As Chapter President for 2017, it is my hope that now through the end of the year our members bring a new level of enthusiasm and commitment to the FPA of Pittsburgh. So far, so good! The recent Retirement Planning Conference at the Grand Concourse, Station Square brought out a full house – almost standing room only – even on one of the most rainy, cold winter days of the year. Our “Meet Your New President” Social Hour in February at Revel+Roost was outstanding – I met and chatted with individual and prospective members for over two hours. Going forward, I hope you will save the date for the several programs and events coming up, all of which promise to be well worth your time. (See full event calendar on home page.)
That said, it goes without saying that high level programs and events are important benefits of being members of the FPA. However, there is much more in which you can partake and be enriched. Consider the work being done through our Pro Bono Committee. We directly touch and change lives for the better in our communities through this group. It’s just extraordinary!
Although we are bombarded with financial news via the Internet, the growing number of cable TV shows, social media, and more, the one place financial industry professionals, especially but not limited to those of us who are CFP® practitioners, can find opportunities to discuss and consider important industry issues of the day is the FPA. At the local level we have easy access to each other; at the national level, the FPA offers everything from academically vetted white papers and articles to online chat rooms. Our own one stop shop!
Last by not least is our Advocacy efforts at the state and national levels. As you well know it has been a roller coaster ride of late when it comes to legislation that directly affects us and our clients. If you have never been to the Capitol in Harrisburg or in Washington, D.C. I recommend being part of this endeavor to help create prudent policy that is in the best interest of our profession and our clients.
I want to leave you with my descriptors of the FPA of Pittsburgh: community, fellowship and friendship. And, as always, thanks to our Executive Director Ann McKenna and the dedicated members of our Board of Directors.
Paul J. Brahim, CFP®, AIF®
2017 President, FPA of Pittsburgh