DELIVERING FINANCIAL ADVICE WITH PASSION & INTEGRITY
DARBY SIMMONS, CFP®, PRESIDENT
SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
In 1998, I started my advisory career with Legg Mason which was a great experience. I learned the tenets of value investing and the hallmarks of professionalism. It also taught me to focus on, “making clients the most money, after-taxes, without undue risk”. This experience then took two unexpected turns: 1. The sale of Legg Mason’s advisor division to Citi/Smith Barney, and 2. The ultimate rescue sale of Smith Barney to Morgan Stanley. These two, “mergers” were gut-wrenching and difficult for my staff and my clients. The silver lining was two-fold: 1. I got an inside look at how the large, NY wire-houses operate – which gave me intimate knowledge of my competition, and 2. It fueled a desire to open my own Independent RIA (Registered Investment Advisory) firm. In 2011, we did just that, forming The Simmons Partnership, LLC.
Part of the decision required when opening a firm is to pick a custodian to hold client assets, provide statements, and back-office support. We chose Charles Schwab to act in this capacity and have been happy with their service ever since. The partnership between Schwab and The Simmons Partnership affords our clients all the advantages that size provides without any hidden corporate agendas. Since we are not employees of Charles Schwab, we are free to interact with our clients as we see fit within the guidelines set forth by the SEC. We are also free to offer clients complete open-architecture when it comes to investment choices with no proprietary commitments. This gives us a much more direct relationship with our clients.
I guess I’m fortunate in a way to have guided clients through two of the biggest boom & bust sequences of the last 100 years. Although I would never choose to live through them again, the Internet Bubble of 2000 and the Global Credit Crisis of 2007 provided me a lifetime of experience. This gives my clients great piece of mind; especially when combined with the fact that I’m only 48 years old. It is very likely that I will be able to skillfully see them throughout all their retirement years.
In 2007, I earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER designation. The rigorous curriculum covered by this title denotes that the holder is fully versed to help client holistically. This includes investments, taxes, insurance, and retirement/college/estate planning. Despite this strong base of knowledge, I believe in continuous study and that financial advising is a skill that can/should always be honed.
Work ethic and the ability to educate are two of my secrets to success. Work ethic shows commitment and education fosters trust. Both of these things are sought after by clients as they want to know that they have an advocate that is committed to working very hard toward their success.
I was born in Baltimore and graduated from Towson State University. I worked my way through college in the kitchen of the Crease and Peerce’s Plantation. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pure Mathematics, founded my own fraternity, and served as the Vice-President of the Student Council. I grew up playing baseball and lacrosse and spent the last 30 years racing sailboats. I’m desperately trying to master golf which may turn out to be a life-long pursuit. My wife Meredith and I live in Glen Arm with our dogs Jackson and Putter, cat Reeces, and horse Will.
If you’re frustrated by your current advisor/firm and think that I can add some needed perspective, please give me a call or email me.
KATIE FOX, CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Katie joined The Simmons Partnership in October 2014. She has worked in the Marketing and Hospitality industry for over 12 years. Katie serves as our Client Relations Manager and receptionist. A Baltimore native, and Darby’s little sister, Katie has grown up playing Field Hockey and Lacrosse, racing sailboats and is a World Champion Irish Dancer. When she is not working in the office, she lives in Parkville with her husband Jim and their dogs Lucky and Piggy Tom Tom, or you can find her around town performing with her husband, in their Irish band The ShamRogues. Email me.
Securities offered through Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, Member FINRA/SIPC Headquartered at 80 State Street, Albany, NY 12207 Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments and The Simmons Partnership are not affiliated companies.
Investments through Charles Schwab are: NOT FDIC INSURED. NOT BANK GUARANTEED. MAY LOSE VALUE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PRINCIPAL. NOT INSURED BY ANY STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY.
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