”
Featuring Jeff Marshall, ChFC; CEO and founder of Cascade Coaching & Consulting
Our industry faces real pressures (DOL, SEC, FINRA, Robo, Market Volatility, Political Uncertainty). Mr. Marshall will discuss how owners and leaders of independent financial planning businesses need to think and act in order to sustain smart business growth in this environment.
Sponsored by: Alex Hayes – – Oppenheimer Funds

September 21, 2016 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm– FPA “Firm Tours”
Gemmer Asset Management
1655 North Main Street, Suite 360
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

September 15, 2016– 6:00pm to 8:00pm– Allied Professionals SPEED Networking Event
Speed Networking referral source building amongst Financial Advisors, Estate Planning
Attorneys and CPAs. Join us for a fun interactive fast paced evening!

September 13, 2016–  5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek For more info contact Beth McClelland

September 7, 2016– 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
16th Assembly District Legislative Update
Featuring: Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, AD16
Sponsored by: David Shaffer – – David Shaffer Insurance Services

August 19, 2016– 5:00pm to 8:00pm– FPA EB Bocce and Networking Event
CONTRA COSTA COUNTRY CLUB
801 Golf Club Rd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Register Here!

August 11-14, 2016  2016 FPA Far West Roundup
The 2016 FPA Far West Roundup Posse is pleased to announce that the registration for our 27th annual Roundup is open. As past attendees would attest, the Roundup is one of the best deals in town for all the education, fun, networking AND the 14 to 16 CE credits you can obtain in one place. Following tradition, the event will take place at UC Santa Cruz’s College 8, this year from August 11 through August 14. From the great line up of speakers and all the emails we have received from interested advisors, this Roundup is very likely to sell out.

Don’t wait until the last minute!
Register NOW!

August 9, 2016– 5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek For more info contact Beth McClelland

August 3, 2016  – 7:15 am – 9:00 am – Monthly Chapter Breakfast Meeting
“The US Economy and the San Francisco Fed’s Outlook”
Featuring: Elizabeth Laderman, Senior Outreach Economist;
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Sponsored by: Grant Martin – – MFS Investment Management

July 12, 2016– 5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek For more info contact Beth McClelland

June 21- 22, 2016 –  3rd Annual FPA Advocacy Day – Washington D.C. National Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. will be held Wednesday, June 22. This will be the third year FPA members from across the country will descend on the nation’s capital to advocate for FPA and the financial planning profession.  Last year 65 members attended the event and we are hoping for even more representation when we visit the offices of policymakers who have an impact on our profession. Be a part of it! Details/Register

June 7, 2016– 5:30pm to 6:45pm– FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek
For more info contact Beth McClelland

June 1, 2016 – 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm – 2016 NorCal NexGen Reception – Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco – 2 New Montgomery Street French Parlor, San Francisco, CA – Details/Register (This event is free)

May 31- June 1, 2016– 2016 FPA NorCal Conference SOLD OUT – Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco Speakers: Dan Ariely; Farnoosh Torabi; Ted Childs; Brian Wesbury; Ron Cordes; and many more…

May 10, 2016
5:30pm to 6:45pm
FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek
For more info contact Beth McClelland

May 4, 2016
“Demystifying China”
Presented by: Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist; Matthews Asia
Sponsored by: Matt Beck – – American Century Investments

April 27, 2016
Women’s Networking Event at WeOlive, Walnut Creek
6:00pm to 8:00pm
For more info contact Beth McClelland

April 12, 2016
5:30pm to 6:45pm
FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek
For more info contact Beth McClelland

April 6, 2016
“From Delta to Vega – Learn the ABCs of Puts, Calls, Greeks, and Hedging with Options”
Presented by: Eric Cott, CRPC; Director, Financial Advisor Education, Options Industry Council
Sponsored by: Scott Scherer – – Beacon Capital Management
Join the Options Industry Council in a presentation that will provide the fundamentals of options strategies including a review of key terms, a discussion of the ins and outs of puts and calls, a look at the greeks and options pricing, and a practical application of options in client portfolios.

March 8, 2016
5:30pm to 6:45pm
FPA EB Women’s Study Group in Walnut Creek
For more info contact Beth McClelland

March 2, 2016
“Capitalizing on The Most Powerful Trends in Wealth Management M&A”
Presented by: Dan Seivert, CEO and Managing Partner; ECHELON Partners
Sponsored by: Clay Selland – – Signet Mortgage

February 3, 2016
“Financial Planning Isn’t Just for Boomers Anymore: Bringing Financial Planning to the Next Generation”
Presented by: Alan Moore, MS, CFP®; Founder & Financial Planner; Serenity Financial Consulting
Sponsored by: Carolyn Sweeney – – Robert Half

January 6, 2016
“2016 Market Outlook”
Presented by: Heidi Richardson, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Investment Strategy for iShares
Sponsored By: Michael Fredrick & Allen Carr – – Deutsche Funds

December 2, 2015
“Turn Your Practice Into a Business”
Presented by Scott Hanson, CFP®, CFS, ChFC; CO-Founder/CEO of Hanson McClain
Sponsored By: John Sorrell – – Franklin Square Capital Partners
“Scott grew his firm to over $2 billion in assets through steady marketing, business processes and community involvement.  He’ll share some of his best ideas on how to turn your practice into a thriving business”

November 4, 2015
“The Black Holes in Your Protection Program”
Presented by Charles T. Wilson, Founder of RiskSmart Solutions
Sponsored By: JB Walker – – Franklin Templeton Investments
2 Hour CFP® Ethics Course After the Meeting.

October 21, 2015
6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
FPA East Bay Networking Event
Pyramid Alehouse (Diablo Room)
1410 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

October 7, 2015
“The Power Panel: Growing and Sustaining your Practice”
Panelists: James P. King, MBA, CFP®, Founder and President of J.P. King Advisors, Inc.
Jerry Mosher CFP®, President of Mosher & Ellis Financial Planning Inc
Maureen Richardson, CFP®, Richardson Elite Financial Strategies
Sponsored By: Bria Gilbert – – Dreyfus Investments

October 6, 2015
FPA East Bay Firm Tours
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Mt. Diablo Private Wealth Advisors Private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Max 5 Attendees)
1333 N. California Blvd., Ste 630
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4538

October 2-7,2015
FPA 2015 Residency Program
FPA 2015 Residency, to be held Oct. 2-7 at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Denver, Colo., provides a limited number of “residents” an exclusive opportunity to experience real financial planning scenarios and learn from preeminent thought leaders in the profession. Led by a faculty of highly experienced and nationally known financial planners, FPA Residency 2015 is an intensive case-study based learning approach that develops the skills required to become a confident and competent practitioner. Attending residents can earn 28 Continuing Education (CE) credits or three-months experience toward the CFP Board’s three-year experience requirement.

September 30, 2015 thru November 4, 2015
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (1 session per week for 6 weeks)
PLANNED GIVING BASICS COURSE
A Six-Part Course for Beginners (a refresher course for intermediates)
We are pleased to announce that FPA of the East Bay members are eligible to receive the MEMBER RATE (a $50 savings) to attend the Northern California Planned Giving Council’s PLANNED GIVING BASICS COURSE
Jewish Community Federation
121 Steuart St., San Francisco

September 26-28, 2015
FPA BE Boston
Register now to attend the advanced technical conference for CFP® professionals – the FPA Annual Conference – BE Boston 2015 that will be held on September 26-28 to gain new practice management knowledge, skills and resources. The schedule is jam-packed with insightful sessions that will help attendees be more knowledgeable professionals and better business owners. Confirmed keynote speakers include Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Craig, Futurist Michio Kaku, Marketing Strategist David Meerman Scott, and Keynote Host Jill Schlesinger, CFP® of CBS News.
Registration is Now Open

September 21, 2015
5th Annual FPA of the East Bay Golf Tournament
Roundhill Golf Course, Alamo, CA
SlideShow of the Tournament

September 14-18, 2015
FPA California Advocacy Week
Your FPA of California Council wants YOU!
Yes, we want you to take advantage of our newest initiative, FPA of California Advocacy Week. We invite you to join us during the week of September 14th through 18th to engage locally with your state senator and/or assemblymember. During this week, your legislative employees will be at home in their respective districts and you have the opportunity to meet with them (free of the cost and time to go to Sacramento) and introduce yourself and FPA of California to them. More Details Here

September 11, 2015
FPA East Bay Firm Tours
3:00pm to 5:00pm
MetLife Premier Client Group of the Pacific Financial Planning Division (Max 20 Attendees)
1255 Treat Blvd., #400
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

September 2, 2015
“Currency Hedging: The Importance of Managing Currency Exposure”
An overview of the benefits and risks of international investing and examples of the impact that currencies have on risk and return. We will focus on how investors can use today’s innovative solutions to mitigate the impact of currencies. Finally, we will discuss how currency hedging works, its cost and impact on risk within a portfolio.
Presented By Dodd Kittsley, CFA, Head of ETF Strategy, Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management
Sponsored By: David Shaffer – – David Shaffer Insurance Services

August 27, 2015
FPA East Bay Presents the 2015 Bocce Tournament
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Contra Costa Country Club, Pleasant Hill, CA

August 13-16, 2015
Far West Roundup
The 26th Annual FPA Far West Roundup is fast approaching on August 13th-16th.  This is event is a lot like summer camp for financial planners.  The accommodations are in the dorms at UC Santa Cruz and you eat in the dining hall.  The speakers are diverse, relevant, and interactive.  The attendees represent some of the industry’s visionaries.  The setting is beautiful, casual, and a lot of fun.  It’s not a far drive.  AND you get 14-16 CE’s.  All this and more for a very low price (do we sound like an infomercial or what!).  See the conference information and registration at Far West Roundup for more info.  They only have a few spots left so act fast if you want to go!

August 5, 2015
Wealth Management Strategies – Maximizing the Value of 529 Plans in 2015
This presentation “turns the page” on 529s to explore their numerous benefits and the mechanics of how to maximize their value. Income tax, gift & estate tax, creditor protection, beneficiary flexibility and other features will be discussed. It will present how the clients can get these numerous benefits for the cost of a mutual fund.
Presented By Chris Stack, Esq., Managing Consultant, Savingforcollege.com, LLC
Sponsored By: Grant Martin – – MFS Investment Management

July 24, 2015
FPA East Bay Firm Tours
3:00pm to 5:00pm
HC Financial Advisors, Inc. (Max 5 Attendees)
3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200
Lafayette, CA 94549

June 23-24, 2015
FPA Advocacy Day
Washington, DC – Hyatt Regency Washington
Details/Register

May 26- 27, 2015
2015 FPA NorCal Conference
Palace Hotel, San Francisco

May 6, 2015
The Quality of Life, 3 Questions that are Predictive of a Future Quality of Life
Presented By John Diehl, Senior Vice President of Strategic Markets, Hartford Funds
Sponsored By: Alex Hayes – – Oppenheimer Funds

April 28, 2015
Women’s Networking Event at WeOlive, Walnut Creek
6:00pm to 8:00pm

April 1, 2015
The Rise of Impact Investing and its Effect on Financial Services Industry
Presented By Gloria Nelund, Chairman and CEO, TriLinc Global
Sponsored By: Michael Fredrick & Allen Carr – – Deutsche Funds
Click Here for Gloria’s Presentation

March 4, 2015
Lead Your Team to Greatness the John Wooden Way
Andy Hill, Independent Executive Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author
Sponsored By: Allen Hirsch – – Beacon Capital Management

February 4, 2015
“Top Ten Trends Impacting Financial Advisors”
Presented By Matt Lynch, Strategy and Resources
Sponsored By: Clay Selland – – Signet Mortgage

January 7, 2015
“The Economic And Financial-Market Outlook Into 2015: What Next For The Post-‘Meltdown’ Economy”
Presentation By Gary Schlossberg, Vice President and Senior Economist, Wells Capital Management
Sponsored By: Carolyn Sweeney – – Robert Half
Meeting Pictures

December 3, 2014 (1 Hour Approved for CFP® CE Credit)
“Working With Clients With Diminishing Capacity”
Panel Presentation By Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Chief Program Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada and
Peter S. Myers, Esq., Principal, The Boutique Estate Planning Law Firm, Myers Urbatsch P.C.
Sponsored By Michael Fredrick & Allen Carr – – Duetsche Funds

November 5, 2014 (1 Hour Approved for CFP® CE Credit)
Game Theory & Investment Strategy
Presented By Gregory LaBlanc, JD, Haas School of Business, Boalt Hall School of Law, Dept.of Economics, UC Berkeley
Sponsored By JB Walker – – Franklin Templeton Investments
Followed by a 2 hour ethics course for Ethics CE
Download Meeting Presentation

October 21, 2014
Women’s Networking Event @ We Olive & Wine Bar
6pm-8pm
1364 N. Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

October 4, 2014
Financial Planning Days
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

October 1, 2014
Transparency and Communication Requirements for Client Safety in Financial Services: A Transformative Journey
Presented By Wade Westhoff, Summit Financial Group
Sponsored By Roshan Weeramantry – – SC Distributors

September 3, 2014 (1 hour of CE Credit for this course)
MLPS: A Prospect for Growth & Income
Presented By Charles Anderson, Oppenheimer Funds
Sponsored by David Shaffer – – David Shaffer Insurance Services

September 8, 2014
FPA East Bay 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Roundhill Country Club
3169 Roundhill Road
Alamo, CA 94507

September 16, 2014
FPA East Bay Young Proffesionals/NexGen Event
Masses Sports Bar & Grill 6pm-8pm
2721 N. Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

August 26, 2014
FPA East Bay Bocce Tournament
Diablo Country Club
1700 Clubhouse Rd.
Diablo, CA 94528

August 6, 2014 (1 hour of CE Credit for this course)
“Advanced ‘Late Stage’ College Planning – Helping Middle and High-Income Parents Reduce Their Out-of-Pocket College Expenses”
Presented By Deborah Fox, Fox Financial Planning Network
Sponsored by Doug Stockslager – – Lord Abbett

May 7, 2014 (1 Hour CE credit for this course)
“Investment Themes for 2014”
Presented by Dr. Claus te Wildt, Senior VP, Fidelity Financial Advisor Solutions
Sponsored by Judge Campbell – – Fidelity Investments

April 2, 2014 (NO CE credit for this course)
“Elevate Your Brand, Build Your Business”
Presented by Sheri Fitts, ShoeFitts Marketing
Sponsored by Grant Martin – – MFS Investment Management

March 5, 2014 (1 Hour of CE Provided by Speaker)
“A Review of Qualified Retirement Plans Under Current Law”
Presented by Adam Zuro, B.S., Nicholas Pension Consultants
Sponsored by John Sorrell – – Franklin Square Capital Partners

February 5, 2014 (1 Hour of CE Approved)
“Institutional Real Estate Research”
Presented by Geoffrey Dohrmann, Founder, President and CEO of Institutional Real Estate
Sponsored by Clay Selland – – Signet Mortgage
Click Here for a PDF of the presentation

January 29, 2014
FPA East Bay Young Proffesionals/NexGen Kickoff Gathering
at Masses Sports Bar & Grill Walnut Creek, CA
6pm to 8pm

January 8, 2014 (1 Hour of CE Credit Approved)
“Global Perspectives, Markets, Insights & Opportunities”
Presented by Douglas Coté, CFA, Chief Market Strategist for ING Investment Management U.S.
Sponsored by Bria Gilbert – – ING Investment Management

December 4, 2013 (1 Hour of CE Credit Approved)
“ETFs Investing 2.0: You’re Doing It Wrong (And Here’s How to Do It Right)”
Presented by Matt Hougan President, Analytics & Publications
and David Nadig, Chief Investment Officer, IndexUniverse
Sponsored by Alex Hayes – – Oppenheimer Funds

November 6, 2013 (Panel Discussions Not Approved for CFP® CE Credit) 
Succesion & Catastrophe Planning Panel
Moderated By: David DeVoe
Panel of Experts: Peggy Cabaniss RIA, Bernie Smit CFP® and Jeff Gall CFP® ChFC CLU CPA
Sponsored By: John Sorrell — Franklin Square Capital Partners
Immediately followed by a space limited CE approved 2 hour ethics course

October 15, 2013
FPA East Bay Networking Event
At WeOlive in Walnut Creek
Click Here to reserve your spot. HURRY!!! SPACE IS LIMITED!!!
October 5, 2013
6th Annual Oakland Financial Planning Days
At Oakland City Hall
Click Here to go to the website for more information
Click Here to volunteer for the FPD
Financial Planning Days Flyer

October 2, 2013 (1 Hour of CE Approved)
“Future of Advice”
Presented By: Tiburon Advisors
Sponsored By: Bria Gilbert – – ING Investment Management
Click Here for the presentation

September 23, 2013
3rd Annual FPA East Bay Golf Tournament
At Round Hill Country Club
Register Here

Click Here (7MB’s) for pictures of the the FPA East Bay 3rd Annual Golf Tournament!!!

September 4, 2013 (1 Hour of CE Approved)
“Estate Planning Update”
Presented by: Randall Thompson, JD, LLM, MBA
Sponsored by: David Shaffer – – David Shaffer Insurance Services

August 27, 2013
Bocce Tournament and Networking Event
At the Diablo Country Club
Register Here

August 8-11, 2013
“24th Annual Far West Roundup”
At UC Santa Cruz
Cick Here for the flyer

August 7, 2013 (1 Hour of CE Approved)
“College Affordability Across Income Classes”
Presented By: Elizabeth LaScala, PhD
Sponsored by: Grant Martin – – MFS Investment Management2013 Gold Sponsor
Click Here to register

April 18, ’13

“Making the Case for Japan’s Comeback” Luncheon

Please join us for a lunch meeting at the Hennessy Funds headquarters in Novato, CA on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Masakazu Takeda, Portfolio Manager of the Hennessy Japan Fund, will present his views on the resurgence of the Japanese equity market as well as the themes shaping the portfolio of the 2013 Lipper Award winning Hennessy Japan Fund (HJPIX).

Click the links below for two documents that supplement the meeting.

Document 1      |      Document 2

Apr. 3, ’13  (1 Hour of CE Approved)

“Update and Outlook for the California Municipal Bond Market”

Presented By:Rafael Costas Senior Vice President & Co-Director of Municpal Bonds Franklin Advisers, Inc. Rafael Costas – co-director of Franklin Templeton’s municipal bond group and responsible for the team that manages more than $80 billion in California municipal bonds investments, will discuss the outlook for such investments going forward.

Sponsored by: J.B. WalkerFranklin Templeton Investments, 2013 Gold Sponsor

CLICK HERE for a pdf of the April presentation

Mar. 6, ’13

“Capturing Today’s Referable Moments” Presented By: David Richman, National Director of Eaton Vance Advisor Institute

Sponsored by: Jim Carley — Bank of Commerce Mortgage, Gold Sponsor

Feb. 6, ’13  (1 Hour of CE Approved)

“Tax Stuff Planners Need to Know Now” Presented by: Kent Noard, EA and owner of KLN Financial Group.

Sponsored by: Roshan Weeramantry — SC Distributors, Gold Sponsor.

Click Here for detailed info

Click Here for a PDF of the 2-6-13 presentation

 

Jan. 9, ’13   (1 Hour of CE Approved)

“U.S. Monetary Policy and National Economic Outlook” Presented By: Yelena Takhtamanova , Ph.D and Economist of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank;

Sponsored by: Doug Stockslager — Lord Abbett, Gold Sponsor.

Click Here for detailed info

Click Here for a PDF of the January 2013 presentation

 

Dec. 5, ’12   “Medicare: What Planners Need to Know to Help Their Clients” presented by Diane Whaley of Contra Costa County, Sponsored by Alex Hayes of Oppenheimer Funds

Click Here for photos from the Toy and Food Drive held at the meeting.

HICAP PRESENTATION NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE

Click here for a handout from the meeting.

 

 

Nov. 7, ’12    Building Client Resiliency to Disaster, Caroline Thomas Jacobs, Principal, Emergency Preparedness Consultant, Get Ready Bay Area™, Sponsored by Grant Martin, MFS Investment Management

ALSO – CFP® Board Ethics Course — 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

 

Oct. 17 ’12:   Tentative Date of Networking Event

 

 

 

Oct. 6, 2012   Oakland Financial Planning Day.  Click Here to volunteer as a planner!

 

Oct. 3, ’12:    Policy and Politics: Implications for Advisor and Investors, Michael T. Townsend, Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; Sponsored by Roshan Weeramantry, SC Distributors.   Click Here for detailed information on the event.

 

Oct. 3-9, 2012   Financial Planning Week — Plan a Client Event and Spread the Word!

 

Oct. ’12   Date TBA of FPA East Bay Financial Planning Clinic — Oakland, CA; Oakland City Hall Building, 9 am to 4 pm; Volunteer Planners are Needed and Welcome

 

Sep. 29-Oct 2, ’12:  FPA Experience 2012 (Annual Conference), San Antonio, TX

 

Sep. 17 ’12     FPA East Bay Golf Tournament, Click Here for Registration

Click Here for Golf Tournament Sponsor Opportunities

 

Sep. 5, ’12    Slides from Global Asset Classes and Asset Allocation Decisions;  Chris Brightman, CFA Director, Head of Investment Mangement of Research Affiliates Sponsored by David Shaffer, David Shaffer Insurance Services

 

Aug. 9-12, 2012    23rd Annual Far West Roundup at UC Santa Cruz — an informal retreat for financial planning practitioners and those intending to enter the financial planning profession.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug. 1, ’12    BK Crocker, Crocker College Consulting, How to Get Your Kids into College; Sponsored by Judge Campbell, Fidelity Investments

 

June ’12     No Meeting — Go to the FPA Nor Cal Conference!

No July 2012 FPA Membership Meeting

 

May 16, ’12   Bocce Ball in Livermore!  Click Here for details.

 

May 5-8, ’12  FPA Retreat, Scottsdale, AZ

 

May 2, ’12     Performance Excellence of World Class Advisors Extraordinary Strategies from Top Performers; Susan E. Kay, Vice President, MFS Investment Management, Inc.; Sponsored by Doug Stockslager, Lord Abbett

 

Apr. 4, ’12     The Power of Using Social Media Effectively to Build Your Business; Mark McKenna, Head of Marketing and Communications, Putnam Retail Management;  Sponsored by David Borrelli, Oppenheimer Funds

 

Mar. 7, ’12     Investing: An Institutional Approach for an Individual Portfolio; Bruce MacDonald, CIO, Simple Alternatives; Sponsored by John Sorrell, Franklin Square Capital Partners   [Click Here for the Presentation Slides in PDF]

 

Mar. 4-6, ’12  FPA Business Solutions Conference, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame

 

Feb. 22, ’12   Career Development Networking Event — Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant, 1410 Locust St, Walnut Creek, 94596; 6 to 8 PM.  RSVP Barbara Gray, Career Development Co-Chair

 

Feb. 1, ’12     M&A Best Practices – Valuation and Deal Structure; David Selig, CEO, Advice Dynamic Partners; Sponsored by Diana Mandarino, Redwood Mortgage

 

Jan. 4, ’12     Economic Insight from the Federal Reserve; Gary Schlossberg, Senior Economist, Wells Capital Management; Sponsored by JB Walker — Franklin Templeton, Gold Sponsor

 

Dec. 7, ’11 International Market Outlook and Emerging Markets: Is it different this time?; Thomas Melendez, MFS Institutional Portfolio Manager

Nov. 2, ’11 Morningstar Analyst Rating and Global Fund Report: Capturing Best Practices for Fund Selection; Kathryn Young, Mutual Fund Analyst, Morningstar

Oct. 5, ’11 Helping to Secure Your Clients’ Retirement – Transforming Social Security into a Winning Retirement Strategy; Rob Kron, Director, Value Add and Retirement Marketing

Oct. 3-9, 2011 Financial Planning Week — Plan a Client Event and Spread the Word!

Oct. 1, ’11 FPA East Bay Financial Planning Clinic — Oakland, CA; Oakland City Hall Building, 9 am to 4 pm

Sept. 19, ’11 FPA East Bay Golf Tournament, Round Hill Country Club; Noon Shotgun Start, Dinner Reception to Follow

Sep. 7, ’11 The Future of the Advisory Business; Chip Roame, Managing Principal, Tiburon Strategic Advisors

Aug. 11-14, 2011 22nd Annual Far West Roundup at UC Santa Cruz — an informal retreat for financial planning practitioners and those intending to enter the financial planning profession.

June ’11 No Meeting — Go to the FPA Nor Cal Conference!

As always, No July or August FPA Membership Meetings — Have a great summer!

May 4, ’11 The New Estate Tax Law: Highlights and Planning Opportunities; Chris Hennessey, Lawyer and CPA

Apr. 6, ’11 Ensuring Clients Have Life Thier Way…Putting the Client’s Fingerprint in Long Term Care Planning; Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC; Eldercare Services

Mar. 2, ’11 Major Trends Affecting Investment Markets; Charles Blankley, CFP®, Dir. of Research, Gemmer Asset Management

Feb. 2, ’11 Ritz Carleton Level of Service; Nick Horn

Jan. 5, ’11 Economic Update 2012; Gary Schlossberg, Senior Economist, Wells Capital Management

Dec. 1, ’10 Prudent Investment Rules (Estate Planning) — Attorney John A. Hartog

Nov. 3, ’10 How to Advise Your Client Before and After the Fire — Ora Citron & Brian Trouette

Oct. 6, ’10 Municipal Markets and the Media — Bill Gurtin

Sep. 1, ’10 “What a Ride: Lessons I’ve Learned in My Business” — Panelists: Marilyn Plum, CFP ®, Bob Enright, CFP®, and Chris McClure, CFP®; Moderated by Eric Flett

May 5, ’10 An Update on California’s Financial State — John Chiang, California State Controller

Apr. 7, ’10 Life Insurance – No Longer an “Off the Shelf” Product — Robert Lew, Planning & Financial Advisors

Mar. 3, ’10 The New Investment Landscape: How Global Trends and Policy Challenges Will Drive Asset Class Opportunities — Charles Blankley, Gemmer Asset Management

Feb. 3, ’10 The Future of the Advice Industry — Chip Roame, Managing Principal, Tiburon Strategic Advisors

Jan. 6, ’10 Economic Outlook 2010 — Gary Schlossberg, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo

Dec. 2, ’09 Real Estate 2010: Buy, Sell, or Wait – An Advisor Toolbox for Good Real Estate Decisions — Rich Arzaga

Nov. 4, ’09 Building Company Strategic Value Enlarges Your Client’s Portfolio — Steven D. Popell, CMC and Neil Shroff

Oct. 7, ’09 Best Practices from the Barron’s Top 100 Advisors — Susan Kay/MFS

Sep. 2, ’09 The Health of Contra Costa County — Gus Kramer – County Assessor

May 6, ’09 Retirement Planning — What Do You Do Today? — Bill Burke

Apr. 1, ’09 Tax Reduction Strategies for Small Bus. Owners — Maine Shaffer, JD

Mar. 4, ’09 Regional and National Outlook from the Federal Reserve — Gary Zimmerman, VP of the Federal Reserve SF Branch

Feb. 4, ’09 Real Estate Market Cycles — Dr. Glenn Mueller

Jan. 7, ’09 The Credit Crisis…What Really Happened? — Prof. James Wilcox

Dec. 3, ’08 Estate Planning Strategies — Myron Greenberg, Esq., CPA

Nov. 5, ’08 How to Identify and Hire Great Employees — Allison Couch

Oct. 1, ’08 Opportunities and Protection with Index Life Insurance — Bill Burke

Sep. 3, ’08 Integrating Technological Solutions — Greg Friedman, MS, CFP®

May 7, ’08 Municipal Bond Market Outlook — Rafael Costas, Sr. VP, Co-Dir. of Municipal Bond Dept., Franklin Templeton Investors

Apr. 2, ’08 Wealth Mgmnt. Strategies/Maximizing 529 Plans — Chris Stack, Esq.

Mar. 5, ’08 The Future of the Advice Industry — Chip Roame, Managing Principal, Tiburon Strategic Advisors

Feb. 6, ’08 Regional and National Outlook from the Federal Reserve — Gary Zimmerman, VP of the Federal Reserve SF Branch

Jan 8, ’08 Economic Outlook and Opportunities in the International Markets — Thomas Melendez, Global Economics Spokesperson, MFS

Dec. 5, ’07 Decoding the Recent Changes to the 403(b) and Pension Protection Act for Financial Advisors — Teresa Ward & Eric Peterson

Nov. 7, ’07 Elder Care with an Aging Client Base — Panel Discussion

Oct. 3, ’07 Are All Index Funds Created Equal? — WisdomTree Investements

Sep. 5, ’07 How to Acquire and Integrate Practices into Your Business

Jun. 6, ’07 Charity Dinner Meeting at Roundhill Country Club! Professional Planners: A Look in the Mirror — Steven S. Shagrin, JD, CFP®, CRPC®, Certified Money Coach

May 2, ’07 Alternative Asset Classes – Hedge Funds, Timber, Commodities, Etc… — Panel Discussion

Apr. 4, ’07 Global Bonds and the Currency Market

Mar. 7, ’07 Retirement Distributions — George Coughlin II

Feb. 7, ’07 Globalization of Real Estate Securities & the Impact on Investor Portfolios — Ian Goltra

Jan. 3, ’07 Economic Outlook 2007 — Gary Schlossberg, Wells Fargo

Dec. 6, ’06 College Funding: Strategies to Minimize a Family’s Out-of-Pocket Cost – Greg Warner

Nov. 1, ’06 New Breed of Annuity: Lifetime Pension with Living Benefits – A Panel Discussion

Oct. 4, ’06 How to Deal with High Net Worth Clients – Henry Whiffen

Sep. 6, ’06 “If I Had to Do It Over Again…” – Panel Discussion

Jun. 7, ’06 The Coming Revolution in Client Relationships – Susan Galvan, Executive Director. Kinder Institute of Life Planning

May 3, ’06 Global Investing: Where The Best Opportunities Are Today; Heidi Richardson, Alliance Bernstein

Mar. 1, ’06 Managing Client Behavior Using Communications & Counseling Skills – Ira Fateman

Feb. 1, ’06 Fiduciary Responsibilities & Opportunities – Don Trone

Jan. 4, ’06 Economic Update – Conrad I. Hermann