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Sheryl Garrett, CFP®

Co-Founder Emeritus

Sheryl Garrett, co-founder of Garrett Investment Advisors (now known as CGN Advisors, LLC), has been dubbed "The All-American Planner," because of her zealous mission to "help make competent, objective financial advice accessible to all people." In 2000, Sheryl started the well-known Garrett Planning Network, a nationwide network of Fee-Only, hourly-based financial planners.

She has been recognized six times by Investment Advisor magazine as "One of the Most Influential People in Financial Planning." The first recognition came in 2003 and most recently in the May 24, 2016 issue of ThinkAdvisor.com, the online version of the publication.

For the inaugural Investment News – Icons & Innovators issue, Sheryl was one of eighteen recipients of the "2016 Innovator Award."

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Financial Planning magazine honored six practitioners that have made significant contributions to the financial planning industry, per the publication. Sheryl received an "Influencer Award" as "Practice Management Guru" in 2010.

In 2006, NAPFA (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors) recognized Sheryl with their Robert J. Underwood Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Fee-Only financial planning industry. Also, in 2013, Sheryl was recognized as one of the "30 Most Influential" people in NAPFA’s 30 year history.

Sheryl has also been honored to work with the House Subcommittee on Financial Services regarding predatory lending regulation and has testified before Congress on financial literacy and Social Security reform.

She has also worked as a consultant and expert witness in lawsuits against financial advisors who rendered questionable or inappropriate financial advice.

Sheryl has authored, coauthored or served as a technical editor on over a dozen books and several magazine columns. These books include Garrett’s Guide to Financial Planning (National Underwriter 2002, 2007), Just Give Me the Answer$ (Dearborn Trade 2004), Money Without Matrimony (Dearborn Trade 2005), Personal Finance Workbook For Dummies® (Wiley 2007, 2012), A Family’s Guide to the Military For Dummies® (Wiley 2008) and Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Dummies® (Wiley 2008).

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