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Susan John Named CFP Board Chair-Elect

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The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards said Thursday that Susan John has been elected 2018 chair-elect of the Board of Directors. 

As chair-elect, she will lead the development of the organization’s policies and provide strategic direction in granting, upholding and promoting CFP certification.

John has served on the CFP Board of Directors since 2016 and has also completed two terms on the national Board of Directors for the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, serving as chair from 2010 to 2012.

In the planning profession since 1985, John is founder and president of Financial Focus Inc., which provides comprehensive planning services to northern New England professionals, retirees and families.   

The Board of Directors elected John to the new role at its July meeting. Current Chair-elect Richard Salmen will serve as chair in 2018, with John becoming chair in 2019.

“I am excited to work with my colleagues on the Board as we continue to find ways to effectively carry out our mission of upholding CFP certification as the highest standard in personal financial planning,” John said in a statement.

“The strategic priorities the Board has set out for the coming years are important to increasing the relevance of the CFP certification for financial planners and the public we serve, and to advancing the financial planning profession.”

At NAPFA, she helped to form the Financial Planning Coalition, the lobbying group that also includes the Financial Planning Association and CFP Board. 

She currently serves as a director and vice president at the Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurse Association as well as on the advisory boards of Wright Museum of World War II and the Eastern Lakes Housing Coalition Beck Fund.

John received her bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University.

“Susan’s ardent commitment to advancing the profession and upholding the integrity of the CFP marks have served us well during her tenure on the Board,” said Board of Directors Chair Blaine Aikin. “We are grateful for her service and look forward to her leadership in 2019.”  

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