CRFA Educates Financial Advisors via SCRFA – The Retirement Academy

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SCRFA – The Retirement Academy

Darcy Bergen combines his knowledge of retirement solutions and insurance products as the owner of Bergen Financial Group. In addition, Darcy Bergen also is a Certified Retirement Financial Advisor (CRFA).

The CRFA organization holds accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Individuals credentialed as CRFAs maintain a high standard of professional services by completing a comprehensive exam and then by fulfilling a client’s needs, even after they make a sale. CRFAs also are trained in interpreting tax returns, educating clients on a variety of insurance products, and estate planning.

The CRFA organization established SCRFA – The Retirement Academy to support prospective CRFAs. This training program aims to educate future financial advisors and prepare them for careers in the financial services industry. SCRFA – The Retirement Academy teaches students through one-on-one and teleconference sessions, online classes, and live seminars. The academy also provides students with The Professional Retirement Manual, a review guide covering different aspects of retirement. After completing the training program, students are qualified to sit for the CRFA exam.


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The Million Dollar Round Table Mentoring Program

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Million Dollar Round Table

For more than a decade, Darcy Bergen has served as president of Peoria’s Bergen Financial Group. Darcy Bergen also holds membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. The organization, a premier forum for financial professionals, has formalized a mentoring program that pairs experienced, committed members with aspiring members.

Under the mentorship program, individuals are matched based on their experiences and talents with the aim of leading them to success or enhancing their existing success. No enrollment fees exist, and individuals can express their interest through a quick process of online enrollment.

One of the major benefits for aspirants is access to the annual meeting. Aspirants must achieve at least 50 percent of member production requirements to attend the meeting for the first time and 75 percent of the requirements to attend it for the second time. In both cases, aspirants must qualify on the basis of their premiums or commissions, not their incomes.

Bergen’s Mission and Forgiveness in the Face of Terror

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Bergen’s Mission


Darcy Bergen is responsible for educational financial workshops in his capacity as the president of Bergen Financial Group. Moreover, Darcy Bergen serves as the treasurer of Bergen’s Mission, a charitable organization that supports the missionary work of John and Eloise Bergen. In addition to making direct donations to the organization, individuals can purchase the book, Forgiveness in the Face of Terror, which chronicles John’s and Eloise’s near-fatal experience in Kenya.

John and Eloise traveled to Kenya in 2008 to do missionary work with orphans. During their stay, a group of men broke into their home and assaulted and robbed them. They had great difficulty finding medical assistance and almost lost their lives. The two endured great misfortune. However, they experienced immense healing as they forgave their attackers.

Forgiveness in the Face of Terror explores the unique spiritual journey that John and Eloise took on the path to forgiveness. It includes the suffering and shock they experienced in the aftermath of the attack and the hope and joy they subsequently gained. The couple is committed to continuing to serve people in need in Kenya.

Financial Scams that Every Senior Should Know About

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financial scams


As the president of Bergen Financial Group, Darcy Bergen is committed to advising clients on topics related to retirement planning. Along with choices in areas like income and wealth transfer strategies, Darcy Bergen wants his clients to be aware of financial scams that specifically target the older population.

Senior citizens make ideal targets for con men, and the frequency at which seniors are scammed has continued to rise in recent years. One way scammers frequently gain access to the finances of older adults is through mail or telemarketing fraud. This includes tactics like lottery scams and obtaining credit card information by feigning the sale of a product the senior wants to buy.

The elderly may also be deceived by the sale of fake prescription drugs. Thieves advertise discounted prices on medicines commonly used by seniors and obtain credit card information. The thieves then never send the medicine or send cheap drugs that are not what the individual ordered, making this scam extremely dangerous.

Bergen’s Mission Turns Tragedy into Charity

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Bergen’s Mission

An accomplished entrepreneur and financial executive based in Phoenix, Arizona, Darcy Bergen serves as president of Bergen Financial Group and as an independent consultant for Bell & Associates. Active in several nonprofit organizations, Darcy Bergen is treasurer of Bergen’s Mission, a charitable foundation that supports children who have been orphaned and other Kenyan youth in need.

Founded by Canadian missionaries John and Eloise Bergen, the foundation raises funds to provide essential resources for orphanages in Kenya, as well as to support general development in the region. The founders established the foundation after a brutal home invasion by nine armed men left them severely injured. The couple, who had been working for the Canadian group Hope for the Nations, remained committed to serving as missionaries and improving the quality of life for Kenyans.

To share their own story of recovery and healing, the couple wrote Forgiveness in the Face of Terror, which is available on or at

The Bergen’s Mission Charity

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Bergen’s Mission

Darcy Bergen is the president of Bergen Financial Group in Mesa, Arizona. In this capacity, Darcy Bergen provides financial advice to seniors and hosts finance workshops throughout Arizona. Outside of work, he also serves as the treasurer of the Bergen’s Mission Charity.

The Bergen’s Mission Charity is an organization that was established following a 2008 attack on John and Eloise Bergen. The couple endured a near-fatal assault and robbery at the hands of eight men in rural Kenya. At the time of the attack, John and Eloise were four months into a mission to help orphaned children. The couple made headlines for choosing to remain in Kenya after their long recovery, despite the horrors that they experienced. They also publicly forgave their attackers during the course of their recovery. The local police managed to find and arrest all of the men involved.

The Bergens are now back home in Canada. They wrote a book about their mission in Kenya, and they often speak about the 2008 attack and their subsequent recovery at special functions.

To learn more about the Bergen’s Mission Charity, visit