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Martin Seay named to InvestmentNews' 40 Under 40 list

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Martin Seay

Financial publication InvestmentNews has selected Martin Seay, head of Kansas State University's new personal financial planning department, to its 2020 list of top young financial planning experts.


MANHATTAN — The head of the new personal financial planning department at Kansas State University is being nationally recognized as a rising star in the field.

Martin Seay, associate professor of personal financial planning and certified financial planner, has been named to the 40 Under 40 list for 2020 by InvestmentNews, the investing news source for financial advisors. The list was created to recognize young talent in the industry.

Seay was chosen from a pool of about 1,000 nominees by a panel of reporters, editors and other representatives of InvestmentNews.

"I am honored by this recognition from InvestmentNews, which is testament to the support and resources that Kansas State University and the College for Health and Human Sciences have provided to the personal financial planning program and faculty," Seay said.

With approval from the Kansas Board of Regents, K-State's personal financial planning program became a department in the College of Health and Human Sciences at the start of the new fiscal year, with Seay selected as its first department leader. A K-State faculty member since 2012, Seay teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. His research focuses on borrowing decisions, how psychological characteristics shape financial behavior, and methodology in financial planning research. His work has been published in the Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Journal of Financial Planning and Journal of Financial Therapy among others.

For his work, Seay has been recognized with the 2014, 2017 and 2019 Best Applied Research Paper Award at the annual conference of the Financial Planners Association; the 2016 CFP Board of Standards' ACCI Financial Planning Award; and the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award, which is awarded by the Journal of Financial Planning for the paper that provided the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the profession in the previous year. Seay also was awarded the Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award from the Housing Education and Research Association in 2016.

Seay currently serves as president for the Financial Planning Association, the largest membership organization for certified financial planning professionals in the country. The organization also includes many others who support the financial planning process. Seay serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Financial Therapy and as a director for the Academy of Financial Services.

Seay received his doctorate in housing and consumer economics with an emphasis in family financial planning from the University of Georgia.

"The 2020 class of 40 Under 40 honorees represent the best of the future of the financial advice community," said George B. Moriarty, chief content officer of InvestmentNews. "These men and women have already made their marks on the industry through exceptional leadership and service to their communities."

Seay and others making the 2020 40 Under 40 list are highlighted in the June 29 issue of InvestmentNews and online at investmentnews.com.