Early wins Gwen Fletcher Memorial Award

Crowe Horwath associate financial adviser, Amy Early CFP® has been named the Gwen Fletcher Memorial Award winner for being the highest achieving student in Semester 2 of the CFP Certification unit. The award is presented each semester. 

Amy receives her award for achieving the highest mark in all three required assessments in the CFP Certification program. As part of her award, Amy receives a certificate of recognition and $1,000, which is funded by the FPA. 

Amy said winning the Gwen Fletcher Memorial Award was a "great honour" and she applauded the FPA for keeping alive the memory of Gwen Fletcher and her drive to make financial planning a recognised profession. 

Amy has been planning for two years, prior to which she was a client services manager and a teacher of English in Germany. She credits her decision to become a planner to her enjoyment of working with people, and views her transition from teaching to planning as a means of continuing to help people. 

"I like working with people and I'm interested in planning strategies, so becoming a planner was an easy choice for me," she said. 

Amy attributes her success and enjoyment as a CFP practitioner to the tangible difference she can make to the lives of her clients. 

"Being a CFP practitioner provides me with the technical skills to provide the best opportunities for my clients," she said. "It has also helped round me out as a planner. And the CFP mark shows my clients that I'm not only committed to professional excellence but to ongoing learning. It's the standard that all planners should aim for." 

Amy has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (Financial Planning) from Kaplan Professional. 

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