Biography

 

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Jim Gannon, CFEI      
President and Instructor

Jim has worked in the financial industry for over 25 years. He began his career in 1987 working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and then spent 15 years at the Swiss investment bank, UBS, acting as an Executive Director of Domestic and International Equity Trading. Additionally, Jim actively managed a $50 million trading account for the European institution, Dresdner Bank. His senior-level positions within the financial industry enabled him to obtain various financial expertise, licenses and certifications, all helping to build an extensive understanding of the economics, products and services provided by the financial industry. Jim founded the Common Cents Program because it is his desire to embark on a new path; working to improve financial literacy among teenagers. The competitive nature of today’s business environment has created a greater need for the understanding of how finance works and the earlier a student develops their financial knowledge, the greater advantage they will have over their competition.

Jim lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan and is a graduate of St. Francis Prep, class of ’83 and Queens College, class of ’87. In addition to his professional experience on Wall Street, Jim is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Catholic Finance Association and the National Arts Club.  As a participant in the JumpStart NYC entrepreneurship initiative, created by the NYC Economic Development Corporation, he received in-class instruction as well as external consulting experience. Jim closely follows global financial markets as well as new trends in the industry and is always eager to continue to learn; believing curiosity is the best teacher. He is an avid enthusiast of the arts who loves to read and enjoys many genres of music. Jim prefers short stories to novels, underground music to Grammy winners and independent film to studio blockbusters.