Jean-Luc Bourdon, CPA/PFS
Born in Belgium, the youngest of four children raised by a single-mother, Jean-Luc Bourdon confronted issues such as budgeting and money management at an early age. He then realized the importance of planning wise financial decisions to get by and achieve personal goals, big or small. Having to choose a major in high school, it is not a surprise that he chose to study business and economics. He then applied that knowledge to put himself through college with a variety of jobs including small business entrepreneur.
Jean-Luc has a BS in Business Administration with a Finance concentration and an Accounting minor. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who earned the PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) credential from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). In the past, Jean-Luc worked as a senior corporate accountant at Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 500 company, where he handled analysis and reporting for a $400 million securitized portfolio. Jean-Luc joined a Santa Barbara accounting firm in 2003 and developed its affiliated wealth management firm. Jean-Luc teamed up with Kozak Financial Advisory in 2011. The firm then became BrightPath Wealth Planning, LLC.
Jean-Luc is very active in the profession and often speaks and writes about financial planning. He was a regular contributor to CPA Insider, a newsletter from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Jean-Luc also wrote articles published in the Pacific Coast Business Times, AICPA Wealth Management Insider, The Tax Adviser and the Journal of Accountancy. Jean-Luc was quoted by various publications including the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business and USA Today. Jean-Luc presented the California Society of CPA’s Dollars and Sense financial education workshop at UCSB. He was a speaker at the AICPA’s Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference and the AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual. He is a member of the Athena Study Group, a national, invitation-only group of top CPA financial planners. Jean-Luc currently serves on the Personal Financial Planning Executive Committee of the AICPA and on the Personal Financial Planning committee of the California Society of CPAs. In the past, he served on the PFS Credential Committee of the AICPA.
Jean-Luc and his wife Renee live in Carpinteria. They enjoy hiking local trails with Rosie, their standard poodle.