About me

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” – Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote resonates deeply with me. I have a strong sense of community and moral obligation to act when it is within my power to do so, despite the sacrifices that are required.

For instance, I took a month leave of absence and volunteered for the American Red Cross, operating a shelter in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S in 2005. Directly participating in the relief effort of a national disaster was more important than any project I was involved in at that time at Merrill Lynch. Having the capacity to help and then taking a month unpaid leave of absence to respond to a national crisis was the right thing to do.

Further, after climbing a hard-earned career path through the major wall street investment banks for nearly a decade, I’ve re-aligned my career with my core values. During my time in financial services, I successfully lead many projects and initiatives across teams and business divisions in margin, risk management, product development and IT. I’m now (finally) dedicating all of myself to a mission that I believe will have a positive, lasting impact in society.

Brief Professional Summary

Career

Darin worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch prime brokerage as a product development manager supporting the margin financing business. In this role, Darin helped the business grow through the implementation of new margin offerings. For example, Darin led a day trade margining initiative that has created new revenue opportunities.

Darin worked in the margin risk group of Goldman Sachs Securities prime brokerage where he delivered a real time margin risk monitoring system, was responsible for monitoring event driven risks, performed adhoc risk analysis with members of the global risk team, and coordinated projects with IT.

Before working Goldman’s margin risk group, Darin worked for Bear Stearns as a member of the risk control group supporting their prime brokerage margin financing business. His primary responsibilities included risk analysis, software development and systems analysis, and project management.

When Darin graduated from university, he joined the investment management business, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. There, Darin worked with the fixed income investments business as a lead developer, systems analyst, project manager, and business liaison. During his time there, he led several initiatives that would ultimately realize a cost savings of over a million dollars for the firm, and enable them to identify more investment opportunities using relative value arbitrage strategies with credit securities.

Darin graduated from Rutgers / NJIT in 2003 with a bachelors degree in computer science. During undergraduate studies, he spent several years working in a laboratory of computer science research at Rutgers where he gained a wide range of experiences with infrastructural technology roles such as network/system administration and information security. Darin also spent time developing web sites using macromedia flash and html. He interned in the Summers for Merrill Lynch and ultimately accepted an offer to join their technology leadership program.

Education

Darin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University / NJIT in 2003

Darin attended the executive MBA program of Duke Fuqua School of Business, class of 2012, taking leave after two terms to pursue entrepreneurial interests.

Volunteering, Community

  • Python open source software: author of Yosai
  • The American Red Cross
  • Leukemia Lympoma Society: Team in Training
  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies, Interests

When I’m not working on intellectually challenging work, I’m getting my hands dirty, from DIY home improvement projects to backpacking or camping.

These are some of the best photos that I’ve taken using a basic 8MP camera at places I’ve visited in the U.S:

  • Acadia National Park

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Capital Reef National Park

  • Glacier National Park

  • Grand Canyon National Park

  • Monument Valley

  • Newfoundland

  • White Mountains, New Hampshire

  • Yosemite National Park

  • Zion National Park