David Weild is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Weild & Co. He is a noted expert on capital markets and capital formation who has testified before the U.S. Congress at the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, the SEC, and in front of the 34-member nations and the European Commission for the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He is regarded by many as the Father of the JOBS Act for studies that he co-authored that were the first to identify and characterize the long-term structural decline in the IPO and listed company markets.
In September 2017, Mr. Weild was named one of twenty Visionaries and one of ten StartUp Entrepreneurs in The World's Most Influential People in Market Structure, a book by Patrick L. Young. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Weild served as Vice Chairman of The NASDAQ Stock Market in charge of the Corporate Client Division with line responsibility for NASDAQ's 4,000 listed companies. He created NASDAQ's Market Intelligence Desk, Corporate Services Network and dual listings strategy which ultimately resulted in listing Charles Schwab and Hewlett Packard. While at NASDAQ, Mr. Weild had the privilege of working with such luminaries as Howard Schultz (Starbucks), Tom Stemberg (Staples), Craig Barrett (Intel), Michael Dell (Dell Computer), Steve Jobs (Apple, Pixar, NeXT Computer) and others. He also had the privilege of working with NASDAQ senior management, the SEC, the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Congress to reopen the U.S. stock markets in the aftermath of 9/11 and had the honor of leading his team to work with NASDAQ listed companies to implement share repurchase programs as a safety net to help investor confidence when markets reopened.
Mr. Weild headed equity capital markets and corporate finance at a top-ten underwriter of IPOs and follow-on equity offerings. During his career, he has participated in managing more than 1,000 public equity offering transactions.
Mr. Weild holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business and a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University. He also studied on exchange at The Sorbonne, Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales, and The Stockholm School of Economics. Mr. Weild is former Treasurer of The Bond Club of New York.
David holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 79, 82 and 99 licenses.
Chief Financial Officer, Broker/Dealer Financial and Operations Principal
David Chaskin serves as Chief Financial Officer and has over 25 years of financial and operations experience with the last 15 in the securities industry. Prior to joining Weild & Co, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Element Capital Group, where he negotiated a Joint Venture, Option Agreement and related Revenue Strip Purchase Agreement allowing the company to partner with a broker/dealer for its advisory securities business. David served as Chief Financial Officer at Noxilizer, Inc., where he was responsible for raising over $20 million of equity capital and recapitalizing the company’s capital structure. As Chief Financial Officer of Aritas Inc, he formed and registered a UK broker/dealer and helped negotiate the selling of the assets of the company.
David has experience in finance and operations management within start-ups and global multi-billion dollar organizations. He has served as an outsourced Chief Financial Officer and Financial and Operations Principal to several investment banking and equity trading broker dealers, including Merit Harbor Capital LLC, Tripleshot LLC, DBOT ATS LLC and GCA Advisors LLC. David has also done operational consulting at Evercore, Inc where he implemented procedures leading to efficient and more productive department operations.
Mr. Chaskin holds an MBA from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Lehigh University.
David holds FINRA Series 27 and 99 licenses.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Development Officer, Broker/Dealer Principal & Compliance Officer
Brian VanKonynenburg serves as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Development Officer, Compliance Officer and Secretary of Weild & Co. Brian served as VP Product at OurStage.com—a crowd-sourced music entertainment and competition platform—where he was integral to the design and management of professional services and brand engagement products, serving key clients including Intel, Best Buy, Coors and ESPN.
Brian also served as VP Product at Helium.com from its inception to sale to RR Donnelly, where his clients included AOL, Hearst Corporation, Fox Interactive, and Pulitzer. At BaseSix, a web marketing & development firm, Brian’s clients included Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, and CMGI. Previously, 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.
Brian holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 82 and 99 licenses.