DENVER (January 8, 2020) – Martin C. Seay, Ph.D., CFP® officially assumed his duties as the 2020 President of the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) effective January 1. In this leadership role, Dr. Seay will lead the FPA Board of Directors, volunteer leaders and staff to advance the vision and strategic direction for the association and its role in serving the needs of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals.

A respected academician, Seay is the Program Chair and Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. As the 2020 FPA President, Seay will concentrate his efforts on building the connection between practitioners, academics and the next generation of financial planning professionals while guiding the future of FPA and the betterment of the profession.

“As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of FPA, I’m honored to be part of a progressive movement that is bringing positive change for our members, volunteer leaders and the profession,” says 2020 FPA President Martin C. Seay, Ph.D., CFP®. “FPA is dedicated to elevating the financial planning profession and I look forward to continuing my work with those in our professional home to further solidify FPA as a leading force in helping planners transform lives.”

Seay has been recognized by the 2014, 2017, and 2019 FPA Annual Conference Best Research Paper Award, the CFP Board’s 2016 ACCI Financial Planning Award, the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award, the 2016 Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award, the AARP Public Policy Institute Financial Services and the Older Consumer ACCI Award in 2017, and the 2018 Richard L.D. Morse Early Career Award. Additionally, his work has been published in the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Journal of Financial Therapy, among others.

Dr. Seay received his Ph.D. in Housing and Consumer Economics with an emphasis in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Georgia.

View this video and interview for the Journal of Financial Planning with Dr. Seay to learn more about his top priorities as 2020 FPA President, his career journey and aspirations for the profession.

Journalists interested in arranging an interview with Dr. Seay about his new role, the association or the financial planning profession, can do so by contacting Ryanne Harrah at 303-867-7151 or ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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