Venovate Marketplace Management Team
CEO, Venovate Marketplace
Kat Cook has extensive experience with executive leadership in financial services operations, business development, sales, and clearing & settlement. Kat is responsible for directing the operations and sales of Venovate Marketplace - the alternative trading system and broker-dealer.
Prior to joining Venovate Marketplace, Kat was a co-founder and COO at AltsDirect, LLC, where she and her partners developed a patented business method and technology-based solution for oil and gas partnership accounting.
Kat served as Senior Managing Director at NASDAQ OMX Group in Copenhagen, Denmark, prior to co-founding AltsDirect. She also served as Vice President at Penson Financial Services, and held Corporate and Business Development roles at Nexa Technologies (a subsidiary of Penson World Wide) and Tradecast Securities.
Earlier in her career, Kat held positions at various Wall Street firms, including Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Kat earned a BS and a MS from Texas A&M University in Agricultural Economics, where she was actively involved in Pi Beta Phi, Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA) and Aggie Recruiters. She holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 99 licenses.
Managing Director, Venovate Marketplace
Steven Capozza is an experienced business executive with 25+ years of experience in US, Europe, and Asia helping public, private, and start-up companies grow and achieve their objectives through M&A, corporate finance, business development, strategic relationships, and technology. He has an extensive international network of contacts and relationships in the financial services, technology and fintech sectors. He has been founder or co-founder of a number of companies.
Steve has experience as a financial consultant, Principal of a research and investment banking firm, Managing Partner of a firm which was the General Partner for hedge funds, as a founding board member of ETC Global Group and as a Principal of the first broker deal to trade public securities on a blockchain ledger in the United States.
Steve has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, from the University of North Texas and attended the FINRA Institute at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses.