Don Wenner is the Founder and CEO of DLP Capital®, a private real estate investment and financial services firm focused on making an impact on American communities by acquiring, developing, and building relationships, housing, leaders, and organizations. Wenner founded DLP Capital® in 2006 and has since spearheaded its meteoric growth, with the firm ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” for 10 consecutive years—among the few companies on the list to achieve such growth consistency. The firm now has more than $4 billion of assets under management.
Wenner, age 38, originally formed DLP Capital®—standing for “Dream, Live, Prosper”—as a small, residential real estate sales firm in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia. Within five years, he had expanded the firm to include an investment portfolio of real estate rentals along with property management. Soon after, under Wenner’s stewardship the firm added real estate brokerage and construction affiliates and had grown to a team of 100 employees.
During that time, Don Wenner also planted the seeds for the development of more ambitious organizational goals—creating blueprints for building and scaling elite, entrepreneurial organizations for high growth and profits. The culmination of this initiative is DLP Capital’s “Elite Execution System,” which provides the tools and roadmap to help businesses achieve extraordinary growth.
This Elite Execution System, or EES, is today a hallmark of Wenner’s success, with the model implemented by strong commercial real estate sponsors, among other businesses, across the country, and it is utilized by DLP Capital® within its own enterprise. Wenner became a bestselling author in a book that elaborates on this EES model, Building an Elite Organization: The Blueprint to Scaling a High-Growth, High-Profit Business. The book, a Wall Street Journal, USAToday and Amazon bestseller, also elaborates on other best-in-business practices for 10x-ing growth as well as focusing on core values that contribute to driving greatness.
Among additional noteworthy milestones in Don Wenner’s career: he has closed more than 28,000 real estate transactions, overseen the acquisition of 30,000+ homes and apartments, and impacted more than 838,000 lives through DLP Capital’s affordable housing initiatives. Under his leadership, DLP Capital® consistently receives regional accolades as a Best Places to Work, among other awards of distinction.
Don attended Drexel University in Philadelphia. He resides in St. Augustine, FL and Asheville, NC with his wife and three sons. In addition to his passions for business, productivity, and personal growth, his passions revolve around family, faith, fitness/health, devouring books, traveling, and spending time outdoors hiking, biking, playing basketball, tennis, pickleball, and coaching his kids sports.