Meet the professionals who can help you Pursue Your Goals

About Financial Knowledge Institute

The FKI is a nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps employees and communities by increasing financial education. The speakers come from your community and include financial advisors, attorneys, mortgage brokers, real estate professionals, tax professionals and long-term care insurance professionals who donate their time to provide complimentary, on-site, unbiased, non-selling financial informational workshops.


Roger Gainer, CFP®

Golden Gate Chapter Director

Roger is an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR) and a licensed insurance agent in life and health insurance. Roger holds the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College. In addition, he is a certificated paralegal for estate planning. Roger started his career in financial services in 1984 as a commodity broker. It was here he learned about various degrees of risk and to understand and respect the consequences of that risk. The commodities world is fast paced and complex, and it can be quite high on the risk scale. As a result, Roger learned from this experience that managing assets and having a long-term plan can help avoid unnecessary detours in clients’ financial lives. With over 22 years in his current financial and insurance services practice, Roger helps clients gain greater control over their financial situation. He also has served as a mentor to other financial professionals. Roger’s passion for educating the community led him to the Financial Knowledge Institute to enable him to provide sound financial advice on personal financial matters on a larger scale.


Eric Heckman, CFP®

National Director
California Insurance License #OE89971

Eric Heckman, CFP®, is the national director of the Financial Knowledge Institute. He also is the president of Heckman Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm he founded in 1992.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Santa Clara University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations.

Eric finds that many professionals simply get caught up in the crisis of everyday business and family concerns, unwittingly postponing their personal and family financial planning and thereby running the risk of sacrificing their current and future security. With the high speed of life in Silicon Valley, people need to stop to make sure they are on track financially. With a desire to help people plan for their financial futures, Eric assists individuals and families of all income levels in identifying their personal and family goals in order to obtain a comfortable level of financial security for today and tomorrow.

Eric is a member of the San Jose Downtown Rotary and is on the board of the Santa Clara County Boy Scouts and the Horace Mann School Foundation. He is a Cub Scout den leader and a soccer coach. Eric and his wife, Anna, have three sons, Owen, Ethan and Aidan.

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