Scene Last Night: Vodka Cakes, Moet Boost Traders’ Annual Party

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Vanessa Bonora, vice president, electronic trading at Morgan Stanley, and Andrew Martorano, managing director, Sunrise Securities Corp.

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Vanessa Bonora, vice president, electronic trading at Morgan Stanley, and Andrew Martorano, managing director, Sunrise Securities Corp. Close

Vanessa Bonora, vice president, electronic trading at Morgan Stanley, and Andrew Martorano, managing director, Sunrise Securities Corp.

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Lisa Marie Utasi, senior equity trader at ClearBridge Advisors LLC, and Janna Hodge, head of U.S. sales and relationship management at NYSE Euronext. Close

Lisa Marie Utasi, senior equity trader at ClearBridge Advisors LLC, and Janna Hodge, head of U.S. sales and... Read More

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Jen Rossdale and Sharon Feeney of British Telecome flank Christopher Lengle, a director at Pipeline Trading Systems. Close

Jen Rossdale and Sharon Feeney of British Telecome flank Christopher Lengle, a director at Pipeline Trading Systems.

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Alphonse Diaz, director, Equities-Small Cap Execution, UBS Securities LLC, and Eleni Vavilis, TradingScreen Inc. Close

Alphonse Diaz, director, Equities-Small Cap Execution, UBS Securities LLC, and Eleni Vavilis, TradingScreen Inc.

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Ciroc Vodka, a brand owned by Sean Combs, served up shots of the gluten-free vodka garnished with vodka-infused cupcakes. Close

Ciroc Vodka, a brand owned by Sean Combs, served up shots of the gluten-free vodka garnished with vodka-infused cupcakes.

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James Hyde, vice president of NYSE Amex Options; Dmitri Galinov, director, Advanced Execution Services, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC; Steven G. Crutchfield, senior vice president, CEO, NYSE Amex Options; Craig Kayaian, ITG; Ivan Brown, senior business analyst, strategy and development, U.S. Options at NYSE Euronext. Close

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Ed O'Malley, president of PDQ ATS Inc., and James Stearns, director of the firm's business development. Close

Ed O'Malley, president of PDQ ATS Inc., and James Stearns, director of the firm's business development.

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R. Cromwell Coulson, president and CEO of OTC Markets Group Inc., and Noel Dalzell, VP of trading at E-Trade Capital Markets. Close

R. Cromwell Coulson, president and CEO of OTC Markets Group Inc., and Noel Dalzell, VP of trading at E-Trade Capital Markets.

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Bryan Harkins, COO of Direct Edge, and Bryan Christian, head of sales at Direct Edge. Close

Bryan Harkins, COO of Direct Edge, and Bryan Christian, head of sales at Direct Edge.

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Larry Birch, Credit Suisse, and Vincent Garcia, vice president, sales and trading, Surge Trading. Close

Larry Birch, Credit Suisse, and Vincent Garcia, vice president, sales and trading, Surge Trading.

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James Schroeder, executive director, JPMorgan, and Lou Matrone, business development executive, Oracle. Close

James Schroeder, executive director, JPMorgan, and Lou Matrone, business development executive, Oracle.

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Jamie Duncan, SVP of international trading at Cannacord Genuity Corp., with Danielle Dayan, Jay Quinn, and Sue Lyall, of Citadel LLC. Close

Jamie Duncan, SVP of international trading at Cannacord Genuity Corp., with Danielle Dayan, Jay Quinn, and Sue Lyall, of Citadel LLC.

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Clint Schoen, vice president, Institutional Sales, Maxim Group LLC, and Marty Rogan, director, Pershing LLC. Close

Clint Schoen, vice president, Institutional Sales, Maxim Group LLC, and Marty Rogan, director, Pershing LLC.

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Jeff Cooper, SunGard Global Trading, and Andrew Kiernan, ConvergEx Group. Close

Jeff Cooper, SunGard Global Trading, and Andrew Kiernan, ConvergEx Group.

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Siblings Mary McDermott Holland, Nasdaq OMX, and Mark McDermott, Collins Stewart. Close

Siblings Mary McDermott Holland, Nasdaq OMX, and Mark McDermott, Collins Stewart.

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The Security Traders Association of New York 75th annual conference and dinner took place at Three Sixty in Tribeca. Close

The Security Traders Association of New York 75th annual conference and dinner took place at Three Sixty in Tribeca.

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Steve Kukan and Kelli Annequin of Knight Capital Americas LP. Close

Steve Kukan and Kelli Annequin of Knight Capital Americas LP.

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Michael Montalbano, Gleacher & Co. director of international equity trading, and Mary Kate McGilley, Gleacher & Co. director of marketing. Close

Michael Montalbano, Gleacher & Co. director of international equity trading, and Mary Kate McGilley, Gleacher & Co.... Read More

Maintaining stamina was the priority at the mega-schmooze fest organized by the Security Traders Association of New York.

The event Thursday night was at Three Sixty, a Tribeca loft offering views of the city all around. Guests kept at their networking with the help of pasta, fish and beef buffets, as well as vodka-laced cupcakes served atop shot glasses and a party soundtrack with a bias for Prince and the Who.

“We really care about our industry,” said Lisa Marie Utasi, a senior equity trader at ClearBridge Advisors and a past chairman and president of the organization. “We want to make markets better. More efficient, transparent,” she said.

A series of panels earlier in the day featured Benjamin F. Sylvester, head of U.S. Equity Trading at JP Morgan Asset Management, and R. Cromwell Coulson, president and chief executive of OTC Markets Group.

OTC was handing guests boxes containing two pieces of Jacques Torres chocolate and served with a glass of Moet Champagne. On offer at other booths: a Goldman Sachs Electronic Trading paper cube, a clear rubber ball with the SunGard logo and several varieties of packaged mints.

“I’ve met some of my closest friends through this organization,” said James Schroeder, an executive director at JP Morgan who has been a STANY member, he said, for “at least 20 years.”

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net

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