Richard Salmen, CFP® Elected 2017 Chair-Elect

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Richard Salmen, CFP® Elected 2017 Chair-Elect

Aug 02, 2016
Leader in financial planning, past national
Salmen President of Financial Planning Association to lead CFP Board’s Board of Directors in 2018

Richard Salmen, CFP® - a financial planning leader and past national President of the Financial Planning Association – will serve as CFP Board’s Board of Directors 2017 Chair-elect.

Salmen has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Financial Advisors, Inc. – a financial planning and investment advisory firm based in Michigan. He also serves on the Development Committee for the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning.

“The CFP® certification represents the highest standard in ethical and competent financial planning and more Americans need access to this valuable service,” said Salmen, who has been a CFP® professional since 2000. “I look forward to working with my Board colleagues, CFP Board staff and our CFP® professional community to help develop the next generation of CFP® professionals who will help secure American’s financial future.”

Before becoming CEO of Northern Financial Advisors, Salmen spent nearly 16 years at BOK Financial, overseeing the firm’s financial planning practice. Salmen also served in the Army and Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of Captain. For nearly 25 years, Salmen was also an air traffic controller in Kansas until his retirement in 2013. Salmen has an MBA from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“We are very fortunate to have Richard serving as our 2017 Chair-elect. He brings to the position a great amount of knowledge, wisdom and passion for the financial planning profession,” said current Board of Directors Chair Mike Greene, CFP®.

The Board of Directors elected Salmen to the new role at its July 2016 meeting. Current Chair-elect Blaine Aikin, CFP® will serve as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017 and Salmen will become Chair of the Board in 2018.


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. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and the 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 74,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.

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