We help dominant local, regional and national wealth management firms that seek to grow via acquisition 1) source, 2) negotiate and 3) close new partnership opportunities.
Allen Darby, the founder of Alaris, has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years. As an owner of his own wealth management firm, Allen grew his practice by completing 9 mergers and acquisitions. As an independent consultant to United Capital, he led their outbound acquisition efforts from 2012 until their sale to Goldman Sachs in 2019. Allen sourced and closed 27 transactions representing approximately 40% of United Capital’s final sale valuation.
If you are a national or regional firm interested in growth by acquisition, we are happy to have a dialogue about our buyer advisor services.
Meet the Team
Our Team

Allen Darby


Allen has been in the wealth management industry for 3 decades. He founded a highly successful firm that was one of the pioneers in assisting accounting firms get into the wealth management business. In 1999, he sold that enterprise to First Global, Inc. of Dallas TX, and subsequently founded a successful RIA in Charlotte, NC. With his own RIA he conducted 9 mergers and acquisitions and eventually sold his practice in 2009 in order to focus his expertise in the M&A arena.

In 2012, Allen took a role with United Capital on their new partnership team. As a buyer advisor for United, he led a team that sourced acquisition candidates for the firm. During his tenure with United, he sourced and closed 32 acquisitions. He has a wife, Jo Ann, of 29 years and two children, Trevor and Alana. Allen lives in Cornelius, NC.

Wes Norton


Wes Norton serves Alaris as the Director of New Partner Acquisitions. His diverse background in the accounting and financial services industries has allowed him to develop broad industry knowledge and expertise that ultimately adds value to our new partners as they move through the acquisition process. He began his career in the public accounting industry where he obtained his CPA license and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds the CFP® designation. Wes has diverse experience from financial planning with HNW clientele to integrating acquired wealth management firms as they on-boarded into their new parent company.

Wes is native to Charlotte, NC where currently resides with his wife and two children. He enjoys Crossfit, trail running and getting outdoors with his family as much as possible.

Ken Monroe

SVP Business Development

Ken Monroe is responsible for our relationship development team that focuses on helping clients learn how Alaris can maximize their firms value.

Mr. Monroe is the former co-founder and partner of a Regional Accounting and Consulting Firm. He supported the firm’s acquisition efforts and co-managed the financial services practice. He and his business partners managed numerous acquisitions of other firms as they expand their business footprint across North Carolina.

He previously worked in the financial services industry as an owner and partner of an investment services firm focused on delivering outsourced financial services to accounting firms. A rapidly growing business that managed the financial services practices of over 30 accounting firms in the Southeast. The business was acquired by a national financial services provider and he was responsible for the launching of their business model nationwide.

In his career he has spoken over 200 times on a range of topics from leadership and personal growth to business development and compliance. He graduated with his MBA from Queens College in Charlotte North Carolina and is married to April and has three children.

Charles Brown

Director, New Partnership Team

Charlie Brown comes to Alaris with 30 years of expertise in Sales Management, International Sourcing, Merchandising, Logistics, Quality Assurance and Product Development. Charlie is best known for his incredible work ethic, and has worked with several Fortune 50 companies by exponentially growing their profit and market share. He led the team responsible for growing Lowe’s Global Sourcing overall business by 600% in 4 years, placing Lowe’s as the fifth largest importer in the US. He has earned a track record of success and excellence in his endeavors working globally in the countries of North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

Charlie currently resides in Davidson NC with his wife, Heather. They have two incredible sons, Conlan and Keegan. His passions include international travel, road & mountain biking.

John Moraites

Director, New Partnership Team

“In this era of financial services consolidation and desire for improved client experiences, it is vital that all clients get the best possible resources and results from a world class advisory provider. If you cannot provide what they want, they will seek someone who can.”
-John Moraites, CFP©

John is a broad-based impact leader with over 40 years as a financial servicesleaderwith proven and measurable success. He has provided national leadership to the fifth largest accounting firm, RSM McGladrey, in the development of a major growth practice in Wealth Management Services that resulted in building a $5Billion wealth management national practice in just four years which included mergers.

John was with American Express Financial Advisors (currently named Ameriprise), and pioneered the innovation of financial planning and tax services acquisitions while leading several key business units to great success. As a Senior Vice President with MetLife, and president of a broker dealer, he successfully developed and merged a new distribution system and the centralized financial planning service system.

In all aspects of his role and specifically the past several years, he has been advising clients on mergers and long term growth strategies leveraging his deep knowledge of the industry and cultural dynamic fits for clients.

John is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s in social services and has attained the CFP© designation.

Diana Jackson

Business Development Associate

Fran Blairs

Business Development Associate

Conlan Brown

Business Development Associate

Leslie Burns

Business Development Associate
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