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 30+ transactions representing approximately 40% of United Capital’s final sale valuation.
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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.
Jacqueline is a Managing Partner at Alaris Acquisitions focused on assisting our buy-side clients build repeatable, scalable acquisition programs and leading sell-side clients to a broader marketplace.
Before joining Alaris in 2021, Jacqueline served as the head of acquisitions for Goldman Sachs’ Personal Financial Management, following their acquisition of United Capital in 2019. Jacqueline led the charge to create a new deal structure and completed two acquisitions in the first year. For the five years prior to the sale to Goldman Sachs, Jacqueline led United Capital’s analytical and legal efforts to successfully close and integrate nearly 35 transactions of independent RIAs firms ranging between $200M – $2B in assets under management.
Jacqueline lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two young children. Outside of the office, she loves taking barre classes, trips to Maui without the kids, and supporting local craft breweries.
Alana Darby joined Alaris Acquisitions in May of 2021 as the Partnership Coordinator. She graduated from Clemson University with a Marketing degree and Professional Sales Certificate.
During her time at Clemson, she served as the Engagement Director for the Sales Innovation Program and was an active member of the Tour Guide Association. She graduated as the Sales Student Of The Year in 2021 along with top honors in the program. Before graduation, Alana worked as a technical recruiter for Signature Consultants.
She enjoys hosting friends and family in her spare time by creating customized charcuterie boards and pairing them with craft cocktails.
Senior Partnership Coordinator
John is a broad-based impact leader with over 40 years as a financial services leader with 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.
Trevor joined Alaris in 2021 as a Partnership Coordinator. He is responsible for assisting candidates to move through the Alaris process leading to a successful partnership.
Prior to joining the team, he worked at Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management as a financial advisor. Trevor has 2 years of previous experience mentoring in various United Capital offices. Trevor holds a degree in Computer Science from Elon University and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
John is an Advisor and Senior Analyst at Alaris assisting both buy and sell side clients with valuations, financial analysis, and financial recasts.
John has vast experience in M&A having been a Vice President in the Global Corporate Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and he was a Management Consultant for RGP providing M&A services to clients throughout the southeast. Additionally, John worked at Lowe's Home Improvement in their Corporate Finance Department.
John holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland. John was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Salisbury State University.
John and his wife Julie have 2 boys, Jack and Owen. John enjoys anytime with his family, hunting, and shooting sporting clays.
What people who have worked with us have to say
Little Rock, AR
Allen is a skilled professional that does his homework. When he approached me about joining United Capital, we were only a few minutes into the first conversation when it was clear how carefully he had prepared for that meeting. From there, Allen was patient, thorough, open, truthful, and always ready to answer questions as they came up.