Joseph Deitch

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Joseph S. Deitch (born June 9, 1950) is an American business executive and philanthropist, and the author of Elevate: An Essential Guide to Life.[1] In 2018, he founded the Elevate Prize Foundation, whose mission is to “empower individuals and organizations whose ideas and endeavors elevate the human experience and "Make Good Famous".[2] The organization awards $5 million annually amongst its recipients as well as providing top tier resources in marketing, media, and planning to scale their enterprises. He is the founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Financial Network,[3][4] the largest privately owned independent RIA-broker/dealer in the United States with over $270 billion in assets under management.[5] In addition, Deitch is the chairman of Southworth Development,[6][7] a golf and leisure real estate company. He has also served as a Broadway Producer[8] and won a Tony Award as co-producer of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in 2012.[9] Deitch also founded the Deitch Leadership Institute at the Boston Latin School,[10] the oldest public school in the United States (1635).[11]

Life and career[edit]

Deitch was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He lived in Dorchester and Mattapan, graduating in 1968 from the Boston Latin School, and then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BA in International Relations in 1972.[7] He later attended Harvard Business School, graduating from the Owner/President Management program in 1989.[12]

Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands for two years, before moving back to Boston. He began his professional career in 1974 with Mass Indemnity. He then moved to New England Life in 1975, to pursue a career in financial planning, and in 1978, he founded The Cambridge Group which provided comprehensive financial planning services to affluent individuals. In 1982, Becker Research Corporation named The Cambridge Group the most prominent financial planning firm in its area.[13]

In 1979, he formed Commonwealth Equity Services, an independent Broker-dealer.[14][15] Today, the company is known as Commonwealth Financial Network. In 1988, Deitch left The Cambridge Group in order to focus exclusively on Commonwealth.

In 2006, he formed a partnership with Southworth Development CEO David Southworth, becoming chairman of Southworth Development,[16] a golf and leisure real estate company with properties in the United States, Scotland, and The Bahamas.[17] Each of the company's six properties have received national and/or international acclaim.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25] In 2020, Deitch acquired David Southworth's interest and the Deitch family now owns all of the Southworth Development Enterprise.[26]

Deitch served as CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network until 2009, when he assumed the role of Chairman.[27] Today, Commonwealth serves over 2,000 investment advisors, with over $270 billion in assets under management as of 12/31/21.[5] In 2017, Commonwealth was ranked as the number 9 “Best Place to Work in IT" among small organizations by Computerworld Magazine,[28] and has been recognized as a ”Best Place to Work” 41 times by regional publications in Boston and San Diego.[29] J.D. Power and Associates has ranked Commonwealth “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms,” eight times in a row.[5]

From 2009 – 2012, Deitch co-produced 9 Broadway productions, most of which were produced through Full House Productions, with Deitch serving as principal. These shows include The Addams Family, A View from the Bridge,[8] and Fela,[8] many of which were nominated for, or won, several Tony awards.[30] In 2012, Deitch won a Tony award as co-producer for The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess[9]

Impact[edit]

In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Deitch was recognized by Investment Advisor magazine as one of the Top 25 most influential people in the financial planning industry.[31] In 2010, the magazine named him one of the “30 most influential individuals in and around the planning profession,”[32] In 2015, Deitch was named to Investment Advisor magazine as one of the Top 35 most influential people in the financial planning industry.[33] Through Southworth Development, he developed the first 18-hole Geo-Certified Course in the UK, ranked #1 as the Top Eco Course [34] whilst also reaching #21 in the Top 100 Golf Resorts in Great Britain & Ireland according to Golf World: 2021.[35] The company's Ugadale Hotel was named Resort Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hospitality Awards.[36]

Community activities[edit]

In 2011, Deitch helped to form Commonwealth Cares, a 501(c)(3) charity designed to maximize the impact of Commonwealth Financial Network's charitable efforts. The organization is dedicated to offering time, talent, and financial resources to help relieve human suffering, promote social and economic growth, and protect our planet's resources.

Also in 2011, he founded the Deitch Leadership Institute at the Boston Latin School. The institute provides leadership training and focuses on individual growth and community improvement.[10]

Mr. Deitch also serves on the board of Sanku - Project Healthy Children, a social enterprise working to alleviate malnutrition in East Africa.[37] As of March 2022, Sanku works with close to 700 mills to give 3 million people access to the basic human right of nutritious food.[38]

The Elevate Prize Foundation, which Deitch founded in 2018, awards $5 million annually to recipients “whose ideas and endeavors elevate the human experience”.

Personal life[edit]

Deitch married psychologist Robbie Sue Lacritz, PsyD, in 1982. They were married until her death of ovarian cancer in December, 2006.[39] He has one son, born in 1986.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide to Elevate Official website
  2. ^ "Elevate Prize". Guide to Elevate. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
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  6. ^ Golf & Leisure Cape Cod, Summer 2012, p 26 http://www.southworthdevelopment.com/uploads/pdf/wb-GolfandLeisure_ProfileWBandDS_09182012_lowres.pdf
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  12. ^ Henschen, Jonathan (2013-03-26). "5 IBDs That Changed the Game". Advisorone.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
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  14. ^ "Commonwealth Financial Network®- History". Commonwealth.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  15. ^ "Commonwealth Financial Network | Broker-dealer Data Center". InvestmentNews. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  16. ^ "The Southworth Story". Southworth Development. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  17. ^ Fairways of Life, Spring/Summer 2013, p 62 http://www.southworthdevelopment.com/uploads/pdf/MD-FairwaysOfLife-FullArticle-LR.pdf
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  21. ^ "New England Golf Course Owners Association (NEGCOA) Course of the Year Application".
  22. ^ . Meredith Bay, the company’s only non-golf property, has been awarded several industry excellence awards.
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  27. ^ Green, James J. (2009-01-26). "Commonwealth Financial Names Wayne Bloom as CEO". Advisorone.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  28. ^ 100 Best Places to Work in IT 2015 (2017-06-12). "Best Places to Work 2017: Employer Profile of Commonwealth Financial Network". Computerworld. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  29. ^ "Commonwealth Financial Network®- Life at Commonwealth: Best Places to Work". Commonwealth.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  30. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2010-06-14). ""Fela!" Wins At Tony Awards, Jay-Z & Will Smith On Hand | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
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  32. ^ "Thirty for Thirty". Advisorone.com. 2010-05-01. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  33. ^ "The 2015 IA 35 for 35". thinkadvisor.com. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  34. ^ AML (2010-11-01). "Mach Dunes earns GEO certification". Golf Course Architecture. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  35. ^ "Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Resorts in Great Britain and Ireland". Todays Golfer.
  36. ^ "NCG announce their top 100 British Link golf courses". Nationalclubgolfer.com. 2012-12-14. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  37. ^ "Sanku Project Health Children".
  38. ^ "Sanku Project Healthy Children - Q1 2022 Quarterly Report" (PDF). Sanku Project Healthy Children.
  39. ^ "The Fessenden School ~ Fessenden Mourns the Passing of Dr. Robbie Lacritz Deitch". Fessenden.org. 2006-12-04. Retrieved 2013-07-11.