Dave Darsch, GWG’s Senior Vice President for Florida and Puerto Rico, is retiring after seven years with the firm effective June 30, 2020.
Dave’s role will be filled by Ben Hilgers, an industry veteran of 17 years in financial services.
“We are saddened to see Dave go, but at the same time we are very happy he will be able to enjoy retirement with his lovely wife Cyndi,” said Merriah Harkins, GWG’s Executive Vice President of Retail Capital Markets. “Dave has always been a fantastic team player and contributor who has been a very strong and successful representative of our company in a critical region for us. He will leave us with a legacy of integrity and service to our advisors and their clients and his shoes are hard to fill.”
“That said, we are excited to welcome Ben Hilgers to our team,” said Merriah. “We were very selective in our search for a great professional who approaches the role with integrity, kindness and a work ethic to be the best possible partner to our advisor partners who are integral to our success.”
“I feel confident I am leaving the region and company in very good hands,” Dave said. “Ben Hilgers is a personable, smart professional and we are very confident he will be a strong advocate for the company, the region, and our partners.”
Ben Hilgers comes to GWG after five years with Triloma in Winter Park, FL, and 12 years at CNL Securities in Orlando. He has his CFP® and Series 7 and 24 licenses. Tyler Ingram will remain as regional sales professional supporting Dave in the region until he retires, and then teaming with Ben today and into the future.
Dave said he will miss the company and the many advisors he developed strong relationships with over seven years, and the many advisors Dave knew from previous roles for much longer, but he’s ready for retirement and more time at home.
“I’ve been blessed with a lovely wife who has tolerated a career that has kept me on the road – I joke that she’s only had me around for 17 years of our 34-year marriage! I plan to try and make up for that time by traveling and volunteering with her,” Dave said.