Dr. Johnson to Lead The American College

August 28th, 2014, Comments Off.


The Board of Trustees of The American College of Financial Services has named Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., CFA, CAIA, as president and CEO, beginning October 1, 2014. Dr. Johnson’s extensive scholarship, experience in investment management, and results in building global awareness for financial services education, make him uniquely qualified to lead The American College.

“Dr. Johnson will continue The American College’s expansion into broader areas of financial services,” says Linda S. Need, CFA, CFP, CAP, Chair of the Board of Trustees at The American College. “The Board conducted an extensive executive search, looking for the right person to take us to the next level. Dr. Johnson stood out from all of the other highly qualified candidates because of his track record of success in leading academics who provide professional education for those in the financial services industry. Dr. Johnson will be an outstanding, transformative leader as The College enters a period of significant growth.”

“The reach of this institution is impressive,” notes Dr. Johnson, “and I am excited about the opportunity to work with The American College professional staff and Board to broaden that influence. Throughout my career I’ve served at the intersection of academia and financial practice, and The American College is the most effective educator in that space.
“The fields of financial planning, retirement income planning and wealth management will be impacted by the work being done at The American College,” said Dr. Johnson. “It is an exciting time to be affiliated with this prestigious institution. Substantial investments are being made in practical scholarship and research. The College will continue to shape the financial services profession, and it will be a privilege to work with talented and dedicated people to lead those efforts in the years ahead.”

Dr. Johnson is the author of multiple books and scholarly articles on portfolio management, asset valuation, wealth management, and monetary policy. He currently serves as Professor of Finance in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and on the board of RS Investment Management.

From 1996 to 2011, he held a number of senior executive positions at CFA Institute and has extensive experience with credentialing programs, ethical and professional codes of conduct, and global business expansion.

He is co-author of the books Strategic Value Investing, The Tools and Techniques of Investment Planning, and Investment Banking for Dummies. He is also co-author of the forthcoming book ,Investing by Fed, which is scheduled to be published in December of 2014.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards. He holds an MBA from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


By Ayo Mseka


Mark Acre is YAT Team Leader of the Year

July 11th, 2014, 2 Comments ».

NAIFA – Springfield Member is the Fifth Recipient of the Award

Mark Acre Headshot

Mark Acre

NAIFA has named Mark Acre the 2014 Young Advisors Team Leader of the Year. Acre, 33, is president of the Nixa, Mo.-based OneSource Insurance Group, a company he launched in 2007.

“NAIFA-Springfield has benefited from Mark’s leadership and service since he joined the NAIFA-Springfield Board of Directors five years ago and then served as president in 2012-2013. He has taken the association to a new level with his dedication and passion for NAIFA and the industry,” said NAIFA President John F. Nichols. “Mark’s leadership is an inspiration to us all.”

While president of NAIFA-Springfield, the association was awarded the Platinum Bobo Award, an award which had not been won by the local since 2006. In addition to president, Acre served as chair of the YAT committee as well as chair of government relations, membership and APIC. He is the incoming secretary treasurer.

The YAT Leader of the Year Award, developed in 2010, recognizes an advisor’s commitment to NAIFA, including service on local, state and national committees and participation in the Leadership in Life Institute (LILI); involvement with state or federal legislative efforts; participation in external service work such as charities; and an ability to inspire others.

“Mark’s professionalism and zeal for service to his customers are outstanding,” said fellow NAIFA member S. Ann Pugh, CFP, of ING Financial Partners in Clinton, Mo. “Mark is dedicated to a working relationship with members of Congress on both a state and national level. He was a tremendous asset during the recent Fly-in to our nation’s capital.”

In addition to his service to NAIFA, Acre is active in his community as a board member for the Rotary Club and the Junior Achievement programs in Springfield. He also is involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Special Olympics and Care to Learn.

As the YAT Leader of the Year, Acre will be recognized during the 2014 NAIFA Career Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego in September.

For more information on NAIFA’s Young Advisors Team (YAT), visit www.naifa.org/yat.