Joel Wenger wears a lot of hats; strategist, business owner, problem-solver, mentor, 9w1, introvert…the list goes on. He earns a living in the automotive industry and is an avid racing fan (MotoGP, F1) and back-country skier.
But most importantly, he’s an individual investor…just like you.
Mr. Wenger began his investing journey as we all do; making just enough money to feel like he knew what he was doing. Fortunately (although at the time, not so much), the bear market in the early 2000’s quickly revealed issues with his methods and sent him back to the drawing board.
As Joel searched for answers and made adjustments to his process, he realized that being “right” and making money were two completely different things in the world of investing. By combining corporate finance, lean process improvement, and organizational strategy, he crafted the Principles of Safe Investing. These 10 rules formed the bedrock of his investing process and helped him avoid massive losses during the 2008 financial crisis.
As he likes to say, “Now I know a little bit about a little bit.”
Joel performed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, focusing on Strategy and Entrepreneurship, while being a member of the General Management and Organizational Strategy club.
His undergraduate work was at GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now known as Kettering University), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with an automotive design concentration and a minor in Management. He’s a Sigma Chi and was also a member of the Lacrosse Club.