Vince Manna – 20 Under 40

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Bank of Texas
Education: Arizona State University

Wealth adviser Vince Manna, who’s worked with BOK Financial since graduating from college eight years ago, lives by his industry phrase, “doing well by doing good.”

The Bank of Texas vice president sees himself as fortunate to participate in a BOK Financial rotational training program where he learned about more industries to focus on in the financial services sector.

“Through that process, I fell in love with the investment management business and had some great mentors over time to guide my path,” Manna said. “I loved the idea of being so directly aligned with my clients’ best interests and waking up every day working to help them achieve their own goals.”

“It’s a special feeling to be able to see the lightbulb switch on and see those students realize economic opportunity through their work.”

As part of his role, he does financial planning and investment management and helps lead the bank’s financial education efforts.

“During times of financial stress for many, we started offering complimentary financial seminars to bank clients, and it is a privilege to be able to teach these concepts to people in the community because, unfortunately, it is just not something covered in our education system,” Manna said.

When he’s not working, he enjoys mentoring students and fundraising with Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit that facilitates entrepreneurship and business management courses for at-risk high school students in the Dallas area. 

“It is a hands-on program that actually funds students’ business ideas,” Manna said. “It’s a special feeling to be able to see the lightbulb switch on and see those students realize economic opportunity through their work.”

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first job was handing out flyers throughout the neighborhood for my dad, who was a real estate agent. It was a summer job, walking door to door in 120-degree heat, but we always ran out of flyers before I was ready to stop working. Five dollars an hour went a long way when I was 9 years old.

Fun fact that someone wouldn’t know about you:

I’m a licensed ordained minister – I had the privilege of officiating the wedding of some close friends recently, which was truly an honor.

What would you tell an 18-year-old you?

Buy Amazon stock

What’s on your bucket list?

To be a full-time coach. As someone who grew up loving sports, I always thought that sounded like the most fun job you could have in the world. While it would be a tough way to pay the bills now, I hope to create the ability to do that one day. Rugby, basketball, hockey… I don’t think the specific sport would even matter.


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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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