Joshua D. Rogers – Chief Executive Officer

Josh Rogers is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arete Wealth Management (AWM), the financial investment entity within the Arete family of companies.


As CEO of AWM, Josh is the steward of the firm’s financial management products and services, offered through more than 20 offices and over 125 advisors nationwide.


The company focuses on wealth management for high-net worth individuals and institutions, alternative investment access, venture capital and private equity programs. AWM boasted a five-year revenue growth rate of 149% from 2010 – 2015 under Josh’s tenure after he founded the company in 2007.

Josh and Lesley’s dinner with President Obama in October 2015.

Josh-and-Joe-BidenJosh & Vice President Joe Biden in Oct. 2012
With more than 16 years of experience in financial services, Josh is regarded as a seasoned financial executive, a visionary leader and an accomplished business developer across multiple industries. His esteemed industry affiliations include his landslide victory as the elected official to represent all 3,000 small firms on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s National Adjudicatory Council (FINRA’s NAC). NAC is the FINRA committee that reviews disciplinary and membership proceedings to ensure the market integrity of financial firms and advisors.


Prior to entering the financial services industry, Josh left Georgetown Law to pursue innovation at an intellectual property studio. During that time, he co-invented a number of patents, including the ‘name your own price’ e-commerce concepts that drive Priceline.com as well as a number of patents in the restaurant industry. His inventor career took a turn towards financial services when he rose in the ranks of a brokerage firm on Wall Street, then American Express Financial Advisors, and finally Ameriprise Financial. He lived in New York City then Washington DC before relocating to Chicago, his current home.


Various boards benefit from Josh’s experience. He lends executive perspective to the board of the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as well as Threewalls, a non-profit art gallery that supports Chicago artists.


Josh is a proud graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where he is an elected Board Member with oversight of the university’s Finance, Investment and Audit committees. He also imparts his professional success on current St. John’s students by teaching an Entrepreneurship course at both the Annapolis and Sante Fe campuses.

Josh with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and former Chairman of the President’s Economic Advisory Council Austan Goolsbee.


Josh finds energy to lead an accomplished professional career by ensuring balance with his personal interests. He’s often seeking adventure with his two children – Camille, 16, and Jackson, 14 – as well as his ‘colleague in life’ Lesley, as they find new travel destinations to explore. He’s a voracious reader, a published writer and regular contributor to Forbes.com and a passionate follower of all things in the realms of art and aesthetics.


Guiding Quotes:

“Do not delay. The difference between greatness and mediocrity is not putting off what can be done today for tomorrow.” Rabbi Joshua Haberman, Washington Hebrew Congregation


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