This week, Jason welcomes Tad Edwards and Doug Rubenstein from Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., a full-service broker-dealer with an entrepreneurial spirit. As Chairman & CEO, Tad is responsible for leading the firm’s development and directing the execution of its long-term, client-first strategies. And as Chief Operating Officer, Doug leads the execution of strategies developed by the firm’s Executive Committee. In part one, Tad talks about how he worked his way up through the legendary firm of A. G. Edwards, and why he was inspired to found his own company. Doug shares how his bond with Tad led him to join Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. and what their friendship has meant to him in life and in business.
About Benjamin F. Edwards (Tad) is Chairman: Tad is responsible for leading the firm’s development and directing the execution of its long-term, client-first strategies. He ensures each initiative is grounded in the firm’s mission to empower financial advisors with the freedom to address their clients’ needs as they see fit in an atmosphere of trust, integrity and mutual respect.
A veteran of the financial services industry, Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV founded Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.
Since its inception, Tad has expanded the firm’s presence from coast to coast with over 285 advisors located in more than 70 branches in 27 states. Operating with no debt, he has broadened the firm’s capabilities by adding an investment banking division and Edwards Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).
Before founding Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tad held several executive positions at A.G. Edwards, a firm founded by his great-great-grandfather. He began his career in Human Resources, then worked with clients as an advisor, and eventually as a branch manager of one of the most profitable branch offices. Tad moved to the firm’s corporate headquarters as a regional manager, and later directed the Sales and Marketing division. He also served on the boards of directors for A.G. Edwards, Inc. and its brokerage subsidiary, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. He was named vice chairman of the holding company board and appointed president of the brokerage firm in 2001.
About Douglas “Doug” Rubenstein: Doug leads the execution of strategies developed by the firm’s Executive Committee. He also oversees the functions and general operations of the firm and is responsible for the alignment and prioritization of company initiatives. In this role, he collaborates with the chief executive officer (CEO) in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, and hiring needs to translate strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth.
He also leads Capital Markets initiatives for the firm that include investment banking, new-issue syndicate, trading as well as Corporate Communications. He is a member of the company’s management team, serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, and is a board member and shareholder.
Doug sourced, led, and participated in transactions totaling more than $50 billion over his 30 years in investment banking. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Doug served as managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Doug led one of the real estate industry’s longest-serving investment banking groups, which included more than 75 Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) client relationships developed over his 18 years in the REIT industry.
Previously, he worked in investment banking for over 25 years at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., managing a variety of transactions including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, and joint venture private placements.