scholar-practitioner speakers


For the first time, the 2019 Colloquium will feature three new sessions of interest for practicing CFP® professionals. These sessions, devoted exclusively to exploring the implications of research to financial planning practice, will be led by scholar-practitioners – individuals who have extensive financial planning practice experience and can apply those to relevant, impactful research.

Dr. Sarah Asebedo, CFP®
Assistant Professor of Personal Financial Planning
Texas Tech University

Dr. Sarah Asebedo, CFP® is an experienced teacher, researcher, and practitioner in financial planning. Her goal is to connect research and practice through evidence-based methods that advance the financial planning profession and equip advisors to excel in client relationships. She is currently spearheading research focused on the psychology of financial self-efficacy and implications for financial behavior, financial satisfaction and well-being, and theory of the financial planner/client interaction. Her work has been published in the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Financial Therapy, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and Journal of Consumer Affairs. Dr. Asebedo’s work has been recognized with the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award (FPA/JFP), 2014 & 2017 Best Applied Research Award (FPA/JFP), 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Award (Investment News), 2017 AARP Public Policy Institute Financial Services and the Older Consumer Award (ACCI), and 2017 Robert O. Hermann Outstanding Dissertation Award (ACCI). She is the current President of the Financial Therapy Association. She earned her Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University.

Shawn Brayman, CFP®
PlanPlus Global

Shawn Brayman, CFP® is the CEO of PlanPlus Global, an amalgamation of two world leaders in Fintech solutions for financial planners and advisors – FinaMetrica and PlanPlus. FinaMetrica led the world with psychometric risk tolerance assessments and PlanPlus created the world’s first global platform for financial planning. PlanPlus Global delivers advisory platform solutions to users in over 30 countries and 12 languages. Mr. Brayman has a B.Sc. in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Master’s Degree from York University focusing on Predictive Expert Systems, a form of software technology commonly referred to as “artificial intelligence.” In 1986, he became involved in the knowledge engineering and development of an early financial planning expert system for a Canadian insurance company. In 1990, he started PlanPlus Inc. and has been working in the financial planning field ever since, delivering software, training and business consulting services. In October 2016, Mr. Brayman, along with co-author Larry Frank Jr., was awarded the CFP Board Best Research Paper Award at the Academy of Financial Services conference in Las Vegas. This paper was on “Combining Stochastic Simulations and Actuarial Withdrawals into One Model” and was published by the Journal of Financial Planning, November 2016. He remains active in the research field covering a wide range of topics and peer-reviewed papers and is a proponent of evidence-based financial planning.

Dr. Ed Horwitz, CFP®
Executive Director in Risk Management
Mutual of Omaha
Associate Professor of Practice of Behavioral Finance
Creighton University, Heider College of Business

Dr. Ed Horwitz, CFP® is the Mutual of Omaha Executive Director in Risk Management , and Associate Professor of Practice of behavioral finance in the Economics and Finance department at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. He serves as the director/developer of Creighton’s programs in Financial Planning, Insurance, Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance, and Enterprise Risk Management. A former business management senior executive, Dr. Horwitz has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Planning and Insurance Risk Management Industry. His PhD research has been focused on risk management, financial literacy and education, financial psychology, and financial behavioral change. Recently, his research focus has centered around field clinical trials of new financial psychology-based client interventions to improve engagement with financial planners.

Dr. Ron Sages, CFP®
Senior Investment Officer and Director of Personal Financial Planning
Eagle Ridge Investment Management, LLC

Dr. Ron Sages, CFP® is a Senior Investment Officer and Director of Personal Financial Planning for Eagle Ridge Investment Management, LLC, a wealth management firm, based in Stamford, Connecticut. A former wealth management entrepreneur for 25 years with 20 years of Money Center Bank experience, Dr. Sages earned his doctorate in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University in 2012 and his MBA in Finance and Taxation from the University of Connecticut in 1979. His research interests are in behavioral finance, risk management and financial literacy. As a financial planning practitioner and researcher, Dr. Sages aspires to bring applied research to financial planning practitioners in an effort to provide practical solutions to client-focused challenges. Ron is a member of the Stamford (CT) CFA Society, Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County (CT), the National Association of Estate Planning Councils, American Council on Consumer Interests, Financial Planning Association, and the Financial Therapy Association.

Dr. David B. Yeske, CFP®
Managing Director

Yeske Buie
Practitioner Editor
Journal for Financial Planning

Dr. David B. Yeske, CFP® holds a doctorate in finance from Golden Gate University, an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Yeske has written feature articles for various professional outlets, and he is currently the Practitioner Editor of the Journal for Financial Planning. He co-authored with Elissa Buie, CFP®, “Policy-Based Financial Planning Provides Touchstone in a Turbulent World”, which was published in July 2006 in the Journal of Financial Planning. He contributed 13 chapters to the CFP Board’s “Financial Planning Competency Handbook,” published in April 2013. He and Elissa also contributed a chapter to “Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing,” published in February 2014. In October 2017, Dr. Yeske was awarded the prestigious P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award for his contributions as a thought leader in the profession. He holds an appointment as Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University, where he is director of the financial planning program.