Mays alumnus J. Robert Collins ’88 plans to waste little time in his new post as president of the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex). Collins, who goes by “Bo,” is hoping to transform the country’s leading energy and metals market, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.

Collins was appointed to the post after a highly successful run as senior vice president of natural gas trading at El Paso Energy in Houston, setting up the company’s trading program from scratch. Prior to joining Nymex as president, he served as a trade representative on exchange’s board.

“What was really appealing about my last job was the opportunity to come in and rebuild something that needed it,” Collins told the Journal. “I see the exchange in much the same way, considering all the possibilities that are in front of us.”