Based in Boca Raton, FL, Darren leads Smith & Henzy’s Southeast team on all aspects of development. Darren’s nimble and innovative mind leads to developments that benefit residents, communities, and all stakeholders alike.
After graduating summa cum laude from Baruch College with a major in Finance & Investment and a minor in Political Science, Darren worked in Citi’s Municipal Securities division for 7 years. At Citi, Darren specialized in community reinvestment related businesses. Darren traded revenue bonds for Citi for 2 years and originated tax credit deals as a bank of Citi Community Capital for 5 years.
Darren has closed over $2 billion of 9%, 4%, 80/20 and Freddie/Fannie tax credit financing in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Florida, Texas and California. Darren has successfully applied for and been awarded financing through many Requests For Applications in Florida, including the following: City of Miami HOME, Miami-Dade County HOME, Miami-Dade County Surtax, Florida Housing Finance Corporation HOME, SAIL, 9% tax credits for supportive and preservation projects, and Palm Beach County SHIP. Darren holds both the FINRA series 7 and 63 licenses.
Darren also founded two successful non-profit organizations and is currently on the board of MOVE, Inc., a college preparatory program that he co-founded.