Douglas “Doug” Rubenstein is chief operating officer (COO) at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., where he leads the execution of strategies developed by the firm’s Executive Committee. He also oversees the functions and general operations of the firm and is responsible for the alignment and prioritization of company initiatives. In this role, he collaborates with the chief executive officer (CEO) in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, and hiring needs to translate strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth.
He also leads Capital Markets initiatives for the firm that include investment banking, new-issue syndicate, trading as well as Corporate Communications. He is a member of the company’s management team, serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, and is a board member and shareholder.
Doug sourced, led and participated in transactions totaling more than $50 billion over his 30 years in investment banking. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Doug served as managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Doug led one of the real estate industry’s longest-serving investment banking groups, which included more than 75 Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) client relationships developed over his 18 years in the REIT industry.
Previously, he worked in investment banking for over 25 years at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., managing a variety of transactions including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, and joint venture private placements.
As managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at A.G. Edwards, Doug’s management responsibilities included the Strategy Committee, Debt Capital Markets Committee and Equity Capital Markets Committee.
Doug currently serves as an independent director on the board of a publicly traded REIT.
Doug received his M.B.A. at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics from Lake Forest College near Chicago. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, 63 and 79 securities licenses.
Doug is known by many friends and colleagues as “Ruby,” which he enjoys.
Ruby and his wife, Stacy, (his one and only girlfriend) met when he was 17 and she was 14. If Ruby were asked what celebrities would draw similarities to himself and his wife, he would say that Stacy reminds him of Mary Tyler Moore and that his mom thought he looks a bit like Dustin Hoffman. The Rubensteins have two awesome sons, David and Michael, born in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Like so many, family is everything to the Rubensteins. They are avid skiers and travelers. A weekend alone together – anywhere — is priceless.
Ruby enjoys family, friends, fun, food, fine wine and fitness. Fitness is called upon often because one of his mottos is: Life can be serious, but food, wine and traveling is fun.”
Ruby grew up in the world of A.G. Edwards with one of his mentors, Norman Handel, a grand man and father figure.