LSBE LAUNCHES MINNESOTA'S FIRST FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION STUDENT CHAPTER
LSBE has launched Minnesota’s first Financial Planning Association Student Chapter. Led by Jim Vizanko, director of LSBE’s financial planning program, and co-instructor Richard Brown, CEO of JNBA Financial Advisors, the group provides a valuable connection between LSBE students and the FPA, the nation’s chief membership organization for personal financial planning experts.
The chapter, officially initiated in April 2012, is open to any student interested in financial planning, offered as a minor at LSBE. Vizanko said the chapter will help set LSBE students apart from others entering the industry.
“Our students will be better informed about the industry and able to network with FPA members. In turn, FPA members will know more about our program and what our students are capable of,” said Vizanko.
According to Vizanko, the club’s objectives are to inform students of news and events related to the FPA, the LSBE financial planning program, and the profession in general, as well as to help students connect with working professionals and become more knowledgeable about potential careers.
The chapter has brought a number of speakers to campus, including professionals who have passed the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) exam, the first graduate of the School’s financial planning program, and local financial planners.
Kyle Dickinson and Brent Meyer, both finance majors and financial planning minors, are co-chairs for the chapter. They said the group has helped them tremendously in connecting with professionals and seeing what the profession is like.
“The program is one-of-a-kind. It has given me the opportunity to introduce my name into the planning community and meet recognized individuals within the industry. By doing so, I hope to distinguish myself from my competitors and secure a job after graduation,” said Meyer.