Brenda Vanbiesbrouk

​Marketing Associate

Darren has been working in the financial services industry with Freedom 55 Financial since 2001. He excels in helping people identify and plan for their financial goals and future. Darren obtained his CFP (Certified Financial Planner) certification in 2005 and CHS (Certified Health Insurance Specialist) designations in 2008. In 2012, he founded Darren Koole and Associates Financial Services Inc. which rebranded to Balance Wealth Management Group in 2016.

Beyond his role as a financial planner, Darren is an active member of the Chatham-Kent community as a volunteer for the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance with various committees. He has also coached minor hockey for more than 10 years and volunteers at the annual Poor Boy luncheon.  Darren, who is an avid runner, was born and raised in Chatham where he lives today with his wife and four children.



Darren Koole, CFP®, CHS 


Certified Financial Planner
Investment Representative

Eric J. Koscielski, B.Comm., CFP®

Associate Advisor

​Certified Financial Planner

Investment Representative

Brenda keeps our office running smoothly. Having joined Freedom 55 Financial in 2005, Brenda has over 10 years experience in helping our clients with their servicing needs.  She was born and raised in Chatham-Kent where she and her husband Mike still live today.  Now that their grown children, David and Megan have gone out on their own, Brenda and Mike are actively enjoying being empty nesters!

Eric earned a Bachelor of Commerce with a certificate in Human Resources degree from the University of Windsor prior to starting his career as a Financial Planner. Since then he has earned numerous certifications, including the designation of Certified Financial Planner.  

Using sound principles from his education, Eric works with his clients to help them set financial objective and build a plan to meet them - for every stage of their life.

Eric was born and raised in Chatham.  He now lives North of Chatham with his wife Lindsey and their sons Aidan and Evan.