On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monticello honors the life, legacy and monumental impact the Civil Rights Leader made on society. As a minority-owned business, we are grateful for the path-blazers who came before us and we strive to continue their work by promoting inclusiveness, diversity, and equality in society as well as the workplace. Today we celebrate our differences and our commonalities!
This week, the NYC office enjoyed gathering with teammates after work for appetizers, drinks and college sports. It was nice to hear how everyone spent their holidays and it was equally exciting to learn about new projects as the team gears up for the many new initiatives on tap for 2019! We look forward to the next team social – thanks to all of you who could join us.
Monticello recently attended the Darden Ideas to Action Leader Series event ‘Fintech: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities’ hosted by UVA Darden Executive Education. Professor Yiorgos Allayannis, Professor Bobby Parmar, and a Fintech venture capital executive facilitated case studies, presentations, and group discussions on key challenges and opportunities facing companies in the rapidly evolving Fintech space. Monticello believes in the growth potential for Fintech and is actively working with our clients to integrate sustainable and impactful Fintech solutions into their business.
Last night, RegTek's CEO, Brian Lynch, visited Monticello’s headquarters in NYC to introduce its software solutions and capabilities to our consultants. As a firm, we’re always looking for innovative fintech solutions to add to our client offerings, and to increase the efficiency and quality of clients’ regulatory reporting needs. RegTek is a market-leading regulatory reporting technology provider covering validation and eligibility for reconciliations and submissions. Its unique, modular architecture allows for flexibility, as swap-dealers need to change and update their controls to ensure accuracy as regulatory requirements evolve. We see great potential for this compelling platform and our team will continue to learn more as we ramp up support for Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT), Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), and the next wave of reporting regulations for our banking clients.
Monticello Consulting Group would like to wish all of our colleagues, clients, and team members a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season filled with family, friends, and joy!
Monticello is delighted to see our firm come together again this holiday season for a great cause. Our team coordinated with the High Water Women, in partnership with the Children’s Village, for the 2018 Holiday Toy Drive. We love giving back to our community, especially during this time of year, and are grateful to all our partners at these two amazing organizations for the opportunity to get involved!
As 2018 comes to an end, we enjoyed bringing our whole team together for a night of celebrating a successful year and a Happy Holiday season. Thank you to all of our employees who were able to join the festivities and to the Agave Restaurant in the West Village for a wonderful evening. Cheers to a prosperous and healthy New Year ahead!
Monticello team members attended Lehigh’s 3rd Annual NYC Conference on Blockchain Technologies last week. While blockchain and crypto-currency have continued to be at the forefront of fintech discussions recently, we’re always interested in hearing the unique perspectives of experts from this innovative space. The comprehensive discussion on the forecasted evolution of this growing technology was inspiring and we believe it is positioned to become a game changer in our industry.
Monticello Consulting Group wishes our colleagues, clients, and team members a wonderful Festival of Lights this holiday season, to enjoy with your family and friends – Happy Hanukkah!
During the fourth quarter, Monticello employees happily participated once again in financial literacy education courses, developed through a partnership with the High Water Women organization and a public New York City High School, this time in Queens, NY.
This financial literacy program focuses on providing education to low- income youth and adult communities and developing essential financial skills. Learning the fundamentals behind earning an income, taxation, budgeting, savings, the implications of debt, and avoiding predatory businesses helps position students for a more secure financial future. The Monticello team truly enjoyed sharing their knowledge and time with the students and watching them learn!
If you’re interested in joining Monticello and volunteering for financial literacy education opportunities with the High Water Women, please click here to visit their website.
Monticello’s Joanna Horowitz, CFA, was honored to moderate a thought-provoking panel hosted by the CFA Society New York titled, “Risky Business - Managing Today’s Risk for Tomorrow’s Uncertainty.” The discussion held amongst business leaders of risk management in the financial services industry touched on many topics including risk factors amongst organizations, business continuity risks, DLT and block-chain focused opportunities in digital transactions, and risk cultures. Monticello is aligned with the panelists’ view that effective risk management is a vital part of all financial services businesses future success, which should be addressed and managed proactively. We look forward to the next CFA Society New York event!
On Veterans Day, Monticello honors our US Veterans by supporting the Veterans Services of Southern California to help Veterans in need in this area of current distress. We thank you for your service and appreciate all that you have done to protect our way life and independence.
Monticello was pleased to attend the CFA Society New York’s 2018 Annual Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental. At this very well attended event, there was an opportunity to re-connect with fellow CFA charter holders and industry leaders alike, over topical conversations. The Asset Owners discussion was thought-provoking, encouraging ESG impact investing for long-term performance improvement, discussing insights on qualitative versus quantitative investing, as well as overall market views from top managers as we move towards 2019.
Monticello attended the 2018 ISDA Annual North America Conference in NYC where there was a plethora of topics discussed. The team was pleased to be a part of important panel discussions on a Global Capital Framework, Derivative Market Participants’ Current and Future Landscape, and the Documentation Revolution. As a firm, we strive to stay at the forefront of technology, innovation and regulatory change across the financial services industry and we look forward to leveraging our many insights to help position our clients for success.
While the Fall is always a busy time of the year, our team got together for an evening of fun at our Fall social. With the colder weather upon us, employees enjoyed catching up over great food and Halloween décor, kicking the season off with an enjoyable start. Cheers to an exciting and successful time ahead as we continue our fourth quarter activities!
Last Thursday, Monticello attended an exciting peer discussion on Crypto-currency and digital assets, led by Bobby Cho, Global Head of Trading – Crytpo at DRW/Cumberland, and Gabor Gurbacs, Director of Digital Asset Strategy at VanEck. The group exchanged ideas on the current and future state of Bitcoin and other investable crypto-currencies, liquidity sourcing, operational risks and auditability of digital asset funds, regulations in the space, and a block-chain focused evolution in our industry. Both speakers shared their thoughts on current valuation and investability of digital assets and the potential impact on the banking sector with this continued growth. Thank you all for insights, and for Jennifer Mulroy, CFA, 100 Women in Finance co-chair for inviting us!
Monticello Consulting Group hosted its Fall Golf Outing at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Somerset County, NJ last weekend. The event operated in Ryder Cup fashion – pitting New York residents against New Jersey residents. The New York team emerged victorious as Stan Pique and Daniel Ahmad displayed long drives and sharp putting ringing up a string of pars and birdies to close out a tight match in stylish fashion. Cheers to both our NY and NJ Monticello team players on a great day of team bonding and sportsmanship!
As part of our corporate social responsibility, Monticello Consulting Group is highly committed to improving our local communities and preserving our natural habitats. Monticello co-sponsored and coordinated a river cleanup event in partnership with Hackensack Riverkeeper and the regional Environmental Protection Agency. During this event, the volunteers canoed between Oradell and River Edge in NJ to pull waste from the river, collecting plastic, styrofoam, glass, and even a tire from the river. Once collected, the volunteers segregated the waste into recyclable bins on-shore for further handling by local environmental and waste teams. Thank you again to all our employees who participated in this worthwhile event!
The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael is heartbreaking and will certainly require extensive resources to re-build and support the regions affected this week in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. Monticello donated to help these efforts through the American Red Cross, please see the below link to support recovery efforts today. Together, we can truly make a difference.
Monticello Consulting Group’s recruiting team is very excited to be heading to Darden’s campus grounds on Wednesday, October 17th, for an interview day with 2nd-year students. Monticello Consulting Group is a trusted management consulting firm, headquartered in NYC, advising clients in the global financial services industry, partnering with them to achieve their vision of excellence. Our firm’s founder and CEO, Will Morgan (Darden class of ‘04) has been busy building Monticello Consulting into the preeminent advisory firm for the top investment banks and buy-side / money managers on Wall Street. If you are interested in learning more about Monticello's story and current opportunities for your career, we’d be happy to speak with you prior to our interview day on the 17th of October. Please reach out to connect with us and we look forward to meeting all the impressive students at the Darden School!