Meet Our Team
De Groote Financial Group has brought together a team of specialists to ensure our clients receive efficient, expert and friendly service.
While we cannot control the markets, we can control the experience. We work hard to make sure we are always providing an exceptional experience.
Collectively, the De Groote team prides itself on being problem solvers and will go the extra mile to make sure we help you throughout the process.
Please feel free to share your input as we are always striving to improve.
Doug De Groote
Doug is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) with an MBA in Financial Planning, and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Before establishing De Groote Financial Group, Doug founded the United Wealth Management division of United Capital. Prior to that, Doug was a partner at Crowell, Weedon and Co. He regularly contributes to a variety of financial and general media.
Doug’s passion, and what he believes, is that everyone deserves the opportunity; they deserve to have the freedom and responsibility to be pro-active in achieving independence and financial success.
Doug’s life is focused around his family, wife and three children, and making sure they get the foundation that is necessary for them to have the awareness of the opportunities that abound in our great country.
Doug helps increase his client’s awareness and success, to identify and take advantage of opportunities that present themselves and help protect them from some of the pitfalls or obstacles that are thrown in our paths. With regards to their financial circumstances, Doug helps his clients identify their goals, plan for various outcomes and manage their assets to help them make their vision a reality.
Joseph Dursi is an investment advisor to DeGroote Financial Group. He serves as Dynasty’s Chief Investment Officer and Chair of the Investment Committee and is responsible for overseeing Dynasty’s investment platforms, managing relationships with third-party due diligence and research partners, working closely with network firms to deliver institutional quality investment solutions to their clients, and continuing to enhance Dynasty’s award-winning Outsourced CIO offering. He was most recently the Head of Investment Solutions for Deutsche Bank Wealth Management in the Americas, responsible for identifying and creating unique investment solutions for ultra-high-net-worth clients.
Previously, Mr. Dursi served as the Head of Portfolio Consulting at Barclays Wealth Americas where he and his team were responsible for developing tactical investment solutions through asset allocation modeling and product selection for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and endowments/foundations. Mr. Dursi joined Barclays in September 2008 as part of the organization’s acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ Private Investment Management business in the Americas.
Mr. Dursi holds a BBA, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a designated Stern Scholar. He lives in Rockville Centre, New York with his wife and two children and is an avid sports fan.
Wealth Advisor, Co-CIO
Andrew Krout is a Wealth Advisor at De Groote Financial Group, LLC. He also serves as a co-chief investment officer for the firm, focused on wealth management.
Previously, Andrew served as CIO with Kelly Financial in Boston Massachusetts since 2013. He is a licensed investment advisor representative and insurance producer. He graduated from Saint Francis University with a bachelor’s degree in both finance and accounting. He is a candidate for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. Andrew holds life insurance licenses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Andrew is passionate about serving his clients and investment management and how to apply news and current events to investment decisions. He played Division 1 golf in college, and still enjoys playing and watching the sport in his free time.
David Martin Darst, CFA is an Investment Advisor to DeGroote Financial Group, specializing in asset allocation and product selection. Previously, David served for 17 years as a Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, with the responsibility for Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 from Goldman Sachs, where he held Senior Management Posts within the Equities Division and earlier, for six years as Resident Manager of their Private Bank in Zurich.
David is the author of 13 books, including bestsellers The Art of Asset Allocation, 2ndEdition (McGraw-Hill), and The Little Book that Still Saves Your Assets (John Wiley & Sons).He also appears as a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, FOX, PBS, and others, and has contributed articles across a variety of publications.
David graduated with a BA in Economics from Yale University, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has lectured extensively at Wharton, Columbia, INSEAD, and New York University Business Schools, and for nine years, David served as a visiting member at Yale College, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Business School. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.
Chief Operations Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Fadi works with clients to ensure an exceptional experience. He coordinates and assures the planning process and wealth management tools are at your fingertips to provide the clarity you deserve and the transparency and access to all your accounts. Fadi ensures the data and information is reflective in our planning software. All changes and updates flow through his desk and he coordinates those changes with the rest of our team.
Michelle is typically the first person you will speak to when we answer the phone. She manages the calendars and ensures meetings are booked. Michelle is a key member of our team by making sure you get to the right person and that the client experience is always exceptional and evolving to be better.
Tina ensures our clients receive the best possible service by providing them with the needed communications to keep them up to date and well informed. She works closely with our team to ensure clients have access to their accounts, aggregation software and that our operations reflect the service you deserve. Tina is the first person you should call if you have any questions about our processes. During her free time, she loves to run, read and spend time with her family and kids. She graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology.