Quarterly Education Meeting


7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join Us on November 4th for FPA of Orange County’s VIRTUAL Quarterly Education Meeting!

Coffee & Networking opens at 7:30 AM. Presentations are scheduled throughout the day: 8:00 AM • 9:30 AM • 11:00 AM • 12:30 PM • 2:00 PM • and 3:00 PM Virtual Cocktails & Conversations. Full agenda and event details will be emailed prior to the event.

Special Online Pricing: FPA Members $30 | Non-Members $50 | FPA Passholders No Additional Charge | Current Students No Charge

Current Students – Contact Admin@FPAOC.org to request a complimentary admission.

CE: We anticipate offering 5.0 Hours CFP CE and 5.0 Hours CPA CPE. CE instructions will be sent prior to the meeting.

Plus, mark your calendar now for our 2021 meetings on February 24, May 19, August 18, and November 3, 2021.

Speakers & Agenda:

Randy Gardner, JD, LLM, MBA, CPA, CFP®

Estate Plan, Inc.

Session Title:
Year’s End Individual Income Tax Planning Update

Who could have imagined a year when Congress would come together to pass legislation that revamps retirement planning and delivered financial relief to millions of workers and small businesses in the midst of a pandemic? We will discuss these changes, the election, and the major pronouncements coming from the Treasury Department and the courts.

Learning Objectives:
  • We will discuss how 2020 taxes will be shaped by this year’s financial upheaval
  • We will look at income tax planning in light of the election outcome
  • We will unpack recent/future actions of the Treasury Department and courts

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

CE: 1.0 hour (pending) CFP CE and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Randy Gardner is the Director of Education for the Garrett Planning Network and the Founder of Goals Gap Planning, LLC, a holistic, personal financial planning firm, providing group and one-on-one financial education to professionals and individuals.  Previously, Randy was a Professor of Tax and Estate Planning at the University of Missouri and an adjunct Professor at the American College of Financial Services.  He has taught and practiced for over 40 years.

Randy is the coauthor of the books, The Closing Wealth Transfer Window (with Leslie Daff), 101 Tax Saving Ideas (with Julie Welch), and Tools and Techniques of Income Tax Planning, and co-editor of WealthCounsel Estate Planning Strategies (with Leslie Daff).  Randy serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Financial Planning and has written over 120 articles for publications, such as The Journal of Financial Planning, Taxation for Accountants, Practical Tax Strategies, and Tax Adviser.

Randy earned: a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard University; his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Kansas; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Missouri.

Scott Nelson

Founder, Thrive Medicare Strategies

Session Title:
Medicare 101 for Financial Advisors

In a recent survey, people over 65 were polled about what unpleasant experiences they dreaded the most. A close 2nd behind getting a colonoscopy was shopping for Medicare. If you can ease this pain for your clients, they will truly appreciate it – and in return it will make you exponentially more referable.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the 4 parts of Medicare and be able to competently talk about them with their clients. Beyond knowing how to budget for clients to pay this expense, it is becoming much more important to help clients understand their choices. Help them confidently choose a plan that has them properly covered and potentially save on their largest retirement expense.

Learning Objectives:
  • Why is it so important to be part of, or better yet, control this conversation?
  • Learn a 1-page presentation that will make you know more about Medicare than 90% of your clients
  • Discover resources to help your clients make an informed decision

Level of Complexity: Overview

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Founder and CEO Scott Nelson created Thrive Medicare in 2015, after nearly two decades supporting advisors and their clients through Thrive Wealth Strategies.

Over time, Scott realized just how widespread this issue really is among financial advisory clients, which led to the development of the Thrive Medicare Advisory Training program and the Thrive Partner Network.

Scott has been a registered financial advisor and planner since 1999, and a licensed Medicare specialist through AARP Financial since 2005.

Scott is also a devoted family man. He loves to go on adventures with his wife and three boys (ages 7, 5, and 1), whether it’s a skiing trip, a bike ride to the beach, or a strenuous hike through the pathways near their home. Scott always tries to make time to support his family and can often be found chasing his boys on mud races and other sporting pursuits.

Connect with Scott: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thrivewealthstrategies/

More information on Thrive: https://www.thrivewealthstrategies.com/

Skip Schweiss, AIF

2020 President-Elect, Financial Planning Association, and Recent President of TD Ameritrade Trust Company

Session Title:
Impact of 2020 Election Results on Public Policy Impacting Advisors

We’ve just conducted our election. Do we know the results yet?  To the degree we do, what should we expect in the way of policy changes impacting financial planners and investment advisers? This presentation will make forecasts that can help planners prepare for 2021 and beyond. We’ll touch on policy impacting planners and their clients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what policy changes to expect that will impact financial planners in 2021 and beyond
  • Learn what policy changes to expect that will impact planners’ clients
  • Learn what YOU can do to help impact policy

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Skip Schweiss was most recently president of TD Ameritrade Trust Company (TDATC) which offers retirement plan solutions and services for independent registered investment advisors. Schweiss was also managing director of advisor advocacy and industry affairs for TD Ameritrade Institutional. In that role he advocated with policy makers in Washington and in the states for fiduciary investment advisers and their clients. In 2014 and 2016 he was named by Investment Adviser magazine as one of its top 25 most influential people in the industry. In 2015 he was named Fiduciary of the Year by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, and in 2016 he was named  Insider’s Forum Leadership Award winner. In 2018 and in 2019 he was named by readers of Investment Advisor magazine as one of the industry’s 25 most influential people.

Schweiss holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Dakota and a M.S. in finance from the University of Colorado. He has completed the Securities Industry Institute sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) at the Wharton School of Business. He is a national board member of the Financial Planning Association and is the organization’s 2020 president-elect. He recently completed a three-year stint as president of NAPFA’s Consumer Education Foundation.

Schweiss resides in Colorado with his wife Lisa. They have been married for 34 years and have three grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor recreation including road biking, hiking, and skiing, along with spectator sports. He devotes considerable time to assisting in the community through Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, his church, and other causes.

Follow Skip on Twitter @SkipSchweiss and on LinkedIn at skip-schweiss.

Chris Shuba

Founder and CEO, Helios Quantitative

Session Title:
Managing Assets Through a Crisis

No one likes a crisis, but in the world of asset management you can be ready for one. Chris Shuba will share with you the way the quantitative analysts get ready for market volatility and make key decisions using the available facts. In this session you’ll: 1. Learn how to think about portfolio design before a crisis begins 2. How to determine if a sell-off is a crisis or just speculation 3. Discover how much to de-risk a portfolio at the onset of a crisis 4. Learn how to make additional de-risking activity as a crisis unfolds 5. Ultimately, learn how to determine when to reinvest at potentially lower market values.

Learning Objectives:
  • How to prepare for market volatility before it begins
  • How to make confident decisions during a crisis
  • How to determine the “appropriate” time to reinvest

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE (pending) and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


When the financial crisis of 2008 struck, it became obvious that a quantitative, emotionless approach to asset management was the clearest path to success in the modern market. After spending time at Ameriprise Financial and as a Senior Quant Analyst at Columbia Threadneedle, Chris Shuba focused on developing mathematical models that could help financial advisors mitigate the volatility of the market. 

In 2014, Shuba joined WGG Wealth Partners, where he put to use a series of algorithms he designed. These models were met with immediate interest by a broad range of clients, and within the year, financial advisors nationwide were clamoring for access to his algorithms. 

Soon thereafter, he founded Helios Quantitative Research in 2016 and has since served as the CEO, expanding the company’s influence to over 800 financial advisors who collectively manage over $30 billion in assets. 



Fred Giron, CPCU, AIC

Property & Casualty Insurance Specialist, PHD Insurance Brokers

Session Title:
Current Events & Insurance: California Fires, Working from Home, and Earthquakes

Are you mostly working from home? Do you know someone affected by California wildfires? Did you feel an earthquake in the last few weeks?

Learn how earthquake, home, auto, and umbrella insurance participate in today’s environment. Understand how to spot policy gaps trending in my policy reviews. By the end, you will gain a deeper understanding of your own policies while finding good questions your client can take to their existing P&C agent.

Learning Objectives:
  • Risk management strategy related to wildfires and earthquakes
  • Spot trending gaps in policy reviews
  • Develop questions your client can take to their existing P&C agent

Level of Complexity: Overview

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE (pending) and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Fred Giron, CPCU, AIC, is an account executive at PHD Insurance Brokers, Inc. for 8 years, in Los Alamitos. He specializes in personal line P&C products using a variety of insurance carriers. Fred has spoken on insurance at Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine Extension, FPAOC Study Groups, and FPAOC Quarterly Meetings. He is also a member of the Orange County CPCU Society (Charted Property Casualty Underwriters) and licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance for 15 years.

Follow Fred at linkedin.com/in/fredgiron

More information on PHD Insurance at phdinsurancebrokers.com/