Meet Our Team
We believe in using a teaming structure to help our clients with the financial planning process. Differing perspectives and attention to detail brings the client increased value. Both Daren and Chris offer differing expertise; Daren as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and Chris having worked as a personal banker for over a decade.
DAREN BLONSKI, CFP®
Daren Blonski, CFP® is the Managing Principal of Sonoma Wealth Advisors, learner, educator, serial entrepreneur, and life coach. With a Master’s of Arts in Psychology, he is deeply rooted in helping clients take their life to the next level. His clients see him as an educator and coach, operating in the realm of financial planning.
Working with clients across the life-stage spectrum, he focuses particularly on assisting entrepreneurs looking to soak up life and maximize their fulfillment. He is an advocate of Dave Ramsey’s approach to organizing and prioritizing one’s finances.
He is always looking to take his practice to the next level. Daren is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, a Certified Retirement Planner Specialist™, a Certified Retirement Planning Counselor™, an Accredited Asset Management Specialist™ and a Smartvestor Pro™ with Dave Ramsey. He is deeply committed to the pursuit of life-long learning.
Multi-dimensional in his interests, he facilitates leadership training with non-profits, particularly those in Sonoma Valley. He has worked extensively internationally with the curriculum based on The Leadership Challenge framework.
If there is a race to be run, a weight to be lifted, a mountain to be climbed, Daren is all in. He spends his spare time pursuing his physical and mental agility through various outdoor and physical health related activities. With all this said, Daren’s greatest joys are his three children Brooklyn, Bryton, and Brady.
Chris brings over 13 years of experience in the financial industry to Sonoma Wealth Advisors. He began his career in 2006 with a large, family-owned commercial insurance agency, working with business owners to identify their risks and secure customized coverage from a wide range of insurance companies.
Chris relocated to California in 2008 to seek sun and adventure in the West. Since 2008, he’s worked for a large national bank serving business owners and high net worth individuals. During that time, he developed a reputation as a trusted partner for his many long-term clients.
As an avid reader, Chris enjoys the stories and the personalities behind the numbers. He understands that the best plan won’t work if it’s not a plan that will work for you, and that the decisions you’re facing can be approached in a thoughtful, strategic way. Chris believes the best advice is the advice you’ll implement and see through life’s inevitable ups and downs.
Chris and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters and live in Sonoma. He’s a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with his family.