LibPositives Spotlight of the Month L. Dasarte W. Yarnway: Author, and Founder of Berknell Financial Group
LibPositives Spotlight Presents Lonbaye Dasarte Wontahlou Yarnway: Author, and Founder of Berknell Financial Group.
Dasarte Yarnway is the Founder and Managing Director of Berknell Financial Group, one of the country’s fastest growing minority-owned investment management firms.
Dasarte was born June 12, 1991, in San Francisco, CA to Lonbaye & Tinniziee Yarnway. Both parents traveled to the US in 1979 shortly before the Rice riots, where they met through the Liberian community association of Northern California. The marriage lasted twenty years until the unfortunate passing of Mr. Yarnway. Dasarte is the youngest and only boy of six children.
As an All American football Star in Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Dasarte received a football scholarship to attend University of California, where he studied Project Management. After graduating with his bachelors, Dasarte worked at various firms including Fisher Investments, Edward Jones Investments and was the youngest Vice President at HSBC Bank. Through these experiences, he saw the need for a intimate firm with institutional firm capabilities because people of color and those who needed the service most were not receiving it from Americans most storied institutions. He decided to create a turnkey solution to the problem by establishing the Berknell Financial Group. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Berknell Financial Group is set to change the stigma on investment firms by valuing deep relationships and customizing solutions for its clients.
Since the firm inception in 2015, Dasarte has written two Amazon bestselling books (Young Money & Dating Benji). He has been recognized as Top African American Financial Guru by NerdWallet, has been nominated to Forbes 30 under 30 and has participated in many service and philanthropic efforts both in Liberia and the United States.
With Nimba County origins, Dasarte hopes to assist in helping Liberia with its economic development and capital market presence.