DENVER, August 20, 2007 - Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), the professional regulatory body for over 55,000 professionals holding CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification, has announced that it has named Emil S. Mara, CPA, CAE, to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Mara is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who possesses twenty years of financial experience that spans various industries and includes expertise in nonprofit institutions and other corporate entities. His experience includes managing multi-million dollar budgets for large organizations, program development and implementation, and organizational development. Most recently, Mr. Mara served as Controller for the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw financial operations for an organization with a budget of nearly $200 million.
“Emil Mara has an impressive range of professional experience that will make him a key member of CFP Board's senior leadership team,” said Kevin R. Keller, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CFP Board. “We take pleasure in welcoming him to CFP Board as the organization continues to build a team of professionals that will move CFP Board to the next phase in its development.”
CFP Board is in the process of moving its operations to the nation's capital from its current location in Denver, Colorado. The organization expects the move to help it become a more vigorous advocate for the public's interest, and to facilitate a more influential voice in public policy debates during a time when more Americans than ever are in need of ethical financial planning options.
“I am excited to be part of this new team,” said Mr. Mara. “As the standards for CFP® certification have increasingly been embraced by financial planning professionals and the public, CFP Board has made great strides in establishing quality operations and prudent financial management. I look forward to assisting CFP Board's efforts to reach operational excellence as it moves to Washington, D.C."
Mr. Mara began his career as a senior auditor at Arthur Andersen & Company in Washington D.C. and continued to assume progressive responsibilities at various companies, including Deltek Systems and the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association. Mr. Mara holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Georgetown University and is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to help people benefit from competent, professional and ethical 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 55,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States.
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