NEWS from COLLEGE FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING
8000 East Maplewood Ave., Suite 200, Greenwood Village, CO. 80111
October 18, 2006
FOR: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Maaria Asif, 303-220-4815
COLLEGE FOR FINANCIAL PLANNNING CONGRATULATES 100,000TH GRADUATE
The College for Financial Planning is proud to announce that Jennifer Smiljanich of
Pittsford, New York is the 100,000th person to graduate from the College since the school
was established in 1972. Ms. Smiljanich is Director of Wealth Management Services for
AM&M Financial Services in Pittsford. With prior experience in the banking industry, she is
seeking the CFP® certification “because it adds such a large measure of credibility” to her
work as a fee-based financial planner.
Graduate 99,999 is Candice Walton, a paraplanner for Chris Unfug CFP of Ameriprise
Financial, Grand Junction, Colorado. Ms. Walton, a graduate of Kansas State University,
said the CFP® certification is “an important credential that clients look for” and equally
important, one she could obtain while continuing to work full time. Both graduates will be
recognized at the College’s Denver Live Review in October, where they will be preparing for
the Certified Financial Planner™ exam.
The College for Financial Planning was founded after a December, 1969 meeting of a
dozen financial services professionals. Those individuals determined there was a reason to
formalize financial planning, set high standards, and establish a rigorous certification
process. P. Kemp Fain of Knoxville, Tennessee, one of the founders, was the first person
to enroll in the initial class of 42 people, and David Allard of Carmel, California was the
College’s first graduate in 1973.
The College initiated a Master’s degree program in 1988, and received accreditation by
the North Central Association in 1994. The Apollo Group acquired the College from the
National Endowment for Financial Education in 1997.
The College’s largest-ever graduating clas