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Darren L. Zagarola, CFP®, CPA, PFS

Darren L. Zagarola, CFP®, CPA, PFS

Principal and Senior Wealth Advisor

"I feel blessed to be able to do this work. In my role as a financial steward, I get to meet with individuals and families and learn about their aspirations and values. The relationship we develop allows me to create a comprehensive financial life plan specific to them and what they wish to accomplish. I find it extremely fulfilling to help my clients achieve their goals."

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist, Darren has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. His fee-only approach gives clients confidence that his services and recommendations are independent and free from conflict. He is also a strong advocate of socially responsible, values-driven investing, and educates people on how they can build an investment strategy in line with their personal values.

Darren is a principal and senior wealth advisor with EKS Associates, as well as its affiliate, Access Wealth. Prior to this, he gained valuable financial and client service experience as the Director of Internal Audit of a multi-national manufacturing firm and as an audit manager at Ernst & Young.

In recognition of his work and the value he provides, Darren has been named a FIVE STAR Professional Wealth Manager in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

Writing and Speaking Accomplishments

  • Published and quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Market Watch, CNBC.com, ConsumerReports.org, Financial Advisor, and Private Asset Management, among others
  • Featured on News 12 NJ's financial program, It's Your Money, First Business News TV's  Investing Climate, and Money Radio 1510's  Business For Breakfast broadcast
  • Past contributor to the "Local Voices" blog on The Princeton Patch

Community Involvement

  • President of the Board of Directors of Princeton Adult School
  • Member of numerous committees at Princeton Adult School
  • Recurring educator at Princeton Adult School, teaching a variety of financial planning and investment courses
  • Volunteer presenter on financial topics to community and resource centers (including Princeton Senior Resource Center), non-profit and religious groups and businesses
  • Supporter and sponsor of Cranford Jaycees, as well as other community organizations, fundraisers, and events

Professional Associations

  • Financial Planning Association
  • Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants

 Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, King's College
  • CFP® designation, College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado
  • Completed the financial planning program at Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation, only granted to CPAs who meet stringent requirements of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)