Roger M. Smedley, president of Merrill Blake Inc., a Salt Lake-based financial planning firm, has been elected president of the Utah Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.

He succeeds Andrew R. Nelson, owner of Andrew R. Nelson and Associates, who will remain on the board of directors as chairman.Other officers are Ronald K. Ririe, affiliated with IBM Corp. as an independent contractor for financial planning seminars, vice president; James O. Herlocker, affiliated with the Center for Financial Planning, secretary; and Karen Tafuri, affiliated with Prudential Bache Securities, treasurer.

The society's next meeting will be April 28 at 4 p.m., in the Salt Lake Public Library main auditorium.