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President's Message

Although many of us are still in the midst of fun summer plans, your FPAOC volunteers and board of directors are hard at work. Why? We're preparing for our busiest season of the year - all for your benefit.

Just around the corner is our August 16th Quarterly Education Meeting at UC Irvine. Registration is filling up quickly so don't delay. Register here, and please feel free to bring a colleague with you. First-time visitors attend at no cost.

As usual, we have a dynamic line-up of speakers at the August meeting. Thanks to Renee and Robert Trommler and High Tech Lending's sponsorship, Wade Pfau will be leading two separate hour-long sessions. We'll also hear from David Grau, Sr. of FP Transitions, Rod Zeeb of The Heritage Institute, and Jason Wenk of FormulaFolios. You may be interested in checking out Jason Wenk's website, Annuity Gator, before the meeting. Jason reviews popular annuities in excruciating detail to help consumers figure out what to expect from them.

Our 10th Annual Allied Professionals Summit is happening on Tuesday, September 26th at The Pacific Club. This is our big annual fall event when we bring the other professionals we work and team with: CPAs, estate planning attorneys, real estate agents/brokers and insurance professionals. Early bird registration only lasts through the end of the month. Would you invite a member of your allied professional team? More details here:

One last thing. Save the date for our annual OC Financial Planning Day on Saturday, October 14th. Note our location change to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. This is our annual opportunity to engage the public by offering objective financial advice at no cost. We want everyone who attends to be able to meet with a CFP Professional® for a one-on-one consultation. You can volunteer here.

Finally I want to say "thank you" to every one of our 76 volunteers who have committed their valuable time this year to serve in some capacity. We couldn't do it without you.


David K. MacLeod, CFP® CFA®
FPA of Orange County
2017 President

Upcoming Events

August Quarterly Education Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UC Irvine Student Center
311 W Peltason Dr, Irvine, CA 92697

Cost: $30 Members, $160 Non-Members, and FREE for first time visitors
Lunch and parking are included

We anticipate offering 5.0 CFP CE and 5.0 CPA CPE.

Don't miss these great speakers and topics. Register today to reserve your spot!

Wade D Pfau,
  Jason Wenk   Rodney C. Zeeb,
  David Grau Sr, JD,
  • Wade D Pfau, PhD, CFA., Professor of Retirement Income,
    The American College - Speaking Twice!
    Reverse Mortgages: How to use Reverse Mortgages to Secure Your Retirement AND Sustainable Spending for Retirement
  • Sponsored by:

  • Jason Wenk, CEO/Chief Investment Strategist, FormulaFolios & Retirement Wealth Advisors, How to Use the Internet and Smart Financial Planning to Substantially Grow Your Practice
  • Rodney C. Zeeb, JD, HDP™, CEO, The Heritage Institute, Starting “THE” Conversation with Your Client
  • David Grau Sr, JD, President and Founder Creating Your Legacy by Partnering with the Next Generation


Advisors in Transition Meetings

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Brown & Streza Training Room,
40 Pacifica, Ste. 1500, Irvine
Cost: $15 Online, $20 At the Door

Advisors in Transition addresses the needs and interests of those contemplating changes in the ownership, structure and oversight of their practices. More specifically, this community includes advisors in the process of establishing independent practices, considering retirement or ownership transfers, addressing internal and external successions, or looking to grow their businesses for future transitioning to the next generation. Watch FPAOC Events for topics and speakers. We hope you will join us for our upcoming meetings!

August 30th:

October 25th:


10th Annual Allied Professionals Summit

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
(10:00 am - 11:00 am Registration and Networking)
Location: The Pacific Club,
4110 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach

Cost: $70 Early Bird Registration (Prior to 9/1)
$80 Online/$95 at the Door

Join us for the Summit's 10th Anniversary! You won't want to miss this year's special keynote debate: Do We or Don’t We Have A Living Constitution? with Professor Lawrence Rosenthal and Dr. John Eastman from Chapman University Fowler School of Law.



FPAOC NexGen and CFAOC Young Professionals
End of Summer Alliance Mixer

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Cost: $15 Online, $20 at the door
Valet parking, appetizers, and first drink are included

Join us for some end of summer fun! FPAOC NexGen is teaming up with CFAOC Young Professionals for a much-anticipated networking opportunity. Register today and bring your friends and colleagues!


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Chapter News

California Advocacy Week

September 18-22, 2017

FPAOC members are coming together to visit the local offices of California elected officials as part of the 3rd Annual FPA of California Advocacy Week. FPAOC members are successfully building relationships with our local officials and becoming a go-to resource when issues arise having to do with financial planning. We want to continue the success! It is a fun experience, and we will help prepare you if you have not taken part before. Contact Steve Carder, Advocacy Chair, at for more information.


Volunteer of the Quarter

Congratulations to Robert Wallace, Volunteer of the Quarter! Robert is a dedicated volunteer, involved in a number of areas of our chapter. He is one of the driving forces on our successful Membership Committee, where he greets each of our new members with a handwritten note. He also helps develop our efforts to recognize long-term members and welcome first-time visitors. Robert is also on our Community Outreach Committee, where he is helping put together the details of Orange County Financial Planning Day 2017.


Volunteer Appreciation Harbor Cruise

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! We had a great night out on John Wayne’s yacht, The Wild Goose, cruising Newport Harbor. The sunset was spectacular! If you don’t volunteer, sign up now so we can celebrate YOU next year.

Thank you to our sponsor:


Pro Bono/Community Outreach

7th Annual Orange County Financial Planning Day
Volunteers Needed

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

It's time for our 7th Annual Orange County Financial Planning Day! We would love for you to help. This year we are holding the event at Vanguard University. We are looking for CFP® Professionals to hold private one-on-one financial consultations with attendees plus additional volunteers to assist with greeting, admin, and logistics. Details will be posted as available on It is such a great day – please join us!

Member Highlights

New Members

Name Joined City Company
Tianjin An May Riverside  
Dan Doering May Huntington Beach Wells Fargo Bank
Philip Hagopian May San Clemente  
David Nanigian May Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business at Cal State Fullerton
Sarah R. Yoder May Tustin  
Troy Folk, CFP®, EA June Irvine StoneTapert
Rebecca K. Holden, CFA June Lake Forest Hemispheres Investment Management
Diane Kimbro June Irvine StoneTapert
Dr. Ron Murayama June Laguna Hills  
Bradley Shammas June Tustin IWM Financial, Inc.
Cal Dickman,CFP® July Irvine First Foundation Advisors
Stephanie Jordan,CFP® July Costa Mesa  
Mike Koenig,CFP® July Irvine Marsh
Darla Serrano, CFP® July Newport Beach Pacific Advisors


Member Anniversaries

Name Company Years
Dr. Jeffrey Koch, CFP®   35
Thomas Kolanoski, CFP®   35
Matthew Merwin, CFP® Financial Management Network 35
Paul Bednarski, CFP® Southern California Fiduciary Services 20
Richard Moore, CFP® Suburban Exile, Inc. 20
Samuel Ortiz, CPA,CFP® Samuel V. Ortiz, Jr., CPA 20
J. Anthony Pena, CFP® National Planning Corporation 20
Heather Hackett, CFP®, EA Financial Planning Dept., Inc 15
Dennis Priest, CRC Benefit Funding Retirement Services, LLC 15
Carol Somoano, CFP®,MBA Asset Planning, Inc 15
Cynthia Thompson,CFP®,CFA American Funds Distributors, Inc. 15
Aileen Danley. MBA, CFP® Warren Street Wealth Advisors, LLC 10
Carla Furuno City National Bank 10
Russell Hall,CFP® Eclectic Associates, Inc 10
Thinh Nguyen Wells Fargo Advantage Funds 10
Alan Schryer, CFP®   10
James Warren, CFP® Level Four Wealth Management 10
Susan Powell, CFP® LPL Financial 5
Hugh Sanders Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP 5
Scott Shier, CFP® Quintessential Financial Corp 5
Michael Silverberg, CFP® JKR Co, Inc. 5
Fina Sneed, RP   5

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