Joe Wesley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vesel. He founded this innovative financial technology startup with a singular mission: To bring transparency to the Options Market.
Joe is a visionary industry leader with more than 20 years in the Trading and Regulatory spaces of Wall Street. He spent the early years of his career at Pershing being involved in various aspects of Discount Brokerage and Agency and Principal Trading. As his career expanded, Wesley pursued the newly relevant space of business trading supervision. He spent 5 years at Bear Stearns as a Series 24 Principal navigating the challenging dot-com regulatory environment.
In 2003, while at Bank of America, he created and managed the Global Equities Supervision Platform. During Joe’s tenure at Bank of America he also created one of the largest Equity Agency Trading desks on Wall Street. Subsequently, he branched out in order to build and manage the Special Situations Trading Desk, with the goal of bringing greater transparency and client service to OTC and SPAC securities.
In 2009, following the 2008 financial crisis, Joe moved to BTIG as Managing Director-Head of Sales and Trading Compliance. He was instrumental in streamlining protocol in order to keep Compliance current, as the regulatory environment was in a state of change. In 2012, Joe joined Cantor Fitzgerald as Managing Director-Head of Capital Markets Supervision. His role at Cantor followed a similar path as Compliance and business regulatory processes remained in flux.
Joe speaks fluent Spanish and spends his time between Argentina and New York. Joe is also involved in various forestation projects in Central New York State.