Los Angeles, California - META Alliance, a global transitional infrastructure management firm, is proud to welcome Ian Welch to its team as a Partner in Middle East Strategic Affairs. Mr. Welch brings a track record of success in establishing meaningful global partnerships with an emphasis on emerging technology.
At the age of 21, Ian passed his Series 7 and began a career as a Financial Advisor. After initially focusing on equities, Mr. Welch moved to municipal bonds, partnering with Anderson Wealth Management Group / Raymond James. AWMG manages $400M in individual municipal bonds with a niche in high net worth clients seeking to maximize tax-free income. At AWMG Mr. Welch led a 4-person team tasked with research, trading and allocation of bonds to retail accounts. As the head of Business Development, Ian handled all efforts for client acquisition and strategic partnerships. Mr. Welch is Series 7, 8, 63, 66 licensed.
For 5 years, Mr. Welch was a licensed Real Estate Salesperson for Ritz-Carlton Development Company. Initially the position entailed the sell out of $1 billion of residence, memberships at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter Florida. At the completion of the Jupiter project Ian was invited to the startup team for the build out of RCC Kapualu Maui. His position transitioned to Business Development, however he continued to be a producing sales agent. Ian left RCDC prior to the 2008 market crash and achieved at the time the highest volume production of any sales person with Marriott worldwide with $60M in volume.
In 2015, Ian moved to Palo Alto, California as Director of Business Development for Wrightspeed. Wrightspeed develops electric powertrains for heavy-duty trucking. Founded by the co-founder of Tesla, Wrightspeed is quickly becoming a global player in the electrification of the trucking industry. At WS Ian managed $15M Series E to closing, initiated $28.6M powertrain deal with NZ Bus. As with any startup, Ian filled in as Marketing Manager and oversaw the entire PR effort.
Personally, Mr. Welch had quadruple bypass surgery in 2011 at the age of 40. The experience transformed his life. He and his wife embarked on restoring his health and in the process Ian wrote a book and maintain Wholefed.org; a blog visited by over 100k people who have followed a similar path.
Above all, Ian values his family. He and his wife have two young boys and every day with them is a gift. He hopes his efforts improve the lives of the next generation that will be leading us into the next great chapter for Humanity.