Scott M. Kahan, CFP®
With over thirty years of experience, Scott has devoted his career to helping individuals, families and small business owners reach their financial goals. He began his career in 1982 and founded FAM in 1986.
Dedicated to his profession, Scott has committed a substantial amount of his time to play an integral role in the advancement of the financial planning profession. As an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and its predecessor organization the Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP), Scott served on the National Board of Directors from 1997-2001. He has continued his involvement with FPA by chairing a number of FPA’s educational conferences as well as serving on the Leadership Development committee and Practitioner Advisory Council. He currently serves on the Past President’s Council for FPA of New York. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Financial Planning – a national FPA publication. Scott currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation For Financial Planning, a non-profit organization supporting the delivery of pro bono financial planning to those in need.
Scott’s knowledge and experience led him to educating future financial planners at the financial planning programs of Marymount College, Baruch College and New York University (NYU) – where as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Financial Management at NYU, he was a recipient of the "Award for Teaching Excellence." Companies such as Citibank, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of New York have turned to Scott to prepare their ranks of advisors for the CFP® exam. He also has consulted on financial aid and college funding matters on behalf of the College Board.
The media turns to Scott regularly as a credible source to discuss investment and financial planning related issues. His on-air appearances include: Nightline, CNBC, CNN, FOX and ABC Evening News. He has appeared in both print and online for such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Money Magazine, Time, Business Week, Crain’s New York Business, CNNfn.com, and SmartMoney.com. He also contributed to the books So You Want to Be a Financial Planner, Inc. Yourself and The Encyclopedia of Financial Planning.
Along with volunteering for his professional association, Scott is an active volunteer for the community at large. He regularly provides seminars for parents on college planning at the local high school. He has served as board member and treasurer for the Board of Directors for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund, a fund that makes up "the difference" between the actual costs of college and all other financial resources available to students and their families. In 2011 and 2012, Scott served on the Board of Directors for the Financial Clinic, an organization that exists to build working poor people’s financial security by addressing their immediate financial challenges and helping them create trajectories for long-term goals and financial mobility.
Scott earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification from the College for Financial Planning and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University.