Our Team John J. Forken 585-233-1797 firstname.lastname@example.org HOW WE GOT STARTEDIn 1981 John J. Forken turned from teaching high school students about business and economics to applying his knowledge to help adults achieve their financial goals. To his masters degree he added financial planning training through a 2.5 year program sponsored by CIGNA Financial Services Corporation. John and his wife Chris established The Independent Group of Companies SM in 1987.Today, John is a Registered Representative of FSC Securities Corporation, a Licensed Insurance Agent and owner of a Register Investment Advisor firm. John spends a great deal of time promoting his profession and his community. He is past president of the Upstate New York Chapter of the International Association for Financial Planning, and was a member of the Webster Team for Economic Development.