Bart’s experience in the financial services industry spans over portions of six decades, and he has been a financial professional for 40 years. He worked for Global Financial Advisory Services nascent days of the mid 90’s with David and his father, Lou. He has been a financial and investment analyst, investment advisor, institutional portfolio manager, market maker, and international financier.
Since the end of last century, Bart has logged 12,000 hours in the live (not internet) classroom training thousands of other financial professionals in various FINRA and CFP® curriculum and material. He is a current member of the FINRA Board of Arbitrators and has given expert testimony on such matters.
Bart grew up in the greater Houston area, and is a big Astros fan, supporting the club since their inception. However, his favorite sport is ice hockey as he is probably the only person who is a full season seat holder to both the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes!
B.A. Claremont Men’s College
M.B.A. Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College
Certificates, Designations and Licenses
Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®)
Enrolled Agent (EA)
Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
California Life and Health Insurance Producer #0828342
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®)
The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® (collectively, the “CFP® marks”) are professional certification marks granted in the United States by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP® Board”). The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold CFP® certification. The CFP® is recognized in the United States and a number of other countries for its (1) high standard of professional education; (2) stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and (3) ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients.
To earn the credential, each CFP® candidate must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university and three years of full-time personal financial planning experience. In addition, candidates must take the CFP® Certification examination and complete a CFP® -board registered program or hold an accepted designation, degree or license. Every two years, CFP ® certificate holders must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education. More information regarding the CFP® is available at http://www.cfp.net/default.asp.
CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST® (CFA®)
The Chartered Financial Analyst ® and CFA (collectively, the “CFA credential”) is a professional credential granted in the United States by the CFA Institute. The CFA credential is a voluntary credential; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold the CFA credential. The CFA course of study includes the candidate body of knowledge, the curriculum content, learning outcome statements, and the topic area weights.
To earn the credential, each CFA candidate must have an international travel passport and one of the following: (1) A bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree or be in the final year of your bachelor’s degree program (having completed the bachelor’s degree program in order to register for the Level II exam), or (2) Four years of professional work experience (does not have to be investment related), or (3) A combination of professional work experience and education that totals at least four years (part-time positions do not qualify, and the four-year total must be accrued prior to enrollment). Each CFA candidate must then pass three six-hour exams of various levels, with candidates reporting dedicating in excess of 300 hours of study per level to prepare for each exam. More information about the CFA is available at https://www.cfainstitute.org.
CHARTED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT® (ChFC)
The Chartered Financial Consultant ® and ChFC (collectively, the “ChFC designation”) is a professional designation from The American College of Financial Services. The ChFC is a voluntary credential; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold the ChFC designation. The ChFC course of study is comprised of nine college-level courses that address all aspects of financial planning, with a focus on the practical application of those principles based on real-life case studies.
To earn the designation, each ChFC candidate must successfully complete all courses and exams, meet experience requirements (three years of full-time business experience) and ethics standards, and agree to comply with The American College Code of Ethics and Procedures; participation in the Professional Recertification Program is also required. More information about the ChFC is available at https://www.theamericancollege.edu/designations-degrees/ChFC.
ENROLLED AGENT (EA)
Enrolled Agents (EAs) are federally-licensed tax practitioners who may represent taxpayers before the IRS when it comes to collections, audits and appeals. As authorized by the Department of Treasury’s Circular 230 regulations, EAs are granted unlimited practice rights to represent taxpayers before IRS and are authorized to advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and any entities with tax-reporting requirements.
To earn the designation of EA, each EA candidate must pass a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual and business tax returns, or demonstrate experience as a former IRS employee. EAs must also complete 72 hours of continuing education every three years. More information about EAs is available at https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/enrolled-agents.