Founder & CEO
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.
Don is the author of the Wall Street Journal, USAToday and Amazon bestseller," Building an Elite Organization: The Blueprint to Scaling a High-Growth, High-Profit Business."
Through the Elite Execution System, as well as the company’s exclusive membership platforms focused on business scaling, investment housing, family, and wealth, DLP Capital impacts lives by empowering its clients to choose, create, grow, and preserve prosperity.
DLP has been ranked in the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. for 10 consecutive years; earned the #3 spot for Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies in the real estate and property category by Financial Times; has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces; and has been named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 15 real estate firms in the U.S., including the #1 team in PA and NJ for sales.
With more than $4 billion in assets under management, DLP’s portfolio includes more than 14,000 apartments and homes located primarily throughout the south and northeast areas of the country, as well as a portfolio of more than 500 real estate loans, originated to active real estate investors.
Don grew up in Bethlehem PA, attended Drexel University, and resides in St. Augustine, FL and Asheville, NC with his wife and three sons. In addition to his passions for scaling businesses, investing in housing, and personal productivity and growth, Don’s passions revolve around family, faith, fitness/health, devouring books, traveling, and spending time outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking, running, playing basketball, tennis, and coaching his boys' basketball and football teams.
The Elite Execution System
Building an Elite Organization
The Elite Execution System is an operating system that drives and manages growth in an organized way. By design, EES is a holistic business operating system that provides a disciplined, systematic blueprint of everything that’s needed to achieve consistent results when scaling a high-growth, high-profit business. Our CEO, Don Wenner wrote a book about it:
Building an Elite Organization – Blueprint to Scaling a High Growth Business