EPI is Pleased to Welcome 58 New Advisors to the CEPA Community

INTRODUCING THE NEWEST CERTIFIED EXIT PLANNING ADVISORS

[Chicago, Il] EPI is Pleased to Welcome 58 New Advisors to the CEPA Community


CEPA Chicago | Class of 2019 – May

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming the newest Certified Exit Planning Advisors to join the growing exit planning community!

  • Brian Andreosky, CEPA, Aldrich, Lake Oswego, Oregon [read more]
  • Marc Barbeau, CEPA, PNC Bank, Chicago, Illionois [read more]
  • Michael Bober, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida [read more]
  • Christopher Brodman, CEPA, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [read more]
  • Brian Clarke, CEPA, H&J CPA, Concord, Ohio [read more]
  • Larry Clipp, CEPA, PNC Wealth Management, Bloomington, Illionois [read more]
  • Marc Cobane, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky [read more]
  • Jeffrey Craig, CEPA, Applications for Life, Austin, Texas [read more]
  • Joseph Cullen, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts [read more]
  • Austin Del’Ve, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Los Angeles, California [read more]
  • Michael DeSiato, CEPA, Cherry Bekaert LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Florida [read more]
  • George Don, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida [read more]
  • Devesh Dwivedi, CEPA, Calgary, Alberta [read more]
  • Mike Essenmacher, CEPA, Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc., Sheffield Village, Ohio [read more]
  • Thomas Flynn, CEPA, Focus CFO, Gahanna, Ohio [read more]
  • Benjamin Freeman, CEPA, RBC Wealth Management, Edina, Minnesota [read more]
  • Neal Furlong, CEPA, Hightower St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri [read more]
  • Nicholas Garcia, CEPA, First Republic Bank, San Francisco, California [read more]
  • Michael Goldberg, CEPA, Busey Bank, Burr Ridge, Illinois [read more]
  • Daniel Graff, CEPA, Sullivan Bruyette Speros & Blayney, McLean, Virginia [read more]
  • Brian Gramm, CEPA, Seemore Hawk, Sioux Falls, South Dakota [read more]
  • Simon Grant, CEPA, Busey Wealth Management, Burr Ridge, Illinois [read more]
  • Michele Grossi, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Los Angeles, California [read more]
  • Nicholas Harris, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Boise, Idaho [read more]
  • Robert B Henderson II, CEPA, Windes Inc, Irvine, California [read more]
  • Janine Iacobelli, CEPA, Barnes Wendling CPAs Inc., Cleveland, Ohio [read more]
  • Sara Jacobi, CEPA, Blue & Co LLC, Columbus, Indiana [read more]
  • Robert Johannigman, CEPA, SVA, Chicago, Illinois [read more]
  • Jason Katz, CEPA, Bartlett Wealth Management, Cincinnati, Ohio [read more]
  • Wendy Kester, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Paducah, Kentucky [read more]
  • Kristopher Kirby, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee [read more]
  • Sarah Lashua, CEPA, Frost Bank, Dallas, Texas [read more]
  • Benjamin Leistikow, CEPA, RBC Wealth Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota [read more]
  • John Mascarich, CEPA, Hilliard Lyons, Louisville, Kentucky [read more]
  • Kathryn Matz, CEPA, William Vaughan Company, Maumee, Ohio [read more]
  • Kevin McDevitt, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Troy, Michigan [read more]
  • Jonathan Metzger, CEPA, SmartStreet Consultants, Martinsville, Tennesee [read more]
  • David Millington, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Barrington, Illinois [read more]
  • Bill O’Donnell, CEPA, Athru Partners, Chicago, Illinois [read more]
  • Jay Pabian, CEPA, Pabian & Russell, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts [read more]
  • Daniel Parrish, CEPA, Dan Parrish Insurance Services, Inc., Sacramento, California [read more]
  • Matthew Powell, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky [read more]
  • Justin M. Pugh, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia [read more]
  • Kerry Pulliam, CEPA, Capitas, Louisville, Kentucky [read more]
  • Christine Ramirez, CEPA, Dale Carnegie Training Southeast Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida [read more]
  • Rosemary Rehner, CEPA, Barnes Wendling, Cleveland, Ohio [read more]
  • Paul Romano, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., [read more]
  • Scott Scheer, CEPA, Vista Financial Strategies, Appleton, Wisconsin [read more]
  • Sheila Simmons, CEPA, Huntington Private Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio [read more]
  • Peter Snelling, CEPA, Merrill Lynch, Exton, Pennsylvania [read more]
  • Gus Spaulding, CEPA, Bank of America Private Bank, Denver, Colorado [read more]
  • Jason Spitz, CEPA, Hilliard Lyons Business Owner Solutions, Louisville, Kentucky [read more]
  • Christopher Swink, CEPA, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Tampa, Florida [read more]
  • Paul R. Tingley, CEPA, Financial Resource Advisors LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana [read more]
  •  Cristina Vance, CEPA, Frost Bank, Fort Worth, Texas [read more]
  • Kenji Yoshikawa, CEPA, UBS Financial Services, Inc., New York, New York [read more]
  • Paul Younkins, CEPA, Tribridge Partners LLC, Baltimore, Maryland [read more]

We look forward to supporting all of you, alongside the entire CEPA network, as you change outcomes for the middle market!


The Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation is awarded to those professionals who meet the experience and education requirements, attend the credentialing program, and pass the proctored exam.  The CEPA designation is accepted by more than 18 major designations and organizations, making it the most widely endorsed and accepted exit planning designation in the marketplace today. To learn more, visit www.EarnCEPA.com.

More than a credentialing company.

“This Methodology is Going to Supercharge My Practice!” -Justin Goodbread, CEPA, CFP®

Official ‘Exit Planning’ Definition: Exit planning combines the plan, concept, effort, and process into a clear, simple strategy to build a business that is transferable through strong human, structural, customer, and social capital. The future of the business owner, his/her family, and the business itself are addressed by exit planning through creating value today.

Exit planning is not just a plan (or a keyed-in report to print out for an owner). It is a strategy rooted in execution that grows value while expanding options so that an owner can transition the business on his/her terms when they are ready. It aligns the business, personal, and financial needs of the owner. Good exit planning utilizes the Value Acceleration Methodology™ to move clients through discovery, prepare, and decide gates. Certified Exit Planning Advisors (CEPA) educate the owner on all of the exit options and enters an engagement with an exit-option-agnostic perspective as to truly serve the business owner’s diverse needs. CEPAs collaborate with a seasoned, multi-disciplinary team of professionals to support the success of the business owner and use each other’s specialties and expertise to the benefit of the project. [view the award-winning methodology]

“Why did I earn CEPA when I already had an exit planning designation? Simple, the network. The quality of the EPI advisor network is unmatched.” -Paul Meyer, CEPA, CBEC

Do you consider your COIs or your referral network as the #1 source for new business? Look no further for your next membership affiliation. Formed in 2005 to serve educational and resource needs of financial planners and wealth managers, CPA/accountants, attorneys, commercial lenders, M&A advisors and business brokers, management consultants and other business advisors, the Exit Planning Institute is considered the standard trendsetter in the field of exit planning across the globe. It is the only organization that offers the Certified Exit Planning Advisor Program (CEPA) and qualifies for continuing education credits with twelve major professional associations, making it the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program in the world. [find a CEPA in your area]

“As a CPA, nothing is more important than exit planning.” -Bill Kenedy, CPA/ABV, CFF, CEPA

Our founders paved the way for the organization we are today. In the past three years alone, EPI has grown by more than ten times. We support and enable thousands of professional advisors who are leading the way in their local marketplaces across the globe. We invite you to join the community and experience the EPI difference.

We are powered by a dedicated staff, industry experts, and market leaders, that are passionate about providing top professional advisors the best industry content, ongoing practice support, and owner education resources. From humble beginnings, EPI has grown to become the exit planning market leader while staying focused and true to our mission. We are an education company that certifies and supports more than 900 CEPAs (and counting) as well as thousands of advisors worldwide through national, regional, chapter, and virtual education. Explore our history and make plans to play a part in our future. [explore the EPI history timeline snapshot]

“You want to have the best credential in the industry. So my advice is that you have to go with Exit Planning Institute.” -Vincent Mastrovito, CEPA, CBEC

Do you want help in an increasingly commoditized or oversaturated marketplace? Do you want just another designation for your business card or do you want the credentialing education that helps you adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing industry? You’ve come to the right place.

The Exit Planning Institute creates an exit planning “ecosystem,” and due to the diverse nature of exit planning, EPI has fostered a hyper-engaged exit planning community. This community includes CEPAs, other collaborative advisors, strategic alliance partners, academicians, the media, and business owners from across the globe made up of 15 countries, 44 U.S. States and representing over a dozen different professional disciplines. To serve this elite and cross-functional community on one major platform, EPI produces the best content as it relates to exit planning, succession planning, and value acceleration, provides ongoing advisor support and practice development, and creates connectivity to transitioning business owners. [connect with us today]

Explore the unmatched professional development experience and gain your next competitive edge in 2019.

The Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) Program is the most widely endorsed and accepted exit planning designation in the marketplace today. Experience the EPI difference and determine if earning the CEPA designation is the next strategic move for you to reinvent yourself in a changing marketplace. Visit www.EarnCEPA.com today.