Episode 6 – YAFPNW Meetup

Lynn McIntireThis episode is based on a roundtable discussion about designations held on February 18th, 2016. The discussion is led by Hannah Moore, CFP® and Lynn McIntire, CFP®, CAP®, CLU, AIF,  registered principal with Cadent Capital.

CFP Board

CFA Certification


PFS Credential

EA Designation

The Chartered Life Underwriter®

The Chartered Healthcare Consultant®

The American College

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist

Accredited Estate Planner Designation

Certified Investment Management Analyst®

Certified Private Wealth Advisor®

Accredited Investment Fiduciary®

Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst®

Registered Life Planner®

Certified Financial Transitionist

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

Episode 5 – Ben Briggs

Ben Briggs, CPA, CFP® is a Senior Financial Planner at RGT Wealth Advisors. On this episode, Hannah continues the discussion of designations.BennBriggs

Ben discusses his non-traditional route to financial planner by way of becoming a CPA first. He shares how having a CPA certification has helped him as a financial planner and offers advice to those new to the profession. Hear the details on the importance of building a network and gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of financial planning.

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Links to references in this week’s podcast:

RGT Wealth Advisors

FPADFW Career Day



Episode 4 – Sameer Somal

SameerSomal_2014bSameer S. Somal, CFA, CFP® is a speaker, educator, and Chief Financial Officer with Blue Ocean Global Wealth and Blue Ocean Global Technology.

On this episode, Sameer discusses the CFA designation, including the requirements, advantages, resources and career paths it opens up. Hear why Sameer believes there’s never been a greater opportunity to join the profession (one hint: there will be 10,000 U.S. residents retiring every day for the next decade and a half).

Sameer says, “I’m a big believer in trying to go to bed a little bit smarter every day than when you woke up.” The wealth of knowledge shared in this podcast will help you do just that.

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Links to references in this week’s podcast:

Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Blue Ocean Global Technology

The Speed of Trust

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Five Reasons to Start Your Own Firm and Four Steps to Take to Do It

Blue Ocean Strategy



Society of FSP

Kaplan Schweser

Episode 3 – Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley Sudden Money

Susan Bradley, CFP®, CeFT™ is the founder of the Sudden Money® Institute and author of Sudden Money: Managing a Financial Windfall. The Institute trains financial advisors and other professionals in Financial Transitions Planning, a unique set of process and tools for managing the human dynamics of financial change.

Susan created the institute because she realized that tradition financial planning didn’t give her the tools to address the subject personal side of working with clients. While earning the CeFT™, participants find practical application right away as the twelve month course works in conjunction with your daily client interactions.

Susan sees lots of change in the future for financial planners. She predicts that the “next five years in this profession will bring you to someplace that will look…completely crazy compared to where we are today.”

Her advice for newcomers to the profession is to “become an exquisite listener”.

Susan has lots more advice to share on this episode. I always enjoy listening to her talk and I think you will too.

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Links to references in this week’s podcast:


Sudden Money: Managing a Financial Windfall

Bill Bridges

Episode 2 – Roger Whitney

Roger WhitneyIn this podcast we continue our discussion about financial planning designations with Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, AIF®. Roger is a partner at WWK Wealth Advisors and publishes the Retirement Answer Man Blog and Podcast.

Roger’s pursuit of his designations was born of a desire to be the smartest person in the room when advising clients. Of his CIMA designation he says it was, “very hard, very in depth and very worthwhile.” He encourages young financial planners to only seek out designations that are “the most rigorous, that help you toward your goal.” He points to the CFP® designation as the basis for advising clients holistically.

Roger sees financial planning as a craft. Listen to him explain this theory, and why “if you want to be an artist, you have to paint within the lines.” And learn why Roger believes that “it’s more about personal growth than designations.”


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Some links mentioned in this discussion:

The Retirement Answer Man Blog

The Retirement Answer Man Podcast

Linchpin by Seth Godin

CFP Designation



AIF Designation

Brinson, Hood, Beebower Study




Episode 1 – Neil Maxwell

NeilMaxwell_smallConfused about the importance of added designations? Some may say they are unnecessary and do little to bring in clients.

On this episode I discuss professional designations in the financial planning industry with Neil Maxwell CFP®, EA. Neil is the founder and CEO of Maxwell Wealth Planning, Inc. Based out of Colorado, Neil provides financial planning and investment advisory services to a variety of clients.

In this discussion you’ll learn how and why Neil became an Enrolled Agent and the not-so-obvious value the EA designation can bring to your business. He also offers valuable career development advice for beginning financial planners.


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