George L. Van Amson

Head of North American Analyst & Associate Advising & Development Programs at Morgan Stanley

George L. Van Amson

George L. Van Amson

Head of North American Analyst & Associate Advising & Development Programs at Morgan Stanley


George L. Van Amson serves as a Managing Director in the Institutional Equity Division -Sales and Trading, Management.Head of North American Analyst and Associate Advising and Development Programs.Prior to assuming these responsibilities,he was Head of North American Recruiting in the Institutional Equities Division (IED) of Morgan Stanley and Manager of Sales Trading Service Desk for Global Wealth Management clients. Earlier,as a Senior Sales Trader,he was responsible for managing Institutional Cash Sales Trading coverage of hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds,and mutual funds. Prior responsibilities included senior position trader and sector trading head of cyclical equities, co-head trader of international equities managing the firm’s Latin American capital risk as well as supervising U.S. and London trading efforts in South Africa. A 40-year veteran of Wall Street with experience in domestic and international markets, Mr. Van Amson was selected in 1993 as a World Economic Forum Global Leader and was named in 1992, 1996,and 2006 to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top African Americans on Wall Street.” He has served as Chairman of the International Committee of the Securities Traders Association of New York.Prior to joining MorganStanley in 1992, Mr. Van Amson worked at Goldman Sachs as a Vice President, Equities –Trading and Arbitrage Division. He is certified for FINRA Registrations Series 3,7,9,10,24,55,and 63.Throughout his career, Mr. Van Amson has been active in the community. He has served on the board of Harvard Business School Alumni Association, President of the HBS African American Alumni Association, Columbia College Board of Visitors, Chairman of the United Negro College Fund Wall Street Campaign, Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund,and board member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently, he serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University, Advisor to the Finance Committee of the Riverside Church, Director of Community Impact, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Amsterdam Nursing Home, Chair Emeritus of Columbia Alumni Association, and Board of Directors Metropolitan Opera.
Mr. Van Amson graduated Brooklyn Technical High School, received his Economics from Columbia College, and M.B.A.with second year honors from Harvard University where he served as President of the African-American Student Union.At Columbia, he was twice elected President of hisClass, Senior Class Marshall, and lettered in varsity football. At Brooklyn Tech, he was elected student organization president and was the recipient of the All-Tech Medal (1970). Other honors includeColumbia University Curtis Medal in Gold (1974), Harvard Business School General Motors Fellowship Award (1981), HBS Deans Leadership Award (1982), Columbia College John Jay Award (2000), Alumni of Color Heritage Award (2003),Community Impact “Making a Difference” Award (2004), Racial Harmony Awardfrom Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (2007), Columbia Alumni Achievement Award (2009), Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) Human Spirit Award (2012), Varsity C 92ndAlumni Athletic Award (2013), The Distinguished Alumni Award-Brooklyn Tech (2013), and Harvard Business School Alumni Professional Achievement Award (2017). Mr. Van Amson is a Sandan (black belt) in judo and aninternational masters tournament competitor. A native New Yorker, he resides on the West Side of Manhattan with his family.

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Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners LP

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Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

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Head of North American Analyst & Associate Advising & Development Programs
1992 - Current

Morgan Stanley operates as a global financial services company. The firm provides investment banking products and services to its clients and customers including corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals. It operates through the following business segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management. The Institutional Services segment provides financial advisory, capital-raising services, and related financing services on behalf of institutional investors. The Wealth Management segment offers brokerage and investment advisory services covering various types of investments, including equities, options, futures, foreign currencies, precious metals, fixed-income securities, mutual funds, structured products, alternative investments, unit investment trusts, managed futures, separately managed accounts, and mutual fund asset allocation programs. The Investment Management segment provides equity, fixed income, alternative investments, real estate, and merchant banking strategies. The company was founded by Harold Stanley and Henry S. Morgan on September 16, 1935 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Vice President, Equities-Trading & Arbitrage Division

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. engages in global investment banking, securities, and investment management, which provides financial services. It operates through the following business segments: Investment Banking, Global Markets, Asset Management, and Consumer & Wealth Management. The Investment Banking segment serves public and private sector clients around the world and provides financial advisory services, help companies raise capital to strengthen and grow their businesses and provide financing to corporate clients. The Global Markets segment serves its clients who buy and sell financial products, funding and manage risk. The Asset Management segment provides investment services to help clients preserve and grow their financial assets. The Consumer & Wealth Management segment helps clients to achieve their individual financial goals by providing a wealth advisory and banking services. The company was founded by Marcus Goldman in 1869 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

Amsterdam House Continuing Care Retirement Community, Inc. provides retirement and assisted living facilities. It offers retirement community on the North Shore of Long Island for active and independent adults offering resort-like living that feels like home. The company is headquartered in Port Washington, NY.

Chairman Emeritus
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Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, often known as P&S, is a graduate school of Columbia University that is located in the Columbia University Medical Center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Founded in 1767 by Samuel Bard as the medical department of King's College (now Columbia University), the College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first medical school in the thirteen colonies and hence, the United States, to award the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Beginning in 1993, P&S also was the first U.S. medical school to hold a White Coat Ceremony.

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Columbia College - John Jay Award
Series 3 - National Commodity Futures
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