Bryan Harkins, 37 Direct Edge, COO
Accomplishments: Helping Direct Edge grow from a small, off-exchange electronic trading venue into the third-largest stock exchange in the U.S.; working to create products that help brokers confront dwindling profits and rising compliance standards; donating time and money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; serving as founding member of Good DEeds, Direct Edge's philanthropic initiative.
Super Power: Speaking and understanding every language and dialect on the planet.
Best Business Advice: "My father was not a businessman. He was a chief in the NYPD. But his advice applies to all walks of life: 'Your reputation precedes you.' That one statement says a lot."
Most Influential Role Models: "My parents. They taught me what it means to be truly selfless. They provide quite a model of what a parent should be. Furthermore, they constantly encouraged, and consistently preached, that with hard work, anything is possible."
People Would Be Surprised to Know: "My wife and I married at the finish line after competing in an Ironman."
Jersey City, Hudson County
Superhero Name: Speed