Meetings & Events

FPA-NENY programs can help enhance your awareness
of issues affecting many people.

Whether you do comprehensive financial planning, or specialize in just one facet of it, there are so many topic areas that a CFP needs to have knowledge about.

The broader the scope of your knowledge, the more value you bring to the client relationship. Just think of all of the topics covered in the CFP study program!

Because financial planning is about the client’s entire financial life, it is so important to be aware of how little details fit into the big picture. The key is recognizing the issues and being able to provide solutions, whether you do so yourself or turn them to someone who handles that area.

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Season Pass:

The Season Pass is a MEMBER’s ticket to all 8 regular monthly meetings. Cost is $175, a 40% savings from individual ticket purchase.


The Combo is a MEMBER’s ticket to all 8 regular monthly meetings PLUS the 2018 Symposium. Cost is $320.


Our venue: Wolferts Roost Country Club

FPA NENY 2017-18 Program Calendar*

FPA NENY Calendar 2017-18

* calendar subject to change.



Program underwritten by Matt Ragle of Nationwide

Cybercrime: How to Protect Your Business Against The Latest Threats 

Speaker:  Jeff Lanza of The Lanza Group

A retired FBI agent and security expert uses real life examples of the latest hacks, security breaches and computer scams to demonstrate how cybercrime occurs and what countermeasures businesses can take to combat the innovations of criminals. This non-technical presentation will provide proven approaches to recognize and prevent the latest cybercrimes.

Objective: The learning objective for this presentation is to empower business owners, operators and employees with tools and behavior recommendations to prevent them from becoming victims of cybercrime.

Key Points Covered in the Presentation:

  1. The current state of cybercrime as it affects businesses
  2. Social engineering, phishing and spoofing
  3. Email hijacking and account takeovers
  4. Creating and managing strong passwords
  5. Bank account takeovers and wire transfer fraud
  6. Spoofing the boss and CEO fraud
  7. Ransomware and Cryptolocker
  8. Protecting digital information on different platforms
  9. Networking and cloud security
  10. The future of crime in an “all things connected to the Internet” world

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:30 A.M. Program (1.5 hours)

            Wolferts Roost Country Club


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October 19, 2017 Thursday

1.5 Hours


 IRA Planning for Baby Boomers – FP NENY – 10-19-17

IRA Planning for Baby Boomers

Speaker: Jeff Levine, CPA/PFS, CFP®, formerly Chief Retirement Strategist, Ed Slott & Co.

Americans currently hold over $25 trillion in retirement assets. As such, a sound understanding of the rules surrounding these accounts is an absolute must for any serious practitioner. Those who understand the ins and outs of IRA planning are poised to benefit from the wave of Baby Boomers who are, or soon will be, tapping into their retirement assets. Conversely, those without such knowledge risk losing relevance or, worse, making the costly and irrevocable mistakes that can derail clients’ plans.

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:30 A.M. Program (1.5 hours)

            Wolferts Roost Country Club


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November 16, 2017

1 Hour


HANDOUT (provided in two formats):  Pick your preference!

PDF – Making Taxes Great Again       OR      PowerPoint – Making Taxes Great Again

Making Taxes Great Again: Tax Reform the Trump Way and What Advisors Need to Know for Year End Tax Planning Purposes

Speaker:  Martin Finn, Esq., CPA of Lavelle & Finn, LLP

An analysis of enacted or proposed tax reform legislation including individual income tax, business tax and estate/gift/generation skipping tax changes with an emphasis on financial and tax planning strategies we need to discuss with our clients in 2017 and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand enacted or proposed federal tax reform legislation including individual, business and transfer tax changes.
2. Gather year-end tax reduction strategies for our individual and business clients.
3. Recognize estate, long term care and financial strategies relevant to our clients in a tax reform environment.

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast |  7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

         ⇒ Hilton Garden Inn – Clifton Park 

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December 14, 2017

1 Hour

Noonan Handout December 2017

Fighting for Better Futures

Speaker: Tim Noonan, Managing Director of Russell Investments

How can advisors show up as their clients’ hero? Noonan’s talk will explore the strategic implications of the consensus forecast for forthcoming modest returns, increased longevity, and fiduciary mandate to evolve beyond risk-based portfolio selection. Through defining and achieving plausible outcomes, the advisor can tower above the robot. Noonan will discuss the formula for doing so.  Capes will be provided. Kryptonite expressly forbidden.

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast |  7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

           Wolferts Roost Country Club


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January 18, 2018

1 Hour

Handout:  20180118, Hugh Johnson presentation, FPA NENY

2018 Outlook for Financial Markets and Economy

Speaker: Hugh Johnson of Hugh Johnson Advisors, LLC

Expert Hugh Johnson shares his outlook for 2018 for the local, national, and global economy. Hugh shares his extensive background in economic research, showing attendees via graphs and charts what he expects to happen to the economy in the upcoming year and how to put their clients in the position to take advantage of the current economy.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand how past economic events are shaping the economic future.

2. How to use the 2018 Tax Bill to your clients’ advantage.

3. Preparing alternate plans to implement given the changing economy.

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast |  7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

           Wolferts Roost Country Club


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February 15, 2018

1 Hour


Behavioral Finance, Communication, and Client Retention

HANDOUT for 2.15.18

Speaker:  Peggy DoviakPh.D., CFP®, DM Wealth Management, Inc.

Understanding the principles of behavioral finance can help us better communicate with our clients as we discover how textbook views of finance are co-opted by social and cultural beliefs. The improved dialogue around money helps us provide financial planning that our clients find valuable in addition to improving both our client acquisition and retention rates. This seminar provides a background on behavioral finance and how clients’ beliefs impact their views on money. In addition workshop activities provide specific tools and suggestions that planners can use to help client communication.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be provided with an overview of behavioral finance principles.
  2. Participants will see how the social and cultural worlds of their clients impact how they view issues about money and lead to the biases central to behavioral finance theory.
  3. In a workshop environment, participants will be given communication strategies that they can use with their clients to help the planner better understand the clients’ perspectives.

Read an article: Making Research Meaningful to Clients

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A,M. Reg/Breakfast |  7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

           Wolferts Roost Country Club

Continuing education for: CFP® and CPA

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March 15, 2018

1 Hour

Advising Clients through the Toughest Times of Life

Speaker: Amy Florian, MA and Fellow of Thanatology, CEO, Corgenius

When clients cope with death, divorce, retirement, empty nest, or other life transitions, what you say and do in the office has more influence on your client relationship than your financial savvy ever did. Understand how to answer the dreaded “bad news” phone call, effectively communicate with grieving clients, utilize rational ways to deal with irrational fears, bring humor into meetings, and help clients make wise decisions in the midst of loss. Walk away with practical, proven strategies that you can implement immediately.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the most important principles of grief support, what questions to ask a grieving client, and how to support clients in transition without intruding into their personal lives.
  2. Understand why the “stages of grief” are insufficient knowledge and what to expect instead from grieving clients and family members.
  3. Gain skills for handling client fears, establishing empathetic bonds, and building long-term loyalty.

Articles authored:

Journal of Financial Planning: 10 Questions

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 A.M.Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

           Wolferts Roost Country Club



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April 12, 2018

1 Hour

What Financial Advisors Need to Know about Special Needs Planning

Speaker: Tara Anne Pleat, Esq. of Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC

This program includes a survey of the service delivery system in New York for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Tools and planning options for the future of a loved one with special needs will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives include:

  1. Function of service delivery and financing
  2. Availability and use of public benefits.
  3. The use of trusts in planning.

Articles authored:

State Court Cases Put Trustees on Notice.Estate Planning Magazine.March 2014

Dealing with Special Needs Trust and Retirement Benefits

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30  A.M.Reg/Breakfast |  7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

           Wolferts Roost Country Club


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May 2018
Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Eighteenth Annual SYMPOSIUM

Registration/Breakfast: 7:30A.M., Programs: 8:00A.M. to  4:30P.M.

 HAPPY HOUR follows upstairs!

SNEAK PEEK postcard for May 17, 2018


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2018 GENERAL SESSIONS (Click each title for the presentation slides)


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