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Industry Designations

The Equitas staff includes professional designations of: 1 MBA, 3 BAs, 2 BBAs, 1 AIF®s, a QPFC, 2 BSs, 1 MFINs, and a CFA® charterholder.

CIMA®

The designation of Certified Investment Analyst (CIMA®) established by the Investment Management Consultant’s Association (IMCA®), is awarded to those individuals who have completed a rigorous course of study offered through the prestigious Wharton School of business at the University of Pennsylvania.  To date the CIMA® designation has been achieved by over 7,000 individuals.  CIMA® practitioners subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and are required to maintain their designation through continuing education programs.

David Thomas is a member in good  standing  of IMCA®, has attained CIMA® designation, and adheres to the Code of Ethics.

AIF®

The ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY™ designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. This professional designation is awarded to individuals that have completed formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. AIF designees have a reputation in the industry for the ability to implement a prudent process into their own practices as well as being able to assist others in implementing proper policies and procedures.

Scott Grandbouche has earned the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY™ designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania’s’ Wharton School of Business.

ASPPA®

The American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries was founded in 1966 and is the premier national organization for career retirement plan professionals.  ASPPA offers extensive educational opportunities for its members-from professional credentialing and certificate programs to training and continuing education.  The Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) designation is the professional credential for financial professionals who sell, advise, market or support qualified retirement plans.

Brandon Grandbouche has earned the professional designation of Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) from the ASPPA.

CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST INSTITUTE

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence. The CFA Institute is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The CFA Program includes a series of three exams that are offered in test centers around the world. These three exams must be passed sequentially as one of the requirements for earning a CFA charter. Successful candidates report spending an average of 300 hours preparing for each exam. This information is taken from www.cfainstitute.org.

*Yu Huang is an active CFA® charterholder.

*The CFA Institute does not certify, endorse, or sponsor any firm and only an individual may become a charterholder.  The above is for informational purpose only and not an endorsement of the firm.  CFA® is a registered trademark owned by CFA institute.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Finance (MFIN) degrees require hours of intense study focusing on accounting, economics, and finance. Individuals who earn these degrees are learned in valuation and investing practices.

Derek Fossier has earned his MBA degree from Tulane University and Yu Huang has earned her MFIN degree from Tulane University.