DFPG is recognized as an industry leader for specialization in alternative investments, with a focus in real estate investments. We create distinct value by combining our unique expertise in alternative investments with a robust traditional platform, which leverages the capabilities and resources of RBC Correspondent Services.
2016 President – ADISA
Mike Bendix, DFPG’s CEO, serves as the 2016 President of the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA), which is a national trade association of over 30,000 industry professionals who offer or manage alternative investments. As President of ADISA, Mr. Bendix represents a large segment of the alternative investment industry, which includes non-traded REITs, real estate partnerships, real estate income and development funds, tenant-in-common interests, oil and gas interests, and other securitized real estate investments.
2016 Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP)
Ryan Smith, co-founder and President at DFPG, received one of the highest compliance designations for financial services professionals. Hosted by the Wharton School of Business, the CRCP certification provides graduates with world-class training and education regarding securities law and regulation.
2016 Conference Chair – Due Diligence Forum
Dave Laga, DFPG’s Chief Operations Officer and Director of Due Diligence, is the Conference Chair for the 2016 Due Diligence Forum, which is hosted by ADISA. This annual conference is designed to provide alternative investment professionals with techniques, tools, and information about the latest issues and opportunities related to industry due diligence practices.
2015 A Night with Mitt Romney: Learning to Navigate Today’s Economy
In January 2015, Mike Bendix, Ryan Smith, and Dan Luke, the principal founders of DFPG, hosted a private event with Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event hosted several prominent business professionals, along with Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert, and featured a special presentation from Romney, titled “Lessons Learned: Life, Business, and Politics.”
2015 Most Alternative Focused Broker-Dealer
In 2015, DFPG Investments, Inc. was awarded the 2015 Most Alternative Focused Broker-Dealer by Wealth and Finance International, an industry publication that is dedicated to providing news and information to ultra-high net worth individuals, fund managers, and institutional investors.
Ryan Smith, co-founder and President at DFPG, was recognized by InvestmentNews in 2014 as one of the top investment professionals under the age of 40 in the United States.
2014 A Champion of Excellence (ACE) Award
In 2014, Mike Bendix was awarded the prestigious ACE Award for his many accomplishments in the industry and community. Regarded as the highest honor bestowed by ADISA, the ACE Award is reserved for industry professionals who have reached the pinnacle of their careers.
2013 Utah Business Magazine
In 2013, Ryan Smith was recognized by the leading business publication in the state of Utah, Utah Business Magazine, as one of the state’s top business executives under the age of 40. The annual 40 Under Forty award is given to business leaders who play a pivotal role in building Utah’s economy.