Jim Wiandt, Keeper of Clear VisionJim Wiandt is a pioneer in the world of Exchange Traded Funds, a published author and entrepreneur. Wiandt is the founder of ETF.com and from 2002-2015 also published the Journal of Indexes, ETF Report and IndexUniverse.com. Alongside of this, he created the successful series of ‘Inside ETF’s’ conferences, which are the largest ETF-focused events in the world.
In 2015-2016, ETF.com sold its data business to FactSet, its events business to Informa and its publications to the CBOE.
Wiandt is the author of the Jon Wiley & Sons book, Exchange Traded Funds.
He currently sits on the board of directors of Granite Shares, Brella, and Fuzzy Logix, and is an investor in and/or advisor to HAN ETFs, Ethic Investing, Alaia Capital and Say Technologies.
Jim is also the Chief Executive Officer of Spark, which he founded in 2019. He has lived in San Sebastian, Spain with his wife and two children for most of the last 20 years.
Conor Ó hAonghusa, Keeper of Contagious Passion
Conor Ó hAonghusa is an entrepreneur who has spent over 20 years working in business development internationally. Conor spent 20 years in the premium spirits sector, living in Eastern Europe, South America and the US. Following his work in the premium spirits sector, he joined the growing ETF industry where he was the Head of Audience Development for ETF.com and the Inside ETFs conferences and additionally was Head of Business Development at Jobs in ETFs.
Conor was born shy and stayed that way for years. When he came out of his shell Conor realized that he had the gift of contagious passion and a kick-ass can do attitude – useful stuff actually. He has always wanted to help change the world in some small way and Spark Network is his opportunity to do just that. Connor lives in San Sebastian where his medicine is a year-round daily ocean swim, travel permitting.
Elizabeth has worked in media for over a decade, starting her career as associate editor of the Village Voice. She went on to Paper magazine, where she served as Executive Editor, and, later, to Condé Nast, writing and producing short documentaries and video profiles. She currently co-hosts the podcast Tell Me About Your Father, inspired by her late dad, and produces the Spark podcasts Pennies from Heaven and The Sound of Success. She has contributed to New York magazine, Glamour and also has experience writing about retail investing, ESG, and corporate governance. (Talk about niche.) She lives in Brooklyn.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a band or pop star today that hasn’t had their career somehow helped by Nic Harcourt. The host of longtime KCRW show Morning Becomes Eclectic in Los Angeles, Nic launched the careers of Sigur Ros, Adele, Coldplay, and Sia among so many other artists. He is the current host of “88.5 FM Mornings” in Los Angeles as well as host of the Spark Network podcast, The Sound of Success, in which he interviews the movers and shakers of finance about the bands and music they love. He lives in L.A. with his girlfriend and dog, Q.
Aaron Turner, phD, has dedicated his professional life to highlighting and applying the transformative potential of clarity of mind, or understanding the direct link between people’s state of mind and their outcomes. He was interested in how a deeper understanding of humanity could enable positive change or at least more mental freedom that might allow new ways of thinking or behaving and break old patterns at home and at work. During his career, he has provided individual and couples counselling, and has worked as a training consultant within businesses, organizational development, leadership development (corporate and military), sales training and team building. For Spark, he hosts a video advice series, Aaron Turner’s Mailbag and has participated as a moderator and speaker at our events. He is a founding board member of the 3PGC and currently its president. He has sat on a number of government advisory groups. He is a published author, international speaker and lives with his family in London.
Tyrone Ross Jr
Tyrone is the CEO of Onramp Invest, founder of 401STC, a storytelling consultancy. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University, and was also a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. He was recognized by Investment News 40 under 40 (2019), and WealthManagement.com as a top ten advisor set to change the industry in 2019. FinancialPlanning.com named him as one of 20 people who will change wealth management in 2020. Recently, he was named to Investopedia’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.
Corey Stanton, Keeper of Cool
Corey Stanton started his journey in the ESG space tackling social governance and investor communications issues as Brand Director at Say Technologies. During his time at Say Technologies, Corey met Jim Wiandt, who was an early advisor to the business. They connected over a shared interest in the culture of the ESG space and creating impactful events.
Corey attended Columbia University studying Economics and Visual Arts and has an extensive background in commercial and documentary film production.
He spends his time between New York City and anywhere else he can find that has a climate suitable for skiing.
Caro Santos Never is Executive Chef at American Bar in collaboration with the Clover Management Group. She was one of the co-founders of Comodo, (NYC) a Latin American inspired restaurant that received reputable recognition from publications such as, NYTimes, Zagat, TimeOut, Grubstreet & Michelin Guide. She is a graduate of Brown University, and I worked as an editor at Epicurious for 5 years. She has a graduate degree from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute.
Spark is an events company that creates virtual and live experiences for the finance, tech and environmental sectors.
Our roots are in the investing and business worlds.
Spark CEO, Jim Wiandt, is the founder of the leading authority on exchange-traded funds, ETF.com, where he also reimagined their influential conference series “Inside ETFs.”
With Spark, we’ve widened our scope to include the arts world as well.
We believe highlighting culture at our events is just as important as delivering the research, analysis and out-of-the-box opinions to inspire the original thinking, conversations, connection, and creative solutions that raise the bar for humanity.
Our events feature a signature curated lineup of musicians, chefs, and thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds to help promote disruptive innovation, a more sustainable planet, and better accountability to the values of communities around the world.