James Di Virgilio

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“James is the co-founder of Chacon Diaz & Di Virgilio, an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and fee-only fiduciary wealth management firm that works with clients across the United States. ”

Chacon Diaz & Di Virgilio

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When we created the firm, we sought to build an advisory experience that was solely and entirely focused on what was best for our clients. Today, that vision has made us a recognized leader and pioneer in our field. As an independent, fee-only, fiduciary wealth management firm, we do not sell products and we do not accept any commissions, allowing nothing to influence our independence and objectivity. As a result, our advice is always unbiased and free from conflicts of interests.


-Certified Investment Management Analyst®, CIMA® (2% of investors hold this certification)

Successfully demonstrated at least three years’ of acceptable experience in investing and passed two levels of certification exams, each with an average first-time pass rate of less than 60%. In addition, attended and completed the education program, through The Wharton School,  University of Pennsylvania.

-Certified Financial Planner™, CFP® (20% of planners hold this certification)

Successfully demonstrated at least three years’ of acceptable experience in financial planning, completed 6 graduate school level courses, and passed a rigorous ten-hour exam certification exam (63% pass rate).

Professional Activities

-Adjunct professor and regular lecturer at the University of Florida, working with the College of Pharmacy, the University Athletic Association, the College of Engineering, and the Warrington College of Business, among others.

-2016 University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni Award Winner (1 of 24 across the entire University) The award is given to those who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community, and have had a significant professional accomplishment on the State, National, or International Level.

-Judge for Entrepreneurial and Business competitions held at UF, and a mentor for Entrepreneurs in the community.

-Past President of the Board of Trustees for the Gainesville Sports Commission, an organization that brings millions in economic benefit to the Gainesville community through sports tourism.


MS, The University of Florida
BSBA, The University of Florida

Assets Under Management:

$40 million

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