Involved in the securities industry since the early 1980s, Lily Vega feels that she didn’t choose her career, it chose her. She was working in New York in the finance department of the housing industry when she decided to move to Puerto Rico and get a job with Merrill Lynch. Ms. Vega was first involved in the operational aspects of the business, and has since occupied positions such as vice president, senior vice president, and senior trader for a variety of firms. She lives in a small community, and once she built her reputation, everyone wanted her help and organizations started to reach out.
Two years ago, Ms. Vega joined Fairbridge Capital Markets as a senior trader. The boutique investment bank and full-service brokerage provides solutions to governments, corporations, financial entities, hedge funds, municipalities, endowments, municipalities and public/private pension funds. Ms. Vega attributes her success in the field to her extensive background, as well as the fact that she is objective, honest, and follows all of the rules. She is also always available for her clients, and has developed wonderful, trustful relationships.
Prior to joining Fairbridge Capital Markets, Ms. Vega served as the vice president of the institutional sales and trading division for First Boston, where she generated revenue through trading profits and increased the client base. She also helped launch Doral Securities Inc., a full-service brokerage and dealer, in Puerto Rico in 1996. In the time she was with the company, she was responsible for one of the firm’s multi-million dollar revenue initiatives, and supervised all trading transactions for the firm.
When Ms. Vega isn’t working, she enjoys reading, movies, and dancing. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women, and The International Women’s Leadership Association. If Ms. Vega could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to understand that anything can be achieved with determination and perseverance.
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