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Monday, October 18, 2010

1st Place Overall in the National Financial Planning Challenge!!!!

Q: In 2010, if you invited every CFP(r) Board registered financial planning undergraduate degree program in the U.S. to compete in a 3-part Financial Planning Challenge where the students had to create a financial plan for a client, compete in a knowledge bowl, then adjust the plan in 36 hours to a change in the clients circumstances and present the new plan to the clients..... who would win????

A: William Paterson University.
William Paterson University students receiving their 1st place overall award w/ Marv Tuttle (FPA CEO) and Dr. Tom Potts (FPA President).

Nick Scheibner of Stanhope, Nathan Phillips of Sparta, and Cagla Yildirim of Parsippany won the National Financial Planning Challenge at the FPA national conference in Denver, Colorado held Oct 7-12. They worked on the case all summer long without knowing if they'd get anything but a line on their resume saying they "participated" and they ended up with the following:
1st place overall
1st place in the Knowledge Bowl
1st place in the case presentation
$10,000 in scholarship money
Multiple job offers!

"This event demonstrated the work ethic of WPU students and their desire to get into the financial planning profession." -Luke Dean
WPU booth @ the FPA conference. Thanks to the judges & event sponsors: FPA, Ameriprise Financial, CFP(r) Board, Academy of Financial Services

I don't want the students to sit too high on their horse, but they asked me to send this message to Texas Tech, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Missouri, K-State, and the rest of the universities w/ financial planning degree programs.

WPU students attend FPA national conference in Denver, Colorado

WPU sent 8 students to the national conference of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) in Denver, Oct 7-12.
5 students earned free registration to the conference by working as volunteers at the conf.
3 students earned free everything (hotel, airfare, conf registration) by being selected as 1 of 8 finalists for the National Financial Planning Challenge.
This photo is of David Yeske & Elissa Buie of Yeske Buie stopping by the WPU booth. Yeske Buie is one of the largest RIA firms in the United States, with offices in Virginia & San Francisco.

WPU students attending an FPA social event for students attending the conference.

WPU students at the Denver Conference Center.

Executives from Prudential in NJ meeting with our students at the WPU booth.

QUICK HITS from WPU Campus in October

1) Our university President is cooler than yours.
(President Kathleen Waldron rode a Harley to the Homecoming football game)

2) The President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, spoke on capmus @ WPU and signed an agreement for student/faculty exchange program. See story here. Any students prefer to take financial planning classes in the Carribbean?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

We're #1! We're #1! We're #1!

WPU financial planning students Nick Scheibner, Cagla Yildirim, and Nathan Phillips finished 1st place in the National Financial Planning Challenge Knowledge Bowl @ the national FPA conference in Denver, CO on October 9th.

The National Financial Planning Challenge is sponsored by the FPA, the CFP(r) Board, Academy of Financial Services, and Ameriprise Financial.

The challenge consists of 3 phases:
1. Creating a financial plan for a sample client
2. The Knowledge Bowl
3. After a "life changing event" occurs in the life of the sample client, the team was given 36 hours to adjust the plan, and then present it to the judges in front of professionals and professors at the conference.

Congrats to Nick, Nathan, & Cagla! They worked very hard this summer, and we are very proud of them.