CFP Board Names Votava 2015 Chairman-Elect

Votava to start term in January when Rich Rojeck begins his term as CFP Board chairman

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has elected G. Joseph Votava to serve as its 2015 chairman-elect.

The Board of Directors elected Votava to the chair-elect post at its July 8-11 meeting. He will begin his duties as chairman-elect on Jan. 1, when Rich Rojeck begins his term as 2015 chairman.

“Joe has already made a significant impact on the financial planning profession through his efforts to raise awareness of the profession and advocate on behalf of it,” said current Board Chairman Ray Ferrara. “He will harness his extensive leadership experience to sustain CFP Board’s mission of benefitting the public by upholding the CFP certification as the recognized standard of excellence in personal financial planning.”

Votava added in the same statement that “between the launch of the latest phrase of the Public Awareness Campaign and the Women’s Initiative (WIN) to increase the ranks of female CFP professionals, CFP Board has taken on some exciting initiatives to foster the growth and advancement of our profession. I am honored to help lead CFP Board as we continue to work to strengthen our organization and the CFP certification.”

Votava is currently CEO of Seneca Financial Advisors LLC, which has offices in Rochester, N.Y., and Washington.

From 1985 to February 2010, Votava was a partner serving corporate executives and closely held businesses at Nixon Peabody LLP. During his tenure, Votava was the founding president of the law firm’s subsidiary, Nixon Peabody Financial Advisors LLC.

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody in 1985, he served as a certified public accountant specializing in taxation at Coopers & Lybrand, an international accounting and consulting firm. Votava formerly held chairman positions on Financial Planning Association’s National Board of Directors, and the National Endowment for Financial Education’s Board of Trustees, as well as FPA’s International Advisory Council and CFP Board’s Pubic Policy Council.

He was an honorary director of the Japan Academic Society for Financial Planning from 2000 to 2002 and also participated in an international commission to promote the growth and development of financial planning in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Votava has a J.D. from University Dayton School of Law and a B.B.A. from Siena College.

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