The Path to CFA Membership

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CFA Institute
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J. Randall Waterfield has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 1999. This credential is issued by the CFA Institute, an international organization that serves investment professionals. As chairman of the Waterfield Group and a renowned financial expert, J. Randall Waterfield enjoys the many benefits of his CFA membership. In order to join the organization, however, individuals must first pass a series of exams.

To be eligible for the CFA program, candidates must have a four-year undergraduate degree or be in the final year of an undergraduate program, four years of work experience, or a combination of the two that totals at least four years. To receive CFA certification, candidates must enroll in the program, which is divided into three levels, and pass three six-hour exams. The content of these levels becomes progressively more complex. On average, it takes candidates four years of study to receive their credential, and they report studying 300 hours or more to prepare for each of the three exams.

More information about the CFA Program exams and the CFA Institute can be found at the organization’s website, cfainstitute.org.

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Membership in YPO – Benefits and Qualifications

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Young Presidents’ Organization
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Waterfield Group Chairman J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield has served the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in multiple capacities, first as the Chairman of its New York City chapter, then Chairman for the Northeastern U.S. Region, and now on the organization’s International Board. With the support of experienced professionals like J. Randall Waterfield, the Young Presidents’ Organization provides an opportunity for business leaders to engage with each other, networking to build leadership skills and community ties.

In addition to exclusive business events on local, regional, national, and international levels, members of the Young Presidents’ Organization have access to educational programs that focus on business, personal, and social impact issues. In this way, YPO promotes the principles of community, respect, and confidentiality among some of the world’s most respected leaders.

YPO is an invitation-only group, and those considered for admission meet specific criteria. Among these, prospective members must have attained the position of president, CEO, or chairman of a significant corporation before age 45, and must have a recommendation from at least two preexisting members. Membership, which is kept confidential, comprises a network of nearly 23,000 business people and their direct family members.