Election 2012

4 years ago to the day I was walking in to my first industry conference in DC after having just formed a start up financial services company 2 months prior, from the ground up, with my now-still-business partner, with our own capital. We allocated 10k to travel / marketing / and registration fees for that conference. We did not take our first distribution until the following April. That first payment was for 5k.

Ryan Danz

In the 4 years since, we have increased the assets under management of our firm from 22Million to over 6.5Billion. We have taken on international clients including some of the largest private equity, hedge fund and institutional banks in the world. We did this all at the height of the largest US economic downturn and world capital crunch of our (and our parents) lifetime. Our success grew organically and through the innovation and inspiration of ourselves. We are entrepreneurs. We are Americans.We are also going to continue to innovate and inspire and election results will not deter or detract from those goals or those definitions. You can let the outcome of last night’s election distract you, anger you, soothe you or empower you. There is no better place to live or work in this world then right here in the United States.For those that are up in arms about the results, I offer the story above as an example of the American Dream functioning seamlessly under the newly re-elected regime. For those that are singing the praises of another 4 years, I will add that none of our personal or professional success is attributable to federal or state government.

Sincerely,
Ryan Danz

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4 thoughts on “Election 2012

  1. Nicely said.
    On another note too bad you didn’t AR. You were robbed by less talented teams. But on another view at least you can hold your head high and not be ashamed of how you played the game. With the exception of Josh & Brent the other remaining teams can’t say that. I guess just because someone calls themselves Christian doesn’t mean they live like them.

  2. “There is no better place to live or work in this world then right here in the United States.”

    “I will add that none of our personal or professional success is attributable to federal or state government.”

    You do realize that these two statements are contradictory?

    • I disagree. I think what makes the US such a great place to live is based on non-governmental related items (family, friends, environment, etc.) I think what makes my company successful is diligence, effort, teamwork, professionalism. I can easily separate the two concepts and don’t find them at all contradictory. But I appreciate your comment. It’s thoughtful remarks like yours that at least encourage discussion. I applaud that.

  3. Ryan, I think you and John are thinking of the influence of government in different ways. I presume your statement “none of our personal or professional success is attributable to federal or state government” is referring to government subsidies, earmarks, grants, contracts, incentives, etc. John is probably referring to the way the government’s policies and very existence allow for you to be so successful. Unless you believe you would have been equally as successful operating your business out of another country with a different governmental system.

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