Roberts & Ryan welcomes our latest new hires to our growing Equity Trading Team: Brian Scala, Mario Lagana and Andrew Darcy.
Mr. Brian Scala brings more than 25 years of experience to Roberts & Ryan, focusing primarily on Equity and Options trading and compliance. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. Scala was a Senior Vice President & Head of Equity Trading at Drexel Hamilton, LLC, a Veteran-owned investment bank. Prior to that, Mr. Scala was Executive Director of Institutional Sales Trading at O’Neil Securities, Inc., where he was an Equity trader for institutional clients, Chief Options Compliance Officer and Head of the Equity Technology Department. Mr. Scala was also the CEO and Chief Equity and Options Compliance Officer for the Equity Trading Division of Clancy Financial Services. Prior to Clancy Financial Services, Mr. Scala was a NYSE Floor Broker for Troy Securities, the Head NASDAQ Sales Trader at KV Execution and a NYSE Floor Clerk for PSK Securities. Mr. Scala holds SIE and FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 25, 55 & 63 licenses.
Mr. Mario Lagana brings over 30 years of Wall Street and management experience to Roberts & Ryan. He has traded all forms of Equities, trading investments and risk management. Mr. Lagana will oversee new business development and day to day operations. "As Senior Director at Roberts & Ryan, my ultimate goal is to offer Roberts & Ryan’s clients the best service available on Wall Street,” says Mr. Lagana. Having built trading desks at firms such as Drexel Hamilton, William O’ Neil and Robbins & Henderson, Mr. Lagana understands the commitment it takes to deliver added value. Modeled as an extension of a buy-side desk, Roberts & Ryan presents a trading desk dedicated to best execution.
At the inception of his career at William O’Neil, Mr. Lagana gained technical expertise working with some of the best trading technicians in the industry. Closely mentored by William O’ Neil himself, Mr. Lagana learned fundamental and technical analysis by continuously reviewing markets, industry groups and stocks. His critical insights specialize in market direction and stock trends. Mr. Lagana holds SIE and FINRA Series 7, 55, 57, & 63 licenses.
Mr. Andrew Darcy joins Roberts & Ryan following over 25 years of Wall Street experience, focused primarily on Equity trading. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. Darcy was Managing Director & Head of Equity Trading at Drexel Hamilton, LLC, a Veteran-owned investment bank, where he led the secondary Equity trading department in all facets of the business, including trading, corporate buybacks, TCA, client relationships, technology, operations, compliance and business development. Prior to that, Mr. Darcy served as a Managing Director of Equity Sales Trading at BTIG and Executive Director at Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Darcy was Director of Institutional Equity Sales Trading at Citigroup Global Markets, Credit Suisse AG, and Merril Lynch & Co.
Mr. Darcy was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy, serving as a member of SEAL Team Eight and SEAL Team Four. He participated in Operation Desert Storm in the Red Sea and Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq. Mr. Darcy holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55 & 63 licenses.
Mr. Scala, Mr. Lagana and Mr. Darcy are all committed to our nation’s military and, in particular, Roberts & Ryan’s service to numerous world-class Veteran causes. Roberts & Ryan’s Head of Equities, James McDevitt comments, “I’m very excited to be adding this team of equity professionals. The combined teams represent Roberts & Ryan’s commitment to equity trading and providing best in class service and execution.”
About Roberts and Ryan Investments, Inc.
Roberts & Ryan Investments, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer with execution capabilities in the capital markets, equities and fixed-income trading. The firm was founded in 1987 by a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
With over one and a half million dollars in committed donations, Roberts & Ryan is active in donating to charitable foundations that make significant positive impacts in the lives of Veterans and their families, primarily focusing on general wellness, mental health and career transition.
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