FPA of Michigan Summer 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Dear Fellow FPA members,

We are at the half-way point in 2018 and it has been and exciting year thus far! The board and all the committees have been hard at work planning and executing exciting events that have been meaningful to our membership. To date we have provided over 30 education and other focused special events on the east, west, north and south sides of our beautiful state. With that being said, we are seeing many new faces in attendance and are happy to see our members taking advantage of the hard work put forth by the committees.

As the Michigan summers tend to fly by (and are always way too short), fall will be knocking on our door in the not so distant future.  I would be remiss in my duties if I did not personally invite you to attend our Annual Fall Symposium November 7 and 8 to be held at the Sheraton in Novi Michigan. This event keeps growing, year after year, due to the first-class lineup of presentations and speakers and a convenient venue in Novi. This year’s event will be held on a Wednesday and Thursday, so why not take a couple extra days off and experience the exciting rebirth of downtown Detroit. With Novi being just a short drive away, you might want to try many of the new restaurants, walk the new Riverwalk or take a ride on the Q-Line to see the resurgence from downtown to mid-town. It’s an exciting time to Live in Michigan with good things happening in every corner of our state.

I would like to close by saying to all of you, have a Safe and Prosperous Summer and enjoy your time with family and friends! Life is too short, let us all strive to live for today! Looking forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events as we become ONE FPA.

Kindest Regards,

George Barnhart
FPA Michigan
Chapter President 2018

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Calendar of Events

We have many events planned in the coming months ...

Do you want to meet with like-minded professionals to share practice management ideas, marketing and other topics to help you grow professionally?  If yes, we have several informal events each month for financial planners and allied professionals of all experience levels and business models to meet, network, and share best practices. The meetings are informal, with roundtable discussion on whatever topics attendees wish to discuss. The meetings are open to financial planners and allied professionals of all experience levels and business models. There is no fee to the program other than your food and drink. We welcome FPA members and non-members, so invite your fellow planners and associates. Please register so we can reserve a table large enough for the group.

Wixom Area Beers with Peers – Drafting Table Brewing Company
July 11, 2018

Ann Arbor Breakfast Club – Classic Cup Café
July 17, 2018
August 21, 2018

Birmingham Breakfast Club – The Original Pancake House
June 26, 2018
July 24, 2018
August 28, 2018

More Events ...

September 27, 2018 (Auburn Hills/Ann Arbor)
Gender Communication
Better understand the differences between male and female communication
and tips to help advisors better serve the needs of female clients.

November 7 - 8, 2018 (Novi)
FPA of Michigan 2018 Annual Fall Symposium
Mark Your Calendars ... Watch for more information this summer!

FPA of Michigan NexGens are planning a social mixer in both
Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids later this summer.
Watch for details soon!

FPA MI Lunch & Learn Grand Rapids will start back up in September!

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"Chapter" News

Nominations are open for the 2019 FPA of Michigan Board of Directors. Learn about being part of the strategic team that is leading the FPA of Michigan. To learn more, click here.

The FPA of Michigan has launched a new "Mentorship Program". Earlier this year, the FPA of Michigan began pairing up our members with students studying Personal Financial Planning at various universities in Michigan. The program has taken off and we will be needing more mentors in the Fall. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor (or perhaps you are looking to be mentored), please click here.

Is your firm growing and looking for new talent? 
The FPA of Michigan wants to try and help you find your next hire!  To learn more, click here.


FPA of Michigan 2018 Advocacy Day. On March 21, 2018, 9 FPA of Michigan members attended Advocacy Day in Lansing! Along with Karen Nystrom from FPA National, we met with 7 representatives and 5 staffers. At each meeting, we conveyed the strength of the FPA, our membership reach, the pro bono work that is being done and offered our services for consultation on any pending regulations.

We started the day at SBAM where we were briefed on pending issues, including marijuana legalization. Items representatives were concerned about did include the legalization of marijuana, senior issues, college funding and student loans, financial education and retirement funding. Overall this was one of our most successful days in Lansing!

The FPA of Michigan is committed to its members and the continued success of our organization. Therefore, the FPA of Michigan developed the GIVE BACK PROGRAM and has several opportunities to award various scholarships to young planners, college students and career changers who are interested in pursuing a career in financial planning. Click here to learn more.

We have already awarded two deserving individuals:

Colin Overweg, CFP®, founder of the RIA, Advize Wealth Management, a fee-only financial planning firm that is specializes in turning today’s busy professionals into wealth building machines!



Allison Muether of Evangelista & Associates received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (BSBA) from Central Michigan University where she studied Personal Financial Planning. Allison is currently working to attain her Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. Her profound passion for financial planning comes from the desire to help define a successful financial future for others.

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"Hot" News!


Are you concerned about mail fraud? If you are even remotely concerned about identity theft via mail fraud, the US Postal Service has a new tool call Informed Delivery that can help protect you information.  All you do is register with the US Post Office and you will get a preview of all mail that is coming to your address daily. It’s a great value add for advisors to review with their clients especially those who travel.  Click here to learn more and sign up if you are interested.

Start Getting Media Attention ...
The slate of 2018 All-Member Virtual Training 
has been set, so register today!  To learn more, click here.

What’s trending now in investments for financial advisers?
For the fourth consecutive year, Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are proving to be the most used/recommended investment options by financial advisers. While ETF use continues to soar, cryptocurrencies are among the least used or recommended investment options. These and other trends are uncovered in the 2018 Trends in Investing Survey report by FPA and the Journal of Financial Planning. View the report and see where your peers are investing now and where they will be investing in the coming year.

FPA Coaches Corner Spotlight: “How PR Can Win Financial Planners Business”.
Join Mike Byrnes of Byrnes Consulting and FPA Director of Public Relations Ben Lewis for an interactive discussion on building a public relations strategy to increase your personal and business brand awareness. Learn how you can harness the power of public relations in your practice in core areas, including media engagement and social media. You will also be able to get answers to questions about your public relations strategy. This live event will take place on July 12 at 4 p.m. ET. Register now.

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Membership Milestones

We would like to acknowledge and thank you for your commitment
to our organization and the financial planning community:

Paul Anthes, CFP®, CKA® - 35 years
Peter Bender, CFP® - 15 years
Jay Berger, CFP® - 20 years
Mary Davenport-Yant, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU - 10 years
Cynthia Green, CFP® - 30 years
Peggy Hall-Davenport, CFP® - 35 years
Laura Kellmann, CFP® - 5 years
Franklin Moore, CFP®, MS – 25 years
Dale Robinson, CFP®, CLU – 35 years
John Stelman, CFP®, AIF® - 20 years
William Vanover, CFP®, CLU – 25 years

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Welcome New Members

We would like to welcome the following new members

who recently joined the FPA of Michigan:

Michael Ciaciuch, CFP®
Mollie Felt
William Genna
Patrick Hannon, CFP®
Adam Hirzel, CFP®
Jeffrey A. Manzella, CFP®, AIF
Allison Muether
Colin J. Overweg, CFP®
Luke Panning
Ashley Plowman
Jeff Robbins
Stephen M. Schiestel
Gregory A. Sheldon, CFP®
Noel D. Villajuan, JD, CFP®
Christopher J. Viola

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