Formerly, he was a managing director, global commodity futures in RJ O'Brien's New York office. He was named to the RJO post in July 2018. Raia is responsible for building RJ O'Brien's energy and metals futures, options and OTC business.
Raia has spent more than 20 years in the energy and transportation sectors and has held various positions in oil transportation and trading. He joined NYMEX in 2001 and led the marketing effort surrounding the launch of the NYMEX ClearPort trading and clearing platform.
Before joining NYMEX, Raia was an energy industry consultant.
Earlier in his career, Raia was senior vice president of business development for JAGfn, a live financial news show, where he was responsible for arranging broadcast placement contracts with several large broadcast, satellite, and cable companies. He also served as senior on–air energy analyst/anchor for JAGfn and reported on equities and commodities in the energy sector on–air several times per hour, including interviewing chief executive officers, corporate officers, and financial analysts.
Before joining Goldman, he was managing director of energy and metals for the CME Group. At the CME Group, Raia was responsible for building energy and metals customer relationship management and sales programs.
Raia is a graduate of the New York Maritime Academy and sailed in the U.S. Merchant Marines, exclusively on oil tankers of all sizes. In 1988, he received his U.S. Coast Guard master's license.
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