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ALLIANCE FOR INVESTOR EDUCATION ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

WASHINGTON, D.C.//January 20, 2016//Don Blandin has been re-elected president of the nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE), a nonprofit consortium of 15 leading trade group, governmental and quasi-governmental U.S. organizations involved in investor education. Jason Doss is the newly elected AIE vice president. Robert Stammers has been re-elected as the organization's secretary/treasurer.

Blandin is president and CEO of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a non-profit organization devoted to investor education, and the Investor Protection Institute (IPI), a non-profit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs. He works frequently with state securities regulators on programs to help Americans of all ages become wise and safe investors. Blandin has worked in and with a wide variety of public and private-sectors, including: business and industry; nonprofit associations; academia and philanthropic foundations; and federal, state and local government, both in the U.S. and globally.

Led by Blandin, IPT and IPI work to educate and protect investors through programs including the Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE) Prevention Program Legal and Medical, which trains lawyers and medical professionals, as well as the When I'm 65 documentary and nationwide engagement program, which explores multi-generational approaches to retirement.

Jason Doss is a co-founder and current president of the PIABA Foundation, a foundation devoted to educating investors to help prevent investment abuse.

He is the owner of an Atlanta-based law firm with a national reputation and practice of representing investors in cases involving financial fraud and investment abuse. Doss is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University College of Law teaching a course in securities regulation and arbitration. One of the textbooks for the course is a book authored by Doss and published by the American Bar Association entitled, A Practitioner's Guide to Securities Arbitration. He also co-authored The Retirement Challenge: Will You Sink or Swim? The book was released in January 2009 and is currently sold at book stores across the country.

Robert Stammers, CFA, is director of investor education for CFA Institute. He has authored over 100 articles on various financial and investment topics for Forbes, Investopedia and other outlets.

Prior to joining CFA Institute, Stammers was the principal for his founded company A2O Consulting, where he helped real estate owners, lenders, and syndicators, develop and analyze structured real estate investments. He developed strategies for obtaining debt and preferred equity capital, as well as created finance-related marketing materials and research papers for various clients. He served as a senior equity analyst with Long Term Short Term, Inc., where he was responsible for the creation of new investment tools and instructional products to provide the revenues for two new investment education companies. As a senior executive for several institutional fund managers, Stammers was the portfolio manager for a $1 billion enhanced real estate fund, a $1.2 billion private timber fund, and several pension fund separate accounts.

ABOUT AIE

Founded in 1996, the Alliance for Investor Education Web site at http://www.investoreducation.org provides investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions. The 15-member Alliance for Investor Education is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. We pursue initiatives for education and join with others to motivate Americans to obtain objective information and increase their knowledge and understanding of investing.

Full members of the Alliance include: American Association of Individual Investors, American Savings Education Council/Employee Benefit Research Institute, CFA Institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust/Investor Protection Institute, National Futures Association, PIABA Foundation, and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the North American Securities Administrators Association are the governmental and quasi-governmental advisors to the Alliance.

CONTACT: Alex Frank, (703) 276-3264 or afrank@hastingsgroup.com.



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