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John D. Darling

Of Counsel

Professional Snapshot

Experience: Joined NPF in 1982; prior experience includes Vice President of Operations at Key Line Freight Inc.
Education: BA in Marketing and Transportation with a minor in Economics from Michigan State University
Community: Advisory Board, Lowell Area Community Fund

Personal Insights

What do you enjoy most about your role as Counsel?
I retired after 34 years as a Portfolio Manager with NPF. I now enjoy being available to assist current managers with insight into clients that I formerly managed.

What was your journey to the investment world and NPF specifically?
I was formally a Vice President with a company that was sold. I was charged with the liquidation of the remaining assets, which included the profit-sharing fund. NPF was the manager of the fund and I met founding partners Ford Perné & Charles French during the liquidation process. They had an opening for someone with administrative experience and I was interested in their business.

What are the values that drive you in your professional and personal life?
Honesty and ethical treatment of others and loyalty to spouse, friends, company and co-workers.

Where did you grow up and where do you live today?
I lived in Grand Rapids, MI from age 4 through High School. I went to college at Michigan State University in East Lansing and spent four years on active duty with the US Navy. I am now a retired Navy Commander. My wife, Rene, and I recently celebrated our 54th anniversary.

What is your favorite place in West Michigan?
Cascade Hills Country Club

What is your favorite sport?
College basketball, specifically Michigan State University

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My wife and I enjoy reading, playing golf (weather permitting) and eating out at interesting and nice restaurants.