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Press Releases issued by the Academy, by members and partners in appear below. Press Releases generally approved for release on the association websites include: Member news, Events, Recognition, Charity Work, Courses, Alliances, Government Consultations. If you have a press-release you would like displayed on the member’s website, please submit to News The USA Based – GAFM ® Global Board of Standards and Accreditation Council – Blazing Forward with Global Alliances and Recognition – Members in over 150 Countries

Latest GAFM ® Press Releases and Diplomatic Alliances


March 2015 – CRA Chartered Risk Analyst US United States Registered. Take the courses for Frees Columbia University Professors Courses – Take the Risk Program Online

Feb 2015 – New Professors Awards

GAFM Professors

Jan 2015 – GAFM Approves the South American School of Mines and Management for distribution of certification courses and programs.

Jan 2015 - IBS GAFM Board of Standards is a recognized candidate by the: TÜV Technischer Überwachungs-Verein Österreich

Jan 2015 – GAFM recognizes Global Conference Leader Opal Conferencing which is Based in New York and offers conferences in countries around the world. Attending an Opal conference counts for continuing education credits for GAFM

Jan 2015 - GAFM International Board of Standards maintains memberships in ANSI American National Standards Institute and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Institute for Credential Excellence.

Jan 2015 Thomson Reuters collaboration with GAFM begins with huge successes.

Jan 2015 GAFM and AAPM Alliance – GAFM secures trademark ownership of the MPM and Master Project Manager and Certified International Project Manager. AAPM and GAFM now have greater recognition and distribution in 40 countries worldwide offering Project Management Certifications.

Dec 2014 Chairman George Mentz appointed to the Advisory Council of the Higher School of Economics in Russia regarding ecommerce and finance.

August 2014 – GAFM International Board of Standards and our EU offices are in cooperation with ISO Standards EU for certification standards.

August 2014 – GAFM signs global agreement with Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters Thomson ReutersTraining Accreditation Alliance Approved.

July 2014 – GAFM Advisory Council approves Thomson Reuters as a Global Certification Training Provider.

July 2014 – Bangkok University approved as GAFM Chapter Bangkok University – The International College - Website:

Nov 2014 – GAFM successfully runs new programs with the UAE Government

July 2014 – GAFM Financial Times Daily Press Recognition

GAFM Consults with Thomson Reuters Global Education

Pearson Global Education Sponsors Certification Exams for GAFM – Exams for AFA Accredited Financial Analyst ® and CTEP Chartered Trust and Estate Planner ® and for Chartered Weatlh Manager ®

Jan 2014 GAFM Programs recognized by the Arab Union of Securities Regulators

India Government recognizes GAFM Certification CWM Chartered Weatlh Manager ® for Investment Advisor Status

2014 New Chapters in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Singapore, Latin America, India, Europe and more.

GAFM Launches the Chartered Economist ® Program Globally

August 2013 – The UAE Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA), and the GAFM American Academy of Financial Management ® Sign Agreement to Advance Professional Certification and Educational Standards in the UAE United Arab Emirates

June 2013 – GAFM Alliance with Arab Institute for Accountants and Legal

May 30th, 2013 – GAFM Becomes financial supporter of Wikipedia Wikimedia Foundation

May 2013 – GAFM has entered into a global distribution agreement with Pearson Education. GAFM assessment, test prep and exams would be available at thousands of testing centers worldwide.

May 2012 – Academic Supreme Counsel of Egypt’s Government Approved GAFM Certification Programs for University Use

May 2013 – GAFM Establishes CWM Institute ® in Hong Kong. CWM Institute was founded in the USA

March 2013 – Accredited by the Colorado Supreme Court – Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education for education credit for both ethics and general annual requirements. CWM and CPM certification programs.

March 2013 – GAFM Certification & Program on international tax and finance Accredited by Committee of the General Legal Council for Continuing Education – Jamaica – Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom serving as the Jamaican monarch.

Feb 2013 – Board of Standards approved as member of EAIE European Association for International Education

Dec 2012 – GAFM International Board of Standards – Becomes Member of the The CHEA Council of Higher Education International Quality Group (CIQG)

GAFM Forms relationship with ABMC Africa Training and MIS Solutions in the UAE>

Sept. 2012 – GAFM ® Comments and provides consultation to CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about accredited education and exams. GAFM provides proposals for financial education and innovation.

July 2012 – New Offices in Dubai, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Russia, Jamaica, and Bolivia.

May 2012 – New Graduates and Members in China, Taiwan, Latin America, USA, Africa, India and more.

Jan 2012 – GAFM ® Consulting with World Bank for greater outreach and NGO participation

Jan 2012 GAFM cooperates with UAE Securities Authority for educational standards where leaders at SCA join GAFM Advisory Council for higher global standards.

Dec 2011 - GAFM ® GAFM ® Consults again with US Department of Labor to assist people with Financial Careers and Job Information.


Dec 2011 - AFA Consults and works with with UNITAR United Nations Training on Anti Money Laundering Training

United nations Unesco Civil Society

Nov 2011 - GAFM builds alliances in Asia, Latin America and Brazil assisting corporations and governments with standards.

Sept 2011 - California Labor Department Includes GAFM International Board of Standards in its labor guide.

Sept 2011 - Arab League’s Arab Academy Continues to Promote GAFM International Board of Standards Certification


August 2011 – August 2011 – MFP ® Master Financial Planner ® Program become Federally Recognized Trademark

International Board of Standards

May 2011 – See Prof. Dr. Mentz with new Law School Graduates who Completed GAFM ®Certification.

May 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards Enters MOU with Government of Brazil for Mutual Articulation Recognition for Wealth Management, Risk, and Insurance – Standards and Certification Education


April 2011 - GAFM ® Accreditation Standards – Seen in USA Today, Yahoo News and major media.

Read about our Designations in the IBD Investors Business Daily Finance Dictionary at

April 2011 – New Graduates from: Bolivia, Chile, USA, Taiwan, Korea, China, Africa and the MENA.

AAFM AABFM IABFM Latin American Brazil

April 2011 - GAFM ® recognized by Global Certifications Council, Certification Intelligence, and Certification DegreeDirectory

April 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards listed as top 2 organizations for US Certification in Finance by CertificationsWeb.

April 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards included in list of Top Certifications in the ACFE Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

April 2011 - GAFM ® and the Economist Association are featured in


March 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards recognized by the IIEI International Trade Certification

March 2011 - GAFM ® Founder – Prof. George Mentz named to the “Dream Team of Wealth Management” for SBM Advanced Markets Intelligence.

Jan 2011 - New Handbook and Annual Report

Jan 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards Included in All Financial Advisors Authoritative Guide

Jan 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards Included in the E-how Money Guide

Jan 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards establishes the American Academy of Business and Management – Certifications must be issued from GAFM printed on GAFM letterhead.

Jan 2011 - GAFM International Board of Standards recognized by School of Banking and Financial Management in Egypt

Dec 2010 - Member Advancement – GAFM ® Fellow and Certified Member T.J. Turner appointed to IRS Commission Committee. CNBC Business Wire, Morningstar

Dec. 2010 - GAFM ® establishes new South African Alliance with -IITF International Institute for Tax and Finance.

Dec 2010 - GAFM International Board of Standards International Board of Standards – Included in the references and publications of: Department of Labor, Financial Authority Reference Guides, Investopedia, California Department of Labor, Member of Institute of Credential Excellence, and US Congressional Testimony.


News Nov 2010 - GAFM ® Offering Programs Internationally and 1st in the world to have Certification Programs with a USA Accredited Law School and Post Graduate Program.

News October - GAFM ® Executive Board Meetings in New York and London.

News October - GAFM ® Recognized as the Certification backed by Accredited Education By the Wall Street Journal. Various GAFM International Board of Standards Certifications Featured by WSJ in their official reference guide. GAFM ® and CWM ® Featured also in the 2010 Forbes owned Investopedia Financial Dictionary:

The GAFM International Board of Standards legal offices provided a list of government approved & accredited programs, approved law school certification courses, evidenced consent forms from all relevant honorary advisors, and other evidence & documentation about the CFA/CFP trademark agreements and Hon. Awards to the WSJ. Documentation Here:

Oct 2010 - GAFM International Board of Standards – Benziga Media Features GAFM Certification Programs as the key promoter to mandate Accredited Education and exams from government approved institutions for credentials. Read Article

Oct 2010 - GAFM International Board of Standards Designations and Graduate Requirements Featured in Wall Street Journal – See Designations in the WSJ – WSJ Wall Street Journal Reference Guide Lists GAFM ® Designations along with outlining our GAFM ® graduate education requirements. See Link

August 2010 - GAFM International Board of Standards CEO, Prof. Mentz of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Graduate Program, has been added to the Panel of Experts for Advisor FX. Summit Media’s – National Underwriter Co. and it’s media companies have been providing services and research to the financial industry for 100 Years.

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July 2010, UK London – GAFM International Board of Standards Board Meetings in London. Met with directors and deans about MBA and law school articulations with new schools.

July – GAFM International Board of Standards South Asia Expansions

July 2010, Singapore – GAFM ® Asia is pleased to announce the accreditation of Financial & Biz-Ed Consultants (FBC) as our new training provider for AAFM ‘s Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM ®) program. GAFM ® Asia congratulates FBC on this accreditation and looks forward to a successful collaboration!

June – GAFM International Board of Standards Sponsors Conferences in China and Latin American Nov. 2010.

May 2010 AAFM ® As seen in the 2010 Forbes and Investopedia Financial Dictionary: CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ®CTEP Chartered Trust And Estate PlannerCPM Chartered Portfolio Manager - CAM Chartered Asset Manager - AAFM ® Financial Analyst Council

March 2010 - The University of Atlanta becomes new GAFM International Board of Standards American Academy Chapter. – Graduates from the the University of Atlanta Finance programs are eligible to apply for MFP Master Financial Professional Certification. Dr. R.-L. Etienne Barnett, PhD, MFP, ChE, will be be the Chairperson in charge of nominations and approvals for applications to the GAFM for board certifications and charters awarded by the American Academy. See Press Release

Feb. 2010 - News: The GAFM ® Board USA works again this year with US Government to provide opinion and insights on financial innovation, reform, and employment analysis. The AAFM ® Board – Academic Standards and Quality Commission to lead this AAFM ® Task Force.

Feb. 2010 - GAFM ® Academic Alliance Articulation with Aristotle University Graduate programs and Aristotle Law School- Prof. Dr. Tom. Gionis of USA and Greece and Prof Mentz agreed to the mutual cross recognition and terms. Read more about Aristotle The programs at Aristotle Law School and Aristotle University will count for educational credit toward certifications

Jan. 2010 – GAFM ® continues international alliance with The GAFM ® © Global Institute of Finance and Management Training and Consulting. The GIFM was chartered & founded by industry professionals, Revenue Professionals, Lawyers, CPAs & government officials.

Jan. 2010 - GAFM ® Now working with Pan Asia Companies, UK Training, The International Tax Institute, The Securities and Commerce Institute, OET India.

DEC. 2009 GAFM ® Forms diplomatic Alliance with Egyptian Finance Institute.

DEC. 2009 GAFM ® Cooperating with China Government for Existing and New Certifications in Finance.

Nov. 2009 GAFM ® Rolls out its New Law School Certification Schedule.

Nov. 2009 GAFM ® CEO – Prof Dr. Mentz joins the Advisory Board for the International Association of Qualified Financial Planners as Chair of the Education Committee

Oct. 1st 2009 - GAFM ® becomes 1st in the world to achieve 100% transparency, listing, membership recognition and disclosure with : NBEA, ISBE, AACSB, ACBSP, RSOF, ANSI, AABFS, IIFM, UNESCO, DOE, DOL, IBA, IMA, AFMLA, and NOCA.

Sept 2009 - GAFM International Board of Standards USA Global Board Celebrates 10 Years as a Chartered Board of Standards. Before that, the AAFM USA was the founding organization in the United States.

September 2009 - New Offices in: Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Brazil.

August 2009 - GAFM is Honorary Co-Host of China Finance Forum – Leaders from AAFM agree to serve as advisory members.

August 2009 - GAFM Signs Middle East Alliance with Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences. See Press Release – AAFM and AABFS will be offering joint certification programs in 17 Arab Countries of the Arab League. Prof. Mentz will co-chair the new Arab Academy Certification Board that was chartered under the alliance.

August 2009 - GAFM Sponsors 3 law school scholarships for special courses at TJSL. The Judge Byrnes and Judge Mentz Memorial Scholarships will be assisting the best and brightest in achieving legal education.

Aug. 2009 - GAFM Sponsors the Best Paper Award for Latin America Conference.

News New Offices in South Africa with TRM and ITI Global


News: The GAFM are global sponsors of the IX IFC International Finance Conference, this time to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please visit the Conference’s website at:

News: Chartered Economist Graduate Inauguration Ceremony

News: GAFM forms alliance with the WMSCC Wealth Management Standards Council of China and GAFM Board members are appointed as new members to the board.

News: GAFM “non profit” Asia is the new representative of the GAFM Board for managing membership. GAFM Asia is based in Singapore, Beijing, and Delhi, India.

News: AABFS is the new Middle East representative of the GAFM Board in the UAE for issuing secure certification.

News: The Indian Presidential Advisors have recognized the AAFM with a letter of positive estimation and full recommendation from the advisors of the President and Prime Minister of India.

News: GAFM International Board of Standards enters cross recognition with Egyptian Finance Association in Cairo which has governmental recognition from the Capital Markets Authority.

News: GAFM International Board of Standards officially recognized by the Indian Finance Institute and the Indian Business Academy. Prof Mentz and Dean Byrnes added to the Advisory Board of the India Institute.

News Only the US Board and Commissioners at www.GAFM .us can issue authentic certifications. The Dubai training group has zero recognition from anyone and has been closed. The government recognized AABFS is now in charge of supervising certification in the UAE

News: GAFM Establishes the Chartered Certified Economists Board of Standards. 500 New members join this month.

News: GAFM has new partners in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Asia.

News: GAFM Articulation with JIU Jones International MBA program

January 29, 2009 – University of California Silicon Valley Awarded Prestigious Chapter Membership and Recognition from Key International Project Management Organizatio

  • GAFM Training India and China Institute of Financial Markets

    January 22, 2009

  • GAFM Expands Training Distribution through Global Channels.
  • GAFM & AAFM India, IIFM, IBA, BLB and BIFM Alliance offers: New Offices in Mumbai/Bombay, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and more.

Board of Standards ™ Worldwide and Global Recognition and Quality Accreditation

The International Board of Standards of the Academy of Financial Management ™ is an independent SRO Regulatory Organization and worldwide professional society of financial practitioners. We are an accreditation council and certification body that is the first to recognize double accredited business school standards along with requiring mandatory educational, experience, ethical, and continuing education standards as dictated by the Ibanez and Peel US Supreme Court decision on post-nominal certifications and credentials.

GAFM ® ™ has members registered in more than 150+ countries providing brand recognition for the graduate organization and for our individual designations. In the last decade alone our GAFM ® and our US Founding Certification Board has been recognized by the US Department of Labor, US Occupational Handbooks & Guides, Certification Accreditation of ACBSP Double Accredited Programs and Exams , The Arab Academy/Arab League, Republic of China /Chinese Government, GAFM Recognized the AACSB in 2003 , Endorsed by the Royal Society of Fellows, ICE Institute for Credential Excellence, Investopedia Dictionary, ANSI American National Standards Institute – AAFM IBS International Board of Standards , Capital Markets Authority of Saudi Arabia Compliant, Dubai Stock Exchange (Dubai Financial Market), Partner with ACCE African Economists Association, Egyptian Investment Institute, NOCA National Organization for Competency Assurance Kuwait Ministry of Trade and Industry, Training Compliance with Singapore Monetary Authority, Qatar Financial Centre, Central Bank of Oman, The Forbes Intelligent Investor, and others to provide PDC professional development certification to their employees and authorized partners. GAFM ® and our Offshore GAFM ® ™ is also formally recognized or registered with regulators worldwide. The GAFM ® GAFM ® ™ added to our formal status or global recognition with the approval as an approved training organization for the Arab Academy which is UN recongized under League of Arab States, Human Resources Compliant in China, Capital Market Authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Brazil Governmental Legal Training, and for the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) under the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority.

In the 22 Arab Nations, GAFM ® GAFM ® ™ has a multi year alliance with the Arab Legues’ Arab Academy as a professional alliance organization, which gives the GAFM ® ™ authority to issue joint diplomas and professional certifications locally in Arabia. GAFM ™ has approved over 800 accredited government educational providers worldwide via our ACBSP Accreditation articulation alliance and consults directly to assist the the government and leaders of the: USA, China, Brazil, United Nations, UNITAR, and Afghanistan.

Recent Recognition

The IBS International Board of Standards is globally recognized by several very distinguished US-based bodies.

  • The Institute for Credentialing Excellence – Member Professional
  • The Accreditation Council for Busines Schools and Programs – The Global Leader in Business School Education Accreditation
  • The American National Standards Institute ( is the US institute that oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standard. GAFM ® was today officially made a member of ANSI and we are proud to add this recognition to our growing global credibility.
  • The National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA – ) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing educational, networking and advocacy resources for the credentialing community. NOCA’s accrediting body, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), evaluates certification organization for compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. GAFM ® is pleased to have been awarded membership status with NOCA giving our members even more recognition in the critical USA marketplace.
  • International Society of Business Education & National Business Education Association – Member