Vincent Viola – President and Board Member
Mr. Viola is the former Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in electronic trading. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm. Mr. Viola started his career in the financial services industry on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange and rose to be Vice Chairman (1993-1996) and Chairman (2001-2004). Mr. Viola has launched a number of successful businesses during his career, including several electronic trading firms in the US and Europe and a regional banking group in Texas with over twenty branches. Mr. Viola graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1977. He later graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne, Infantry and Ranger Schools and served in the 101st Airborne Division. In 1983, he graduated from the New York Law School. Shortly after September 11, 2001, Viola was instrumental in founding the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, now in its sixth year of operation.