Mr. Vaz started his Wall Street career in the 1990s. Initially, he started his career as an assistant trader to the head trader in the day to day operations of H.J. Meyers and Company. After a successful first year, Mr. Vaz was quickly promoted to trade his own proprietary trading account for the firm. In 2001, Mr. Vaz started his own stock brokerage firm out of Red Bank, New Jersey named Jersey Shore Trading. Mr. Vaz ran the trading floor operations, making markets in over 100 publicly listed securities on the OTC Nasdaq market. Soon thereafter, Mr. Vaz became involved with the reverse merger and investment banking business which became his main focus. Some of his career highlights have been structuring and underwriting the first legal Sovereign Nation American Indian casinos in the United States as well as taking the first cannabis company public on a United States national market exchange in 2010. He now has multiple holdings in the United States cannabis space. Vaz also holds a stake in the largest runway fashion show company in the world. With runway shows in New York City, Paris, Milan, and Dubai to name a few Mr. Vaz has appeared as a guest shark on television as well as gained the nickname "The Grandfather" of the American cannabis industry. Mr. Vaz has appeared on many network television programs and in news publications throughout his career. In 2020 Vaz successfully competed a merger with EXcoin Ltd. The stock was one of the fastest gainers in OTC history going from $3.50 to $48.00 in three days. His dedication has made him an expert in locating and identifying the right companies to work and invest capital into. He enjoys both private and public markets transactions today as much as he did with his first transaction over 20 years ago. Mr. Vaz has an extensive knowledge of both public, private markets and entertainment financing. He is well known throughout Wall Street and has secured over 1.7 billion dollars in equity and debt financing for companies and hedge funds. Because of his reputation, Mr. Vaz is well known and respected by many industry veterans, and is often asked to be an advisory many colleagues at small to medium sized companies. Mr. Vaz resides in both New York City and Naples, Florida.
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