The Financial Planning Association has named Martin Kurtz as its next president.

Kurtz will succeed Tom Potts and begin serving his presidency on Jan. 1, 2011. Kurtz is president of The Planning Center Inc., in Moline, Ill. He has been an FPA member for 15 years and has served on the FPA of Quad Cities board of directors, as well as the 2007 and 2008 FPA Retreat task forces.

Kurtz has been chair of the Board of Professional Review for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and a board member of Money Quotient. He also held various leadership positions in his local community, including charter president of Cedar Falls Optimist Club, and board member of Mason City Optimist Club and the Ballet Quad Cities.

The FPA has also elected four new members to its board of directors: Edward W. Gjertsen II, Vern C. Hayden, Christopher Rand and Janet A. Stanzak. Each new board member will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

Gjertsen is vice president of Mack Investment Securities in Glenview, Ill. Hayden is president of Hayden Wealth Management in Westport, Conn. Rand is a senior financial planner at MetLife’s Financial Planning Division in San Diego. Stanzak is principal and owner of Financial Empowerment, LLC in Bloomington, Minn.

In conjunction with gaining four new FPA board members, four board members’ term will end in Jan. 2010: Michael W. Busch, Bonnie A. Hughes, Mark E. Johannessen and William J. Moran.

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