Alumni of the Month

Alumni of the Month

July 2018 Alumnus - John Thomas, MSFS, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®

Together with his wife Lorraine, John Thomas provides financial consulting and services as Thomas Financial Strategies, a fee-based firm in Eugene, Ore. With over 45 years of financial services experience, John provides education and assistance on topics including earning money, saving money, and building wealth. In 1993, John co-founded Pacific Benefit Consultants, Inc. and served in the past capacity as president and manager of the financial services division.

John earned his BA from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) from The American College of Financial Services. After serving in the military, he went to work for Weyerhaeuser Company as a supervisor. During this time, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Oregon. By 1973, John gained a new perspective and began his career in financial services after developing an interest in the profession. John states he entered the life insurance business when rate books and night appointments were a part of marketing. John started his Chartered Life Underwriter® studies and earned his designation in 1980. Shortly thereafter, he completed his Chartered Financial Consultant® designation and then matriculated into the MSFS program at The College.

In serving the community, John has chaired a hospital board and a country planning commission board, served as the president of a chamber of commerce, and has been appointed by two governors of the State of Oregon to chair commissions and boards within the state. John has served on multiple financial service professional boards and has held numerous leadership positions in Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).

John shares that although he is a CFP®, his passion has always been using life insurance as a financial instrument in legacy and beneficiary planning. He says “I can't say enough about The American College of Financial Services. My father was a CLU®, my spouse Lorraine is a CLU® and ChFC®, and my daughter has over 25 years in the securities side of our business. The need for professionalism is more important now than ever, and the role of a CLU® can never be diminished as part of the estate planning team. I will always encourage others to seek this professional education.”

John resides in Eugene with his wife Lorraine. He enjoys activities such as skiing, scuba diving, photography, and international travel.

Past Alumni of the Month

June 2018
Max Rooney, CFP®, CIMA®, ChFC®, CLU®, RICP®

May 2018
Regina Bedoya, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®

April 2018
Russell DeLibero, PhD, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

March 2018
Kelly Kidwell, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, LUTCF, CSPG

February 2018
Michael C. Doolittle, CLU®, CLF®, RICP®

January 2018
Jeff Camarda, Ph.D., MSFS, ChFC®, CLU®, CFA®

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