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    David Weild IV
    Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


    TEDx Times Square


    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.

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    Lauren A. Smith
    Chief Revenue Officer

    Lauren Smith is Chief Revenue Officer and is a Board Member of Weild & Co.  She also is founder of LAS Advisors LLC, which provides Consulting & Advisory Services focused exclusively on the Financial Services Industry.
    Lauren has worked at major Wall Street investment banks, including CS First Boston and Prudential Securities as an equity research analyst covering the Financial Services sector.  Prior to working with Weild & Co., Lauren spent nearly 12 years at noted financial services specialist Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) where she co-founded the Asset Manager/Securities Brokerage Research practice, one of the first successful ventures into non-bank financials at the firm.  She also served as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at KBW focused on the securities brokerage industry.  
    Lauren holds FINRA Series 7, Series 16, Series 24, Series 63, and Series 79 licenses.  She received her B.A. in Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her MBA in Finance from Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration. 

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    Brian VanKonynenburg
    Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer

    Brian's responsibilities include operations, finance, compliance, business systems and project management.


    His recent experience includes VP Product at -- a crowd-sourced music entertainment and competition platform -- and VP Product at from its inception to sale to RR Donnelly. Prior to Helium, Brian worked in Strategic Systems at 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 (clients included Intel, Best Buy, Coors and ESPN), (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.

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    Edward H. Kim
    Managing Director, Head of Analytics and Capital Markets



    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.

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    Jonathan Burklund
    Managing Director, Investment Banking
    Jonathan Burklund is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division of Weild & Co. 

    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.