Danilo is the Co-Founder, Vice-President, and COO of Gerber Kawasaki, a wealth and investment management firm. Danilo oversees the compliance and day-to-day operations of the firm while serving individual clients. He is a member of the Gerber Kawasaki Board of Directors and the Investment Selection Committee. In 2018, Danilo was nominated by Investment News as one of the top 40 advisors under the age of 40 in the country. The following year, and this year, Danilo was recognized by the LA Business Journal as a Leader of Influence. While he is proud of these awards and recognitions, he is exceptionally honored that Gerber Kawasaki received two awards from Investment News for Diversity and Inclusion and Best Places to Work.
Danilo received his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. As a scholar-athlete, Danilo is a three-time All-American in tennis. He later received a certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA, became a Certified Financial Planner™, and earned a certificate in Wealth Management Theory & Practice from Yale School of Management and is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor®.
Danilo was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he was a top-ranked junior tennis player and granted a scholarship to play tennis in the US. Growing up in Brazil, Danilo learned the importance of proper wealth management at a very young age. With inflation averaging as high as 1000% a year, it was vital to ensure that your money was always working for you.
Danilo started his career in the financial services industry by joining SunAmerica Securities in 2002. He moved up the rankings in record time and was promoted to the branch manager position of the West Los Angeles branch by the age of 24. Danilo believes that he is doing one of the most important jobs anyone can do in life by helping people save, grow, and preserve their assets. This mentality helped gross revenues for the branch triple from 2004 to 2007. Shortly after, his branch became the top office in the company.
The 2008 financial crisis, which resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions and the bailout of many others, challenged the status quo. Large financial institutions got themselves in trouble for not putting their clients' interests ahead of their own. Danilo felt that clients deserve modern, unbiased, independent financial advice in line with their goals and tolerance for risk. With all that in mind, Danilo and his business partner, Ross Gerber, founded Gerber Kawasaki Wealth Management. It is our mission to have a client-centric practice, provide our clients with quality and objective financial advice, and by combining the latest technology and our personal touch, Gerber Kawasaki offers our clients a unique client experience.
Danilo lives in Pacific Palisades and enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Wendy, and his three kids, Gabi, Tristan, and Bodhi. In his spare time, he can be found beating opponents on the tennis courts of the Jonathan Club, playing golf, and practicing yoga and meditation.
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