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About

Ken Robinson, JD, CFP®

Senior Advisor

Ken Robinson, JD, CFP®

senior advisor / Founder


The moment you stop worrying about money, life gets better.™

Ken Robinson founded Practical Financial Planning in 1996. With decades of experience in the industry, he's authored several books on financial planning, including the groundbreaking Don’t Make a Budget: Why It’s So Hard to Save Money and What to Do About It. In addition, he wrote, produced and directed a critically acclaimed video about the economy in recession (check out his fun fact below!). He's been quoted in The New York Times as well as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Money magazines, and his writing has appeared in Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer and in the journal Science.

He is also the owner of Financial Self-Confidence, a service that provides keynote speeches and seminars on personal finance. As a speaker, Ken’s known for his rap music video about the stock market in recession.

Author
  • Don’t Make A Budget: Why It's So Hard to Save Money and What to Do About It.
  • Financial Tips For a Better Life—Simple and Effective Steps to a Better Financial Future.
  • Financial Planning for Lawyers, a 6-credit Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course
  • Basics of Personal Finance, a monthly column on financial planning for people who work for a living and don’t have time to be financial experts.
  • “Financial Planning for Early Career Scientists.” AAAS, 8 September 2006, Science 313:5792, pp.1454-1457) Internet version at “Young Scientists Need Firm Plan to Make Up for a Late Start“
Keynote Speeches
  • Don’t Make a Budget!—Why It’s So Hard To Save Money and What To Do About It.
  • Financial Calm In a Time of Change.
  • Faith and Finance.
  • The Fear of Budgeting
  • It’s Not About the Money.
Quoted By
  • The New York Times
  • Money
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • MSN’s MoneyCentral.com
  • Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer
Memberships
  • Professional Member—National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
  • Professional Member—Alliance of Comprehensive Planners
  • Professional Member—National Speakers Association
Education and Professional Designations
  • AB, Cornell University
  • JD cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, CFP® Board of Standards


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About

Britta Koepf, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Britta Koepf, CFP®

Financial Advisor


I enjoy being the person my clients can come to when they need talk through a financial concern, whether they need specific guidance or a sounding board.

Britta serves as the primary advisor for selected clients in addition to providing expert professional support to Ken on client matters.

When Britta decided to work in the field of personal finance, she researched the best way to enter the profession without compromising her ideals. It did not take her long to decide the best way forward would be to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and practice in a fiduciary, fee-only capacity.

Britta joined Practical Financial Planning in 2015 as a financial planning apprentice and earned her CFP® designation in 2017. Britta is a graduate of Hiram College, and of University of Akron’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ education program. Britta lives in Brooklyn Heights with her partner Craig and enjoys the theater, ballroom dancing, and searching for her next canine companion. One of several Harry Potter readers in the office, she is a proud Hufflepuff who and believes Hufflepuffs make the best financial planners because they are natural fiduciaries.

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About

Ellen Robinson

Office Manager

Ellen Robinson

Office Manager


P: (216) 688-3737

Ellen Robinson serves as Practical Financial Planning’s Office Manager. Feel free to contact her with any questions regarding billings or accounts payable.

Ellen received her degree in computer science and worked for many years as a programmer and analyst. Outside of the office, she is an accomplished seamstress and designer of specialty clothes including theatrical and historical costumes, as well as attire for wedding parties. And, Ellen made her movie debut in Ken’s rap music video about the stock market.


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About

Brittney Whitehouse

Client Service Specialist

Brittney Whitehouse

Client Service Specialist


Brittney joined the Practical Financial Planning team in 2019 as our Client Service Specialist. Contact her about scheduling, using the +PFP Portal, or to verify we have all the data we need for your next meeting.

A graduate of Youngstown State University who moved to Cleveland in 2018, Brittney shares her home with her wife, Devin, their young daughter, and a variety of critters. Please feel free to ask her about baby pictures if you're interested—sharing them is her new favorite hobby!

Brittney is a big fan of tabletop games, reading, and cooking. She is, like Britta, both a Harry Potter reader and a Hufflepuff, as well as being the office’s only team member who is either left-handed or a vegetarian.