George Darling, AIF®
George Darling has been a Tucson “native” for more than 40 years. He moved from Maine when he was in 5th grade and later returned during his high school years to attend Fryeburg Academy. George completed Coast Guard training at Fryeburg and earned its highest physical fitness award. He served in the Coast Guard Reserves as a specialist in operations and navigation while majoring in finance at Tulane University. George graduated from the College for Financial Planning in 1986 and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburg in conjunction with the Center for Fiduciary Studies, to become an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) in 2005.
George began his career in the industry in Manhattan before returning to Tucson. In 1986, George joined American Express Financial Advisors and later became an independent franchise owner. Becoming affiliated with an independent broker-dealer was always a goal to best serve his clients, and George opened his own branch, Darling Financial Group, in 2005 with Commonwealth Financial Network®, the nation’s largest privately held independent broker-dealer. He offers independent advice to his clients and has extensive knowledge and experience in financial planning and the tax ramifications of traditional and alternative investments. For personal clients, he specializes in retirement and estate planning. As a business owner himself, George can offer small businesses expert advice on business planning, business valuation, and retirement planning fiduciary responsibilities of plan trustees.
In his spare time George likes skiing, fishing, boating, and hunting. He reads financial magazines and most car rags, and passionately researches the things that interest him. He has served on several boards and various committees of local philanthropic organizations through the years, including event chairman of the Men’s Active 20-30 Club of Tucson, founding board member of the University of Arizona College for Public Health, school related advisory boards and foundation boards, and as a board member, exchange program coordinator, investment and car show committee member of the Rotary Club of Tucson.
George and Dawn Darling have two children, Kate and Jack. Kate is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona and lives in California; and Jack attends Salpointe Catholic High School. George loves the outdoors, which prompted their purchase of Antler Ridge Resort Cabins in Greer, AZ, a small cabin rental property in the White Mountains with great fishing, hiking, and hunting, which he loved to do when growing up in Maine.
Professional Designations and Registrations
- ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY® (AIF®)
- Dually registered, FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations
- Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC
George Darling is proud to have been recognized as a Summit Club advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 20 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.
Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Summit Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Summit Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.
Associate Advisor and Office Manager
Dawn Darling is an associate advisor and serves as the office manager of Darling Financial Group PLLC. Dawn is originally from New Hampshire and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona in 1982. She made the desert her permanent home after graduating with a degree in finance and real estate in 1984. For 15 years, she worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in Tucson, and then for a fitness website before joining George’s financial planning practice as a client service manager in 2002. Dawn also holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations.
Dawn and George have two children and a number of pets. Their daughter Kate is a recent graduate of the U of A and son Jack is a sophomore at Salpointe Catholic High School. She also manages Antler Ridge Cabins, a small cabin rental resort they own in Greer, Arizona. In her spare time, Dawn loves traveling, hiking, yoga, reading, and skiing.
Dawn has a long history of giving back to the Tucson community. She founded the first women’s chapter of the Active 20/30 Club, and served for many years as a board member of one of their primary beneficiaries, the Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center at University Medical Center. She supports Rotary International in its fund-raising efforts and its exchange program as a host because she believes deeply in its mission. Dawn is currently a member of Angel Charity for Children, Inc., an Assisteens Advisor of the Assistance League of Tucson, a member of the Salpointe Catholic Foundation fundraising team, and an active founding member of the Tucson Chapter of National Charity League Inc., a mother-daughter philanthropic organization.
Client Service Manager
Sherry Colwill is the client services manager of Darling Financial Group PLLC. Sherry grew up in Alabama and moved to Tucson in 1989 with her husband, Brian. Sherry graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in health, physical education and recreation before attending graduate school at the University of Arizona where she earned a master’s degree in special education and rehabilitation. Sherry was a special education teacher for seven years and was the coordinator for children with disabilities for the Southeastern Arizona Head Start grantee for four years before making the decision to leave the field of education. Sherry received her real estate license in 2000 joining another agent in order to work part-time. Sherry and Brian have been clients of Darling Financial Group since 1996 and joined the Darling Financial Group team in 2011.
Sherry and Brian have two daughters, Zena and Sydney. Zena recently graduated from the University of North Alabama and is now living in Fullerton, CA. Sydney is attending the University of Memphis studying finance and playing on the women’s golf team. Sherry enjoys hiking with her dog, playing and following golf, and spending time with friends and family.