News We are so pleased to announce that Grace Claxton, administrative assistant to Bruce Gaynor in our Albany, NY office, will be competing in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England March 2-4, 2018. This prestigious indoor track and field competition is held every two years. This will be Grace's second time competing. Grace will be representing Puerto Rico and competing in the 400 meter dash. Please join us in congratulating Grace and wishing her well as she competes against world class athletes from around the world. Grace will be accompanied by her coach, Mr. Roberto Vives, from the University of Albany. As the Olympics are showing athletic excellence on the world stage right now, it is so exciting for us to have such talent in our midst! We are rooting for you, Grace!During 2018, Capital Financial Planning advisors and administrative associates will be volunteering to prepare meals at Ronald McDonald House in Albany, NY for guests staying at the house while their critically ill children are receiving care at Albany Medical Center.On Saturday January 20, our advisors and administrative associates gathered at Salt and Char restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY for our annual banquet celebrating our work in 2017. At the banquet, Todd Slingerland recognized Peter Luczak, CFP® and Adam Knaust with the Capital Financial Planning David J. Ross Sr. award for service above self for their work in assisting hurricane victims in Florida and Texas respectively during last year's severe weather crisis in the United States. Peter was a member of the Red Cross disaster relief team and Adam was an independent volunteer. Adam Neary CMFC, Dan O'Keefe CFP®, Shelby Martin, and Brittany Hedderman were recognized as the top production team for 2017. Bruce Gaynor also received recognition for his work during the last three months of the year.On behalf of all of us at Capital Financial Planning, we wish you a beautiful holiday season surrounded by the blessings of family, friends, and good health. May 2018 bring you much happiness and peace. We are grateful for the privilege of your business and thank you for the gifts of your loyalty, trust, and confidence.We are pleased to welcome Dustin French, administrative assistant, who will be working in Todd Slingerland's practice. Dustin previously interned for two summers with the firm and we are pleased to welcome him full time.Congratulations to Shelby Martin and Brittany Hedderman-Giordano on passing their licensing exams. Both are financial advisors with the Neary/Luczak Group. We wish them continued career success.Best wishes to Dan O'Keefe on his recent engagement to Alexandra Pomato. We are very excited for the happy couple and wish them a lifetime of love.We salute Adam Neary, Dan O'Keefe, Pete Luzak, Shelby Martin, and Brittany Hedderman-Giordano for hosting a gret client appreciation event at Albany Country Club. The "turkey raffle" was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all.The annual Capital Financial Planning Smile Bus will be headed to Radio City Music Hall on December 13 to see the Christmas Spectacular Show. The Smile Bus enables people who have had a difficult year due to bereavement, illness, economic strife, trauma, difficult family dynamcs, and other issues to park their troubles at the curb for a day of special memories. On board the bus, participants are treated to food, carols, games, and other surprises. To date, over 350 people have benefited from the program. We are presently taking nominations from the community - please provide last name, number of children and ages, number of adults, reason for nominating, your relationship to nominee, and contact email and phone to email@example.com. Our committee will review nominations and contact those who have been selected. Nominees must be able to meet bus at 6:30 am on Dec 13 at Stuyvesant Plaza executive park (6 Tower Place, adjacent to the tower). No phone calls, please. We will notify selected nominees. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. As we have one bus/limited seating, we are unable to accommodate large groups/teams/scout troops/etc. We appreciate your help in filling the bus with amazing people again this year.Welcome Allison Davies, assistant to Michael McCamy, to the Albany, NY office. We are delighted you are on board and look forward to working with you!Thank you to all of our Ronald McDonald House meal preparers for 2017. This is a volunteer activity that a number of our financial advisors, associates, and family members take part in throughout the year and really enjoy. Providing a hot meal for dinner enables people, who are having a crisis situation with a critically ill child at Albany Medical Center Hospital and who are staying at the residence, to have a small measure of comfort. We have made a range of meals from ham to turkey to Italian hot subs (meatballs, sausage and peppers). Thank you to our shopper, Clare Mertz (and often her daughter, Rachel Lee) and to our chefs: John Buff, Michael McCamy, Melisa Boel, David Freed, Adam Knaust, Pete Luczak, Sara Symolon, Paul Stracke, Clare Mertz, Jan Slingerland, and Jim Zegers.Peter Luczak, of the Neary/Luczak Group, traveled to Florida with the Red Cross to volunteer to assist with Hurricane Irma evacuees. Peter spent 10 days living in a shelter and working with a wide range of people to provide food, shelter, bedding, and other services. He was commended for helping to assist a diabetic individual who had a medical emergency until first responders could arrive. Pete rode out the eye of the storm and the high winds with hundreds of others, and has many stories of community volunteerism and heroism at a truly harrowing time. We are proud to work with Pete and to recognize his service.We would like to recognize and thank Adam Knaust, Financial Advisor in our Albany, NY office, for his selfless service to the people of the Houston, TX area. As a private citizen (not affiliated with any organization), Adam drove to Houston with a rescue boat and assisted in the evacuation of Hurricane Harvey victims who were trapped in their residences due to flooding. Adam also assisted at a shelter in providing compassionate care to many displaced people. Congratulations, Adam, for setting such a positive example of humanitarianism.We are grateful to our summer interns, Dustin French, Michael Lia, and Robert Wildermuth, and wish them the very best as they return to campus and other endeavors. Thank you all for your many contributions over the past few months.Congratulations to Shelby Martin, Client Services Director of the Neary/Luczak Group, who was recently engaged. We wish you every happiness during this very special time.We are pleased to welcome Brittany Hedderman-Giordano, Financial Planning Assistant with the Neary/Luczak Group, and Mande Semon, Administrative Assistant to Bruce Gaynor, to the Albany office and Robert D’Amico, Financial Advisor in Cooperstown, NY. It’s great to have you here.Throughout the year, we take part in a range of charitable activities, including volunteering to cook for guests staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their critically ill children receive care at Albany Medical Center Children's Hospital, volunteering to sort food and household items at the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern NY, and participating in the Capital Financial Planning Charitable Foundation golf tournament that raised money this year for the Brave Will Foundation, an organization promoting palliative care for seriously ill children from whom a cure is no longer an option. Giving back to the community is an important part of our culture.On May 5, Capital Financial Planning advisors and associates celebrated the firm's 14 year anniversary. Todd Slingerland, President and CEO, hosted a fiesta-style luncheon to mark the occasion. He saluted those who were with the firm on the first day including Michael McCamy, Jim Zegers, Bob Elliott, and Paul Stracke and who joined in the first few months, including Clare Mertz, Adam Neary, and Gerry Gauer. Over the past 14 years, the firm has strived to provide an independent voice in the investment and financial services industry to help clients fulfill their goals and objectives. During that time, great satisfaction has come through efforts to help clients to educate children, build a nest egg, become philanthropic, make retirement memories, and more. Happy anniversary to all our clients and friends! We have been enjoying our volunteer cooking nights at Ronald McDonald House in Albany, NY. We prepare wholesome meals to assist families who are staying at the house while their critically ill children receive care at Albany Medical Center by providing the comfort of a hot, homemade dinner. Please visit "Past events" to see some of our pictures. Additional nights are scheduled. It is a very special service opportunity.On January 21, Capital Financial Planning held its annual awards banquet at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York. Advisors and associates were lauded by Todd Slingerland, President and CEO. Arthur Forget received recognition for community service and was awarded the David J. Ross Sr. award for service above self for his work with student veterans. Paul Stracke received the President's Award for his ongoing excellence in his work, service to clients, mentorship to other advisors, and volunteerism in the community. The Neary/Luczak Group was recognized with a special teamwork award for achieving top production in the group in 2016. Also receiving accolades for production in particular business categories were Michael McCamy CRPC, Peter Luczak CFP, John Buff, Arthur Forget MBA, and Adam Neary CMFC.On December 7, 2016, Todd Slingerland, president and CEO of Capital Financial Planning, hosted the 8th annual Smile Bus. The Smile Bus takes people who have had a difficult year due to illness, bereavement, trauma, economic hardship, or other challenges and enables them to park their troubles at the curb for a day of joy. The bus takes everyone to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show in New York City. On board, carols are sung, holiday trivia is played, food is catered, treats such as candy and cookies are enjoyed, and there are surprises for the children. It is a very special annual tradition. To date, 400 people have benefited from our Smile Bus program. Participants are nominated from our financial advisors, associates, clients, and the community at large. It is truly our favorite day of the year!In August 2016, we joined LPL Financial, the largest broker/dealer for independent financial advisors in the United States. With changes in our industry, we sought to align with an industry leader, accessing enhanced efficiencies in our “service engine” such as robust technology, improved custody and clearing services, and expanded compliance oversight to better serve our clients. This opportunity also enabled us to launch a hybrid RIA platform, creating greater transparency to our clients through fee based wealth management services. We constantly strive to provide the optimal client experience and greatly appreciate your continued support, trust, and loyalty. These are all things we do not take lightly. Thank you for the privilege of your business.On May 16, 2016, our 7th Annual Capital Financial Planning Charitable Golf Tournament teed off on a breezy day at Albany Country Club. Enthusiastic golfers enjoyed lunch and a shotgun start. They participated in skills contests on the course such as longest drive and closest to the pin and enjoyed 18 holes of beautiful scenery and challenging golf. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a sumptuous dinner buffet were enjoyed while golfers and dinner party guests enjoyed the bountiful live and silent auctions. A great time was had by hall in honor of STRIDE Adaptive Sports, our primary beneficiary, which is an organization which helps recently wounded veterans live life without limits. A $7,000 check was presented to STRIDE to underwrite a summer camp program in which wounded warriors mentor disabled youth. The Capital Financial Planning Charitable Foundation provides matching gifts for donations made by advisors and associates as well as direct grants to charitable organizations throughout our branch network. Please visit http://www.capitalfinancialplanningcharitablefoundation.com to see the pictures from this great event. Mark your calendar for May 15, 2017 for our 8th annual tournament and dinner party - we hope to see you there!