40 Next: Robert Spencer

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and backward at the world of black business. Our list of 40 Next celebrates the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

These BE Nexters—those 21–35 years old making a measurable impact within their respective business, organization, industry, or field—are standouts in the areas of entrepreneurship, corporate America, academia, nonprofit, the arts, and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). And they prove every day that “business as usual” is not so usual. For them, leveraging expertise in one area to maximize an opportunity in another is standard operating procedure.

Using the legacy of their business predecessors to forge their own way, this new generation of leadership accepts the torch without trepidation. But the commonality between then and now is that success still takes a focused, strategic, and passionate mindset. Here, we introduce you to one of our 40 Next.

Robert Spencer, 31
VP/Co-Head of Japan Equity Derivatives Sales, Equities Division
Goldman Sachs, Tokyo

Spencer is co-head of equity derivative sales for one of the world’s most powerful investment banks, managing the business and overseeing a team that executes trades on clients’ behalf and offer trade advice in the Japanese market. Spencer also oversees the day-to-day operations of the sales team and business planning.

Be sure to pick up the commemorative 40th anniversary August 2010 issue of Black Enterprise, which contains the entire 40 Next list.