Our founder and CEO shares his insights on wealth and family offices regularly with the press, on-podcasts, and at live events. Learn more about David and his recent appearances below.
David C Wells Jr
Strategist – Author – Adviser
– Founder and CEO of Family Capital Strategy
– Author of When Anything is Possible – Wealth and the Art of Strategic Living
– Board member
David has loved using strategic insights to drive organizations forward for as long as he can remember. Across his background as a 4x entrepreneur, board member of for and not-for profit organizations, and an author, his focus is on helping to clearly distill the questions organizations face and then formulate an appropriate response.
David began consulting after founding his first company in high school helping businesses with technology. Since then, he has helped build organizations of all types including:
- Large, multi-national financial services firms
- Private equity funds
- Regional wealth management firms
- Education focused non-profits
In 2019, he founded Family Capital Strategy to work with family members and executives of family offices / family-owned companies to help them think strategically about wealth and build world-class family wealth management organizations. Prior to founding the firm, David was a partner at a large asset management firm in Nashville after spending many years as a fundamental investor and analyst.
David has and continues to serve in a broad range of governance roles. David is the Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the private trust company of a 75 member Midwestern family. As well, he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Nashville Classical Charter School, one of the top-performing schools in the state of Tennessee. He is also on the Board of 21/64, a national practice advising family philanthropies.
An Eagle Scout, David is a graduate of Wake Forest University, magna cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma. He has completed executive education course work on Family Business Governance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Additionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. He is also a 21/64 Certified Advisor for those who work in an advisory role with multi-generational families.
He was recognized in 2017 as one of Nashville’s Forty under Forty and in 2019 as a recipient of a Nashville Emerging Leader Award – Financial Services Industry. In 2020, he was recognized by the Nashville Post as part of their All Star Board.
With over 15 years of experience conducting strategic and investment analysis, David founded Family Capital Strategy in 2019. FCS helps legacy families create ecosystems where families thrive and future generations flourish. By determining strategic direction and developing strong family office platforms, families build the infrastructure necessary to accomplish their most critical goals. Previously, David was a Partner at a ~$1bn Registered Investment Advisor where he worked closely with families and institutions at the intersection of investment, strategy, and governance. David has and continues to serve in a broad range of governance roles. David is the Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the private trust company of a large Midwestern family. Additionally, he serves on the board of another private trust company, and the investment committee of a family foundation. He has been recognized previously as one of Nashville’s Forty under Forty, as well as a recipient of a Nashville Emerging Leader Award – Financial Services Industry. In 2020, he was recognized by the Nashville Post as part of their All-Star Board.
Connect with David
Over 4,500 followers across these social media profiles, Fifteen on Friday (his weekly newsletter), and his blog
As Featured On:
June 2021 - Mercer Capital - Book Review
Book Review: When Anything Is Possible
Built around the framework of wealth structure, identity, and strategy, When Anything Is Possible is a timely guide for business owners thinking about the role of wealth in their families.
May 2021 - Financial Advisor
Apr 2021 - Business Insider
March 2021 - Small Business Advocate
March 2021 - CNBC
Feb 2021 - Interview/Quoted - MSN
Feb 2021 - Interview/Quoted - CNBC
Feb 2021 - Interview - ABC 10 Sacramento
Feb 2021 - Guest - Canada Talks - Sirius XM
Also posted under the Moolala podcast here
Jan 2021 - Guest Post - ValueWalk
Guest post on ValueWalk here
Dec 2020 - Guest Post - CEO World Magazine
Recently, I was asked to guest post over at Ceoworld Magazine – post here. The focus of the piece was on why corporate strategy efforts are often a waste of time and why family owned companies often have indigestion about even discussing ‘strategy,’ as so-often strategy means no longer entrepreneurial /nimble.
Dec 2020 - Guest Interview - The Natasha Hall Show
Interview on The Natasha Hall Show in Montreal
July 2020 - FCS Founder Named to Nashville Post’s 2020 All-Star Board
Family Capital Strategy is pleased to announce that Founder, David Wells, was named recently to Nashville Post’s 2020 All-Star Board. The Nashville Post’s announcement and profile of David are available here.
Nashville Chamber of Commerce - 2019 Emerging Leader Award - Financial Services Winner
Selected in 2019 as a NELA winner for the Financial Services industry. Announcement and coverage here
Nashville Business Journal - 40 Under 40: David Wells
Read more here
Guest Post - Bacon on the BookShelf
Guest Post – Bacon on the Bookshelf – Taking Care of Business Why is it that some businesses are so wonderful to do business with and others so awful?
June 2022 - Millenial Manhood Podcast
June 2021 - The Daily Self-Publishing Podcast
May 2021 - The Thoughtful Entrepreneur
April 2021 - The Kayleigh OKeefe Show
April 2021 - Results Leader.FM
March 2021 - The Alain Guillot Show
March 2021 - The Lou Hutt Show - SiriusXM
March 2021 - Office Hours with David Meltzer
Feb 2021 - Behind the Seens - Facebook Live Guest
Feb 2021 - Moolala - Money Made Simple Podcast
Jan 2021 - Avoiding Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves - Wealth, Actually Podcast
I was a podcast guest on Frazer Rice’s “Wealth, Actually” podcast. We discussed my new book and how families can avoid the shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves proverb. Replay is available here
Dec 2020 - Colloqium Podcast Interview
Interview with Brian Adams and the Colloquium Podcast – listen here
March 2020 - Where to deploy capital in the midst of COVID-19? - Excelsior Capital Podcast
The outbreak of COVID-19 has left the stock market extremely volatile, introducing a level of uncertainty that’s unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. With each day drastically different than the next, investors are left asking ”what should I do now?” Do I stay invested, possibly even increasing my exposure to the capital markets, or is now the time to reallocate to less-correlated private equity offerings?
Excelsior Capital President and Founder, Brian Adams will be joined by David Wells, Founder of Family Capital Strategy for a live discussion to determine what steps should be taken going forward.
Watch the replay here