Management Team

Our team has decades of experience on the front lines with investors, building and growing pioneering practices at leading Wall Street firms to deliver innovative research and analytics approaches directed towards finding real returns.

Get to know the Reality Shares team:

Eric R. Ervin

Eric R. Ervin, Co-Founder, President, CEO

Eric Ervin is the President and CEO of Reality Shares, a firm solely focused on the power of dividend growth investing. Eric launched Reality Shares in 2012 with the goal of providing investors an alternative range of indices, quantitative tools and rules-based ETFs helping investors and advisors analyze and access institutional-quality dividend investment strategies. Ervin wanted to come up with a better way to package and deliver dividend growth investment solutions to investors of all sizes. By bringing a unique forward-looking approach to dividend analysis and investment, Eric led the launch of investment analytics tools such as DIVCON, a dividend health analysis system, and the Guard Indicator, a directional market indicator to help investors and advisors. These tools were designed to help investors access the power of dividend growth, as well as providing alternative dividend investment solutions to manage risk.

Prior to the inception of Reality Shares, Eric served 14 years as a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a Chartered Financial Consultant at Morgan Stanley where he built the Ervin Miller Group, a highly-recognized wealth management franchise. He also worked at Citigroup, Smith Barney, and Morgan Stanley across a number of wealth management roles.

Eric has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, CNBC, Bloomberg and other media outlets. He is a Registered Representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Ryan Ballantyne

Ryan Ballantyne, Executive Vice President, Sales and Trading

Ryan Ballantyne is charged with engaging hedge funds, mutual funds and the brokerage community in the adoption of Reality Shares’ products for implementation in their trading, hedging and investment strategies. He is also actively involved in the development of new products in collaboration with the Reality Shares’ management team.

A proven leader in the financial industry, Mr. Ballantyne has more than two decades of financial industry experience, particularly in building and expanding the success of several Wall Street trading firms. His tenure includes serving as Managing Director at Miller Tabak + Co., LLC, where he was an active cash and derivative sales trader and oversaw a team of sales traders and related personnel. Prior to joining Miller Tabak + Co., he spent five years with Susquehanna International Group, opening the company’s Boston institutional office.

Mr. Ballantyne began his career in 1993 in the Equity Capital Markets Division of Smith Barney in New York. He holds a BA degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from San Diego State University. Ryan Ballantyne is a Registered Representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Tom Trivella

Tom Trivella,  Chief Operating Officer

Tom Trivella brings more than 30 years of financial industry leadership experience in start-up business development, management, finance, operations, and administration with several East Coast institutional brokers to the Reality Shares team.

Primarily focused on US Equities, Mr. Trivella has managed various sales, trading, research, financial, risk management and operational functions throughout his career, and within his most recent positions as Chief Operating Officer at the institutional brokers Citadel Securities, LLC and ICAP, PLC. Prior to these two positions, Mr. Trivella served as an independent business management consultant servicing several large clients on business development, risk management, and equity operations. Mr. Trivella began his professional financial services career at Salomon Brothers, rising to the position of COO for the US Equity business, prior to moving on to Credit Suisse Group where he served as a Director of Global Research e-Business Management where he created and managed a comprehensive e-business strategy for the Global Equity Research Division.

Mr. Trivella holds a BA degree in Economics from Fairfield University, an MBA in Finance from Pace University, and multiple FINRA securities registrations. Tom Trivella is a Registered Representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Bob Dochterman

Bob Dochterman, CIMA®, Executive Vice President

Bob Dochterman helps lead commercial operations for Reality Shares, including marketing, sales, distribution and business development. Mr. Dochterman brings more than 25 years of financial industry leadership experience to the firm, including a deep understanding of the unique needs of institutional investors, financial advisors, intermediaries and other market participants.

Mr. Dochterman joined Reality Shares from Wealthcare Consultants, a sales, marketing and strategy consulting firm focused on the financial industry, where he was President. Before that he spent more than 10 years at Hotchkis and Wiley Capital Management, where he was Chief Marketing Officer responsible for sales, marketing and relationship management for their retail and institutional businesses. He also has served as a Managing Director and Western Division Sales Manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and in similar sales and distribution roles for Salomon Brothers and John Nuveen & Co. Mr. Dochterman earned a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Irvine. Bob Dochterman is a Registered Representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

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