John Chapra is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional. He has a Master of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial and Tax Planning from San Diego State University and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of San Diego. John entered the financial planning profession in 2005 while pursuing his MSBA, and in 2006, joined the Hillegas Advisory Services, Inc as a key support person and research associate.
Prior to entering the field of finance, John obtained a B.S. in Computer Science (UCSD, summa cum laude) as well as a B.A. in French with a minor in linguistics (SUNY Albany). He has worked for 23 years as a consulting software engineer designing and developing software products. He is also fluent in French and lived in France for four years while studying linguistics at the University of Nice and teaching English as a second language to senior citizens and university students.
John was drawn to financial planning because it allowed him to combine his interest in finance with his desire to interact with and help people. He especially enjoys working with individuals and families to help them define their financial goals and create sound, sensible plans to build and maintain wealth.