Chapter Newsletter

October, 2017, Issue
Volume 02, No. 07

In This Issue...

1. Spotlight in Leadership 3. Chapter Meetings          5. Your Voice - Advocacy 7.Resource Partner News
2. This and  That              4. Membership Dashboard 6. NexGen News                                              

2018 Board Elections

Spotlight in Leadership - Director-at-Large

altWhen Board of Directors member, Erik Dullenkopf, of Screaming Eagle Wealth Management talks about being a financial planner you know he is comfortable, knowledgeable and happy in his chosen profession.  A far cry from the UCSB graduate of ten years ago, armed with a business degree and no idea what to do with it. 

Erik's father, then owner of Screaming Eagle Aviation in Santa Paula, encouraged him to obtain a business degree, but sadly, his father passed away before Erik graduated. At that point he had to decide without his father's sage advice what to do with his education. A chance meeting with a planner who took the time to explain in detail what the industry is about and how it helps people hit a nerve and Erik set out to earn his CFP®.

To reach the level of success that Erik enjoys today, he advises newcomers to thoroughly investigate the industry, and be sure it is where they want to go.  "Do the leg-work," he admonishes.  His success and that of the firm has no doubt been due in large part to the passion he feels for what he does and for the obvious sincerity he feels in meeting the needs of his clients.  He continues to learn and discern between the things you should and shouldn't do in this capacity, however, and being a member of FPA Ventura Chapter with access to networking and continuing education has presented many meaningful opportunities. Erik also serves on the Ventura County Chapter's Program Committee helping to obtain speakers for the quarterly education meetings.

Early on he discovered a need to be filled for engineers and geologists in the oil industry who are nearing retirement age.  Although Erik works with a smaller segment of what could be a very large clientele, it allows for in-depth attention and better service to each client. These are people who have worked hard and "we help streamline their financial well-being," Erik states.

Erik is a strong supporter of Be the Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. This organization matches bone marrow donors with those patient in need of life-saving transplants.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula.


This and That

Chapter Regional Discussion/Study Groups

altOur chapter has 4 regional areas in which we hold discussion/study group meetings. These gatherings are generally held in the mornings and run about 1 hour. Meetings can have a presenter speaking on a specific topic, can have an interesting article relevant to the profession, or they can include a roundtable session with members bringing up subjects that they would like input on from the group.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn, network, share and develope personal relationships with some of the nicest people you will meet.

For information on Discussion/Study Groups held in your area contact your Regional Coordinator:

Santa Barbara   Liz Saghi, CFP®
Ventura/Oxnard/Camarillo   Pete Kozak, CFP®
Conejo Valley - Thousand Oaks and surounding areas   Mark Edwards  or Juan Ros, CFP®
San Luis Obispo  John Buerger, CFP®   

This and That News Submissions

Do you have something you would like posted in the "This and That" section of the newsletter under Member News-Milestones and Announcements? Email it to Rachel by the 15th of the month (no newsletter in the months of Feb, May, Aug or Nov).

Chapter Meetings



Santa Barbara Inn, 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Join us for the November 17, 2017 Chapter meeting at the newly renovated Santa Barbara Inn at the beach. We were fortunate to bring back both presenters from the February meeting which was cancelled due to weather.

The meeting will run from 8:00 a.m. to noon and includes a buffet breakfast. Click here to view flyer.

 Presenter 1
Mark Prendergrast, CFP®, CPA, CDFATM     Topic: Tax and Financial Planning in the Midst of Divorce

 Presenter 2:
Evelyn Zohlen, CFP®     Topic:  Her Voice, Her Legacy: Helping Female Clients 'Own' their Financial Future


Board of Director Elections will be held at this meeting.  CLICK HERE  to review the proposed 2018 Slate of Officers and Directors.If you are interested in serving on the board or helping with a committee contact Rachel and she'll have someone from the Board contact you. 

Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 Quarterly Educational Meeting

The following dates have been scheduled:

February 16 (Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo)   -   May 18   -   August 17   -   November 16

The Program Committee is actively working to secure venues and speakers for the upcoming year. Help us bring speakers you want to hear - speaking on topics you are interested in - at places you want to be. Contact Program Chair Paul Norr if you have suggestions for a speaker, topic or venue. 


Paul Norr, CFP®
 Programs Chair


Membership Dashboard - Milestones and Acknowledgements

MilestonesSpecial Milestone Anniversary Kudos!

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following longstanding chapter member.


Benjamin J. Hill, CFP®, CLU      Wealth Enhancement & Preservation


Kristen J. Hafner, CFP®            Financial Moxie

Welcome to the Chapter!

We have added to our ranks and welcome Alano Massi, MBA, CFP®!     

Happy Anniversary to our Renewals!

The following members renewed their membership!

OCTOBER  Jason L. Ball, CFP® (14yrs), James E. Eckley II, (1yr), Ted Fischer, CFP® (6yrs), Robert P. Moser, CFP© (21yrs)

The chapter exists because of members like you. Whether you have been part of our chapter for 1 year or 35 years we sincerely thank you for sticking with us!


 Elana Foxx
 Membership Chair


Your Voice - Advocacy

Advocacy Week Meeting Cancelled

The meeting with Congressworman Julie Brownley (26th District) on Friday, October 6th, was cancelled and is to be rescheduled. 

Committtee News

Advocacy Chair Mike Marangola, CFP® will be attending the Chapter Leaders Conference in November.

 Are you interested in participating to help shape the legislative future for the financial profession? Contact Mike if you would like to join his Advocacy Committee team.



 Mike Marangola, CFP®
 Advocacy Chair



 NexGen News

The Summitnexgen

The 3rd Annual SoCal Summit has come and gone, overall it went very well. There were excellent presentations with a lot of good information for young planners. Unfortunately, the Ventura Chapter had very few NexGenner members taking advantage of this awesome event designed and tailored to their needs.

The Mixer

Our Happy Hour Mixer was held on October 3rd at Five Threads in Westlake. It was a great spot and a few people showed. Hoping for a better turnout next time! Don't just be a joiner, be a participater you'll get more from your membership! Social events offer opportunity to share both work and life stories which will help build relationships within your industry. Oh and they're fun too!

Who and What is NexGen

According to our Association, "NexGen is intended to be a community of the next generation of financial planners." The NexGen Mission Statement is: "To ensure the transference of wisdom, tradition and integrity, from the pioneers of the financial planning to the next generation of our profession."

If you are not on my distribution list for the Chapter NexGen events and you are 36 years or under and active in the financial planning profession contact me to get hooked up with the group.

 Galen Herbst de Cortina
 NexGen Program Chair


Resource Partner News

We Welcome New Partners!

We are pleased to announce the addition of new Gold level Resource Partners, NurseCore, a national leader in home care services and medical staffing. They have offices in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New York, Texas and of course California. NurseCore offers a wide range of services from basic home care to Alzheimer's/memory care, to private duty skilled care and much more. To learn about the services that NurseCore can provide to your clients Click Here.

Meet and welcome NurseCore representatives at the November 17th chapter meeting!

Chapter Resource Partner Opportunities 

Are you working with a vendor that you think would make a great resource partner for our chapter and its membership? Don't keep them a secret, contact Pete Kozak with their name and company contact information. He would love to offer them an opportunity to join our top-notch list of chapter partners.


Pete Kozak, CFP®

Resource Partner Chair


 Thank you to all our Chapter Resource Partners.

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