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When: January 23, 2020
Where: Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Ct.
Houston, TX  77056
United States
Contact: FPA Houston

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Come and Celebrate 50 Years of CFP community, 

Houston Chapter Achievements, Awards and Volunteers & 20 Years of FPA



Invite your significant other or a colleague to join you at this very special event where will give you an update and highlights on the past and the future of the FPA Houston chapter, followed by the inaugural FPA Houston Honors Awards ceremony, dinner and a presentation by the Federal Reserve.  


5:00PM:  Check in and cocktail reception



5:45PM:  Welcome, announcements, Honors Award presentations



6:45PM:  Dinner


7:25PM:  CE Presentation:  The Purposes & Functions of the Federal Reserve + Economic Indicators

                Donald Bowers, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas



8:15PM:  Program concludes



Plan to attend this very special event where will give you an update and highlights on the past and the future of the FPA Houston chapter, followed by the inaugural FPA Houston Honors Awards ceremony, dinner and a presentation by the Federal Reserve.



FPA Houston Honors Awards

The Houston chapter of the FPA seeks to publicly honor individuals who have shown an extraordinary commitment and made significant contributions to the financial planning profession and FPA.  This year's honorees demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of professional competence, integrity, relationships and stewardship, and have made extraordinary contributions advance the financial planning profession. The 2020 honorees are as follows:



FPA Houston Honors Award Recipient - Joseph Birkofer, CFP®, Principal, Legacy Asset Management, Inc.


As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Registered Investment Advisor, Joe helps clients concentrate on financial planning and asset allocation. In addition, Joe heads up the firm's Retirement Plan consulting practice, working with plan sponsors to improve investments, communications and streamline administration. Prior to co-launching Legacy Asset Management with Rick, he served as a Trust Officer with Texas Commerce Bank.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. Joe teaches Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning at Rice University's Certified Financial Planner™ program. He regularly provides commentary for national media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, CBS Market Watch, and locally for the Houston Chronicle, local radio, and television programs. Joe is an active member of the community, serving as a Board Member of The Periwinkle Foundation, St. Anne's School Foundation, and a member of Goodwill Industries' Business Council.




FPA Houston Young Guns Award Recipient - David Wanja, Jr., Associate Financial Advisor at Financial Synergies


David Wanja, Jr. is an Associate Financial Advisor at Financial Synergies who helps people use their savings to achieve their goals. He has a natural gift for helping and serving others.  He finds true enjoyment in listening to peoples’ life stories and learning what truly matters to each client.  As a former collegiate tennis player, David knows the importance of a simple yet well thought out game plan and he uses the same approach when designing plans to help clients reach their goals. 


After ten years as a Tennis Professional, David made a career change to financial services in March of 2019.  He has completed his CFP coursework through Kansas State and he plans to sit for the CFP exam in 2020.  His eagerness to learn as well as his coachability will lead him to success in his career.  David serves on the FPA Houston Board as the Career Development Director and aspires to mentor the next generation of planners.  When he is not sharpening is financial planning knowledge, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their two sons, Luke and Benjamin.  In his remaining spare-time, you will find him on either a tennis court or the golf course.





The Federal Reserve Purposes & Functions + Economic Indicators

Donald Bowers, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


This presentation qualifies for 1 CFP, CPA, CIMA CE  

Attendees must stay until 8:30pm in order to receive CE credit


The Federal Reserve System, also known as "The Fed," is America's central bank. That makes it the most powerful single actor in the U.S. economy and thus the world. It is so complicated that some consider it a "secret society" that controls the world's money. They’re right. Central banks do manage the money supply around the globe. But there is nothing secret about it.  Join us for this informative session on the Federal Reserve System Purposes & Functions.  Mr Bowers will provide details on the economic indicators, system structure, responsibilities, and aims of the U.S. central banking system; as well as the five functions used to promote the effective operation of the U.S. economy and, more generally, to serve the public interest.  You will leave this event with a better understanding of how the Fed affects your life every day.


Donald Bowers is Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In this role, Donald oversees the Dallas Fed’s Industry Outreach and Community Engagement programs. He also serves as secretary to the Houston Branch Board of Directors and leads the Business Continuity functions at the Houston Branch. As a native Houstonian, Donald demonstrates a sincere interest in his community and in education. He currently serves on the board of the American Leadership Forum, Children at Risk, the Houston Area Urban League, and he is a trustee at Rice University.  Donald and his wife, Shawn, are the proud parents of two outstanding young men. One is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. The other is a graduate of Texas State University and is a special education instructor in Pearland ISD.











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$ 360  

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 * Includes 10% discount

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