Florida Panthers Owner Vincent Viola Nominated as Secretary of Army

December 19th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »
Billionaire financial magnate and Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola was named Secretary of the Army by President-elect Donald Trump on Monday.

"We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country," Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said in a statement.

The Panthers will remain owned by the Viola family, but Vincent Viola will not have an active day-to-day role with the franchise. Douglas A. Cifu will take over Viola's role as chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment.

"Our hockey team has always been proud to be part of Mr. Viola's legacy. We admire his dedication to his country and are excited to watch him pursue this new endeavor," president of hockey operations Dale Tallon said.

Viola graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1977. He served in the 101st Airborne Division while in active duty before rising to the rank of major in the Army Reserves, all the while setting the stage for a future in big business. He rose from a trader to chairman of the New York Me ...

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