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Darrell Behnke, Market Leader, Madison

Darrell Behnke

Market Leader, Madison 
darrell.behnke@usbank.com
608.252.4098

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Today, people are inundated with information. What many people really want is an advocate to help them understand their options and make strategic decisions.”

When Darrell Behnke started his professional life as an attorney, what he most enjoyed was the counseling part of the job.

“I envisioned myself becoming a small town, Jimmy Stewart-type lawyer who is the trusted family advisor,” he says. “But in many ways, wealth management is a lot closer to that role than practicing law was for me. Here, I’m applying technical skills to help clients face all kinds of challenges and opportunities, and I’m developing deep personal relationships that stretch over generations.”

Philosophy
As a Market Leader for U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management in Madison, Darrell leads a team of wealth management professionals who are responsible for providing Investment Management, Private Banking, Trust and Estate Services, and Wealth Planning. He has spent more than 25 years with U.S. Bank, managing trusts and providing financial planning to individuals and public and private foundations. During the course of his career, he has seen a change in what clients want from an advisor.

“Before the Internet and CNBC, clients had limited access to information so they needed someone to provide data and help make transactions,” he continues. “Today, people are inundated with information. What many people really want is an advocate to help them understand their options and make strategic decisions.”

Darrell credits a high school foreign exchange program with teaching him about hard work and personal goals. “My experience as an exchange student on an Australian dairy farm really broadened my perspective,” he says. “As a 16-year-old, I saw that all over the world, people are fundamentally the same — they’re trying to make a good life for themselves and their families.”
 

Community involvement and education
Community service has always been a part of Darrell’s philosophy. He is a Rotarian and serves on the board of directors of Englewood College, Madison Symphony Orchestra and United Way of Dane County Foundation.

Darrell earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 


 
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