If you haven’t heard of Greg Secker, he is a prolific businessman, philanthropist, and most notably, the Founder of Virtual Trading Desk, the first online real-time Forex trading platform. If you’ve been following the latest business news, you may have heard that Secker has collaborated with Filipino-American professional boxer Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr, to donate 100 homes to those who were displaced, as a result of a typhoon that made landfall in Capinahan, Lemery, Iloilo. Of course, this humanitarian effort is not a surprise to those who know Secker best. In 2010, he founded the aptly named Greg Secker Foundation, which he personally describes as a foundation predicated on “positively improving the quality of life of people around the world.”
Greg Secker is a University of Nottingham alumnus, who earned a B.S. in Agricultural and Food Sciences, in 1997; after completing his studies, however, he developed an affinity for the world of business. Secker began his career with Thomas Cook Financial Services, an issuer of Mastercard and Visa traveler’s checks, as well as a global provider of travel money. In his role with Thomas Cook Financial Services, Secker served as a trading technologist, which spurred his interest in trading and ultimately an interest in the Forex trading platform. In the mid-1990s, Secker set out to create a trading system that would revolutionize foreign exchange trading; the concept, which would later be named the Virtual Trading Desk, was a real-time trading platform that provided traders with exchange quotes that were associated with active transactions. In 1998, the Virtual Trading Desk earned Greg Secker the British Telecom Award for innovation in e-commerce.
Secker’s success in foreign exchange trading soon led to a number of entrepreneurial ventures; he established companies like Capital Index, FX Capital, SmartCharts Software, and most notably, Learn to Trade, where he has provided trading education to upwards of 200,000 students. Secker’s commitment to building homes for displaced Filipinos, following the typhoon in Capinahan, Lemery, Iloilo, bodes well with past humanitarian efforts, which include working with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide hearing aids to poor African communities.