Who

Steve returned to USA in 2022 after 15 years overseas in Hong Kong and Dubai.  He came back to manage the Infrastructure Technology, Operations, Product Management and Business Analyst teams for Five Star Bank in the Western half of New York State (hundreds of miles from New York City). While it was an honor and adventure to manage nearly 100 Associates and countless initiatives, it is time to do something else. Thank you to all the great people at Five Star Bank!

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Steve has a track record of professional accomplishments in banking, consulting, and management including entrepreneurial startups, distressed turnarounds, and complex projects spanning global companies. He helped launch Hong Kong’s first STO (Security Token Offering), the HSC Whisky Fund.

He had successful interim executive assignments in three time zones including investor pitches, product launches, setting up teams, building out operations in a new country, and developing budgeting tools for an international consultancy as interim Global Finance Director.

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His banking experience includes regional chief admin & risk officer roles plus global & regional responsibilities for internal controls, KRI’s and “people stuff” (training, workshops, events, town halls) for Morgan Stanley.

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Steve began his career with Arthur Andersen in NYC before getting his MBA from NYU Stern.  He spent several years in asset management and consulting before joining Morgan Stanley. He went on to head Finance & Administration for North American offices of an expanding European bank before the 2008 financial crisis.

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He then moved UAE to head CFO projects and firmwide operations for a regional investment bank before providing outsourced CFO services across the Emirates. In 2010, he rejoined Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong with coverage of the Asia Pacific region.  Six years later he jumped into the Hong Kong startup sector as a “hands on” leader of a FoodTech startup, a loyalty app, and blockchain fintech.

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Resume Summary


Accomplished executive with extensive experience in strategy, operations, and technology within the financial services and fintech sectors. Proven track record in managing large teams, driving process transformation, and leading complex projects across multiple geographies including Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Exceptional communicator with strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of banking and fintech ecosystems.

Professional Experience

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Five Star Bank
Director of Strategy, Operations, and Technology
Western New York | 2022 – Jun 2024
Lead a team of nearly 100 associates across Infrastructure Technology, Product Management, Operations, Business Analysis, and RPA.

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Deep Water Management
Principal Consultant
Hong Kong | Feb 2020 – Sep 2022
Managed consulting work part-time while family’s primary caregiver during COVID-19 restrictions.

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Loopnest Accelerator / Up Blockhain
COO
Hong Kong | 2018 – 2020
Launched Hong Kong’s first security token, HCS Whisky Fund & managed compliance / licensing for blockchain sister companies

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Deep Water Management
Principal Consultant
Hong Kong | 2016 – 2018
Startup capital raising, launch support, management and financial modeling,

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Morgan Stanley
Vice President
Hong Kong | 2010 – 2016
Risk Officer and Chief Admin Officer for AsiaPac Finance Division.

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Montgomery Woodrow | Co-Founder & Principal Consultant

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SHUAA Capital | SVP, Head of Ops & PMO

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Glitnir Capital | Director of Finance and Operations

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Morgan Stanley | Senior Manager

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Hottinger Capital | Associate

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Arthur Andersen LLP | Senior Associate

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Education

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New York University, Stern School of Business
MBA in Finance and Management

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Dominican College
Bachelor of Science in Accounting | May 1999

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Completed Certification Exams
CPA Exam in New York State, 1998
Leveraged Foreign Exchange Trader’s Responsible Officer Exam in Hong Kong, 2016
HKSI Paper 1 – Fundamentals of Securities and Futures Regulation, 2019
HKSI Paper 2 – Regulation of Securities, 2019
HKSI Paper 6 – Regulation of Asset Management, 2019

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Skills
General Leadership and Management: Executive leadership; Strategic planning; Visionary leadership; Cross-functional team leadership; Organizational development; Change management; Stakeholder management; Business transformation; Risk management; Corporate governance; Decision-making; Performance management; Operational efficiency; Financial acumen
Fintech Specific: Fintech innovation; Blockchain technology; Digital banking; Cryptocurrency; Payment processing; Financial technology integration; RegTech (Regulatory Technology); Lending platforms; Peer-to-peer lending; Robo-advisors; Mobile payments; Smart contracts; Cybersecurity; Data analytics; Artificial intelligence in finance; Machine learning; Disruptive technology; Product development; API integration
Chief Information Officer (CIO): IT strategy; Information security; Cybersecurity leadership; IT infrastructure; Cloud computing; Enterprise architecture; Digital transformation; IT governance; System integration; IT project management; Technology roadmap; Innovation management; Software development lifecycle (SDLC); Business intelligence; Big data; IT compliance; Vendor management; IT budget management
Bank Management: Retail banking; Commercial banking; Treasury management; Asset management; Wealth management; Risk and compliance; Regulatory compliance; Customer experience; Financial performance; Capital markets; Credit risk management; Financial regulations; AML (Anti-Money Laundering); KYC (Know Your Customer); Operational risk; Fraud prevention; Business banking; Investment banking; Vendor Management; Partner relationship management; Mergers and acquisitions; Financial modeling
Skills and Attributes: Analytical skills; Problem-solving; Negotiation skills; Communication skills; Leadership skills; Team collaboration; Strategic thinking; Customer-centric; Innovation-driven; Results-oriented; High emotional intelligence (EQ); Adaptability; Project management, Entrepreneurial mindset; Influencing skills; Integrity and ethics