David is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Weild & Co. The studies that he co-authored have 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. The work has been 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.
Jim Burke is an expert in electronic marketing, information systems and an experienced CEO with a track record of success in turning around and growing an array of private-equity backed and public businesses. He is currently the CEO of vRad, a leading telemedicine company. Jim led vRad out of a financial restructuring to sustained double-digit sales and EBITDA growth and a successful exit to a strategic acquirer (MEDNAX, NYSE). Prior to vRad, Jim was the CEO of Global Compliance (now NAVEX Global), a leading global provider of ethics and compliance software and services. While at Global Compliance, Jim took the company from declining sales to greater than 20% annual growth in sales, gross margin expansion, and a successful exit to a private equity firm. Jim previously spent 9 years at Dunn & Bradstreet (“D&B”) where he turned around D&B's flagship Risk Management business, and served in several senior leadership roles, including Chief Marketing Officer, President of US Customer Segments and President of Global Information Services and Chief Quality Officer.
Jim was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a BSBA in Finance from Villanova University and an MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Chip Dempsey was until recently an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley's Principal Strategic Investments group where he invested globally on behalf of the firm in FinTech and market structure ventures. As a seasoned executive, sales rainmaker and team builder, Chip worked closely with portfolio company management teams, contributing to their success for Morgan Stanley. Chip’s views are informed by first-hand operating experience. He held a number of senior management, sales and trading roles at firms including: The Clearing Corp., CQG, SunGard Futures Systems, Logical Information Machines, Rabobank and Chemical Bank. His areas of interest and investment theses include semantic artificial intelligence, emerging market exchanges and financial inclusion, crypto-currencies & distributed ledgers, and global opportunities for small-scale capital formation.
Chip holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Boston College.
Daniel DeWolf has served on the Weild & Co. Board of Directors since 2014. Daniel is partner at Mintz Levin where he is Chair of the Technology Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice Group, and is a former Managing Director and Head of Venture Capital Funds at Wit Capital (the first online investment bank). In addition to his active legal practice, he is an adjunct professor of law at the NYU Law School and he has a wealth of experience in private equity and venture capital, having co-founded Dawntreader Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York. Daniel has more than 30 years of corporate transactional experience, both as a lawyer and as a businessman, and has been an advisor to many emerging and developmental stage companies. He is a board member of several technology companies and a managing director of Dawntreader Ventures.
Dan holds a BA and JD from the University of Pennsylvania and is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and California.
Mark Ranalli is the Dean of Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Montana State University, which provides cross-disciplinary (e.g., engineering, innovation, management and entrepreneurship) graduate and undergraduate programs aimed at creating leaders for the innovation economy of the 21st century. Mark himself is a serial entrepreneur. His third and most recent venture, Helium.com, was a pioneer in crowd sourcing content over the internet. At the time of the Company’s exit to RR Donnelly, Helium.com was the largest editorial community in the world. Mark remained at RR Donnelly for several years after the acquisition to oversee the integration and to spearhead RR Donnelly’s new Digital Solutions Group before joining Tufts’ faculty. He is experienced at building and leading teams, sales and marketing, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, branding, business development, and product development, with a proven track record of success in founding and driving innovative businesses, and in raising capital through private equity, strategic partnerships, and public markets.
Mark holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.