Advisory Group – Test

The Florida State University CFP Program Advisory Group was created in 2014 to assist in the continuous improvement of the program, to guide decision-making in the years to come. Its membership includes representation of the following groups: current and former (alumni) FSU CFP Program students, current program faculty, and CFP® practitioners in the community. This expanded membership provides insight to the student experience and perspective, allows the program to be better informed of the financial climate in the community, and the challenges facing CFP® practitioners and those entering the field.

Allie Vanlandingham

Allie Vanlandingham is currently going through the FSU CFP Program and serves as a student representative in the Advisory Group. She joined Capital City Trust Company in 2017 following 11 years with Capital City Bank Marketing where she served as both public relations manager and client experience manager. Allie is now a Trust Administrator and continues to cultivate strong relationships while providing exceptional client service.

Ben Bowersox, CFP®, CLU®

Ben Bowersox is a graduate of the MBA program at Florida State University. He holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation; FINRA licenses 7, 63, and 65; and the Florida 2-15 Resident Health & Life Agent License.

Ben serves as a Wealth Advisor with a focus on financial and estate planning for Capital City Trust Company and Capital City Investments. Prior to that, he worked as a business development position with a Fortune 500 firm. Before his business career, he served as a naval officer and naval aviator with multiple deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gary Parsons, CFP®, CLU®

Gary Parsons has been a practicing Financial Advisor for over 30 years and has been focused on helping clients pursue their lifelong financial objectives. He holds the Certified Financial Planner™ and Chartered Life Underwriter® designations. In 2014, Gary joined the team at Waddell & Reed Inc.

Along with his work as a Financial Advisor, Gary writes a financial planning column for the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. He is also a member of Rotary International and regularly helps out at the Homeless Shelter.

Bruce Hagan, CFP®

Bruce Hagan is a graduate of Florida State University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™; FINRA licenses 4, 7, 24, 51, and 66; and is licensed by the State of Florida as a life insurance and variable annuity agent.

Bruce has over 35 years in the securities industry and owns his own business. Along with his work as a Financial Advisor, he teaches Investment Planning for the FSU CFP Program.

Steve Halsell, CFP®, ChFC®, CASL®

Steve Halsell is a graduate of Florida State University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and is also Chartered Financial Consultant® and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living®. These designations allow him to serve his clients in their planning needs no matter their stage in life.

Steve is a Financial Planner with Prudential where he stays on the cutting edge of research and information for his clients.

Michael Davino, CFP®

Michael Davino is a graduate of Florida State University and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation. He is a Financial Advisor with Waddel & Reed Inc.

Along with his work as a Financial Advisor, Michael is a Standing Advisor to the Board of the Animal Shelter Foundation, a member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and a past Board member of the Lemoyne Center for Visual Arts. He also owns a nursery, Just Fruits and Exotics, in Crawfordville, FL.