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? The Financial Planning Association (FPA) is currently accepting nominations for its 2010 Board of Directors through July 16, 2009. Members of the FPA’s 2009 Board will elect the 2010 Board from among the nominees. The 2010 Board will consist of up to 18 members, including three officers. The new members will each serve a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2010.

? NAVA, the Association for Insured Retirement Solutions, has hired Lee Covington as senior VP and general counsel and has promoted Deborah Tucker to VP of membership, marketing and standards. These appointments “will help NAVA transform into an association recognized for its commitment to improving confidence in the value and viability of insured retirement solutions, which is especially important during today’s economic crisis,” said Cathy Weatherford, NAVA’s president and CEO, in a release announcing the changes.

? The Member Advocacy Committee (MAC) representing the National Association of Independent Broker/Dealers (NAIBD) recently launched an initiative to educate key legislators on the issues facing the independent B/D community. Members of the group have been meeting with Congressional representatives and their staffs to help make sure that the voices of smaller broker/dealers are heard in Washington.

? The Tenant-In-Common Association has announced that effective June 1, 2009, it will change its name to the Real Estate Investment Securities Association (REISA). The group will be concurrenly launching a revamped Web site at