Cantor Fitzgerald Raises Funds for Charity in Annual 9-11 Event

An annual 9/11 Charity Day has been held for the past 16 years as a way of paying tribute to the two-thirds of the firm’s workforce who lost their lives. With approximately $12 million raised each year, the event involves all members of the Cantor Fitzgerald team contributing a day’s pay to charity. The $137 million that has been raised up to this point has been distributed to a number of local organizations that have limited ways to effectively raise funds.

A focus of the 2017 Cantor Fitzgerald efforts was on relief activities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and turnout at the company’s trading floor included celebrities such as Steve Buscemi and Robert De Niro.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin

A New York City financial services professional, Kevin Colvin serves as director of global market sales and trading with Cantor Fitzgerald. In September 2017, Kevin Colvin’s firm was in the news as it paid tribute to the 658 employees it lost to the September 11 terrorist attacks, when the city’s Twin Towers were destroyed.

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Surf Locales in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands

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Kevin Colvin surfing

Beyond Bali, Indonesia’s most consistent waves include the Mentawai Islands, which benefit from storms that arise in the southern Indian Ocean and hit the shore via prevailing southwest trade winds. From April to November, the swells that hit the region are unsurpassed, with Kandui Left standing out as one of the most explosive left-hand barrels region wide. Traveling with too much speed to paddle into, the largest waves must be approached through a backside tow-in and once in the pocket, there is no getting out. Also known as Rifles, Kandui Right offers straight smooth barrels that can be paddled into and escaped from when the action gets too intense.

When other waves are flat, Koroniki Right offers fast pulsing waves that do not reach massive heights but are accessible and fun. Another alternative is Nipussi, which is situated offshore in the north Mentawais and has reefs capable of creating barrels when swells are minimal.

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Kevin Colvin is an established New York financial executive who engages with Cantor Fitzgerald as a director of global trading and market sales. Also an avid surfer, Kevin Colvin has traveled to coastal destinations ranging from Costa Rica to Indonesia.

Ace in the Hole Foundation Sponsors Fun Run and Walk

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Ace in the Hole Foundation
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With more than a decade of experience working in finance, Kevin Colvin serves as the director of global market sales and trading for Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City. Active within the community, Kevin Colvin supports several nonprofit organizations including the Ace in the Hole Foundation.

Founded in 2008, the Ace in the Hole Foundation honors the sacrifice made by first lieutenant Michael LiCalzi of the U.S. Marine Corps. He died while serving the United States during Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2006. The organization gives financial aid and assistance for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes. It has donated more than $600,000 to help Marines of the 2nd Tank Battalion, veterans, and others in need. The name of the group comes from 1st LT LiCalzi’s service with the 2nd Tank Battalion of the USMC, as the group’s slogan is “Ace in the Hole.”

Since it is a nonprofit organization, Ace in the Hole relies on fundraising events to support its mission. One of these events was its eighth annual beach run and walk, which took place on May 13, 2017, at Lido West Beach in New York. The fun run and walk started on the beach and continued for two miles.

FINRA’s Series 7 Exam

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Series 7 Exam
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A director in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Global Markets Sales and Trading division, Kevin Colvin provides coverage for a number of multibillion dollar accounts and prospects new accounts among other responsibilities. Moreover, Kevin Colvin holds Series 7, 63, and 79 certifications.

The Series 7 Exam or General Securities Representative Qualification Exam (GS), which the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) administers, determines candidates’ capacity to handle the responsibilities associated with the general securities representative position. These encompass the sales of government securities, municipal securities, variable annuities, investment company securities, corporate securities, options, and direct participation programs.

To pass the Series 7 exam, candidates must get a score of at least 72 percent. The exam comprises 250 scored questions and 10 pretest questions that are unscored, and candidates have two sessions (each one lasting three hours) to complete it. The Series 7 exam covers the different areas that are relevant to a general securities representative’s major job functions.

Central Mass/Metrowest Mentoring Program

Started in 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest offers children facing challenges personal support through relationships with mentors. These professionally supported relationships offer the children significant stretches of quality time with their adult mentors. They engage in weekly activities such as attending sporting events, playing games, doing homework, or just talking.

The organization has a number of programs and opportunities for volunteers, including its community-based mentoring program. This program matches volunteers from the local community with children, paying attention to their family histories, individual interests, and personalities. Volunteer mentors arrange to meet with the children three or four times a month.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin

Kevin Colvin serves as a director in the Global Market Sales and Trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald in New York, New York. Moreover, he holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. While attending the College of Holy Cross, Kevin Colvin was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer.

The New York Urban Professionals Basketball League

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With their packed schedules, it is often difficult for professionals to find the time they need to stay physically fit. The New York Urban Professionals Basketball League was launched to provide busy people with an opportunity to socialize in a fun, active, competitive environment.

The league is open to anyone who has attended college or holds a professional position. The basketball league is host to several divisions for all levels of play and holds games at locations across the city, allowing for easy transit.

The New York Urban Professionals League strives to provide an atmosphere that values a high level of sportsmanship. A team’s registration fee includes the cost of eight games, divisional playoffs, trained scorekeepers, professional referees and court fees. Each team offers flexible scheduling to accommodate players’ full calendars.

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Kevin Colvin

Financial professional Kevin Colvin works as a director in the global market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City. Kevin Colvin balances his busy work life with a commitment to physical fitness, and has participated in the New York Urban Professionals Basketball League.

Ace in the Hole Annual Run at Lido West Beach

For the last eight years, the Ace in the Hole Foundation has hosted a run that supports a variety of causes. The foundation was established by family members in memory of Lt. Michael LiCalzi, USMC, who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. It raises money to provide funds for charitable organizations and scholarships. To date, it has donated more than $500,000 to partner organizations.

In May 2017, hundreds gathered at a beach on New York’s Long Island for the Ace in the Hole Foundation’s annual run. Beginning at a walkway named in his honor, participants walked or ran up to two miles in remembrance of Lt. LiCalzi. Money raised at the event benefited several organizations including the United Veterans Beacon House and the Mary and Jim White Unit for the Care of People with Huntington’s Disease Center. In 2016, over $80,000 was raised for worthy causes.

The annual run takes place at Lido West Town Park in Hempstead, which features a secluded beach popular with surfers. Throughout his childhood in nearby Garden City, Michael LiCalzi spent many hours enjoying surfing there.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin

Kevin Colvin, a director in the global market sales and trading division at Cantor Fitzgerald, provides coverage for numerous accounts, including hedge funds, insurance companies, and asset managers. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Kevin Colvin is an avid runner and has participated in several races that benefit charitable organizations.