For many years, Leslie worked in the music business as an executive and because of her recording/production business experience, she had always been on the fringes of technology. In 1997 she segued her business experience and career into the technology revolution and the internet explosion when she came together with a group of friends to build a financial technology startup.
During this time, Leslie met Pete, James, and George. Conversations between herself and the four guys ensued, and out of a brainstorming session that took place after seeing Peter play at Kenny’s Castaway’s, Wall Street Rocks was born.
Since its inception and along with Pete, and James, Leslie has been one of the key driving forces in putting together Wall Street Rocks , first as a concept, and now as a company.
She Pete and James were co-founders behind the Wall Street Rocks For Our Veterans inaugural event on Dec 6th 2011 at Irving Plaza in NYC and currently holds the role of Co-Founding Member of Wall Street Rocks Inc. Together with these AMAZING individuals, Leslie is planning on making Wall Street Rocks Inc. a powerhouse non-profit entertainment company that will span Wall Street (for funding and for talent), and the music and entertainment business to create the platform for major give back to deserving and worthy charities.
“As one of the co-founders of Wall Street Rocks he hopes to establish a platform to reach more people in need”. James is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business for Finance has worked with Wall Street over 20 years in many different capacities. Mr. Macedonio’s career in the financial sector began at Bear Stearns where he co-managed the Windows/Intel Platforms in their global infrastructure group. Since then James has held positions servicing the financial industry including; management consulting, building professional service organizations for companies servicing the financial vertical, and restructuring global sales process to ensure sales organizations align to business needs and function effectively. Some of the financial firms James has worked with include; Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and Lehman Brothers.
James currently holds a Executive Director position within Morgan Stanley for program management on their Low Latency / High Frequency global platforms, Segregation of Duty compliance, and Datacenter consolidation programs.
In addition to Wall Street Rocks, James also serves as a board member at the Henry Viscardi School for the severely disabled, advises the Red Eye charity on humanitarian efforts, spends time mentoring underprivileged high school children through the iMentoring program, and volunteers at his local church. His goal is to give back to society and provide to those far less fortunate. He has a great passion for those in need and those who put their life on the line for our country.
George Chrisafis is currently a Director in Prime Services at Credit Suisse, responsible for the creation of the technology service offering in support of Professional Clearing of Listed Equities, Options and Futures. Before joining Credit Suisse, George was Executive Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of BNY ConvergEx Group, LLC, a privately held self clearing agency broker dealer spun off from the Bank of New York in 2006.
Prior to the formation of BNY ConvergEx Group, he served as Managing Director and CIO of the Execution Services Systems Division (ESSD) of The Bank of New York from 2000 through 2006. George is a founding board member of Wall Street Rocks, and organization committed to putting on events to raise money to help charities that assist military personnel, including Reserve Aid and Wounded Warriors. He is also actively involved with the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund Charity