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For Release: August 13, 2013

Contact:   Michael N. Lewis, CLU, ChFC



                     Blue Ridge Chapter of the Society of FSP Named

                  Chapter of theYear

 Asheville, NC - The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) has been named a recipient of the Gold Medal of Honor Chapter of the Year Award in the Society's 2012–2013Excellence in Chapter Achievement (ECA) program. The award is given to four Society Chapters throughout the United States that excel at building a strong local organization and offer exceptional services to their members and their financial community.

"We are very fortunate to have the help and support of the Blue Ridge Chapter as we work to communicate our core values of Education, Ethics, and Relationships," said Joseph E. Frack, CPA, CGMA, chief executive officer of the Society of FSP. "The Blue Ridge Chapter is truly worthy of Chapter of the Year status. We congratulate the leadership team and members, and thank them for their outstanding contributions to the Society."
"This award is a tribute to our member volunteers whose diligent efforts and dedication to improving the caliber of financial service professionals made it possible," said William A. Chater, CLU, ChFC, president of the Blue Ridge Chapter. "We are fortunate to have a committed group who truly believe in the Society and what it stands for. These hard-working individuals are extremely unselfish in sharing their time and their talents to achieve the Chapter's objectives and to help members provide the best possible service to their clients. We are all very proud of that."
The Blue Ridge Chapter’s officers and board of directors include: William A. Chater, CLU, ChFC- President; Thomas G. Komara, CLU, ChFC-President Elect; Roderick P. Hansen, CFP, CLU, ChFC, AEP-Secretary/Treasurer; Douglas R. Franklin, CLU, ChFC; M. Haynes Dorn, CLU; and Michael N. Lewis, CLU, ChFC.
Each of the Society’s Chapters is eligible to participate. Winners are chosen from those submitting entries demonstrating the full range of services they provide to members and their financial professional community. Criteria include:  leadership development, strategic planning, education, networking, membership, and technology.
The Gold Medal of Honor Chapter with the highest score in their flight based on the recruitment of new members and the retention of current members is named Chapter of the Year.Each Chapter of the Year winner receives $1,500 and receives special recognition at the Society’s annual Leadership Development Conferences and in Society Page, the national newsletter.


Founded in 1928, the Society of Financial Service Professionals is the standard bearer for excellence in professionalism, advanced continuing education, and ethical guidance for the nation's top financial advisers. The Society has approximately 13,000 members, each of whom holds one or more of the following recognized financial service credentials: AEP, CASL, CEBS, CFA©, CFP®, ChFC, CIMA, CLF, CLU, CPA, CPC, CPCU, CTFA®, EA, JD (licensed), MSFS, MSM, RHU, REBC, and graduate degrees in financial services. Active in 160 Chapters nationwide, Society members assist the public in their efforts to achieve personal and business-related financial goals. Consumers can obtain free financial information or find a Society member in their community by calling the Society's toll-free National Consumer Referral Service at 1-888-243-2258 or visiting