New York, NY – The Museum of American Finance, the nation's only independent museum dedicated to finance and financial history, will honor the achievements of four financial leaders at its annual Gala on March 13, 2023. This year’s Gala will return to an in-person format at Cipriani 42nd Street, with CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent Bob Pisani and “WealthTrack” Executive Producer and Managing Editor Consuelo Mack serving as the masters of ceremony.
Robert Arnott will receive the Whitehead Award for Distinguished Public Service and Financial Leadership. This award honors leaders whose contributions in the public and private arenas strengthen society and the advancement of the financial industry. Mr. Arnott—a financial thought leader, innovator and global fund manager—is the founder and chairman of Research Affiliates. He will be introduced by Martin Leibowitz, senior advisor to Morgan Stanley and president of Advanced Portfolio Studies, LLC.
The Museum will honor Vincent Viola, co-founder of Virtu Financial and former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, with its Financial Innovation Award. This award recognizes individuals whose innovation and leadership have transformed the financial services industry and demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing entrepreneurship and free enterprise. He will be introduced by Douglas Cifu, CEO and co-founder of Virtu Financial.
The Museum of American Finance 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award will honor the achievements of Mark Shenkman, founder and president of Shenkman Capital Management. With more than 50 years of investment experience, he is considered one of the pioneers of the high yield bond and loan markets. Mr. Shenkman will be introduced by Mario Gabelli, chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc.
The Museum will also pay tribute to Carol Loomis with a Special Recognition honor for her groundbreaking contributions to the field of financial journalism and unprecedented 60-year tenure at Fortune magazine. Ms. Loomis will be introduced by Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, via video.
Proceeds from the 2023 Gala help support all aspects of the Museum’s mission to promote financial education by preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history.
Museum of American Finance 2023 Gala Sponsors* include:
Platinum: Citadel/Citadel Securities, Mark Shenkman, Shenkman Capital Management
Gold: Thomas Peterffy, Interactive Brokers Group; Virtu Financial
Silver: Broadridge, Citi, Cohen Family Foundation, William & Jane Donaldson, Fitch Group, John Herzog, ING, Carol Kaimowitz, LSEG, Oliver Wyman, Protiviti, Karen Seitz, Richard Sylla, VanEck Funds and Wells Fargo (*as of 2/28/23)
Gala co-chairs include: William H. Donaldson (Former Chairman, Securities & Exchange Commission), William C. Dudley (Former President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Jim Fox (Vice Chair, Vinson & Elkins), Timothy C. Gokey (CEO, Broadridge), Ken Griffin (Founder & CEO, Citadel), William B. Harrison (Former Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase), Katherine A. Rowe (President, William & Mary), Nick Studer (President & CEO, Oliver Wyman Group), Joseph Tarantino (President & CEO, Protiviti), Paul Taylor (President & CEO, Fitch Group), Jan van Eck (CEO, Van Eck Funds) and Gerald Walker (CEO, ING Americas).
For more information on the Museum’s 2023 Gala, please visit www.moaf.org/2023gala.
About the Museum of American Finance
As a socially relevant organization, the Museum of American Finance seeks to improve understanding of the influence of financial institutions and capital markets on the US and global economies, and on individuals’ lives. The nation’s only independent museum dedicated to finance and financial history educates the public through exhibits, financial literacy programs and public events. The Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, seeks to empower individuals of all backgrounds to strive toward financial independence, while encouraging curiosity and discovery. For more information, visit www.moaf.org or connect with the Museum on social media @FinanceMuseum.
Kristin Aguilera, Deputy Director
Museum of American Finance