Raymond J. Lucia Jr. from Lucia Capital Group Honored with AICPA 'Standing Ovation' Award As a Top Young CPA in Personal Financial Planning

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Raymond J. Lucia Jr. Recognized at the AICPA PFP Conference

Ray Lucia Jr., Chairman of Lucia Capital Group

For many years, I’ve worked hard to better the lives of not just my clients but retirees nationwide, and it’s nice to have that recognized by an organization as esteemed as the AICPA.

Raymond J. Lucia Jr. was one of 22 CPAs age 40 and under honored by the AICPA for contributions to the areas of personal financial planning with the first annual Standing Ovation, which recognizes the best young CPAs in various specialty credential areas. Raymond J. Lucia Jr. was honored at the AICPA's Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas in mid-January.

The Standing Ovation program, which launched last year, recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas. Requirements for nomination for the Standing Ovation program in the Personal Financial Planning specialty area include maintaining an active CPA license, being an AICPA member in good standing, and holding the PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) credential. Nominees must also be 40 years old or younger.

“The AICPA is pleased to recognize these outstanding young CPAs who hold the PFS credential for their contributions to personal financial planning,” said Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS, AICPA’s associate director of Personal Financial Planning. “Personal financial planning is a fast-growing field with increasing demand, and this underscores the opportunity for up and coming CPAs to serve the public interest by providing these services.”

Mr. Lucia is the chairman of the family of companies collectively referred to as Lucia Capital Group, which spans multiple lines of financial services businesses (including wealth advisory, asset management, investment platform, and product origination). His retail firms, Lucia Wealth Services and Lucia Securities, LLC, provide financial planning services to over 5,000 families across the country and oversee more than $2 billion in fee-based, brokerage, fixed insurance, and variable insurance assets.** Mr. Lucia also licenses The Bucket Strategy® and its software to independent financial advisors across the country through The Bucket Strategy Advisor Network®.

Additionally, Mr. Lucia is a majority owner and managing member of VALIDUS Growth Investors, LLC, and is responsible for the media business behind educational website WealthEd.com, which provides educational content to website viewers, radio listeners, and television viewers (through BizTV) all over the country.

“I’m humbled to be named as an inaugural recipient of the AICPA’s Standing Ovation award,” said Mr Lucia. “For many years, I’ve worked hard to better the lives of not just my clients but retirees nationwide, and it’s nice to have that recognized by an organization as esteemed as the AICPA.”

Recipients of this year’s Standing Ovation in PFP were recognized on the PFP Section website and during the Advanced PFP Conference.

Lucia Capital Group encompasses a family of companies across multiple financial service businesses. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, Lucia Capital Group offers a range of investment options and wealth advisory services, including asset management, investment platform management, and product origination.

** As of December 31, 2014, client assets managed by Lucia Wealth Services totaled $261,807,874 in discretionary accounts and $237,006,546 in non-discretionary accounts. In addition, their investment advisor representatives, in their separate capacities as Lucia Securities, LLC registered representatives, oversee $1,254,292,705 of assets in non-discretionary, traditional commission-based accounts. All services provided through Lucia Securities, LLC are non-discretionary. Their investment advisor representatives, in their separate capacities as licensed insurance agents, oversee $146,666,905 in fixed-annuity products. As of December 31, 2014, Lucia Capital Management had $196,218,276 in discretionary assets under management.

Ray Lucia Jr. is chairman of Lucia Capital Group and chairman of its subsidiary broker/dealer, Lucia Securities, LLC.

Investment advisor representatives of Lucia Capital Group, a registered investment advisor, are also registered representatives of, and offer securities through, Lucia Securities, LLC, a registered broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, and a subsidiary of Lucia Capital Group. Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Registered representatives of Lucia Capital Group only conduct business in the states where they are currently licensed. Check the background of this firm on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

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