Anthony George Gero
Anthony George Gero was a senior vice president with RBC Wealth Management (formerly RBC Dain Raucher) and vice president of global futures with RBC Capital Markets. He was on the governing boards of the Cotton Exchange, Nymex, Comex and PHLX. He died in December of 2020.
In 2019, Gero was inducted into the Futures Industry Association's Futures Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005 to commemorate outstanding contributions to the global futures and options community.
Prior to its acquisition by the CME Group, Gero was a member of the board of directors of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. until his term expired in 2010.
Gero served on the FCM committee of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and was the president of the International Precious Metals Institute, an international association of producers, refiners, fabricators, scientists, users, financial institutions, merchants, private sector and public sector groups, and the general precious metals community formed to provide a forum for the exchange of information and technology.
Gero was also the chairman emeritus of the discontinued Commodity Floor Brokers and Traders Association.
He was named to the Financial Times Top 400 Advisor List in 2017, 2015 and 2013 and received the Barron's Top 1200 Financial Advisors Award for 2014.
Before joining RBC in 2005, Gero was a senior vice president of Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. from 2003 until December 2005. Before Legg Mason, he held a handful of positions at Prudential Securities Inc. He was a senior vice president of investments, first vice president of the futures division and a president council member at the company from 1981 to 2003. He was a first vice president of Prudential for 22 years.
Gero was a member of NYMEX since 1966 and served on its board of directors since 1976. Formerly, he chaired the finance, new products and presidential search committees, where he pioneered the retention plan and insurance for members. He guided the clearing house committee in revising the clearing house rules for which the board of directors adopted a special resolution of commendation. Gero was also a member of COMEX since 1976, the American Stock Exchange since 1995, the New York Board of Trade (eventually ICE Futures U.S.) since 1984 where he served as a director for the NYBOT Commodity Floor Brokers and Traders Association, and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (which eventually merged with NASDAQ and became NASDAQ OMX PHLX) since 2003.
He was elected to the board of the Financial Instruments Exchange (FINEX) and the New York Cotton Exchange in 1995. Commodity Clearing Corporation (now ICE Clear U.S.) elected him a director in 1996.
Previously, he served as a member of the joint task force, steering committee, swap and OTC derivative product committees of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the FCM committee of the FIA.
Gero graduated from the New York University School of Commerce. He received an investment banking certificate from the Investment Bankers Association at the Wharton School in 1965, and is an associate of the Institute of Financial Accounting of Great Britain. Formerly, he taught a commodity trading course at the New School. He was fluent in five languages and his former currency review was published in three of them.
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