Diahann W. Lassus, CFP®, CPA/PFS Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Fee-Only Financial Planning

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (May 28, 2010) – The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the leading organization of Fee-Only, Comprehensive financial planning professionals is pleased to announce that Diahann W. Lassus, CFP®, CPA/PFS has been awarded the 2010 Robert J. Underwood Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes a professional who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of Fee-Only financial planning and advising.

Presented to Ms. Lassus at the NAPFA National Conference in Chicago, IL on May 21, the award's significance is "measured by a positive impact on practitioners, consumers, or the profession as a whole."

Ms. Lassus's contributions to the organization and the entire financial planning community have helped advance the profession. She has served as a member of NAPFA's National Board, chaired the organization's Industry Issues Committee, and served as 2008-2009 National Chair. In each role she worked collaboratively with the industry and congressional leaders advocating for consumers and to elevate financial planning to that of a true profession.

Most recently, she has been active in helping lead the Financial Planning Coalition, a collaboration of NAPFA, the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and the CFP Board of Standards, to push for consumer protection through legislation that would regulate those calling themselves “financial planners”.

“I firmly believe Diahann is a driving force for building a financial planning profession. It's been a pleasure and an honor to work with her both as part of the NAPFA National Board and as a representative to the Financial Planning Coalition,” said Ellen Turf, CEO of NAPFA.

Professionally, Ms. Lassus is co-founder and president of Lassus Wherley, a firm with offices in New Providence, NJ and Bonita Springs, FL, that works with individuals, couples and families on financial planning, investment management, tax preparation and family office capabilities working with individuals, couples and families.

Ms. Lassus is available to speak with members of the media and can be reached through NAPFA by contacting
Ben Lewis at 301-963-7555, Benjamin.lewis@perceptiononline.com. She can also be contacted through her office at 908-464-0102.

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About National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

Since 1983, The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) has provided Fee-Only financial planners across the country with some of the strictest guidelines possible for professional competency, comprehensive financial planning, and Fee-Only compensation. With more than 2,100 members across the country, NAPFA has become the leading professional association in the United States dedicated to the advancement of Fee-Only financial planning.

For more information on NAPFA, please visit www.napfa.org.

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