Val Carlotti

Valentino Carlotti

(By Gil Robertson)

As the head of Wall St. giant Goldman Sachs’ newly formed Institutional Client Group, Valentino Carlotti is a key player in the firm’s Sales and Trading Division, which this year was responsible for 57% of first–quarter revenue for the financial giant.  Of course, making high-level executive decisions is nothing new for Carlotti, who recently completed a 5-year run as president of the Goldman Sachs bank in Brazil. Now back in the states, the 46-year old, New York native has been assigned the important task of managing relationships with elite customers of the 5th largest bank in the United States. As part of our 5-part “Power Series,” The Robertson Treatment recently spoke with Carlotti to gain his insight on how African-Americans can navigate careers on Wall Street.

Robertson Treatment: Tell me about your new role at Goldman-Sachs?
Valentino Carlotti: I’m heading a new endeavor created by the firm with the goal of focusing on our institutional clients and effectively managing their needs.  I head a team of senior professionals who have been put in place to manage our relationships with the institutional clients of our securities division. In doing this, my team primarily interacts with the senior most leadership and management of these companies, which allows us to have the broadest purview to help them meet their goals.  These clients can call on my team to get things done.  We deliver the whole firm to the whole client.

RT: So what does this new chapter in your career means to you?
VC: I’m excited by the opportunity to manage some of our most important relationships. It is a great vote of confidence. I started out in the Investment Banking  Division and was there for many years doing M&A and Corporate Finance before moving to work in Institutional Sales in our Equities Division.  I then had a series of management jobs across Equities and Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities before moving to London and then to Brazil where I was the president of our Brazilian bank.  My new role allows me to leverage my knowledge of how to navigate the entire firm, and the strong relationships developed across the firm with the product and functional skills I have built over my career.

 RT: Talk about opportunities for African-American executives on Wall St. 
VC: It’s true that the representation of African-Americans on Wall St. is small, but, I believe that if you’re interested in pursuing a career in this business that you shouldn’t make your decision based on any stereotypes or even true challenges that exist in the industry.  I think it’s important to pursue the field of endeavor that is most interesting to you and then focus on a plan for reaching your goals. In pursuing one’s career, it’s important to constantly seek development, build expertise, drive and act and think like an owner and be open to new experiences.

RT: What have you enjoyed the most about your career?
VC: I caught the finance bug in college and began my career with a very sincere and genuine interest in and passion for this industry.  By that I mean not only the career itself, but also the breadth of activities associated with the subject and career of finance as well.  Once I got to Wall St., and received the opportunity to gain actual experience in how the business worked, I knew that I had made the right choice.  The range of the things that I’ve been able to work on at Goldman Sachs is much broader than what people normally associate with Wall St.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the things that my career has allowed me to do and the global opportunities and the relationships that those experiences have allowed me to form.

AUOTOMOTIVE SPIN SPOTLIGHT ON FORD  

FORD F-150
Like a prize race horse the Ford F-150 is universally admired for its stamina, superb handling and classic rugged features.  Recently, I had the chance to put this ride up to various challenges and found that it more than lived up to its reputation.

Wow Factor:  Beginning with its imposing exterior that is well complimented by it high quality interior features, F-150 looks good, both inside and out. Add to that its performance upgrade and this ride delivers is a driving experience that is above expectations.

Ride: The F-150 is outfitted with a 3.7-liter V6 that gets 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque to work with, which makes it ideal for hauling large loads. Another great feature is an impressive electric power steering that maneuvers well on a variety of road conditions.

Comfort:   The seats on this ride were built with endurance in mind and offer the space and back support for road trips and big city drives. Not surprisingly, the F-150 has great storage space for both everyday items such as drinks and files, not to mention big loads. I was also impressed with its upgrades sound system, which greatly enhanced my drives.

Spin Control: With its winning attributes, the Ford F-150 lives up to its status as the ultimate all around road vehicle.  With a base sticker price that starts in the mid-$20,000, this ride has everything it takes to sustain its world class legend.

2013 FORD ESCAPE
With great anticipation I looked forward to getting behind the wheel of 2013 Ford Escape, which has undergone a major makeover. From first glance I was immediately impressed with its muscular new exterior design that exudes confidence and great road authority and I knew that I was in store for a great driving experience.

Wow Factor:   The 2013 Escape’s athletic exterior, inviting cabin and solid on the road performance and handling, all add up to a rare combination of style and substance.

Ride:  Powered by 4-cyclinders, the new Escape’s is well equipped to handle a variety of road conditions. With its quick acceleration, agility and full-length curtain-type airbags, this ride is more than capable to purposefully tackle everything from big city commutes to long rides on the highway.

Comfort: Drivers and passengers alike will be well satisfied with the new Escape. With interior enhancements that include wider seats that offer great leg room and lower back support, its cabin is loaded with useful and high-tech features that greatly add to rider quality.

Spin Control:  The 2013 Ford Escape well delivered upon my expectations. With its great handling, solid fuel economy (22 mpg city/31 mpg highway) and competitive price (base MSRP: $22,470), this ride will have great appeal to drivers looking for a sharp and efficient crossover vehicle.

2013 FORD EXPLORER 
Long the leader of the class, the 2013 Ford Explorer continues to demonstrate why it has so ably held on to that position. Well-known for its upscale appeal that includes its power, interior design and techno-forward features, the 2013 Ford Explorer makes an excellent first impression. Now on to the drive…

Wow Factor:   If you’re aiming for a ride that exudes the accoutrements of a luxury vehicle, then you need to look no further than the Explorer. Beginning with its stylishly redesigned interior cabin, advance technology features (the voice-activated Sync system and the touchscreen-based MyFord Touch, among others),  the 2013 Explorer will continue to impress drivers and car enthusiast alike.

Ride:  With power that comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine, backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, the 2013 Explorer commands the road with excellent handling and control. Added features include great acceleration, responsive steering and solid fuel economy, all add up to deliver very positive rider impressions.

Comfort:  The Explorer’s spacious cabin is well equipped for to provide rider comfort on a variety of road conditions. Starting with its heated, leather, power-adjusted seats to its uber sophisticated MyFord Touch interface that offers easy vehicle management, this ride delivers abundant comfort and control that will satisfy even the most discerning drivers.

Spin Control:   With its lux feel, solid on the road performance and competitive pricing, the 2013 Ford Explorer will offer stiff competition to vehicles in its class. Given its impressive pedigree, I suspect that the Explorer will continue to reign at the head of its class.

Grade: B+

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