Frank Deptola & Associates, LLC



2400 East Katella Suite 800
Anaheim, CA 92806


(714) 349-9431

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We host multiple client social and networking events throughout the year. They provide our clients and partners an opportunity to get to know each other more personally in a social setting. We provide a first class experience where attendees are given every opportunity to interact with each other in a fun and laid back atmosphere. We discuss common interests, problems, opportunities, and often make lasting new friendships. We aim to maintain active in our local community, which we do through charity work. We also host seminars and speaking events

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Frank Deptola Again Named Five Star Wealth Manager for 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, Frank Deptola, founder and Managing Member of Frank Deptola & Associates, LLC., has again been recognized by Five Star Professionals as a 2018 Orange Coast Five Star Wealth Manager - one of the top financial advisers and wealth managers in Orange County, CA.

In 2018, only 144 financial advisers are expected to receive this recognition.  Frank will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Orange Coast Magazine, the largest subscription based publication in affluent Orange County with over 200,000 monthly readers. In addition, his 2018 award will also be recognized in both the Wall Street Journal and Forbes this summer.

The Five Star Wealth Manager Award is based on 10 objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience, and assets under management among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers.












STEP OC Agenda Updates


I wanted to share with you some recent continuing education that I just completed for my STEP membership. STEP ( is a worldwide professional association for those advising families on Estate and Trust planning across generations. STEP members are subject to an extensive Code of Professional Conduct, requiring them at all times to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires confidence, respect and trust of their clients and of the wider community. STEP members are also required to keep up to date with the latest legal, technical and regulatory developments. STEP members help families plan for their futures: from advising family businesses, to helping families protect vulnerable family members. There are over 20,000 STEP members across 95 countires. They include lawyers, accountants, wealth managers, and other trust and estate specialists.


The attached agenda shows the continuing education that I just completed at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach along with other STEP members from around the world. THe depth and breadth of the topics speaks for itself as to the high level of knowledge STEP members are required to have.


If you are not contacting Frank Deptola & Associates, LLC for your wealth management and estate preservation needs, why not?



Frank Deptola Teaches Texas A&M CFP Students


Dr. Nathan Harness, Director of Texas A & M's Certified Financial Planning (CFP) Program asked Frank Deptola to come to their campus and teach the final class session for students enrolled in the introductory course of the program. Texas A & M is arguably one of the leading CFP programs in the country. With over 150 students, Texas A & M focuses on teaching students how to build a practice based on excellence, ethics, integrity, leadership and entrepreneurship. Values that Frank Deptola has built his company around and has earned a national reputation in the wealth management field.

During his December 5 visit to their College Station, TX Campus, Frank had the opportunity to have lunch with a group of select senior students, and other faculty and administrators of the program including Cagla Yildirim, Christopher Moore, and Jeanue Izurieta. Ms. Yildirim will soon be starting a financial planning program at New Mexico State University, and Mr. Moore heads the financial readiness program for the Texas A & M military cadets. Ms. Izurieta is the Administrator for the program.

After lunch, Frank taught an academic class that focused on three key areas in support of Dr. Harness' goals. First, the importance for each student to develop a straight forward easy to understand value proposition that shows in a simple three point graph what they do, and how it benefits the client. Second, he reviewed construction of a sample portfolio showing his methods which are based on a sophisticated graduate level understanding of finance and taxation. One that uses the 'best practices' in the industry, modern portfolio theory, and cross-checking against different metrics in an effort to achieve higher and more consistent returns while at the same time taking less risk than a properly selected risk-adjusted benchmark. And finally, he showed a two minute video of Wealth Harbor. Wealth Harbor is Frank Deptola & Associates brand for a client portal that allows them to thoroughly organize and store all their financial affairs, and also see on a daily basis updated values of all of their assets and liabilities.

A number of the students came up after class with specific questions. This was followed by Dr. Harness interviewing Frank with questions designed to bring out fundamental values that made him who he is today. An entire tour of the Texas A & M campus was also given. After seeing the size and scope of Texas A & M, the quality of its students, adn teh high level of commitment to excellence of Dr. Harness and his staff, it is obvious as to why their CFP program is helping set the standards in university based programs.



Paso Robles Client Event 2017:

Our 5th Annual “Taking Care of Your Financial Well Being” weekend seminar was held last weekend at the Hotel Cheval in Paso Robles, CA. We believe the event was successful based on the comments received by the attendees after each session of the event. It likely was our most successful weekend meeting to date. 
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  • We updated our attendees on our firm's growth
  • Heard a presentation from John Hancock on common mistakes people make with their investment decisions, and had a live interview with Natixis on tax managed investing. We ended the morning with a presentation from a couple who are wine & cheese sommeliers. They showed us some interesting tasting combinations. Saturday afternoon was spent touring various vineyards on the Western side of Paso Robles: Opolo Vineyards, Denner Vineyards, Pasolive Olive Oil, and finally Gelfand (on the Eastern side). A gourmet meal at Bistro Laurent was a nice way to end Saturday.
On Sunday, our business meetings consisted of live interviews with:
  • Cedar Capital on roles alternatives have in today's portfolio
  • Goldman Sachs on “How Do We Get Yield” in today's low fixed interest rate environment
  • WisdomTree on “Managing Dividend Performance”
  • Frank Deptola & Brian Baldwin on “Helping Protect your Family: Getting Organized through the Wealth Harbor Vault”
  • And an open Q & A period with a panel consisting of the above companies and Delaware Funds”


Here are some photos from our event.



   Stewart Martin of Natixus giving a presentation                Sommelier presentation on Paso Robles, and Wine & Cheese pairings



   Library at Hotel Cheval                                                                  View from Upper Opolos Vineyard



   Pre-lunch tasting at Opolo Vineyard                                             Tasting at Denner Vineyard

   Spread of Oils at the Pasolivo Tasting                                          Len Gelfand telling stories at his Vineyard

   Gelfand Vineyard Tasting with Len Gelfand                               Neil Peplinski of Cedar Capital giving a presentation

   Drew Lapsley of Goldman Sachs presentation                    Panel with Tucker Grace, Chris Herb, Neil Peplinski, & Seamus Burke

   Brian Baldwin presenting on Wealth Harbor


Front Page Documentary Broadcast Schedule

We are excited and pleased to announce that our Front Page Documentary on Financial Empowerment is CURRENTLY airing! Our airings will occur during Peak (7:00am-11:45am) and Prime (6:00pm-11:45pm) time on the news networks including CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Network, TLC, DIscovery, as well to their public television affiliates.

We were humbled with the opportunity to participate in this documentary, and hope you all enjoy the series. If you miss these times, we also have our documentary readily available for watching in our Library tab.






Front Page National TV Broadcast

Late last year, Frank Deptola was selected to participate in Public Television's program, Front Page, as a content expert in an upcoming short-form standalone documentary series on Financial Empowerment. The Front Page film crew completed filming of the documentary in March, 2017. Editing of the documentary has recently been finished. The link below contains the final 6 minute documentary film on Frank Deptola & Associates made for this series. The Financial Empowerment series is aimed at providing objective education on personal finance to public television viewers across the nation. The host of FRONT PAGE is James Earl Jones. The following documentary film will be distributed to Public Television stations in all 50 states. Airing of the segment is for unlimited broadcast at each stations' discretion (estimated viewership and reach for one year is 60 million households). The format of the Public Television segment is non-commercial and strictly educational in nature.









Tessa Williams-Ferguson joins Frank Deptola & Associates, LLC.

Tessa Williams-Ferguson joined Frank Deptola & Associates in January, 2017 as the Social Media Administrator. She holds a Computer Science degree from Brandman University (Part of Chapman University) and plans on completing a graduate degree in this area. She is responsible for the creation, maintenance, updating and daily management of our website and social media networks. She manages and coordinates our digital presence, as well as our data analysis strategy. Tessa holds herself, and her work, to high standards of excellence. Her goals include continuously optimizing the “user friendliness” and development of our website and presence on social media such that they become a meaningful and continuous educational and informational platform for our clients.

Tessa is a Southern California native. She has grown up with a love of Disneyland, LA Dodgers, surfing, playing guitar and can be found spending her free time with her husband and raising her toddler son.







Participating in Public TV National Broadcast on Financial Empowerment

Frank Deptola has been selected to participate as a content expert in an upcoming public television short-form documentary series on Financial Empowerment. This FRONT PAGE series will be distributed to Public Television stations in all 50 states and is aimed at providing objective education on personal finance to public television viewers. The host of FRONT PAGE is James Earl Jones. Filming for the short-form (3-5 minutes) standalone documentary occured at Frank Deptola & Associates, LLC offices earlier this month. Airing of the segment is for unlimited broadcast at each stations' discretion (estimated viewership and reach for one year is 60 million households). The format of the Public Television segment is non-commercial and strictly educational in nature.








Five Star Wealth Manager Award 2017



Five Star Awards in conjunction with Orange Coast Magazine, has again selected Frank Deptola as a Five Star Award* winning Wealth Manager in Orange County for 2017. This is Frank's third consecutive year of being recognized as one of the top wealth managers in this affluent area of Southern California. Five Star also notified Frank that, due to tightening financial regulations, their selection process is much more stringent this year. As a result, only 195 advisers out of over 10,000 in Orange County, are receiving this recognition in 2017. By comparison, in 2016, they selected 315. The full list of Five Star Award winners will be listed in an upcoming edition of the Orange Coast Magazine.


Upon being notified of this recognition, Frank Deptola thanked his clients. “It is humbling to again be recognized for our efforts in serving our clients. Our focus and commitment is to building trusted adviser relationships with them. Our goal is to provide them with the highest quality, “best practice” guidance and advice, and always act in their best interests. We are glad to see the tightening regulations attempting to put this same high standard of excellence across our financial industry.”

*Award based on 10 objective criteria associated with providing quality services to clients such as credentials, experience, and assets under management among other factors. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of 2015, 2016 & 2017 Five Star Wealth Managers.









Upcoming Special Events:


Our Annual Client Appreciation Event! 'Taking Care of your Financial Well-Being!'                                                                                         Paso Robles, CA...  October 2017.

Our annual Paso Robles event is a client favorite. It is a weekend filled with fine dining, wine tasting, vienyard tours, as well as educational seminars on proactive steps to take to get a better understanding of our financial well being and how to maintain healthy habits! We are in the process of completing all plans for our weekend and are excited to share the events we have planned. We will be announcing more information shortly as we solidify reservations.













Most Recent Special Event:

Our 4th Annual Frank Deptola & Associates "Taking Care of Your Financial Well Being" seminar weekend was held on October 21st-23rd, 2015 in Paso Robles, CA. By all accounts it was a tremendous success!

The weekend was an excellent learning opportunity in a relaxed and enjoyable cultural environment. This year's event featured timely, non-selling presentations from representatives of some of the leading financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Wisdom Tree, Fidelity Charitable, Active Investment Advisors/Natixis, Allianz, Franklin Square, Strategic Wealth Advisors Group, AmeriEstate, etc.* There were numerous topics covered, and in addition we had a panel discussion with representatives of these companies where attendees had a first-hand opportunity to ask the panel direct questions concerning personal financial issues.

Friday night included an amazing group dinner at Il Cortile restaurant where Frank honored the owner Carole MacDonal with a solid crystal trophy representing our first annual Frank Deptola & Associates "Excellence in Dining Award." The award recognizes excellence in the overall dining experience: quality of food, presentation, service, and overall hospitality. Travelers to Paso Robles, CA should take advantage of the opportunity to experience Il Cotrile restaurant first hand.









On Saturday all attendees participated in a tour of four noted wineries in the beautiful Paso Robles wine country. To date we have attended and had wonderful experiences at all of the following:

Eos Estate Winery -

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines - 

Olivas de Oro -  

Gelfand Vineyards -

San Antonio Winery - tasting-winery-gift-shop/

Eberle Winery:

Broken Earth Winery:

Halter Ranch Vineyard:

Pasolivo Olive Oil:












Past Special Events:

Paso Robles 2014 & 2015, we hosted our annual financial seminar and wine tasting event in Paso Robles, CA - “Taking Care of Your Financial Well-being.” They were a terrific weekend of socializing and fun, as well as providing each person some objective “food for thought” on different issues involved with securing their financial future. A nice combination of informative and educational financial workshops, balanced with fun. The latter included an organized networking tour of select Western Paso Robles vineyards using The Wine Wrangler bus tour service. Excellent dinners for Friday and Saturday evenings were held at Il Cortile and La Cosecha restaurants. These are two of the most highly rated restaurants in the area.

In December 2012 some 45 people joined Frank Deptola & Associates in downtown Laguna Beach, CA. The evening started with wine and cheese being served to our guests as they wandered through private tours of three Laguna Beach art galleries:

The art gallery tours were followed by a full course Mediterranean style dinner at GG's Italian-Mediterranean Bistro. Immediately before dinner, Frank Deptola gave the first presentation of our new website: One of our guests, Joan Cash, in honor of the occasion, gave a presentation on the extensive paintings of her deceased husband. She voluntarily raffled a first edition print of one of the paintings to one of our guests.

These have included wine tasting, bar-b-ques at Frank's home, dinners, dinner/theater presentations, etc.