Margaret Vento spent her career as a telecommunications attorney working both internationally and domestically for the Vento Group companies and Sprint PCS. In the 1980s, Ms. Vento served as legal counsel for the Vento Group companies which owned, built and managed cable television systems in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.
From 1989-1993 the Vento Companies joint ventured with the Washington Post Company and acquired cable and telephone licenses from the UK Department of Trade and Industry and formed Post-Newsweek UK Cable. Ms. Vento served as Regulatory Director and Legal Counsel for the Post Newsweek UK Cable companies, which served more than 300,000 households in Central Scotland.
From 1994-1998 Ms. Vento served as Vice President and Legal Counsel for Sprint Spectrum, the first digital cellular (PCS) system serving the Washington Baltimore major trading areas. Following her departure from Sprint PCS, Ms. Vento formed an internet company which provided information on alternative energy providers for subscribers living in deregulated states.
Ms. Vento has served on the boards of the Palm Beach Opera, Kid Sanctuary as well as the Scholarship and New High School Boards at the Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She cochaired and chaired the “Bling Thing” annual events, benefitting Kid Sanctuary in Palm Beach, raising 1.8 million in three years.
Ms. Vento is married to Gerald Vento and together they have two children. A native Washingtonian, Margaret and her family moved to Palm Beach in 2003 following the sale of her husband’s public company, Telecorp PCS (Nasdaq: TLC) to AT&T Wireless. After spending six years in Palm Beach, Margaret and her family moved to Florence, Italy for one year so that her children could learn the language and culture of the family’s ancestors.
Returning to Nantucket in 2010 after ten delightful summers, the family decided to make the island its year round residence, and Margaret is happily devoting her time and energies to worthy causes on the island.
Margaret was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland in 1989. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government Politics from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from The American University Washington College of Law.