Press Release  Monday, Oct 03, 2016

FPSB Board Chairperson-Elect Congratulates FPSB Member and Dutch Financial Planners on 20 Years of Excellence at FFP Annual Congress

DENVER, CO – 3 OCTOBER 2016 – Pamela Packard, chairperson-elect of Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd.’s (FPSB) Board of Directors, is confirmed to address the annual Federatie Financieel Planners (FFP) Congress: Embrace the Future, which takes place at the NBC congress centre in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, on 6 October. As leader of FPSB, the organization that the owns the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the U.S., Ms. Packard will welcome more than 1,000 financial professionals in the Netherlands who have now joined the global community of more than 161,000 CFP professionals in 26 countries and territories around the world.

Ms. Packard will congratulate FFP on its 20-year anniversary, and on the two decades that it has spent serving with excellence the public and the financial planning profession in the Netherlands. She will also address the role of FPSB in establishing financial planning as a global profession, and discuss how having a financial plan and working with a competent and ethical CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional makes consumers’ lives better.

“It is an honor to address FFP and its membership and to recognize their efforts to benefit Dutch consumers by raising financial planning professionalism in the Netherlands,” Ms. Packard said. “FPSB is proud to have FFP and its members as part of our global community, and we look forward to partnering together on increasing consumer awareness of financial planning and CFP certification in the Netherlands and throughout Europe.”

The theme of FFP’s conference – Embrace the Future – will focus on financial technology (fintech) and the advancements that are affecting financial advice and financial planning. With fintech on the rise, and as topic of public interest, it is more important than ever to increase awareness of financial planning and the importance of working with a trusted expert like a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional. FPSB, with the support of its Members, conducted a survey of more than 19,000 consumers worldwide, in which Dutch consumers responded that trust was a top consideration when selecting a financial professional.

To dive deeper into the results of the FPSB global consumer survey, FPSB Director of Marketing & Communications Danel Kuhlmann will host an “expert session” to share key highlights from the survey, which demonstrate the value of financial planning and the benefits of working with a CFP professional. She will also address FPSB’s newest marketing campaign – “Life’s Better,” which is focused on increasing consumer awareness of the benefits of having a financial plan and working with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional to reach financial and life goals.

To follow FPSB’s Life’s Better campaign follow @FPSB on Twitter, using the hashtag #LifesBetter. For more information about the FFP congress, follow @FFPCongres on Twitter, using the hashtag #FFPCongres, or visit

FPSB will host its biannual FPSB Global Member Meeting in Amsterdam the following week, themed “Shaping the Future of Financial Planning,” where the leadership of the global financial planning community will gather. At the event, the FPSB network will review FPSB’s strategy to establish financial planning as a global profession, and the CFP certification as the must-have designation for the consumers and providers of financial planning advice around the world.

About FPSB
FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs for financial planning organizations to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB has a nonprofit member organization in the following 26 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2015, there were 161,821 CFP professionals worldwide. For more, visit

About FFP
The FFP (Federation of Financial Planners) is the professional organization for financial planners in the Netherlands. It oversees the FFP quality mark, and, from 1 January 2016, has been authorized to administer CFP® certification in the Netherlands. With approximately 4,000 members, the FFP is the largest European organization of financial planners. For more, visit

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