Michael P. Votto L'03
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Michael P. Votto L'03

Michael Votto L'03

Michael P. Votto earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in European History from Union College and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 2003.  As a law student, he was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society and a graduate assistant on the Syracuse football staff.  Subsequent to law school graduation, Mr. Votto completed coursework at the Boston University Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center.

Mr. Votto is currently Associate General Counsel of the Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world with greater than $80 billion of insurance in force, and also the President and CEO of Votto Vines Importing, a family-run wine importing, tourism and consulting agency. As the senior business counsel of the Knights of Columbus, Mr. Votto handles commercial business transactions, real estate matters and advises the Knights of Columbus investment department. Mr. Votto is also one of the liaisons to the Knights of Columbus office in Rome, situated just outside Vatican City. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Votto Vines, Mr. Votto is responsible for securing and negotiating contracts with producers, distributors and third party companies both in the US and Europe as well as overseeing the company’s marketing and strategic initiatives. Votto Vines is one of the fastest growing wine importing and consulting companies in the US, having recently finalized programs with CBS/Showtime Networks, Live Nation and the BB King Group and posting year-over-year revenue growth in excess of 150% in both 2010 and 2011. Votto Vines is backed by a select group of angel investors, including a former Wall Street executive and a small number of professional athletes and coaches.

Mr. Votto is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is an Authorized House Counsel in the State of Connecticut. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and is a published author in the fields of Italian citizenship and genealogy and commercial real estate finance. Mr. Votto is an active member of the National Italian American Foundation and the Order Sons of Italy in America. He currently sits on the board of directors of two New York City based technology companies where he primarily advises on corporate strategy and structuring as well as fundraising related issues.

Mr. Votto, his wife and two young children reside in Connecticut.  He enjoys traveling, cooking, athletics and spending time with family and friends.

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