Thomas F. McKiernan
He was previously CEO of Hardstone Capital, LLC, a company he founded. Before founding Hardstone, McKiernan was a managing director at Bengur Bryan & Co, a Baltimore-based investment bank, and before that he was managing director of corporate finance at Spencer Trask Securities, an investment banking firm in New York, where he specialized in private equity placements for early-stage companies.
Prior to joining Spencer Trask, McKiernan was with Alex. Brown & Sons, where he developed private equity relationships with the firms’ high net worth clientele.
He has more than 20 years of experience in investment banking.
McKiernan ran a commodity trading desk on Wall Street for many years, and was one of the original authors of the energy futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In October of 1987, McKiernan became President and CEO of Intex Holdings in Bermuda, the first Electronic Communications Networks (ECN). At Intex he negotiated an agreement with Telerate, Inc. to create an order-routing system based on Intex's proprietary technology to facilitate electronic trading between financial futures exchanges in the US, Europe, and the Far East.
McKiernan also founded the first Institutional Energy Department at both Merrill Lynch and Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he directed derivative trading offices in New York, London and Singapore. He served on the NYMEX Board of Governors from 1980 to 1983 and was chairman of the exchange's Business Conduct and Petroleum Advisory Committees from 1978 to 1984. He also served on the Board of Directors of the DIGEX, Inc., prior to the company's IPO. He was a member of the New York State Governor's Task Force for New Media and the Internet in 1998-99.
McKiernan earned a B.A. degree from Marist College in 1968 and has served as a member of the Marist Board of Trustees since 1981.
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