The board of directors for the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) announced Tuesday that it elected certified financial planner Lauren Locker as national chairwoman late last Friday to fill the position recently vacated by Ron Rhoades, who stepped down from the position after committing a compliance violation.
Locker (left), who founded Locker Financial Services in Little Falls, N.J., in 1992, assumed the role Sept. 1. She became a CFP in 1994 and joined NAPFA in 1998. Locker is the immediate past chairwoman of NAPFA’s Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Board and has served on NAPFA’s National Board for the past two years.
No other NAPFA members stepped forward as candidates for the top office, choosing instead to support Locker’s candidacy.
“I have a keen understanding of how NAPFA operates and what its members expect,” Locker said in a phone interview with AdvisorOne on Tuesday. “I attend a lot of conferences, and I really try to interact with a lot of folks and listen very carefully to what everybody wants. I think the key for NAPFA is our grand goal of becoming the recognized and unquestioned leader in supporting the professional growth and business development of extraordinary financial advisors.”
Asked if she was departing National Chairwoman Susan John’s protege, Locker chuckled and answered that John’s help and support were part of the reason why she even agreed to throw her hat in the ring.
“It’s so much easier for me to step in because of the work she has done. Susan hasn’t left any stone unturned,” Locker said. “She has also agreed to be available to me for any questions I need answered. She had a two-year run. So she served her time and more.”