Washington, DC, July 20, 2011 - Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. has announced its "Let's Make a Plan" Public Awareness Campaign, designed to help educate Americans about the importance of sound financial planning and raise awareness about the significance of the CFP® certification and the need for competent and ethical financial planning.
Bruce Berno, CFP®, President of Berno Financial Management, Inc., is supporting this effort in his local community by encouraging people to learn more about CFP® certification and financial planning.
"People are pulled in so many different directions when it comes to their finances, but a CFP® professional is uniquely qualified to pull all the pieces together and provide a comprehensive evaluation that looks at the whole picture of a person's financial life," said Charles Moran, CFP®, 2011 Chair of CFP Board's Board of Directors.
"I'm excited to be part of this effort and help explain to people how a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional can help people gain control of their finances," said Bruce Berno. "This innovative public awareness campaign showcases the unique value a CFP®professional can provide."
The integrated campaign includes national cable television and online advertising in addition to its print advertising.
A public service website―www.LetsMakeaPlan.org―serves as a core feature of the campaign, where consumers can learn about financial planning, the personalized approach CFP® professionals provide and find a local CFP® professional through a search function.
The Board of Directors approved the four-year, $36 million campaign in November 2010 partly in response to many CFP® professionals who want the public to understand the important role they play in educating Americans on their financial well-being and helping people meet their life goals. The campaign will help provide clarity to consumers who are looking toward designations and certifications to provide guidance on choosing a financial planner or advisor.
"The CFP® mark truly serves as the gold standard for personal financial planning," said CFP Board CEO Kevin R. Keller, CAE. "Just about anyone can use the term ‘financial planner.' But only those individuals who have passed a rigorous set of criteria and meet our strict ethical qualifications can call themselves a CFP® professional."
This is the first large-scale Public Awareness Campaign the organization has underwritten. For more information on the campaign and to find a CFP® professional, visit the public service website at www.LetsMakeAPlan.org.
About CFP Board
The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and the federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes nearly 63,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.
About Bruce J. Berno, CFP®, and Berno Financial Management
Bruce J. Berno, CFP® is the founder of Berno Financial Management, Inc. a fee-only comprehensive personal financial planning and investment advisory firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1993, Berno Financial Management has been helping individuals and families achieve financial peace of mind. For more information about Berno Financial Management, visit www.bernofinmgt.com.
Contact: For more information about Bruce Berno and Berno Financial Management, call 513-474-9191 or visit www.bernofinmgt.com.