David is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Weild & Co. The studies that he and Ed Kim co-authored documented the long-term decline in equity capital formation in the United States and provided the core arguments that gave rise to the JOBS Act and many of the specific provisions contained in the JOBS Act. For these reasons, he has been called “The father of the JOBS Act.” David has also called for a “JOBS Act 2” or “JOBS Act Part 2” - language increasingly heard on Capitol Hill. Weild and Kim’s written work was cited by a broad range of legislators, regulators, academics, the IPO Task Force and the White House Jobs Council leading up to the JOBS Act. David has testified in Congress (most recently in June 2013) and at the SEC (most recently at the Roundtable on Decimalization) on these and other market issues and attended the signing of the JOBS Act by President Obama in the Rose Garden on April 5, 2012.
David was also recently asked to author a study for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which was entitled, “Making Stock Markets Work to Support Economic Growth” and presented in April 2013 in draft form to the 35 member nations of the OECD, IOSCO and the European Commission. The U.S. Treasury and SEC were in attendance. He later presented the final version at a meeting in June that included the CEO of the World Federation of Exchanges where it was generally agreed, as Weild and Kim have maintained, that structural changes to stock markets have caused the global decline in capital formation for small companies.
David is a former Vice Chairman and executive committee member of The NASDAQ Stock Market and spent years running Wall Street investment banking and equity capital markets businesses.
David holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business and a BA from Wesleyan University. He studied on exchange at The Sorbonne, Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales and The Stockholm School of Economics. He is also Chairman of the Board of Tuesday’s Children, the 9/11 charity.
Brian's responsibilities include operations, finance, compliance, business systems and project management.
His recent experience includes VP Product at OurStage.com -- a crowd-sourced music entertainment and competition platform -- and VP Product at Helium.com from its inception to sale to RR Donnelly. Prior to Helium, Brian worked in Strategic Systems at Monster.com where he managed global e-commerce and employer platform projects from business requirements, through usability, design, specification and development.
On the professional services front, he was integral to the design and management of the professional services / brand engagement products for OurStage.com (clients included Intel, Best Buy, Coors and ESPN), Helium.com (clients included AOL, Hearst Corporation, Fox Interactive, and Pulitzer), and the web marketing & development firm BaseSix (clients included Johnson & Johnson, Dupont, and CMGI).
Brian currently holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master.
Edward has over 25 years of capital markets, finance, product development, and operations experience in both established and entrepreneurial environments. Prior to helping form Weild & Co., he was Managing Director of Financial Communications at Stern And Company, a strategic communications and public relations firm.
Previously, Edward was Senior Vice President at The NASDAQ Stock Market with responsibility for developing new products and services for NASDAQ’s Corporate Client Group. Prior to NASDAQ, he was Chief Administrative Officer of PurchasePro. Edward has worked in investment banking, equity and equity-linked trading, salestrading, research and equity capital markets at firms including Lehman Brothers, Prudential Securities, and Robertson Stephens, in the financial centers of New York, San Francisco, London and Tokyo.
Edward has a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds FINRA Series 7, Series 24, Series 63, Series 79 and Series 99 licenses.
Mr. Burklund worked in the renowned healthcare investment banking practice of Lehman Brothers and went on to hold a number of senior investment banking positions at noted middle market and major Wall Street firms. Mr. Burklund brings deep expertise to mergers & acquisitions and public and private placements of both equity and debt securities.
Mr. Burklund began his career in 1983 at Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. where he graduated from Chase Manhattan’s Credit Training Program. Mr. Burklund has published on healthcare issues in Modern Healthcare and Radiology Business Journal and received a special acknowledgement in Innovation Breakdown by Joseph V. Gulfo. Mr. Burklund graduated with honors from Northeastern University in 1983 with Majors in Finance and Management.