Michael Chisnell, Sequoia Financial Group LLC’s director of institutional services, has been named a recipient of the “30 for the Future” award.

The Greater Akron Chamber’s 30 for the Future award honors young professional (ages 25-39) whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron Region. Recipients are selected based on information that showcases their personal and professional contributions. Recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony on September 24, 2012 at Kent State University.

A member of the Barberton Community Foundation, Chisnell also serves as vice chairman of the Investment Committee and participates in the Audit/Finance and Economic Development Committees. Additionally, he is a member of the Barberton City School District Finance Advisory Communications Team (FACT) and dedicates time to several other area programs.

In addition to his community work, Chisnell is active in the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). He currently serves on the Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) Education & Examination Committee. In the past, he has co-chaired the Investment Professional Committee, co-edited the ASPPA Advisor and participated on the Investment Services Taskforce.

“I am honored to be recognized alongside such an impressive group, said Chisnell. “It’s motivating to see these individuals making such a positive impact in their communities and industries.”

As director of Institutional Services at Sequoia Financial Group, LLC, Chisnell's main goal is to improve the fiduciary oversight of how money is being managed for the benefit of someone else–be it a retirement plan or a charitable organization. He also serves as a voting member of the firm’s investment committee responsible for reviewing investment performance and strategies for the nearly $1 billion of Sequoia’s Assets Under Advisement*.

“Michael is a key contributor to our firm as well as our division’s growth. His commitment both to the firm and the Greater Akron area has made him a strong leader,” said Stan Milovancev, Sequoia’s executive vice president, institutional.”

*Assets Under Advisement includes all assets being managed and/or advised on by Sequoia Financial Group, LLC. This includes Sequoia Financial Advisors, LLC investment advisory Assets Under Management as reported on the Form ADV, in addition to applicable assets maintained with ValMark Securities, Inc., Sequoia Financial Insurance Agency, LLC and other non-affiliated third-party custodians.