January 2013


In This Issue
Message from the President
Congratulations FPA Pittsburgh!
CFP Scholarship
Upcoming Events
January Membership Milestones
Message from the President 
Brian Photo 

A New Year always brings reflections on what was accomplished in the past year and what new possibilities are ahead. As your new FPA of Pittsburgh President, I cannot be prouder of the achievements of 2012. The breakfast meetings and half-day conferences continue to be a staple in offering national-caliber speakers and education. Our October 18, 2012 Financial "Four"um brought together over 260 financial service professionals for a day-long symposium that was truly unique. Keynote Speakers like Natalie Choate Esq., Jon Delano, John Nichols, and Dr. Martin Murenbeeld entertained, educated, and inspired us.


2012 also marked the beginning of the FPA of Pittsburgh Saluting Service Award. The event was held on May 22 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. This landmark event launched our community outreach and increased our public awareness in an unprecedented fashion. Nearly 500 attendees gathered for the picnic, musical entertainment, and first-class program. We honored 23 nominees that have bravely served our country and community. At the conclusion of the event we presented a $10,000 check to The Veterans Leadership Program in honor of the award recipient Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald.


The 2013 FPA of Pittsburgh Board of Directors is excited to build upon the momentum of the past year as we complete the planning and programming efforts. We ask that you join us once again for the breakfast meetings and half-day conferences. We ask that you support and promote the value of the Financial Planning Association. We ask that you put the following two dates on your calendars now.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013             

 FPA of Pittsburgh Saluting Service Award (Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM)


Thursday, October 17, 2013    

 Financial "Four"um (Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM)


Additional details will be coming in future newsletters and through our website www.fpapgh.org. Together we look forward to making 2013 a defining year in the lives of those we serve and in your businesses.


I look forward to serving you in 2013.


Brian T. Gongaware


outstanding achievement  

 Congratulations FPA Pittsburgh!!


FPA of Pittsburgh has been recognized at the 2012 Chapter Leaders Conference as a Roadmap to Success Recipient and achieving an Outstanding Achievement Award.  Congratulations to the board, it's membership and the many sponsors who make the chapter so great.


CFP Certification Scholarship


Attention student chapter members! . . .   Keir Educational Resources wants you to know about their 2013 scholarship for review of the CFP certification exam.  Keir will award one scholarship per FPA chapter per exam cycle.  Student chapter members are encouraged to apply.  The winner may choose any Keir Instructor Led Live Class or Keir Virtual Review Class.  The scholarship includes class tuition and Keir's Basic Review Package.  This prize has a retail value of $970.  Class dates and locations are available at www.Keirsuccess.com or by calling 800-795-5347, ext. 107.



Mark Your Calendar!!!
May 21,2013
Saluting Service Event
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
October 17, 2013
Financial "Four"um
Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe

Membership Milestones

Congratulations to the following FPA of Pittsburgh members who reached membership longevity milestones in January:


Ben Bernacchi                30 years

John Copper                   30 years

Francine Lefkowitz        20 years

Linda Duessel                 5 years

R. Philip Hilf                    5 years

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We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!  Need more information or have a question?  Visit the chapter website at www.fpapittsburgh.org or contact us at fpa.pittsburgh@verizon.net.
Quick Links
FPA Automatic Renewal Policy

The FPA is excited to announce that you are now able to sign up for automatic renewal of your FPA membership!


If you sign up for automatic renewal, your membership will renew in the month that it is due and in the subsequent years going forward.


Click here to sign up for automatic renewal today!


Planners under the age of 36 are encouraged to contact Michael McGrath or Stephanie McElheny to find out about the great opportunities available through NexGen. 

Attention FPA Sponsors!!!

Are you interested in sponsoring the Pittsburgh Financial Planning Association or one of our events?


Interested parties may  contact John J. Harm III for a copy of our 2013 SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE.


Media Training

If you would like to qualify to respond to requests for media interviews, click here  to access the mandatory training, complete the Media Participation Agreement , and then contact Ruth Forsyth to be added to our Chapter's media response list.


To qualify to speak to the media, you must be a CFP in good standing, a member of FPA, and have a minimum of 3 years experience as a financial planner. 


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