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Private Ocean Chairman Named to U.C. Berkeley Post

June 26, 2014

Founder Richard Stone named Chairman of U.C. Berkeley Extension Personal Financial Planning Program

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Financial planning pioneer Richard Stone, founder of Marin County wealth management firm Private Ocean, has been named chairman of the U.C. Berkeley Financial Planning Program Advisory Board. As a longstanding member of the financial planning community, Stone will contribute his years of experience and expertise to further developing the U.C. Berkeley program and helping evolve the discipline of financial planning for future generations.

The U.C. Berkeley Extension’s program in Personal Financial Planning provides an academic path to the financial planning profession. The curriculum is overseen by the advisory board, which includes leaders in the financial planning services industry.

“Excellent financial planning can be a game-changer in people’s lives,” said Stone. “The more we develop the discipline, the more people can experience the kind of confidence and clarity that comes with mapping their financial future.”

About Richard Stone

Richard Stone began his career more than 40 years ago, when the financial planning industry was in its infancy. He graduated with the first class of Certified Financial Planners in 1973, and co-authored the industry’s first code of ethics. A tireless advocate for client rights and transparency, Stone has worked to establish the highest possible ethical standards for the financial services industry. His contributions to the industry were recognized in 2011 when he received the prestigious Schwab IMPACT® Leadership Award.

As chairman of Private Ocean, Stone is deeply involved in the local Bay Area community. In addition to his U.C Berkeley position, he’s a director and treasurer of Dominican University of California. Stone also serves as a member of the North Bay Advisory Board of Presidio Bank and the Buck Institute Advisory Council. He is invited frequently to speak about his experiences and perspectives at universities and conferences.

About Private Ocean

Private Ocean is a wealth management firm deliberately structured to give clients the intimate experience of a small firm, while harnessing the power, depth and discipline of a much larger one. The 24-person Private Ocean team seamlessly integrates personal financial planning and institutional-class investing. Private Ocean clients interact directly with a tight-knit team of specialists led by recognized industry leaders and pioneers in planning, investing, ethics and technology.

Earlier this year, Private Ocean was named one of the Best Places to Work by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2013 they were awarded with being the Best Wealth Management firm by North Bay Biz. CEO Greg Friedman was listed on Investment Advisor’s 25 Most Influential list and also received the Schwab IMPACT® Best in Tech Award in 2007.

Formed in 2009, Private Ocean ( combined two of the oldest privately-held wealth management firms in the San Francisco Bay Area – Salient Wealth Management and Friedman & Associates. Founded by Richard Stone and Greg Friedman, the firm has nearly $900 million in assets under management. Private Ocean works with senior executives, business owners and other affluent individuals with a minimum of $2 million to invest.

Photos of Private Ocean executives available on request. Email or call 415-526-2904.

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Susan Dickson, 415-526-2900

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