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Cecil M. Bateman Obtains the Certified Wealth Strategist® Industry Designation


Cecil Bateman is among the first 1000 professionals to obtain the Certified Wealth Strategist® designation in the country.

St. Augustine, FL, October 13, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Cecil Bateman of Cowan Financial Group and an Investment Advisor Representative with NEXT Financial Group, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, is among the first 1000 professionals obtaining the wealth management skill set of the future. The Certified Wealth Strategist® designation, administered by Cannon Financial Institute, recognizes those individuals completing thorough study of the issues surrounding effective wealth advising to comprehensively address clients’ wealth management needs.

Obtaining the Certified Wealth Strategist® designation provides financial services professionals with the technical knowledge, practice management know-how and the critical client communication skills to create and build a wealth advisory practice that works effectively for clients with more complex wealth issues. These professionals strive to become their clients’ trusted advisor.

“The creation of the CWS® designation was in response to a need in the industry for a practical, application-based certification program for financial professionals. Specifically, in volatile times like the present, a respected financial service professional requires the skill set of a 'trusted advisor'. Defined as an advisor with not only the competencies to understand their clients specific wealth needs but the conversational skills to communicate it in a way that the client comprehends. Completing this designation distinguishes the recipient for their commitment to their clients’ financial future,” said Phil Buchanan, Chairman, CWS® Advisory Board and CEO, Cannon Financial Institute.

To obtain the Certified Wealth Strategist® certification one must go through a comprehensive blended-approach to learning. The program consists of 4 days of classroom training, months of directed study, video (including textbooks & study guides, e-learning lessons, technical tests) and completion of a final Capstone project. The entire study takes approximately six months to complete. The designation is awarded upon the successful completion of the entire program and passing of the Capstone project. The Certified Wealth Strategist® education and designation are administered by Cannon Financial Institute, in which the CWS® Board of Standards awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.

With over 200 years of combined experience, Cowan Financial Group is a full-service financial planning and consulting firm for individuals, families, and business owners. Cowan Financial Group, located on 136 Malaga Street, St. Augustine, FL has been in business in the St. Augustine/Jacksonville, Florida area for over 31 years. Call us at 904-824-8147 for a free consultation. Securities are offered through NEXT Financial Group, INC., Member FINRA/SIPC. Cowan Financial Group is not an affiliate of NEXT Financial Group, Inc.

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