Viola, the owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, made his fortune as an investor and founder of the high-speed electronic trading firm Virtu Financial, where he is still executive chairman. He is the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he got his start as a commodities trader.
“Viola’s business experience makes him well positioned to help guide a Fortune 10-sized company, the U.S. Army,” a statement from Trump’s transition team announcing Viola’s nomination reads.
A 1977 graduate of West Point, Viola contributed millions to the academy after September 11th to establish its Combating Terrorism Center, according to the Wall Street Journal. He also helped develop a digital textbook about battle strategy.