Our Team


 Darek W. Hunt,  MPA   CEO and Founding Principal


Darek’s  19+ years of experience as a financial advisor began with Investment Advisors & Consultants, Inc. in 1992.  From 1997 to 2003, Darek worked for UBS (formerly PaineWebber) and Smith Barney as a Vice-President of Investments. In 2005, Darek founded Aurora Strategic Advisors in New Jersey to support his clients in an advisory service. In 2013, Darek took an appointment as Director of the Office for Regional Initiatives at UNC Pembroke. After two years of active community involvement and economic development for the eight-county regions, Darek left UNC-Pembroke. In 2015, he founded Aurora Strategic Advisors, LLC in North Carolina (a Registered Investment Advisor firm).  

Darek is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Walden University in Health Sciences.

Darek spent most of his life living in New Jersey. However, in 2012, he moved to Lumberton, NC, and began participating in various Lumberton community groups. He was an executive board member of Rediscover Downtown Lumberton and had worked with several different non-profits in Robeson County.

Darek is a dedicated family man who has three children who live in New Jersey. Darek is also an avid sports fan, closely following the Florida Seminoles and his hometown Philadelphia Eagles. In addition, he likes water sports, snow skiing, and playing tennis.  Darek also enjoys traveling and the beach.







Zackary Ryan Hunt, Financial Intern



Zack entered our training program in Oct of 2020. He has attended both Robeson County Community College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His main studies were Business Administration but he found he had a greater interest in the finance world. 

He has strong experience working in management especially with payroll and employee relations. Once he completes his training and passes the North Carolina Securities series 65 examination, he will be a licensed Investment Advisors Representative with Aurora Strategic Advisors. 







Betty Oxendine Hunt, Administrative Assistant/CSR


She began her employment with Aurora Strategic Advisors in August of 2017.

Betty is bringing 20 years of corporate experience to Aurora. She will be my new Administrative Assistant/CSR.

She has an extensive background working for large corporations in customer service, payroll, back-office management, and experience as a personal property tax specialist for the largest commercial leasing company in the US. 

Betty lives in Lumberton. She enjoys cooking, home decorating,  working in her garden, and just being outdoors.




Savannah Locklear, CSR



Savannah joined ASA in March of 2021. She is responsible for developing client relationships and handling a number of back-office functions. She brings a strong sense of superior customer service and believes in going the extra mile to help our clients. 

Savannah was born and raised in Robeson County. She loves spending time with her family and being involved with her church youth ministries. 




Jayme Frady, Social Media Coordinator 


Jayme joined ASA in February of 2021. She will be handling all of Aurora's Strategic Advisor's social media accounts.  
She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Business and a focus on marketing. She is in the process of finishing her MBA with UNCP. 
Jayme was born in Elizabethtown and is very active in her community. She loves spending time traveling, hanging with her family and dogs.



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