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Letter from the 2019 FPA DFW President



Thank you! There is no better way to start a new year than to thank those who have grown, nurtured, and championed our chapter of the FPA. As I have attended national meetings with other chapter leaders and spoken to our corporate partners, the message has been consistently, “we love the people in the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter.”


Because of your hard work and dedication our chapter membership grew in 2018 and now sits at around 800 members. Again, thank you for inviting your co-workers and colleagues to join us and making them feel welcome. I encourage new members and long tenured alike to find a committee and become more actively involved. If you aren’t sure the best place to plug in feel free to reach out to me or any other board member and we will find the right place for you.


As many of you have heard the national FPA board has recently announced a new initiative called OneFPA that will combine all 86 local chapters and 3 state entities into a single unified organization. It is designed to deliver a consistent and indispensable member experience, drive more alignment and integration, and empower our volunteer leaders. Our local chapter leadership has now met twice with national FPA Board Members and attended two separate conferences with national FPA executives to ask questions and gather more information about OneFPA. We are diligently parsing through the information to determine what we feel is the right course of action for our chapter and its members. We see many positives that could come from this monumental transition but are cognizant there are many questions still being asked.


If you would like to read more about OneFPA and the proposed changes you can visit the microsite set up by FPA at At the site you will be able to read detailed plans and visit the FAQ page. Many of these questions are the ones being asked as national FPA Board Members and executives conduct a Listening Tour with local chapters. Please do not hesitate to reach out to ask any questions you might have about OneFPA.


While OneFPA will be a major focus on the national level of FPA we cannot forget about our FPA DFW Conference on May 16-17 or the numerous other chapter meetings, social events, and educational opportunities throughout the year. I look forward to another successful year together.





Taylor Steele, CFP®, CLU®, AIF®, EA
FPA Dallas/Fort Worth President









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