Darren - 20160223-1Darren Pawksi serves as the managing director of Synergy Financial Solutions, a company geared toward assisting clients in adopting a comprehensive and highly effective approach to financial management. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Darren is uniquely qualified to help clients achieve a sense of financial empowerment through the principles and services made available through Synergy Financial Solutions. A consummate professional who cares deeply about the long-term security of all of his clients, Darren holds a diploma of financial planning from Deakin University and is currently close to completing his master’s degree in finance and banking from Edith Cowan University.

1. What do you do for work?

My professional role is as the director of Synergy Financial Solutions, where I oversee company operations and assist clients in developing a long-term plan for securing their financial future.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

The overwhelming majority of people understand the importance of financial management and are aware of the benefits associated with developing a thorough and detail-oriented strategy, yet it seems that a significant portion do not yet have a plan in place. I felt that my experience and expertise could help to change that.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

A strong financial plan creates a sense of security and stability that can have a powerful impact on every aspect of an individual’s life, so it gives me a great deal of joy to contribute to creating that sense of security and stability.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Perth, Western Australia?

Swan River is easily my favorite place to go in Perth, especially when the sun hits the skyline along the river in just the right way.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I don’t go as often as when I was younger, but I still enjoy paddling out into the ocean to surf on my longboard.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d really like to go on an extended tour of South America. The natural beauty of the rivers and mountains has always been of interest to me.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I still like to play rugby on occasion, but I think I’d rather watch and play golf as opposed to anything else.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

I’ve read a lot of Henry Lawson’s work over the years, and I’ve always aspired to some of the principles he espoused in his poems and short stories.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I think every visitor should spend a lot of time outside of the city centers, and, if possible, should camp out a few nights to connect a bit more closely with nature.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I haven’t had too many strange questions sent in my direction, but I have fielded questions about the rationale behind our colorful currency a time or two.