Quarterly Education Meeting


8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: UCI Student Center
A, 311 W Peltason Dr
Irvine, California 92697

Don’t Miss This Event!

Join us for our next upcoming Quarterly Education meeting! This quarter’s meeting will take place at the UCI Student Center on February 21, 2018.

We anticipate offering 4.5 hours of CE for CFP® Professionals (Pending) and 4.5 hours of CPA CPE.

RSVP: By Noon on Friday, February 16, 2018


Also, join us for a Cocktails and Conversation happy hour immediately following the meeting at Eureka right across the street! See details below.

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Speakers and Agenda

Andrew J. Policano, PhD

Former Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business, The University of California Irvine

Session Title: A Prognosis for Future Economic Growth: The Impact of Possible Changes in Tax Policy, NAFTA, Immigration and Higher Education Financing

Summary:  The global economy is undergoing a dynamic transformation that influences every company and every individual. The discussion includes an overview of global dynamics and the impact on current economic conditions. There is much political tension over tax reform, NAFTA, immigration and the cost of a college education and who should pay for it. The presentation will provide the facts that underlie each of these issues. The analysis should allow financial planners to engage in a more informed discussion with clients concerning investment decisions to adequately cover college expenses for their children and plan for a financially sound retirement. The discussion will include perspectives on both short run movements in GDP growth, inflation, unemployment and interest rates as well as a long-term outlook.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide financial planners with a current economic update to assist their portfolio construction and setting client expectations
  • To provide financial planners with the data behind some of the current economic issues including the viability of NAFTA, immigration policy and tax reform
  • To explain current realities concerning the cost of a college education and the financing of higher education Assist financial planners to plan for less government funding and more family contribution and/or nongovernmental sources of assistance in the next 10-20 years

Level of Complexity: TBD

1.5 CFP CE (Pending)

Bio: Andrew J. Policano is former Dean and Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. He is a widely sought after public speaker who has addressed hundreds of groups on topics including the current macroeconomic environment, the challenges facing higher education, financial literacy, strategy and leadership. His commentary on these subjects has appeared in numerous outlets including Business Week, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the LA Times and the Sacramento Bee.

Policano received his doctorate in economics from Brown University; his work in macroeconomics, higher education and media rankings has been widely published. He is co-author with Gary Fethke of Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities. His second book Climbing the Ivory Tower: Strategies for Academic Leaders in Turbulent Times focuses on the challenging financial environment for higher education and describes potential strategies for university leaders.

Policano serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies and is also a Trustee for the Payden & Rygel Mutual Funds. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of AACSB International, where he was honoured with a Lifetime Service Award. He also played a key role in the PhD Project, one of the most successful diversity initiatives in higher education and has been inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame. He and his wife Pam have four children and three grandchildren.

Christopher Dillon, CFA,

Portfolio Specialist, Vice President, T. Rowe Price

Session Title:  Being on the Right Side of Change

Summary: TBD

Learning Objectives: TBD

Level of Complexity: Overview


Bio: Chris Dillon is a portfolio specialist in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. He supports the Municipal Bond, International Bond, and Global Unconstrained Bond Strategies, working closely with clients, prospects, and consultants. Mr. Dillon is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Mr. Dillon has 19 years of investment experience, 10 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he was an investment advisory research consultant for PNC Advisors. Before PNC Advisors, Mr. Dillon directed fixed income management research for Smith Barney Consulting Group.

Mr. Dillon earned a B.A., cum laude, in history/economics from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. in business administration from Wilmington University. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Karen D. Sparks, CDFA™, J.D.,

Principal and Owner, Divorce Financial Strategists™

Session Title:  Investment Reboot: Understanding Key Financial Strategies that Affect Divorcing Clients

Summary: There is probably no greater disruption to a successful wealth management plan than separation and divorce.  For the financial planner, attempting to navigate this new financial frontier can sometimes be frustrating, confusing and uncertain. This interactive session will provide advisors with a look inside the world of divorce finances and the role of a divorce financial analyst in this process. Considerations such as child and spousal support, division of assets and disposition of marital real estate will be explored through examination of hypothetical case studies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the financial impact of the divorce settlement process on the investment portfolio
  • Learn how to be flexible as an advisor during the divorce process when identifying shifting client priorities
  • Develop best practices for the post-divorce lifestyle

Level of Complexity: TBD

1 CFP CE (Pending)

Bio: Karen D. Sparks, CDFA™, J.D. is the principal and owner of Divorce Financial Strategists™ of Santa Clara, CA. She obtained her professional designation as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ in 2010 from the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA™). She provides services locally and nationwide for divorce and separation financial analysis and post-divorce financial implications.

Karen also has over 20 years of professional experience in the legal field providing senior level paralegal support and in the business sector as a CFO/Business Manager providing all aspects of financial oversight and project management support. Her published work includes articles in the Divorce Financial Analyst Journal and Family Lawyer Magazine as well as contributions to financial questions for Investopedia. She is also the co-author of “Stress-Free Divorce” published in April 2017.    She is a frequent conference speaker and has created very popular webinars on the topics of marital standard of living analysis and considerations for real estate division in divorce.

Additionally, she is active in her community as she serves with the board of directors of a local organization supporting learning differences and volunteers with her church.  She is also the proud mother of a daughter who is currently a senior engineering student at Northwestern University.

Brian Dobbis, QKA, QPA, QPFC, TGPC

Director, Retirement Solutions, Lord Abbett

Session Title: Advanced IRA Business Building

Summary: Total retirement assets stand at $26 trillion with greater than $8 trillion invested in IRAs! Keeping current offers tremendous opportunities for financial advisors who are able to navigate through the complex web of the rules governing IRAs and qualified plans. This seminar is an end-to-end program that helps financial advisors capture new business and retain existing clients. A number of advanced strategies will be covered serving as a roadmap guiding and advising high-net-worth investors with the latest IRA contribution, distribution, and rollover strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Traditional/Roth IRA eligibility
  • “Stretch” IRA payout rules/spousal and non-spouse beneficiary planning
  • Critical IRA updates

Level of Complexity: TBD

1.0 CFP CE (Pending)

Bio: Brian Dobbis is responsible for managing Lord Abbett’s IRA business. His areas of expertise include: IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), and 457 retirement plans. Mr. Dobbis joined Lord Abbett in 2002, and held the positions of Retirement Consultant, Retirement Research Associate, and Retirement Analyst. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1997. Mr. Dobbis is a frequent guest speaker at wealth management conferences throughout the United States. The American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) recognizes Mr. Dobbis as a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA), a Qualified Plan Administrator (QPA), a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC), and a Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant (TGPC). He earned a BA in communications from Rowan University, and also is a holder of the Series 6, Series 7, Series 24, Series 63, and Series 65 licenses.

Angie Herbers

Founder and CEO, FourPointe Consulting

Session Title: TBD

Summary: TBD

No CE will be offered for this session.

Bio: TBD


Happy Hour: Cocktails and Conversations

To wrap up the day, join us for Cocktails and Conversation immediately following the meeting at Eureka! Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your fellow meeting attendees as we enjoy the restaurant’s stellar no-host happy hour conveniently located right across Campus Drive from the UCI Student Center parking garage. Invite your colleagues to join us!

4143 Campus Drive
Irvine, California 92612
(949) 596-8881
For directions Click Here.

Stay for the Raffle

Be sure to stay for another great raffle! Remember your business cards!


If you miss our online registration deadline (i.e. Noon on the Friday before the event), we encourage you to take advantage of walk-up registration at the event starting at 8:30 AM. Walk-up registration costs are $15 for Annual Passholders, $45 for FPA members and $180 for non-members. First-time visitors are no charge. Processing registrants after the Friday deadline requires additional work. Thank you for your understanding and assistance!

FPAOC follows the CE guidelines specified by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., and the California Board of Accountancy. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.