Darnel J. Bentz
Senior Wealth Advisor

Industry Start Date: 2000

KAR Start Date: 2013

Education: B.S. from Arizona State University, M.B.A. in Finance & Strategy from the University of California, Los Angeles (selected for the Student Investment Fund).

Credentials: Series 7, Series 63, Series 65, Series 86, Series 87, Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) license

Darnel was recognized as a 2022 Banking & Finance Visionary by the L.A. Times B2B Publishing.  Darnel was named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Los Angeles Magazine in 2015, a designation awarded to wealth managers who scored highest in overall satisfaction.

Prior to Joining KAR:
Darnel worked in equity research for KeyBanc Capital Markets covering the gaming and lodging industries. Before working at KeyBanc Capital Markets, Darnel was a Vice President-Financial Consultant for Charles Schwab & Co. During his seven years at Charles Schwab, Darnel provided private-client investment-management services to high-net-worth families.

When Not in the Office:
Darnel loves spending time with his family. He is married to Tamany Vinson Bentz and they have two children, Blaise and Nora. The Bentz’s support the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, among other organizations. Darnel also enjoys travel, reading, skiing, golf and basketball. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California.

What Do You Enjoy Most About Your Job?
I really enjoy the collegial, collaborative environment that we have at Kayne Anderson Rudnick. People of all different backgrounds come together and really work hard to help our clients meet their goals.

What Do You Enjoy Most About Working at KARWA?
I love what I do at KAR because I get to see people achieve their retirement goals and dreams, or save for their children’s education. It’s really satisfying to be able to give them peace of mind and confidence in what they’re doing.

How Does KARWA Approach Wealth Management Differently?
With a 30-year history, we’ve seen the ups and downs of the market and we have great experience managing volatility by investing in only the highest-quality companies, along with fixed income and select alternative strategies. We also have a strong track record of playing great defense during the inevitable difficult market environments. This gives our clients a much smoother return along the way.

What Do You Hope to Achieve For Your Clients?
I want my clients to experience the highest-quality service, to gain valuable peace of mind and to have trust and confidence that we are doing all the rights things to help them achieve their goals and dreams for retirement and college savings. I want to allow them to not worry about their investments or any market volatility.