Daren is a Managing Director and Partner, and heads the firm's Advisory practice. He brings over 15 years of valuation and financial advisory experience with extensive experience performing valuations of business enterprises, equity securities, and intellectual property. Daren’s valuation expertise includes financial (GAAP/IFRS) and tax reporting, mergers and acquisitions planning, gift and estate tax planning, reorganizations and restructurings, capital raising activities, joint venture planning, buy-sell agreements, eminent domain, and stockholder disputes. Throughout his career, he has worked with a broad spectrum of clients, including those in manufacturing, retail, and distribution, with a specialization in food, beverage, and agricultural businesses, as well as project experience working with the technology, professional services, media and entertainment, and real estate industry sectors.

Daren has addressed complex tax valuation matters for businesses in all phases of the business cycle. His tax valuation reporting experience includes qualified small businesses stock (IRC §1202), C-corporation conversions (IRC §1374), stock compensation (IRC §409A), gift and estate taxes and charitable contributions, and personal goodwill.

Daren’s financial valuation reporting experience is comprehensive, including purchase price allocations (ASC 805), impairment testing (ASC 350), stock compensation (ASC 718) and mark-to-market analyses (ASC 820), among others, all under the fair value concepts used for financial reporting purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Prior to joining HCVT, Daren was the president and founder of Vineyard Capital Advisors, a full-service financial consulting firm providing valuations, advisory and retained consulting services. He was previously with Houlihan Lokey, a publicly traded international investment bank, where he provided valuations, solvency and fairness opinions, and other advisory services to public and private clients. Daren holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Daren is a former executive board member (vice president) and Business Valuation Committee co-chair of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) LA Chapter.

Professional Experience

Vineyard Capital Advisors
Houlihan Lokey
Barrington Partners
Maxim Integrated Products
Intel Corporation
Conexant Systems (Now known as Synaptics, Inc.)

Professional and Community Involvement

American Society of Appraisers, Los Angeles Chapter, Executive Board

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Most Influential Private Equity Investors & Advisors, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019

Credentials and Certifications



MBA, University of Southern California
BS, Industrial Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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