PPI Laureates are thought leaders and industry innovators who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and are well-known for their commitment to Purposeful Planning.

Barbara A. Culver

Barb Culver has dedicated her career to serving her clients and their families at the highest possible level. She does this by utilizing her cumulative life and professional experience as a certified financial planner, author, speaker and consultant to help align clients’ financial resources with their values and core life principles. For Barb and her Connect-Gens team, “Purposeful Planning” means discovering each person’s unique life circumstances and then creating a clear plan to help them reach their goals. Because these goals integrate both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of life, Barb’s client conversations include discussions on the financial, emotional, psychological, spiritual and relational aspects of life and money. Barb consistently stays connected with her clients and their families and values the resulting intergenerational relationships. Barb’s professional and interactive speaking style had landed her numerous main platform invitations at national conferences.

James (Jay) E. Hughes, Jr., Esq.

James (Jay) E. Hughes, Jr., Esq.
Philosopher & Author

Mr. Hughes, a resident of Aspen, Colorado, is the author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, and of Family – The Compact Among Generations; he is co-author with Susan Massenzio and Keith Whitaker of The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth and Wisdom, Voice of the Rising Generation: Family Wealth & Wisdom; and he is co-author with Hartley Goldstone and Keith Whitaker of Family Trusts: a Guide for Beneficiaries, Trustees, Trust Creators, and Trust Protectors. All of Jay’s books have been published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Jay is also the author of numerous articles on family governance and wealth preservation and a series of Reflections which can be found on his website jamesehughes.com.

Jay is a fellow with Wise Counsel Research, a think-tank and consultancy focused on wealth and philanthropy. He was the founder of a law partnership in New York City specializing in the representation of private clients throughout the world and is now retired from the active practice of law. He is a frequent lecturer for and member of the Purposeful Planning Institute. He is also an early member of the Family Firm Institute and has lectured for them at a number of their annual gatherings. He has spoken frequently at numerous international and domestic symposia on the avoidance of the shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves proverb and the growth of families’ human, intellectual, social, spiritual and financial capitals toward their families’ flourishing. He is an advisor to the Kai Feng Family Heritage Institute located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China whose mission is to bring to Chinese families the Globe’s knowledge on how to nurture the growth of great families.

Jay is an emeritus member of the Board of Prescott College, a Counselor to the Family Office Exchange, an emeritus member of the Board of The Philanthropic Initiative; an emeritus faculty member of the Institute for Private Investors; a retired member of the Board of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, and a retired member of the Board of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a member of boards of various private trust companies, an advisor to numerous investment institutions, a member of a number of private philanthropic boards, and a member of the editorial boards of various professional journals. Mr. Hughes was a partner of the law firms of Coudert Brothers and Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue. He is a graduate of the Far Brook School, which teaches through the Arts, The Pingry School, Princeton University and The Columbia School of Law. He is one of the thirteen founders of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing; recipient of the Private Asset Management Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ackerman Institute Family Partner Award and the Family Office Exchange Founders Award.

While Jay no longer accepts speaking or consulting engagements, he encourages interested parties to contact his partner, Dr. Keith Whitaker, at (617) 272-6407 or keith@wisecounselresearch.com.

Richard B. Wagner, JD, CFP

Richard B. Wagner, JD, CFP
Principal, WorthLiving LLC

Dick Wagner served as the Purposeful Planning Institute Dean of Finology until his death in 2017. Dick is considered by many to be one of the fathers of the Financial Planning profession. In fact, shortly before his death Wagner published a labor of love, Financial Planning 3.0. That book distills Dick’s vision of how financial planning can move beyond stages 1.0 and 2.0 and enter the possibilities he highlighted as the 3.0 domain.

After a very successful financial planning career, Dick founded his practice WorthLiving LLC in 2000 with the mission of focusing on relationships between humans and money. Wagner served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Association of Financial Planning from 1984 to 1988 including service as President and Chairman of the Board. In 1989 he was appointed to the National Committee of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and continued to serve as President of that organization in 1993. Along the way, he has served on countless committees and task forces for the various financial planning associations and the CFP Board of Standards.

In 1989, Wagner wrote a seminal piece for the Journal of Financial Planning entitled “To Think…Like a CFP” which remains a leading aspirational expression of the financial planning profession and its importance to the modern world. He was a regular contributor to Financial Advisor Magazine for over fourteen years.

In 2003 Wagner received the Financial Planning Association’s highest honor, the P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award.

We will be forever grateful for Dick’s example and influence, which lives on within PPI. The teleconferences which he hosted and which featured his work are proudly archived within the Resource Center of the Purposeful Planning Institute.