Kenneth Black, Jr. Leadership Award

We are most pleased that the recipient of the 2012 Kenneth Black, Jr. Leadership Award for 2012 is Dale A. Vetter, MSFS, CLU, ChFC, AEP. The award was named after the late Kenneth Black, Jr, PhD, CLU, CPCU. Dr. Black was a scholar, educator, author and long-time editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals. The Ken Black award was created to recognize and honor an individual whose life epitomizes Society core values of Education, Ethics and Relationships.

In presenting the award at this year's Focus Chapter Summit, FY 2012 Society president, April Caudill, recognized Dale for "being a true servant leader, an exceptional mentor, educator, and caring human being who never fails to give back to others." Dale's commitment to the Financial Services profession and the Society is unwavering. He was a national director of the Society of Financial Service Professionals from 1996 – 2000. He is a past president of the South Jersey Chapter and held numerous local leadership positions. Nationally, he served on the Society's National Advisor Team for over 10 years and on many Society Committees. He has attended over 20 Chapter Leadership Development Conferences as a moderator, presenter and participant. A renowned communicator, he has spoken on Society programs such as our Video Teleconferences and annual Forum. He chaired both the Financial Planning Section and national Sections Committee.

In addition to heading a comprehensive financial planning firm, Dale has consistently given back to his community. A long time Rotarian, Dale was a Willingboro Township Firefighter for 32 years, served as Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Chaired the Willingboro Board of Fire Commissioners. He received the Fire Department's Lifetime Achievement Award and the William A. Schroeder Award for devotion and commitment.

Dale labeled his receipt of the Ken Black award as "overwhelming and truly humbling!" He recognized past award recipients Ben Baldwin, Jr., Clark McCleary, Dick Bell, Ann Hartmann, Buddy Zais, Dick Weber, John Driskill, John Meyer and Anthony Domino. He paid special tribute to his wife of 53 years, Arlene, calling her "truly the wind beneath my wings."

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