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About Us


We are a collection of inter-related companies that provide employee benefits, executive benefits, and wealth management services to closely held businesses.

Though our core focus has always been on serving our clients with superior and uber-sophisticated insurance solutions, we also provide services to our peers in the insurance industry, assisting them in delivering unique experiences and solutions to their clients as well.


In this regard, we have few competitors, but many partners.

Our fundamental belief is that there are more than enough opportunities to spread around, and that if we remain passionate about serving as many clients as we can -- whether it be directly or indirectly -- that our mission of providing unique and superior solutions will prevail.

Our Companies




Apex Outsourcing has created custom employee benefits platforms for small businesses that were once reserved for 1,000+ employee companies, making them accessible to companies with less than 50 employees.

Utilizing technology, Apex provides business owners and their employees a completely unique benefits experience, from plan selection, to enrollment, to claims administration

Founded by Darren Sugiyama in 2003, Apex grew to over $37 million in annual sales within its 7th year, becoming the #1 producing benefits firm in the country for BenefitMall, Kaiser Permanente, HealthNet, and Colonial Life.


DaVinci Capital Investment Advisors specializes in advising employees on retirement planning and alternative investment strategies.  Often times, small businesses don't offer retirement programs to their employees. 


So DaVinci's proprietary Employee Retirement Program (ERP) provides employers with a completely voluntary platform that requires zero employer contributions, zero employer administration, and zero participation requirements.

In 2017, DaVinci was responsible for 25% of all the life insurance policies sold for Pacific Life in Orange County, California.  In 2018, DaVinci was responsible for 29% of the all the life insurance policies sold for Penn Mutual in Orange County, and in 2019, over 38%.

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Lionsmark Capital specializes in premium financing large life insurance polices for high net worth individuals (between $20MM-$100MM policies).


In addition, Lionsmark also funds key-employee deferred compensation arrangements for closely held businesses utilizing our proprietary lending platforms, employing leverage in multi-life cases.


We have gained the reputation as the most sophisticated and technically-sound premium financing intermediary in the country, endorsed by all of the major carriers, producer groups and BGAs in the life insurance industry.

We are often brought in as the specialist by RIA firms, top-producing life insurance agents, and carriers to work with their uber-high net worth life insurance clients.


BreadBox Solutions is a software company that generates analytical data reports to top tier life insurance agents and investment advisors to assist in educating their clients on how various design elements may affect financial outcomes during different economic conditions.

Such reports create Hypothetical Synthetic Assets that act as a proxy for extremely sophisticated investment strategies and indexed universal life insurance products, depicting how floors, caps, multipliers, high-cap options, and asset-based charges perform during times of volatility and different sequences of returns.

Ultimately, we provide tools and services to advisors to help them better educate their clients.



Darren Sugiyama is an internationally acclaimed author of seven published books.  His literary works are currently being distributed in Australia, Brasil, Canada, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.


His most notorious book, How I Built A $37 Million Insurance Agency In Less Than 7 Years, was originally published in 2010, however in 2020, he released the Second Edition of this book, updating everything he has learned and implemented in his business over the last decade.

He has also been a major educational contributor to the insurance industry with two of his works, including OUCH - How My Investment Advisor Lost Me $930,000 In Three Years, and The Definitive Book On Premium Financing.

In 2012, he published his first novel, The Icon Effect.  A fictional story about a young, struggling, aspiring entrepreneur, Sugiyama weaved 25 key life principles into this mentor-based story.

The eagerly anticipated sequel to The Icon Effect -- The Takeo Effect - How A Billionaire Samurai Warrior Saved My Life -- is scheduled for a release date of Summer 2021.  Stay tuned for more details of the actual release date!

Motivational Speaker


Darren Sugiyama is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker and has delivered keynote speeches for Aflac, American Income Life, Colonial Life, Unum, and several regional sales organizations.  He is often the the subject expert speaker on life insurance and premium financing webinars, panels, and live national events.


He is often sought out by sales organizations to coach their teams on how to be more effective communicators and deliver strong sales messages, but he is also called upon to deliver inspirational talks, focusing on his own personal experiences, successes, failures, and epiphanies.

Though his speaking fees are on the higher end of the spectrum, he guarantees that audiences will be moved and transformed, and offers a money-back guarantee if his motivational speaking clients are not 100% ecstatic about the results he produces.  He has never had a client ask for their money back.

Contact Us




Apex:  (949) 486-4800

DaVinci:  (949) 486-4900

Lionsmark:  (949) 398-0088

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