Friday, October 25, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT
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UCSC Extension 
3175 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Susan Adams 
Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley 

 Student Forum Meeting - October 2019

Student Forum Meetings are intended for those students at UCSC-Extension who are enrolled in the Personal Financial Planning Program and for members of the Financial Planning Association (any chapter).
These meetings are not open to the public. 

Preparing for the CFP Exam

Panelists: Dave Crook, Karla Rees, CFP, EA, Associate Advisor at Wade Financial Advisory Inc.; Sridhar (Sri) Krishnan, BS, MBA, owner of Encover Personal Finance LLC;  James Yi

Meeting Description 

The CFP exam seems a mystery. You hear it is “hard".  The PFP courses provide a foundation, but most students need more preparation before attempting to pass the 6-hour exam that is taken electronically. Are you looking for more on the exam details, how to prepare for it, experiences with the prep classes and words of advice?

In this session, we will hear from four recent test takers on their experiences.  This is an opportunity to learn from former students who were in your shoes a few scant months ago. You will hear a candid assessment of the areas where they felt unprepared, feedback on the prep classes that they took, strategies they used and some hints for the exam day. The panelists will introduce themselves and speak about their exam experience prior to opening the session up for a general question and answer period.  Come with your questions!!

This is a free event for UCSC Extension PFP students and FPA members.  Badges will be prepared for those registering for this event.  Walk-ins may be restricted. Lunch is not provided, though attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

*The room will open at 11:30 am for networking, so please join us before the noon presentation.

Speaker Biographies

Dave Crook is an alum of the UCSCX PFP program and a CFP certificant, having passed the exam in late 2017.  He is currently working on accruing hours needed for the credential.  His background is somewhat unconventional, with degrees in engineering and many years spent in the local high tech industry in a HR/recruiting role — combining the analytic and the interpersonal, which has proved useful in his early work with clients.

Sridhar (Sri) Krishnan, BS, MBA is the owner of Encover Personal Finance LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor in Fremont, CA. Sri began his career in Financial Planning after over 20 years of management and start-up experience in the Silicon Valley. He pursued his financial planning education through College for Financial Planning and passed the CFP Board exam and Series-65 in 2017. His firm provides fee-only financial planning to professionals in the Bay Area who want to build, grow and secure their financial future. He is a member of XY Planning Network, FPA and NAPFA.

Karla Rees, CFP, EA, has worked as an Associate Advisor at Wade Financial Advisory, Inc. for the past three years and holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from San Jose State University.  Karla is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an Enrolled Agent, enrolled to practice and to represent taxpayers before the IRS.  Karla completed the Personal Financial Planning Certificate program at UCSC Extension in 2015. She sat for the CFP exam and the final parts of the EA exam in 2016.  Prior to changing careers to financial planning, Karla worked as a corporate accountant in various roles/companies/industries for 20 years.

James Yi passed the CFP exam in July of 2019 after completing the Certificate of Personal Financial Planning program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension in December of 2018. He had been a business strategy and operations professional in the high-performance computer industry. He is seeking to build a new career in the financial planning field.

Pricing and Registration

This is a free event.  Registration is open through October 24, 2019.  If you must cancel, please contact Susan Adams at execdirector@fpasv.org.


Entrance to parking lot is on Scott Blvd (across from Whole Foods), though the street address in on Bowers Avenue.  If you use GPS, it will give you convoluted instructions.  You may park anywhere in the lot.  The lobby faces Scott.  Upon entry, check the electronic signboard to your left (at 1st reception desk) and look for an event “Student Forum.”  The classroom number will be provided.  You can ask the receptionist for directions to the room.

Lunch is not provided.   A brown bag lunch is OK to bring.  There is a Specialty’s Deli across the street (on Scott) along with a Whole Foods, Opas!, and other restaurants.  The room will open up at 11:30 am for networking.

Student Forum Meetings are intended for those students at UCSC-Extension who are enrolled in the Personal Financial Planning Program and for members of the Financial Planning Association.