WASHINGTON, DC – May 20, 2008 – The Board of Directors of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), the certifying and standards-setting organization that oversees more than 57,000 financial professionals holding the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, has announced the names of five new members to its Disciplinary and Ethics Commission.
The nine-member Commission conducts disciplinary hearings three times a year and is responsible for interpreting and applying CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct and, when necessary, imposing appropriate discipline in cases involving CFP® certificants.
Named to serve as Commission Chair is Daniel B. Moisand, CFP®. He will serve as Chair for the remainder of 2008. Current Commission member Jack Harmon, CFP®, will be Commission Chair in 2009.
Others named to the Commission are: V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP®, James M. Knaus, CFP®, Yvonne Dean, CFP®, and Michael Ross CFP®. The five new Commission members join current Commission members Jack Harmon, Patricia Coriden, CFP®, Edward Mora, CFP® and Glenn Parker, CFP®.
“We’re gratified to have such a strong slate of Commissioners to volunteer their time and expertise for this vital role of ensuring that the CFP® marks continue to be recognized as the standard of excellence and ethical behavior for personal financial planning,” said David G. Strege, CFP®, chair of the Board of Directors. “In addition, we are fortunate to have as Commission Chair someone who is as dedicated and widely respected in our community as Dan Moisand,” Strege added.
Moisand is a principal with the Melbourne, Fla., firm Spraker Fitzgerald Tamayo & Moisand. He served on CFP Board’s Board of Practice Standards from 1999 through 2001, helping to write the standards that apply to CFP® certificants in the United States. He recently completed five years of service on the Financial Planning Association’s Board of Directors. He was that board’s President in 2006 and Chairman in 2007. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant since 1994.
Dean is the Houston-based launch manager for the Texas Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Dean previously served as a volunteer on CFP Board’s Council on Examinations and Disciplinary and Ethics Commission. She also was a volunteer for CFP Board’s Financial Planning Clinic held in Boston in 2007. Dean has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant since 2002.
Ferrara is president and CEO of ProVise Management Group of Clearwater, Fla. Ferrara has served on the Boards of Directors for the Financial Planning Association and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. Ferrara currently sits on FPA’s Leadership Development Committee, and served on that organization’s National Board from 2000 to 2003; FPA’s Regulation Task Force from 2005 to 2006, Government Relations Committee from 2000 to 2001, and Finance Committee from 2000 to 2003. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant since 1990.
Knaus is co-founder of Global Wealth Advisors of Troy, Mich. Knaus is a former member of CFP Board’s Board of Governors (now the Board of Directors) and CFP Board’s Council on Examinations, serving as Chair in 2001. He is Faculty Chair at the Oakland (Mich.) University Personal Financial Planning Program. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant since 1987.
Ross is founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Connection Group of Plainview, N.Y. Ross has been a volunteer on CFP Board’s Disciplinary and Ethics Commission. He also has been a securities arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) since 1995. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant since 1996.
The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 57,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States.
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Chris Wloszczyna, Director of Public Relations