National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

A Message from Our President

John P. Garniewski, Jr., CPA/PFS, CFP®, AEP®
Family Office Solutions, LLC
Wilmington, DE

Dear NAEPC Members and Guests of Our Website:

It is with much excitement that I became the president of NAEPC on January 1, 2020.  As the association of choice for estate planning professionals, we strive to cultivate excellence in estate planning through service to estate planning councils, their members, and Accredited Estate Planner® designees. 

So, what does this mean to you, the leaders and members of 275 estate planning councils and Accredited Estate Planner® designees?  It’s simple:  membership offers an opportunity to learn, grow and to meet other multi-disciplinary professionals, whether as a council serving its members or as an individual member or designee.  When we work together as one national network of estate planning professionals, everyone benefits, including you, your council, the profession, and our home communities.

The goal of my presidency is to look at the association and our activities to ensure that we are working as efficiently as possible as related to our mission and goals, while focusing three to five years into the future.  Since joining the board in 2007, we have embarked upon many exciting initiatives, offered new services and benefits, and continued a tradition of educational excellence that began 67 years ago. I intend to make sure these successes continue long into the future.

I would like to thank the many leaders who served before me; I am grateful to those who have done so.  In addition to the long list of volunteers, officersdirectors and past presidents, I owe a special “thank you” to our immediate past president S. Mark Alton.  His thoughtful leadership has been critical to our success as an association and has allowed me to start my presidency on a solid foundation on which to continue to build. 

I encourage you to contact me at any time during the year with your questions and suggestions. 


John P. Garniewski, Jr., CPA/PFS, CFP®, AEP®
2020 President