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Chapter Meetings

2020 Year End Planning Strategies 

Presented by: Tim Steffen, CPA-PFS, CFP®, CPWA®, PIMCO Investments
Sponsored by: PIMCO

We are very pleased to announce that Tim Steffen of PIMCO Investments, LLC. will be the guest presenter at our next chapter meeting on November 19th, 2020.

Clients expect financial professionals to proactively help them organize their financial affairs and deliver experiential alpha in these atypical times. This session provides actionable strategies for tax planning, charitable giving, retirement, and portfolio management, including how to:

  • Identify a checklist of planning strategies for year-end discussions
  • Add value to client relationships by providing an organized and timely service


Resources to be provided:

  • Advisor Resource: “2020 Year End Planning Checklist”
  • Investor Resource: “2020 Year End Planning Checklist for Investors”


Mr. Steffen is a senior consultant in the advisor education group at PIMCO. For more than 20 years, he has provided training for financial professionals on advanced wealth management topics, including tax planning, retirement strategies, and wealth transfer techniques. Before joining PIMCO in 2019, Mr. Steffen spent 20 years with Baird, most recently as director of advanced planning. He also worked at Arthur Andersen, specializing in personal tax and financial planning. Mr. Steffen is a faculty member for the Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) program offered through the Investments and Wealth Institute. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and holds the Certified Public Accountant license (CPA) and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and CPWA® designations.

The November chapter meeting will be held virtually via Zoom to continue to take the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the link to register!

1 hour of CFP® credit approved.

Thursday, November 19th                            12:00 - 1:00PM                  Zoom Virtual Meeting Software                   No Charge


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President's Message

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is nearing a close and this will be our last newsletter of the year!  Although, most of us may be ready to see 2020 in the rearview mirror.

I want to take an opportunity to thank each of you for your support of our chapter over this year.  We have tried to make things as “normal” as possible by holding our monthly meetings and hosting a terrific symposium.  While we are disappointed that we were unable to meet in person for most of the year and unable to host our Partner/Member event; we hope that we can get back together soon! 

We will have our last meeting of the year in November and it will be a virtual format; PIMCO will host 2020 Year End Planning Strategies.  You can register on our website.

I would like to thank again all our wonderful partners for 2020, and we hope to see all of them join us again in 2021.

The Slate of Directors for 2021 was announced at our last meeting and we will be voting on that slate at our November meeting.

I want to personally thank each Director on the 2020 Board for your help, kindness, and support throughout this year.  No one has a monopoly on good ideas, and it truly took a team to get thru this year with success.  I hate to see our Board Chair, Callie Jowers, roll off the board……..but I want to personally thank her for her numerous years of service to our organization!

I hope to see you all on our virtual Chapter Meeting and as always, stay safe!


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Please Welcome Our New Member:

Brianna Parker

Join Us In Celebrating the 5 Year Member Anniversary of:

Laura James, CFP®

FPA National- Member Benefits Spotlight:

Please visit to explore all of the benefits provided to you as a member of the FPA community

-Events and Conferences

-Continuing Education, Coaches Corner, and Job Board

-Online Communities

-Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal, FPA Next Generation Planner, Weekly Podcast, Blog, and Twitter

-Contributing with Pro Bono Planning, Legislative Efforts, Media Training, and opportunities to present and publish

-And Much More

As a reminder, to assist with any COVID-19 financial hardships, FPA is offering a monthly payment program and membership extensions of three, six and 12 months. Please reach out to the Member Services team for details (800-322-4237 or  [email protected]).

Find out more about FPA’s Member Referral Program at

Explore the leading companies FPA has partnered with to provide its members with discounts on products and services at such as:

  • Dell
  • UPS
  • OfficeDepot OfficeMax
  • Lifelock
  • Group Insurance Plans
  • The CFP Board’s $200 discount on the certification exam,
  • and many others


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Past Presidents

Thank You to Our Past FPA Presidents!

Gale Zumpano, CFP® Michelle Carney, CFP®
Bob Straka, CFP® Pete McCarn, CFP® 
Stewart Welch, CFP®, AEP Michelle Carney, CFP®
Jackie Tucker, CFP®, CLU, ChFC Sandra Cleveland, CFP® 
Sheri Robinson, CFP®, CPA  Diana Simpson, CFP®
Diana Simpson, CFP®, CDFA Gerry Kassouf, CPA
Henry Ware, CFP® Kimberly Reynolds, CFP®
Chuck Dunham, CFP®, CRPC Jeff McCormack, CFP®
DeLynn Zell, CFP® William Hocutt, CFP®
Patti Black, CFP® Beth Moody, CFP®
Brandy Hydrick, CFP® Kyle Whittington, CFP®
Susan Walls, CFP® Rus Jordan, CFP®
William Nicrosi, CPA, CFP® Callie Jowers, CFP®
Bob Loftin, CFP®, CPA-PFS, Esq.  


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The Foundation for Financial Planning (FFP) has been proud to collaborate with AARP on the Retirement Resilience Program, which brings virtual financial education, personalized guidance and one-on-one consultations to financially vulnerable seniors.

FFP is currently seeking volunteers for the fourth installment of this webinar series. Seniors will be able to submit questions on Social Security and other financial issues, and/or sign up for a ten-minute phone consultation with one of our volunteer Certified Financial Planner™ professionals. This volunteer commitment will require approximately two hours of virtual engagement in the weeks following the main event, October 28th to November 17th.

Are you a CFP® professional interested in learning more about this opportunity to help seniors in need?



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Please Thank Our Partners

On behalf of our FPA Board and all of our members, I would like to say “Thank You” to all of our partners this year.  We appreciate your commitment to our chapter.  Your support allows us to fulfill our mission of elevating our profession which transforms lives through the power of financial planning.  Please reach out to Mac Frasier to renew your sponsorship for 2021.  You can reach Mac by email at [email protected]com or by phone at 205-263-4691.

Premiere Partner:

Gold Partners:

Silver Partners:


Internal Partners:


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