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Chapter Meetings

Planning Strategies for a Changing Tax Environment
Presented by Sam Rocke, SVP Protection of Ash Brokerage
Sponsored by Palladium Group

Thursday, April 22     *4th Thursday      12:00- 1:00 pm CST

We are very pleased to announce that Sam Rocke of Ash Brokerage will be the guest presenter at our next chapter meeting on April 22, 2021.

The 2021 tax landscape is constantly evolving. Join Sam as he breaks down the proposed tax changes and offers planning strategies to help mitigate the tax risk to your clients’ portfolios. During this session, Sam will discuss how these proposed tax changes will impact estate planning and income tax planning.

Sam Rocke is driven to provide the best possible results for individuals, families, and businesses as they acquire insurance coverage. As leader of the life insurance sales support teams at Ash Brokerage, his teams help advisors navigate product recommendations, objectively evaluate existing coverage, and craft planning recommendations for their clients.

In addition to his experience as a marketing consultant for Ash Brokerage, Sam got his career started in private insurance production, working primarily in the estate planning market. A graduate of Samford University, he has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and he’s also a Certified Financial Planner™.

The April 2021 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 pending
No charge to attend this meeting.


Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
12:00 - 1:00PM
Zoom Virtual Meeting Software


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President's Message


Ten Roth Strategies Presentation

Many thanks again to Jon Splaine and Bill Cass for their support of our chapter presentation on March 18, entitled “Ten Roth Strategies to Hedge the Risk of Higher Taxes.”  Here is a link to a resource that was referenced in the presentation. Jon Splaine is our local representative with Putnam Investments; he can be reached at (Email)  [email protected] and (Mobile) 205-353-1297.

NextGen Highlight

On February 1, Ross Kennedy and Marla McCully hosted a NexGen virtual event in which they discussed the financial planning profession, tips on internships and how to get involved more actively within our chapter. The subsequent feedback from the nearly 20 participants was quite positive.


The board is especially grateful for the generous support of our 28 external partners and 13 internal partners this year. This support amounts to a 46% increase in the number of chapter partnerships we  enjoyed in 2020.  Mac Frasier, David LeCompte and Pat Morris have done a tremendous job in support of our partnership initiatives (which date back to September of last year).

We will be excellent stewards of the trust and enthusiasm that have been invested in our chapter, too.  In addition to the quality of our monthly chapter meetings, ancillary programs and the symposium event in September, I believe you will see enhanced connectivity, innovation and value in our chapter deliverables throughout the year. 

Let’s Talk

As a chapter, there’s no better way to connect with each other than in forums that are relevant. That’s why I would like to hear from you. What are your thoughts on how FPA of North Alabama can connect with planners in your community? What kinds of activities, presentations, and services could our chapter offer that would add value to your career?

I look forward to hearing from—and seeing you—soon.

All the best,


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Welcome to Our New Members!

Katherine Chatmon
Shannon Works

Celebrating 10 Years of Membership!

Beth Moody


Membership Update

In March we had two new members join our chapter. Welcome to Katherine Chatmon and Shannon Works.

We are working on finalizing the date for our Barons Member Appreciate Event. Be on the lookout for details in the coming weeks about our plans for our annual membership event which will take place later this summer. We are also working on a virtual social for our membership. Additional details are to follow but we are planning for late April or early May.

As a reminder, don’t forget about the Member-Get-A-Member Referral Program. Anytime you refer a new member to join FPA you and your referral will receive one-time savings. There are no limits on how many planners you can refer and no limits on how much you can save. More information about the referral program can be found here.

FPA offers so many great membership benefits like Continuing Education, Discount Opportunities, Research, and Networking. If you ever have any questions about your membership please check out the FPA Member Benefits Page here or contact FPANA Membership Director, Rebecca Yerby at [email protected].

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Next Gen

Join us for 

Happy Hour

Thursday, April 29!

Contact Ross Kennedy for more info.

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We are excited to announce a new event that our chapter will be putting on this summer:

Christine Benz, director of personal finance for Morningstar, will be presenting a joint Webinar on the topic of retirement income on June 25.  FPA chapters from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida will be joining our chapter for this spectacular event.  This is an exciting opportunity for our members, and we are very proud for our chapter to be leading the charge in putting this together.  Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

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Calendar of Events

April 22 Chapter Meeting  *4th Thursday

April 29  Next Gen Happy Hour

May 20 Chapter Meeting

June 25  Christine Benz Virtual Meeting

August 19 Chapter Meeting

September 16  Symposium @ The Club

October 21 Chapter Meeting

November 18 Chapter Meeting


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Please Thank Our Partners

Platinum Partner
Aptus Capital Advisors, LLC

Gold Partners
First Trust
Janus Henderson
John Hancock Investments
Palladium Group
Putnam Investments

Silver Partners
Brown Advisory
Byars Wright Insurance
Carney Dye, LLC
Dimensional Fund Advisors
DPL Financial Partners
FBC Mortgage
Federated Hermes
Fidelity Institutional
Hartford Funds
Hines Securities
Lincoln Financial
Method Mortgage
MFS Investment Management
Thrivent Asset Management
Thornburg Investment Management
T Rowe Price
William Blair

Internal Partners
Americas First Credit Union
Bridgeworth Wealth Management
Dixon Wells
FiPlan Partners
Johnson Sterling
Kassouf & Co.
Meld Financial
Nowlin & Associates
Oakworth Capital Bank
RFG Advisory
The Welch Group
Zora Financial

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