Don Wenner
Founder & CEO

Don Wenner

Don Wenner is the Founder and CEO of DLP Capital, a private real estate investment and financial services firm focused on building thriving communities. The firm’s core focus is on investing in, developing, and financing attainable housing for America’s workforces, including multifamily and single-family rental communities, along with investments in outdoor hospitality and RV campgrounds. 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 11 consecutive years—among the few companies on the list to achieve such growth consistently. The firm now has more than $5 billion of assets under management and is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida.

Wenner, age 39, 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, the firm added real estate brokerage and construction affiliates and had grown to 100+ employees. 

During that time, Don Wenner also planted the seeds for 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 businesses across the country including within DLP Capital’s own enterprise. Wenner elaborates on this EES model in his bestseller, Building an Elite Organization: The Blueprint to Scaling a High-Growth, High-Profit Business. The book, a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon bestseller, also covers best-in-business practices for 10x-ing growth and core values that contribute to driving greatness. On the heels of that book’s success, in late 2023 Wenner released Building an Elite Career: The Blueprint to Thriving in a High-Growth Organization, which translates the best of EES tools into individual career success.

Among additional noteworthy milestones in Don Wenner’s career: he has closed more than 30,000 real estate transactions totaling over $10 billion and overseen the acquisition of 25,000+ homes and apartments. Under his leadership, DLP Capital consistently receives regional accolades as a Best Places to Work, among other awards of distinction. Included under the DLP Capital umbrella are: Dream Live Prosper Communities, Dream Outdoor Resorts, LivingFully Connected Cottages, and LivingFully Homes. In addition, Don is the controlling shareholder of DLP Bank and the founder of DLP Positive Returns, DLP Capital’s non-profit foundation. 

Don attended Drexel University in Philadelphia. He resides in St. Augustine, FL and Asheville, NC with his wife and three sons. Don lives his life guided by the verse of “To whom much is given, much will be required,” Luke 12:48. In addition to pursuing his calling of building thriving communities, his passions revolve around his faith, his family, and philanthropy. Don enjoys  devouring books, traveling, exercising, and spending time outdoors hiking, walking, biking, playing basketball, pickleball, and coaching his kids’ sports. 

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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

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