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Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Think keeping track of your own finances is a challenge? Try managing 200 clients’ assets like Wells Fargo Financial Advisor Darcy Parrish. The Southwest Baptist University graduate has worked to claim his CFP certification from the College of Financial Planning, a title he claimed after spending three years in the industry and passing a 10-hour test for which he spent a year preparing.

Meeting new people and getting to know different clients’ needs fuel the driven 27-year-old’s passion and help him to look forward to work. “I also have control of my work schedule and my own success, which is very motivating to me,” he says.

Parrish’s advising skills not only come in handy when discussing how his clients can be good stewards with their money, but also when he’s teaching his “little brother” from Big Brothers Big Sisters life’s essential lessons like how to hold a phone conversation or how to keep his room clean. When he’s not working, Parrish enjoys exercising, attending church, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with his wife, Kirsten. The best part of being a 20 Under 30? Getting to meet the 19 other young up-and-comers he’s sharing the title with, Parrish says. –D.D.

417 Magazine: Are you a member of any professional organizations?
Darcy Parrish: I am currently an active member of Springfield Rotaract, The Network of Young Professionals, The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and The Financial Planning Association. I have served in leadership roles for three of these organizations in the past.

417 : How did you end up at your current job/profession?
D.P.: My senior year at SBU is when I decided I wanted to become a financial advisor. I started applying at any firm I could think of that was in the brokerage business. I moved to Springfield right when I graduated in May 2008. After applying at several firms in Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City I received four offers and decided this was the best place for me and began in August 2008. Our firm at the time was Wachovia Securities, a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

417 : Where do you find passion to do what you do?
D.P.: I really do love coming to work. I work in a great office with great people. I get to meet new individuals and families all the time, which is fun and exciting. I enjoy talking with people about how to be good stewards with their money. My parents are both retired teachers and although I didn’t follow in their footsteps and go teach at a school, I certainly get to do my fair share of educating. I also have control of my work schedule and my own success, which is very motivating to me.

417 : Are you single/married, and do you have any kids?
D.P.: I am married to my beautiful wife Kirsten. We got married on December 12, 2012 here in Springfield. We hope to have kids in the future. I know she will be a great mother and we are looking forward to having a family.

417 : What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
D.P.: Away from the office I like to exercise, read, volunteer, and watch football. Kirsten and I enjoy doing several things together like running, going to church, traveling, going to concerts, hanging out with friends, and having fun with our Cubs/Cardinals baseball rivalry.

417 : Are you involved in any charitable organizations?
D.P.: Yes, I have been a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters for a little over two years. My little brother’s name is Kody and he is 11. We usually hang out on Sunday afternoons for a couple hours and play basketball at the YMCA, play catch in his front yard, go grab a bite to eat, or once in while hit up Incredible Pizza and rock the skee-ball table. I am also on a committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters called Bigs for Bigs. It is made up of about eight or so big brothers. We have events that we invite others to whom we think may want to be a big or may know someone who does. There are several boys right now on a waiting list for a big brother and our mission is to try and recruit bigs for them.

417: Are you a member of any professional organizations?
D.P.: Yes, I am a member of Rotaract, The Network of Young Professionals, The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and The Financial Planning Association. I have served in leadership roles for three of these organizations in the past. Currently, I am an active member in all four.

417 : How would you define the secret to success?
D.P.: I think a lot of people define success differently. What I would consider success may be completely different than someone else, but I think we would most likely agree that it is something that does not come easy. I think you have to have a passion for what you do to be successful. I think you have to be willing to listen and learn from others whom you consider to be successful. And then you have to work hard, be disciplined and be patient and realize that it may take time. I think most people who fall short of successful quit long before they should have.

417 : What’s your favorite thing about your career?
D.P.: I think what I like most about being a financial advisor is the unlimited potential and flexibility. I have the opportunity to run my business the way I see fit. I work the hours that I find to be most productive. I work with people who mutually agree we are a good fit and the more of those clients I bring on the bigger my business grows with ultimately no ceiling.

417 : What’s your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
D.P.: I think it is probably the people and the culture. The Midwest is known for being friendly. I have been able to meet some amazing people over the last few years here in Springfield. I enjoy traveling to other parts of the country, but as far as having a place to work and live, Springfield is a great place.

417 : If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
D.P.: Read a book! I hated to read when I was in high school, and even college. I thought it was boring and a waste of time. Now, I read all the time and really enjoy it. In my opinion one key to being successful is being well-read.

417 : What was your dream job at age 5?
D.P.: I think that was about the time I decided I was going to play in the NBA.

417 : List three traits that define a successful career:
D.P.: Be passionate about what you do, work hard at it and learn from others that are successful in your line of work.

417 : Why are you a 20 Under 30?
D.P.: I have certainly been blessed in my life with great family and friends. I think they have contributed in large part to who I have become. I would not be where I am at today without their love and support.

417 : What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
D.P.: Right now I am speaking with some great potential clients. I look forward to seeing if we are a fit and on boarding some of those family’s into my business.

417 : What completed project are you most proud of?
D.P.: I think passing my CFP® certification exam last year is probably my greatest professional accomplishment thus far. I studied for just under a year and passed the 10-hour, two-day exam. By earning the CFP® Certification, I feel I have cemented my existing knowledge and learned new techniques for helping clients achieve their financial goals.

417 : _____ makes life worth living.
D.P.: Knowing nothing is impossible.

417 : A day at work wouldn’t be complete without _____
D.P.: Something unexpected.

417 : Ten years from now, I hope I’m _____.
D.P.: A great husband and father.

417 : If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would _____.
D.P.: Keep playing the lottery… Oh wait.

417 : The best part about being a 20 Under 30 is _____.
D.P.: Meeting the other 19.

Celebrate with the Class of 2013 on Thursday, April 25 at Highland Springs Country Club. 

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