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Zagarola and Hook Named 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers

November 2014


Darren Zagarola, CFP®, CPA, PFS and Howard Hook, CFP®, CPA are the proud recipients of the Five Star Professional Wealth Manager Award.

Selection for this award is based on the Five Star organization's independent client satisfaction research and regulatory review on the performance of service professionals. 14% of New Jersey's wealth managers were nominated for this year's award, with only 3% of those nominees being awarded this badge of honor. Look for the official announcement in the January 2015 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine (on newsstands in December 2014).

Darren has more than 20 years of experience in the financial advisory industry and is an advocate of socially-responsible, values-driven investing. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Advisor magazine, Private Asset Management, Plan Sponsor, Yahoo! Shine, and Redbook magazine; and is a regular contributor to the “Local Voices” blog on the He has also appeared 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. Throughout the year, Darren can be found teaching a variety of financial planning and investment courses at the Princeton Adult School and volunteering his time to discuss financial topics at community and resource centers, non-profit groups and businesses.

Howard has been providing financial planning, tax planning and investment advisory services for more than 25 years. His sincere desire to help people is evident to everyone who meets him. He frequently writes about and is interviewed by the media on a variety of topics, including financial and retirement planning and tax-efficient investing. He has recently appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune magazine, Money magazine, The New York Post, New York Daily News, and many other notable publications, both in print and online. Like Darren, Howard is a recurring educator at the Princeton Adult School and volunteers his time to discuss financial topics at community and resource centers, non-profit groups and businesses. In addition, for the past few years he has also been invited to speak at The Star Ledger’s Annual Road to Personal Wealth Conference.

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