Cedar Brook Financial Partners Sponsors Second BBYO Teen Leadership Development Program

CLEVELAND, OH, December 2, 2013 – Spearheaded by Howard Slater, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, MSFS®, MBA, a founding principal of Cedar Brook Financial Partners LLC, one of the region’s largest independent wealth management firms, the second in a series of BBYO Leadership Training conferences took place November 8-10, 2013 at Camp Wise in Chardon, OH. BBYO is the leading, national pluralistic Jewish teen organization devoted to providing Jewish youth with creative learning opportunities to enhance their leadership skills.

In 2012, Cedar Brook granted $50,000 over five years to fund local leadership development through BBYO. Mr. Slater and twenty-five other community leaders served as the presenters and coaches throughout the weekend.

The objective of this year’s conference was to develop BBYO student officers’ leadership skills. One hundred and twelve teens from Akron, Canton, Toledo, Youngstown and Cleveland attended the event. The youth engaged in interactive skill building workshops on topics including communication & marketing, programming, relationship building, and philanthropy. “This year’s conference exceeded all of our expectations. In just a few short days, the passionate volunteer professionals who led the sessions successfully taught our teens life skills that they can apply to our organization as well as any other groups and businesses they’re part of,” said Todd Kay, Regional Director, BBYO, Ohio Northern Region. Zach Sable, BBYO Student Regional President, shared his enthusiasm for the weekend, "I appreciate having the opportunity to spend a weekend with my BBYO friends and at the same time, learn leadership skills that we can apply not only to BBYO but to jobs and life... big ideas are shared, creative planning is developed and growth strategies are applied when we come together to grow our movement."

About Cedar Brook Financial Partners

Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, with offices in West Bloomfield, MI, and Naples, FL, Cedar Brook Financial Partners is one of the largest independent wealth management firms in the region, according to Crain’s Cleveland Business 2013. Cedar Brook’s now seventy-plus professionals deliver customized, personal services including comprehensive wealth strategies, investment and insurance advice, retirement plan consulting, and group benefit programs to physicians, corporate executives, privately held business owners, and families. Cedar Brook has been recognized again, as a Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio by WorkplaceDynamics according to the Plain Dealer's 2013 study. The firm offers securities through Securities America Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Securities America Advisors Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Cedar Brook Financial Partners LLC and the Securities America companies are not affiliated. For more information, please visit www.cedarbrookfinancial.com.

About BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For almost 90 years, AZA and BBG chapters in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Independent of B’nai B’rith since 2002, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists now serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah teen audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring worldwide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

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