All three leading trade publications – Investment Advisor, RIABiz and InvestmentNews – have named Ric Edelman one of the most influential people in the financial planning and investment management profession.
During Don’s 20-year career, he has created and produced many of the financial industry’s biggest and most prestigious events. He was Co-Founder & President of Inside ETFs and COO of ETF.com and partnered with Ric several years ago.
Don has a 20-year career of creating and producing “first-of-its-kind” buyside conferences, webinars and roadshows for financial professionals.
He was Co-Founder & President of Inside ETFs, the industry’s largest and most successful conference, and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Board Member of ETF.com. Don also created Inside ETFs Europe (that continent’s largest ETF event), Inside Commodities (the largest institutional-focused US-based commodities event) and Inside Fixed Income (the world’s largest independently run fixed-income event).
After leaving ETF.com, he founded JV Events Group where he created “institutional investor only” events including the Liquid Alternative Strategy Summit, MLP Strategy Summit, Smart Beta Strategy Summit, ETF Strategy Summit and the Digital Asset Strategy Summit. He sold JVEG to DACFP in 2020 and became its president.
Prior to ETF.com, Don was a Managing Director of Strategic Research Institute, where he created and produced the world’s largest hedge fund conference (Blue Ribbon Hedge Fund), Europe’s largest secondaries conference (Saving Private Equity), and the world’s second largest indexing conference (The Art of Indexing). He also ran SRI’s Alternative Investments Group, which generated 40% of the firm’s revenues.
Don is a lifelong “Wildcat” with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona. He’s also an avid runner, with three marathons to his credit. He, his wife and two daughters live near Atlanta.
What began as a small, invitation-only meeting of forward-thinking and influential individuals is quickly becoming a major organization attracting substantial interest. Meet the founding members of DACFP by visiting our Founding Members Page.