The Smile Bus The Capital Financial Planning Smile Bus is a very special annual event. The idea for the Smile Bus came about when a member of our management team won a radio station essay contest. The essay asked, if given a chartered bus and tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City, who would you put on your bus? Clare Mertz, Executive Vice President, answered, “I would create a Smile Bus where people who have had a difficult year could park their troubles at the curb for the day and enjoy themselves.” Clare won. Todd Slingerland, president and CEO, catered breakfast and lunch for the bus and contributed holiday gifts for the children on the original bus. Todd and Clare and their families served the people on the bus and an annual tradition was born. The Capital Financial Planning Smile Bus is a unique program that casts a positive ripple effect into the world, raising the spirits of some of our community’s most deserving residents. It is truly our favorite day of the year!