Who We Are
Planning to meet your individual financial goals with integrity, sincerity and a dose of humor.
We are an independent family financial planning firm with various backgrounds of knowledge. We are here to help our clients with their individual financial needs. Our goal is to simply help create a positive future for all of our clients.
Here at Drown Financial Services, we understand that financial planning for your future is scary and uncertain, especially in today's economy. However, rest assured that we've helped clients with all types of backgrounds successfully and happily retire with their financial hopes and dreams realized. We want to help make that dream become a reality for you and your family as well.
We have established our practice on a set of core values (Truthfulness, Courtesy, Competence, Trustworthiness and Confidentiality) and make every effort to behave in accordance with them. By adhering to these values for our own self-evaluation, we have cultivated relationships with our clients that last for decades. We give you the confidence to know that, through any and all changes life throws your way, you will have a Trusted Advisor guiding you to make the strongest and most sound financial choices.
Darrel Drown, CFP
Darrel Drown received his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 1989 from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Education from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. Darrel’s financial experience incorporates teaching mathematics (1977-1980), managing the Howard County School Systems Budget Office (1980-1990) and providing individual financial planning to his many clients (1990-present). He is associated with a Registered Investment Advisor and he is experienced in Long-Term Care and Charitable Giving strategies. His practice specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning for the retirement and estate-planning client. Darrel is a 35-year resident of Howard County and a life-long resident of Central Maryland. He has served on the Howard County Council, the Howard County Zoning Board and the Howard County Liquor Board. Darrel and his wife Dori have three grown sons, four grandchildren and a continually growing family. In his free time Darrel relaxes by skiing, playing tennis, hacking at golf, reading, and taking trips with his family.
Travis Drown is Darrel's youngest son. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Family Financial Planning. He has his Series 6, 63 and 65 registrations as well as his Life and Health insurance license. Travis joined Drown Financial in 2012 with the goal to get to know each individual client and work alongside Darrel in every facet of the business as he continues in his father’s footsteps.
Travis has been focusing on growing the business through incorporating the use of new technology, as well as reaching out to our younger clients to emphasize and encourage the idea of planning for their future.
On the personal side, Travis is married to Ashley who is currently serving in the U.S. Airforce as a Dentist. Travis has begun officiating college and high school football in the area, as well as taking on a leadership position with his church’s youth group. In his free time he enjoys golf, tennis, and bicycling.
Sandi Collins is Darrel’s administrative assistant and has been employed with Darrel for over 25 years. She grew up in Ellicott City, MD, and then moved to Carroll County where she lived for 12 years. She currently divides her time between Catonsville, MD and a home at Lake Anna, VA.
Sandi has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. She is an avid pet lover and loves gardening, spending time with the family and relaxing on the lake.
She also received the 2013 award for “Exceptional Customer Service” from our PFG agency office in State College.
Linda Roché is our front desk assistant and has been working in our office for over 10 years. She was born in Washington, D.C. and then moved to Howard County where she has lived for the past 15 years. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Her son is currently on active duty in the Coast Guard and her daughter is attending Howard Community College. Linda enjoys taking trips to the beach, roller skating and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Catalina (Cat) Burke
Catalina (Cat) Burke is Drown Financial Services’ newest addition to the team. As a part-time administrative associate, Cat works very closely with Sandi to accomplish the day-to-day needs of the office.
Before joining the team, Cat worked as the marketing director for the “Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau”. Cat lives in Odenton with her husband and her 11-year old son. She enjoys running and going to hockey and baseball games, both professional and especially ones her son plays in.
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