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Blaine Aikin, CEO of fi360, Named CFP Board 2016 Chair-Elect

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Blaine Aikin, CEO of fi360, was elected Tuesday by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards’ Board to serve as its 2016 chair-elect.

CFP Board also announced four new board members: Phillip Cunningham, CEO of Advicent Solutions, a provider of SaaS technology solutions for the financial services industry; Michael Davis, director of institutional client relationships at Calvert Investments; Susan John, founder and president of Financial Focus and former two-time National Association of Personal Financial Advisors board member; and Arlene Pietranton, CEO of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving as a public member of the Board of Directors.

Mike Greene, the senior vice president responsible for the financial planning business at Ameriprise Financial Services, is the current chair-elect.

With the four new board members elected in November, the Board will increase from 13 to 14 voting members. Their four-year terms start Jan. 1, 2016. CFP Board CEO Kevin Keller will continue as a nonvoting member, bringing the total number of Board members to 15. 

Prior to joining fi360  — which provides a suite of services to financial companies and provides the Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst designation programs — in 1999, Aikin was director of product development and management at PNC Bank, CIO of Allegiance Financial Advisors and also served in federal and local government.

He holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from The Heinz School at Carnegie-Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Allegheny College.

After completing his graduate studies, Aikin was selected to the Presidential Management Intern Program and served in the U.S. Treasury and in the office of former Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa.

“I have no doubt that Blaine will be successful in finding new ways to continue making the CFP certification the must-have designation for those seeking and providing financial advice,” said Board Chair Richard Rojeck, in a Tuesday statement.

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