* Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds, the underwriter of debt securities issued by the State of Israel in the United States, held its annual Insurance and Financial Services Division Luncheon on Monday, October 28, 2019. Spanning over several decades, the annual event drew more than 200 industry professionals to the St. Regis Hotel in New York, and honored Gerardo Mato, chairman of HSBC Global Banking & Markets--Americas, and Steve Menzies, founder, chairman and CEO of Applied Underwriters.
Distinguished guests included Nat Perlmutter, president of Forest Hills Financial Group and co-chairman of Israel Bonds' Insurance and Financial Services Division; Martin Minkowitz, counsel at Stroock & Stroock and co-chairman of Israel Bonds' Insurance and Financial Services Division; Stuart Garawitz, national vice president of sales for Israel Bonds; and Andrew Chase, New York executive director for Israel Bonds. Event honorees Gerardo Mato and Steve Menzies both received the 2019 Israel Bonds Insurance and Financial Services Division Leadership Award at the luncheon.
Speakers at the luncheon included Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York; Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico; Craig M. Johnson, former New York state senator; Robert Abrams, former New York attorney general; and Israel Maimon, president and CEO of Israel Bonds.
Honoree Gerardo Mato joined HSBC in 2002 from Merrill Lynch, and chairs one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, markets and the corporate banking business across...