UNK Graduate named to Financial Planning Association National Board of Directors

Jennifer Haller
GTrust, (785) 273-9993, jhaller@gtrust.com

(Topeka, Kansas), (November 17, 2005)
  – Richard C. Salmen,CFP®, CFA, CTFA, Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor with GTrust in the Overland Park, Kansas, office has been named to the National Board of Directors for The Financial Planning Association, based in Denver, Colorado. He will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2006.

FPA was founded on the premise that the CFP® designation best represents the promise and the future of the financial planning profession.  Individuals holding the CFP® certification must meet high standards as defined by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards including a comprehensive certification examination, extensive educational and professional experience, compliance with the CFP®’s Board Code of Ethics, and rigorous continuing education requirements.

Salmen has worked in the financial industry for 16 years. As Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, he manages the Fee-Only Advisory Practice for GTrust.  He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was a graduate business scholar while receiving a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Kansas.  He previously served on the Chapter Leadership Resource Council for The Financial Planning Association.

In addition to the CFP® designation, Salmen has also earned the internationally recognized  Chartered Financial Analyst, (CFA®) and the Institute of Certified Bankers, Certified Trust & Financial Analyst (CTFA), accreditations.   He is further credentialed as an Enrolled Agent (EA),  authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service at all levels.

Salmen also serves on the advisory board for the Kansas State University financial planning degree program and on the Kansas/Nebraska Schools of Banking education board.  He is also a Certified Toastmaster (CTM) with Toastmasters International, a public speaking organization.

“It will be a privilege and an honor to serve on the FPA national board,” stated Salmen.  “As a member of the Chapter Leadership Resource Council, I sat with the FPA board on numerous occasions and was struck by the ability and passion of those involved.  Given my strong commitment to FPA and its mission, the opportunity to create a shared vision with all of FPA’s stakeholders and strengthen the organization is most welcome.”

About GTrust:

GTrust is a privately owned, independent trust, money management and financial advisory company, chartered and regulated by the Kansas Department of Banking.  The firm provides financial planning and money management services to individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations in more than 25 states on a Fee-Only basis.  Additional services include charitable consulting, foundation management, estate administration, and qualified plan design and record keeping.  The firm is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, with branch offices in Overland Park and Wichita and Larned.  More information may be found at www.gtrust.com  or by calling (785) 273-9993.