Equities Leaders Summit USA 2020

December 02, 2020


Past Speakers (2018)

Clive Williams
Head of Global Equity Trading
T.Rowe Price

Clive Williams is the Head of Equity Trading, chairman of the Equity Best Execution Subcommittee and a member of Counterparty Risk, Diversity & Inclusion and Valuation Committees.  Before assuming his current position in 2010, Clive was Head of the European Equity Trading desk.  Prior to joining T. Rowe Price in 2000, he was the Head of Global Trading ex-U.S. at Invesco. Clive has earned the Investment Management Certificate.

Jon Glennie
Global Head of Trading Technology
JP Morgan Asset Management

Jon heads up JP Morgan Asset Management’s Equities Trading Technology function globally and has in excess of 20 years’ experience in technology development and engineering in a variety of environments.  His current focus is in bringing cutting edge technology to buy-side trading desks to streamline the trading process and automate the order execution of more routine flow.  Prior to joining JP Morgan he led the Hong Kong FX trading technology team at HSBC Global Banking and Markets where he was responsible for the delivery of a number of flagship electronic trading solutions. Previously Jon had held senior technology positions with RBS working across the Markets technology functions.  

Frank Loughlin
Global Co-Head of Equity Trading
Alliance Bernstein

Since joining the Alliance Bernstein trading team in 1993, Frank has led or co-led various equity trading desks and held numerous senior level trading roles within the firm.  As Global Co-Head of Equity Trading at Alliance Bernstein, which holds $474 billion AUM, Frank has recently been involved in overseeing all EMEA equity trading. He will be lending his expertise on day two’s panel to equip the trading function to take more control of order flow and improve your firm’s overall profitability.

Eden Simmer
Global Head of Equity Trading
Ms. Simmer is a senior vice president and equity trader in the New York office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2010, she was a trader focusing on equities, foreign exchange and preferred securities for Deutsche Bank Asset Management. Previously, Ms. Simmer was a foreign exchange trading associate at ABN AMRO. She has 11 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and undergraduate degrees in finance and economics as well as an international business certificate from the University of Iowa.
Rob Dynan
Global Head of Equity Trading Technology
Wellington Management
Ernesto Ramos
Managing Director, Head of Equities
BMO Global Asset Management

Ernesto provides investment and risk oversight of BMO Global Asset Management’s quantitative equity strategies. He also leads the effort to develop their equity investment platform globally. He joined the company in 2005. Ernesto began his investment management career in 1992 with Batterymarch Financial Management. He was a partner and lead portfolio manager at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management LLC, and he also served as a software developer at Bolt, Beranek and Newman. His career features investment management and research, econometric research, statistical research and computer graphics research. 

Gayle Wageman
Global Head of Trading
Principal Global Investors
Luke Lyons
Global Head of Equity and Equity Derivative Trading
Guggenheim Partners
Ryan Larson
Head of Equity Trading U.S
RBC Global Asset Management

Ryan Larson is responsible for trade execution and management for the firm’s equity division. Ryan works to determine which brokers and trading vehicles will achieve best execution for our clients. He also serves as a spokesperson raising the firm’s media profile. Prior to joining RBC GAM–US in 2000, Ryan worked at Wells Fargo Investment Management & Trust. Ryan earned a BS in Business Administration from Creighton University and an MBA from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Ryan has been quoted in national and international publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The New York Times, and has been a guest on Bloomberg Radio and, Bloomberg Television and CNBC.

Michael Warlan
Head of Global Trading
Third Avenue Management

Michael Warlan is responsible for managing the execution and implementation of equity investments across all Third Avenue portfolios. His primary responsibilities include U.S., non-U.S., and emerging market equities, derivatives, and currencies. Leading Third Avenue’s Global Trading Desk, he has expanded access to multiple markets, venues, and strategies, along with the capabilities to trade additional asset classes including currencies and derivatives. His dual role encompassing both execution and implementation means he is exposed to the benefits of having a synonymous relationship between portfolio management and trading on a daily basis.

Mehmet Kinak
Global Head of Systematic Trading and Market Structure
T. Rowe Price
Mehmet is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. He is the Global Head of Systematic Trading and Market Structure. Mehmet's primary focus is electronic and program trading, market structure analysis, and transaction cost analysis. He serves on the Institutional Traders Advisory Committees of the New York Stock Exchange, Bats Global Markets, IEX Group, and Nasdaq. Mehmet also is currently a member of the SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee. He joined the firm in 2000 and worked as a portfolio accounting associate, investment liaison, portfolio implementation manager, and electronic trader before assuming his current role in 2014. Mehmet earned a B.S. in finance from Virginia Polytechnic University.
Enrico Cacciatore
Head of Market Structure and Trading Analytics
Voya Investment Management

Enrico Cacciatore is a Senior Quantitative Trader, Head of Market Structure and Trading Analytics for Voya Investment Management.  Enrico runs trading for the quantitative equity team as well as program trading for the fundamental active equity team. In addition to trading, Enrico leads the effort in evaluating and improving the overall trading process from both an execution and systems prospective. Enrico was the 2018 Markets Media Buy-Side Quantitative Trader of the Year, a member of NASDAQ’s Institutional Traders Advisory Committee (ITAC) as well as ITG’s Analytics Advisory Board.  Enrico earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Systems) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as graduate studies in Computational Finance (MSCF) from Carnegie Mellon University.  

Jason Siegendorf
Head of Trading Analytics,
Harris Associates

Mr. Siegendorf is Head of Trading Analytics at Harris Associates. In his role he is responsible for measuring and analyzing trading costs, and for incorporating results and findings back into the trading process for improvement. Mr. Siegendorf has been with Harris Associates for 6 years and has over 18 years of industry experience. Prior to Harris Associates, Mr. Siegendorf has worked as a Senior Analyst at Dash Financial, an options brokerage, and as a Trader at Cornerstone Trading Group, a proprietary trading firm and options market maker. Mr. Siegendorf graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007 with a master’s in Computer Science. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Tereck Fares, CFA
CFA, Director of Equity Trading
Chicago Equity Partners
Prior to joining Chicago Equity Partners as a director of equity trading, Mr. Fares worked in the corporate finance group at Bank of America. Mr. Fares was one of the early adopters of electronic trading and an avid proponent of it long before it became popular. He has given presentations and participated in debates on the topic at industry conferences, as well as through numerous interviews with the press. He also advises some of the top electronic brokers and alternative trading systems (ATS) on algorithmic trading design that incorporates state of the art strategies while taking into account the latest market structure changes.
Jason Vedder
Director, Global Trading and Operations
Driehaus Capital Management
Jason Vedder joined Driehaus in 2000. He is responsible for directing the Firm’s domestic and international trading functions, as well as directing the Trading Operations groups. Mr. Vedder received his B.A. degree in Economics from Albion College in 1992. From 1992 to 1998 he was a floor specialist and position trader on the Chicago Stock Exchange, as well as a market maker on the NASDAQ. From 1998 to 2000 he worked as a founding partner of Smart Bandwidth, LLC. During his tenure with Driehaus, Mr. Vedder has held the titles of Domestic Equity Trader, Senior Domestic Equity Trader, Senior Equity Analyst and Manager of Trading prior to assuming his current role in 2014.
Carrie Freeborough
VP, Head Trader
Mackenzie Investments

Carrie has 25+ years of global trading experience. She has worked on both sides of the street, spending most of her career at global bulge bracket brokers before moving to the Asset Management side of the business 4 years ago. She has traded equity is all global markets, has managed a program trading desk and is an expert in the current landscape of Asset Management given the regulatory, technological and management fee pressure. Mackenzie Investments is ~$200 bil AUM Canadian based global Mutual Fund with trading desks in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US. Carrie has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

Bojan Petrovich
CFA, Quantitative Trading Strategy
J.P.Morgan Asset Management

Bojan Petrovich is a quantitative equity trader at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.  He is part of a team responsible for developing, enhancing and automating execution strategies for actively managed equity products totaling $290bln in AUM.  Prior to J.P Morgan, Bojan was a Quantitative Equity Trader at UBS Global Asset Management.  Bojan earned an MBA in analytical finance from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Joseph Bacchi
Head of Multi-Asset Trading and Investment Operations
Acadian Asset Management

Joe is a seasoned Multi-asset class, Global Macro Head Trader with extensive experience in trading, analyzing and developing alternative trading strategies for disciplines. Joe is skilled in trading multiple investment products which include; Equity programs, ETFs, Volatility, Futures, Equity/Index Options, Foreign Exchange, OTC Swaps/Options, Commodities, Convertible Bonds and Structured Notes.

Kaveh Taghavi
Quantitative Research Analyst

Kaveh Taghavi is a Quantitative Research Analyst on Vanguard’s Transaction Cost Analysis team. Kaveh’s responsibilities include providing trading research and execution consulting to optimize strategy for Vanguard’s global equity trading desks. Kaveh is a member of Vanguard’s trading algorithm committee, where he designs and implements research and processes, including algo wheels, to enhance trading strategy, and works closely with brokers, technology providers, and other third parties to provide feedback and enhance products. Prior to joining the TCA team, Kaveh has held roles in engineering and project management and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Michael Clements
Chief Trader
Employees Retirement System of Texas

Michael manages a highly efficient trading desk at Employees Retirement System of Texas that executes multi-asset classes globally, while participating in investment teams to evaluate new investment ideas and their potential implementation.

Christopher Fiorito
Director of Trading
River Road Asset Management
Chris is responsible for managing the firm’s trading functions as Director of Trading at River Road Asset Management ($7.5 billion). He is an expert in his field with over 20 years of securities trading experiences in both buy and sell side institutions
Kenneth Martin
Head Trader
Fidelity-Contributor, Head Trader Think Tank
Rosanna Bruni
Senior Director, Trading
PSP Investments

Rosanna Bruni, a financial services professional with over twenty years of experience, is Senior Director and head of the trading desk at PSP Investments where she oversees execution for portfolio  managers in multiple asset classes since September 2012.  Prior to joining PSP Investments, Ms. Bruni held several senior positions including Principle at Genuity Capital Markets where she was responsible for developing the Montreal market from 2005-2010. From 2002 to 2005, she helped to develop the U.S. market for Desjardins Securities and, previous to that, she was Vice President, Sales/Trading, covering domestic and international accounts with Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon, Bunting Warburg and Gordon Securities/HSBC. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Buy-Side Investment Management Association (BIMA).  For almost 20 years, she has also been a board member and on the executive committee of BBB Foundation, (a non-profit organization whose primary objective is to identify charities that require start-up assistance, primarily where charities involve children).

Brendan Gorman
Senior Trading VP
Lazard Asset Management
Kevin Mahn
President and CIO
Hennion & Walsh Asset Management

Kevin D. Mahn is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Hennion & Walsh Asset Management, Mr. Mahn is responsible for all of the Wealth and Asset Management products and services offered at the Firm including the portfolio creation and portfolio supervision of the various portfolio strategies within the SmartTrust® series of Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). Mr. Mahn also was the Portfolio Manager of the family of SmartGrowth® Mutual Funds. These mutual funds were target-risk oriented "mutual funds of ETFs" designed to track the Lipper Optimal Indices. Mr. Mahn is the author of the quarterly “ETF and CEF Insights” and "Market Outlook" newsletters as well as a co-author of the book, Exchange Traded Funds: Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches, © 2009 Riskbooks. Mr. Mahn is a member of the Forbes Investor team and a frequent contributor to the Forbes Intelligent Investing blog and the Seeking Alpha website. Prior to Hennion & Walsh, Mr. Mahn was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers where he held several senior management positions, including CAO of the High Net Worth Product and Services group within Lehman’s Wealth and Asset Management division as well as COO of Lehman Brothers Bank, during his eleven year tenure with the Firm. Mr. Mahn received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and his M.B.A. in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Mahn has also served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University within the Department of Economics, Finance and International Business. In 2015, Mr. Mahn received the "50 Under 50" award, which recognizes the College's top alumni business leaders under the age of 50, from the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Mahn currently serves as Co-Chair of the NICSA UIT Industry Committee and won the 2014 and 2016 NICSA MVP Awards for his accomplishments in this role as well as the Rising Stars of Mutual Funds Award from Institutional Investor in 2009. Interviews with, as well as byline articles and insights from, Mr. Mahn have appeared in/on CBS News, CNBC, Fox Business News, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, Bloomberg, Business Week, Reuters, Wall Street Week, CNNMoney.com, SmartMoney, Investment News, Yahoo! Finance, Reuters, The Street.com and MarketWatch. 

Geoff Bernard
AVP, Equity Trading
Chris Maxmin
Deutsche Bank Private Wealth

Chris is currently trading multi asset products for Deutsche Bank Private Wealth, previously Chris was Head of North American Trading at Moon Capital. Chris has also Traded for FMR in Boston and Scudder in NYC. Before moving into finance, Chris served 6 years as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps with deployments to both Liberia and to Desert Storm.

Lori Hoch
Cortina Asset Management

Lori Hoch, JD is a Principal of Cortina Asset Management where she has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer since its inception in 2004.  Lori has more than 20 years’ experience in the investment industry.  She began her career as a securities attorney for two national law firms.  Prior to Cortina, she was with M&I Investment Management Corp., now known as BMO Asset Management Corp., where she served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel and as Chief Compliance Officer. 

Bill Skutch
Head Trader
Scopus Asset Management
Mark Zahara
Senior Vice President, Head Trader

Mark is a Senior Vice President in Heitman's Global Real Estate Securities group. He manages the trading for all of Heitman's real estate securities account platforms while helping to educate, innovate, and increase the trading desk's tangible value. On a daily basis, along with ensuring best execution, Mark is responsible for conveying market sentiment and themes, identifying and explaining abnormal price action, and monitoring news flow and activity in order to provide the Portfolio Management team with information about the coverage universe, investor sentiment, and trading environment. His experience analyzing market conditions and applying technical fundamentals and indicators allows him to manage and execute efficiently for Heitman's portfolios. Prior to joining the Heitman, Mark worked at Performance Analytics, Inc.,managing a team of portfolio investment analysts and trading index futures. Mark received a BS in Finance from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Financial Markets from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Joe Christino
Former Head Trader
HighVista Strategies

Joe ran the trading desk for HighVista Strategies, where he was responsible for trading the marketable portfolio across all asset types and geographies.Joe went to HighVista Strategies from King Street Capital where his primary focus was in treasury and risk management. Prior to that, he completed a rotational analyst program with Merrill Lynch after graduating from Fairfield University with a BS in Finance

Tanuj Bhargava
Vice President, Trading and Execution Services
Mani Singh
Managing Director, Global Head Platform Sales
In this role, he manages the Global execution sales effort at Citi. He has over fifteen years of equity execution sales / sales trading experience. Prior to joining Citi in 2006, Mani Singh was Head of Electronic Sales Trading at JP Morgan London, where he developed the business development and sales efforts across electronic trading in EMEA. Mani Singh Joined JP Morgan in 2001 as part of the capital markets graduate program Mr. Singh holds a Masters of Business Management, from the London School of Economics
Vlad Khandros
Global Head of Market Structure and Liquidity Strategy
Vlad advises clients and internal groups on market structure issues and focuses extensively on UBS's electronic strategy, particularly on exchange and alternative venue analysis, as well as order routing decisions. He is a member of several industry committees on equity markets and electronic trading, including the NYSE Market Structure Advisory Committee, SIFMA Equity Markets & Trading Committee, and STA Trading Issues Equities Committee, and sits on the boards of BIDS Trading LP and Chi-X Global LLC. He joined UBS in 2011 from Liquidnet where he was Global Co-Head of Corporate Strategy, responsible for business development, market structure, and government relations. Vlad also holds a BA in Economics and a BS in Political Science from Rutgers University – Rutgers College. He was ranked the rising star of finance in 2011 in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.
Tim Mahoney
BIDS Trading
As Chief Executive Officer, Tim Mahoney is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of BIDS Trading L.P., the Alternative Trading System (ATS) designed to increase competition and liquidity in the U.S. equity block trading market. Prior to joining BIDS Trading, Tim Mahoney served as Head of Equity Trading for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers for seven years. Mahoney was responsible for a 14-person, 24-hour trading desk that traded over $100 billion in equities. Previously, Mahoney worked in the firm’s Unit Investment Trust Department for 16 years, holding a number of positions, which included Head of Equity Trading and Chief Investment Officer. During his tenure at Merrill Lynch, Mahoney helped create the popular “Dogs of the Dow” series of investments. Mahoney began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1979 as a summer intern on the floor of the American Stock Exchange. Mahoney was a member of the New York Stock Exchange’s Institutional Advisory Committee and Market Performance Committee. He also served on advisory committees for Nasdaq, The Boston Stock Exchange and the Investment Company Institute. Mahoney graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a CFA.
Jatin Suryawanshi
Head of Global Quantitative Strategy

Jatin Suryawanshi is the Head of Global Quantitative Strategy at Jefferies. He has been with Jefferies in this capacity since 2009 and is responsible for the Global Algorithmic Trading product. During this time, Jatin has been at the forefront of market structure developments and has leveraged his expertise to build dynamic institutional trading algorithms for Jefferies’ clients. He has also published multiple white papers reflecting his research on the topic. Jatin is also a member of the Board of Directors of the IEX’s Investor’s Exchange. His prior experience in the field of Electronic Trading includes being the Head Strategist of the Goldman Sachs Algorithmic Trading (GSAT) team of which he was a member of from the year 2000 to 2006 and also the Head of Algorithmic Trading, North Americas at UBS from 2006 to 2009. Jatin has also held the position of FX trader at BNP Paribas for a period of five years from 1994 to 1999. Jatin holds an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Indian Institute of Management and an M.S. (Financial Markets and Trading) from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Joe Mahoney
Institutional Sales & Trading
Jane Street
Joe is responsible for overseeing the U.S. ETF sales initiatives for Jane Street Execution Services. In this role, Joe focuses on managing relationships with ETF issuers, growing the firm’s lead market making business and building relationships with institutional investors. With over a decade of experience dedicated to educating investors in the ETF industry, he often represents Jane Street at various events speaking on topics related to trading and liquidity. Prior to joining Jane Street, Joe served as a Vice President at State Street Global Advisors where he held various roles within the SPDR ETF business unit. Notably, Joe spent his time traveling and meeting with intermediary and institutional investors to discuss ETF trading strategies and product structure. Joe holds a B.S. in finance from Providence College.
Ian Mawdsley
Head of Buy Side Trading EMEA & APAC

Ian Mawdsley is the Head of Buy-side Trading EMEA & APAC, Refinitiv. He has been working in the financial markets for over 25 years, with the first 8 years in the front office and the remainder working within the financial technology sector. Ian joined Thomson Reuters in January 2017 following the acquisition of REDI Holdings LLC. Ian holds a Bsc in Computer Science and has completed post-graduate work around object-based systems design. He is a keen sportsman spending much of his spare time competing in triathlons alongside coaching a mini-rugby team.

David Firmin
MD, Global Head of Trading Research
Jonathan Clark
Luminex Trading & Analytics

Prior to joining Luminex Trading & Analytics LLC, Jonathan was the Managing Director, Co–Head of Equity Trading – Americas at BlackRock, Inc. He was responsible for all aspects of trade execution, including broker selection and monitoring. In 2009, Jonathan was a member of BlackRock’s Quantitative Investments team and was responsible for derivatives overlay and strategy. Jonathan’s service with BlackRock dates back to 1999, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was a member of the Quantitative Investments team, responsible for managing arbitrage and derivative strategies for enhanced and structured portfolios. He also managed a commodities futures portfolio.

Jim Ross
Managing Director, Institutional Equities

Jim Ross has been at the forefront of institutional equity market developments for nearly thirty years as a pioneer and leader in the development, operations and adoption of successful non-displayed ATS/crossing businesses, with a specific focus on call auction markets, non-displayed liquidity and portfolio/block trading. Prior to joining CODA Markets, Jim was the founder and CEO of MatchPoint, LLC, an enterprise ATS/crossing platform acquired by the New York Stock Exchange to replace their legacy equity crossing facilities. Jim oversaw the integration, re-launch and operations of NYSE MatchPoint’s intraday, non-displayed and electronic equity trading facilities. For fourteen years, Jim ran Instinet’s global electronic crossing businesses and later spearheaded their global institutional sales and relationship management division. Jim has served as an industry expert and thought leader on market structure and industry issues for the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Investigation and Examination Division, FINRA, investment managers and ATSs. Jim is a frequent panelist and author on issues affecting ATSs, non-displayed liquidity and market regulation.

Matthew Celebuski
Trade Informatics
Trade Informatics helps institutional investors retain more of their alpha and provide their clients the tools and insights to succeed in an increasingly competitive investment environment. They offer rigorous trade analysis, action-oriented consulting, industry-leading trade reporting, customised systematic trading and centralized workflow management. Matthew heads up the firm as has had a long career of invention and innovation in financial products and trading across geographies and asset classes.
Steve Grob
Director of Group Strategy

Steve is responsible for Fidessa’s global strategic direction including the development of new geographic markets, asset class coverage and strategic partnerships, as well as driving new industry initiatives within Fidessa's community of buy-side and sell-side users. As part of this Steve heads up the firm’s strategy in response to the changing trading landscape, as regulation and technology combine in different ways across different geographic regions. He was instrumental in the creation of Fidessa's Partnership Program that provides a living ecosystem in which technology from firms with genuinely innovative services is embedded into the Fidessa workflow to bring, for example, greater relevance and context to a trading situation. He has also played a key role in bringing together market participants across both buy- and sell-side to develop dramatic efficiencies in post-trade using front office standards such as FIX. Steve has written a number of white papers on a range of industry topics and is a frequent commentator in the business press and at industry events around the world. He also provides regular written and video commentary on the challenges and opportunities facing market participants.

Quentin Limouzi
Chief Revenue Officer
Trading Screen
Quentin Limouzi is TS chief revenue officer. Quentin is responsible for defining and implementing TS’s sales strategy, globally defining segments, product reach, targets and budgets. He also oversees TS’s client-facing group, but personally manages global sell side partner relationships and top client accounts. Limouzi presides over the TS graduate program and marketing delivery. He rejoined the firm in 2015 as global sales chief operating officer in Tokyo. Limouzi spearheaded TS client-facing business in Asia from 2003 to 2007 and launched its Hong Kong office. He started his career at TS as a new graduate in London in September 2002. Limouzi has 15 years of experience in the electronic execution space. Prior to rejoining TS, he headed execution sales and coverage in Hong Kong for Asia Pacific at HSBC Securities. He held a similar position at BNP Paribas for Asia Pacific from 2007 to 2013. Limouzi holds a masters degree in management from EM Lyon and a bachelor’s in economics with an emphasis on quantitative analysis techniques from Universite Jean Moulin Lyon III.
Adam Gould
Managing Director, Head of US Equity Derivatives
Tradeweb Markets LLC
Adam Gould is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Equity Derivatives at Tradeweb, overseeing the Americas ETF marketplace, and the Dealerweb Equity Derivatives platform. He played an integral role in the launch of Tradeweb’s Americas ETF platform, and leads day-to-day operations. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of ETF Sales and Business Development at Direxionshares, where he helped launch ETF trading, building and managing client relationships among institutional investors to support the expansion of the business. Prior to that, Adam was a Portfolio Manager and trader at the Bank of New York in its Index Fund Asset Management group, helping to manage index funds and separately managed accounts. He also oversaw all trading activity and investment decisions for his portfolios. Adam received a B.Sc. in Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. He current holds licenses for the FINRA Series 7, 55, 63, 3 and 24.
Stino Milito
Co-Chief Operating Officer
Dash Financial Technologies

Stino Milito is Co-COO of Dash Financial Technologies. In this role he is responsible for product strategy and leading Dash’s Institutional buy-side team, a growing group that works with the firm’s asset management and hedge fund clients to help craft highly-tailored trading solutions. He is one of Dash’s original employees, serving in wide range of increasingly senior trading and client services roles after beginning his career as an option market maker on the Cboe floor for Botta Capital Management.

Herb Werth
Managing Director, Global Head of Buy Side Product Strategy and Marketing

Herb is responsible for the firm's Buy Side Initiative which extends Ipreo's Capital Markets solutions to the institutional investor community. The Ipreo Buy Side Platform is an innovative set of tools and workflows that add efficiency and reduce operational risk in the primary markets.  Herb and his team have built a global network of over 200 buy-side firms with whom they work to understand and improve the new issuance process.  The team at Ipreo is in regular dialogue with these institutions, and synthesize the feedback they receive to help inform both the product direction at Ipreo and the industry dialogue around primary markets. Herb has 24 years of financial technology experience. Prior to joining Ipreo, he spent over seven years at Bloomberg where he was a Global Product Manager focused on Buy Side Trading Solutions. Herb has also held technology leadership positions at several sell-side investment banks.

Roman Ginis
Founder & CEO
Imperative Execution, Founder of IntelligentCross
David Karat
Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer
Dash Financial Technologies

With over 20 years of experience in the trading industry, David’s primary areas of responsibility include Dash’s brand and marketing portfolio, business development and the Dash360 suite of real-time analytics and data visualization products. Prior to co-founding Dash, David was a Director at Credit Suisse, managing key electronic trading relationships on the east coast for the firm’s Advanced Execution Services (AES) unit. Before that he spent 10 years at ITG, where he helped launch the firm’s quantitative research unit in London and served in various sales, trading and product management roles for its PT and algorithmic trading offerings. David began his career in corporate finance advisory at Société Générale in London.

Justin Schack
Partner, Head of Market Structure
Rosenblatt Securities

Justin Schack is a Managing Director and Partner at Rosenblatt Securities, a New York-based agency brokerage serving institutional investors. Schack heads the firm’s Market Structure Analysis group, which provides asset managers, exchange groups, proprietary trading firms, regulators and other clients with in-depth intelligence on global market structure and the exchange industry. Prior to joining Rosenblatt in February 2008, Schack spent 14 years as a financial and public-affairs journalist, most recently as Assistant Managing Editor of Institutional Investor, where he authored more than 20 cover stories during his eight years on the magazine’s staff. He routinely counsels senior industry executives and regulatory officials on market structure matters and has been widely quoted and interviewed as an expert by major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, the Financial Times and CNBC. In 2014 The Trade magazine named him to its list of the decade’s 100 most influential people in buy-side trading. Schack also has served on the Market Structure Advisory Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange, testified before the US Securities and Exchange Commission and prepared US Congressional testimony on market-structure issues

Scott Graczyk
Imperative Execution, Parent of IntelligentCross
John Roeser
Associate Director, Office of Market Supervision, Division of Trading and Markets
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Richard Johnson
Senior Analyst, Market Structure and Technology
Greenwich Associates

Richard Johnson is an equities and financial technology expert in the Firm’s Market Structure and Technology practice. He has 20 years of industry experience in financial markets. Richard began his career at Barra (now MSCI Barra) as a sales consultant for their suite of risk models and portfolio construction tools. From Barra he joined Investment Technology Group where he was able to apply his quantitative skills to the rapidly growing algorithmic trading business. He was a founding employee at Miletus Trading – a boutique electronic brokerage firm – where he served as the Head of Sales & Trading. In 2007, Richard led the sale of Miletus Trading to Liquidnet where then served as a senior product manager focusing on execution and analytics. In 2011, Richard joined Société Générale where he ran Electronic Trading in the Americas. 

Jennifer Litwin
Senior Vice President, Head of Relationship Management
Greenwich Associates
Jennifer Litwin is responsible for spearheading the Firm’s relationship management and marketing initiatives with key decision-makers at select priority buy-side institutions and is a frequent speaker at industry and investor conferences. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Jennifer was a senior sales-trader on the Synthetic GIC desk at UBS Investment Bank. She began her career as an Associate in the Operations Group at AIG Financial Products Corp. Jennifer is a recipient of Traders Magazine Wall Street Women, A Celebration of Excellence 2012 - Crystal Ladder Award and was elected to the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP) in 2016. Jennifer is also a professional opera singer and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Yale University School of Music, respectively.
Chris Hollands
Head of European and North American Sales and Account Management

Chris Hollands is TS’s Head of European Sales and North America Sales and is responsible for all of TS’s client-facing activities in Europe and the US, managing a team based in each of its office locations in London, Paris Geneva, Frankfurt and New York. On a day-to-day basis, Chris oversees TS’s major broker relationships and buy side accounts in each region and supervises all sales and marketing initiatives. He rejoined TS in October 2016 following a two- year stint heading up Proposition Management for Equities at Thomson Reuters in Europe across its transactions, desktop and feeds businesses, and including its approach to MiFID II.  Chris originally started at TS in 2001 at the inception of its European operations to play a pivotal role in its evolution into a leading, multi- asset Execution Management System. Prior to joining TS, he worked in a buy-side business development role at the London Stock Exchange working at Fimat (now Newedge) sales trading equity derivatives.

Christopher Nagy
Co-Founder and Director
Healthy Markets Association

Chris Nagy is a 32-year veteran of Wall Street with deep expertise of trading and market-structure. Chris co-founded and serves as board member and employee of the Healthy Markets Association. Chris is also founding principal of KOR Group LLC, a consulting firm that specializes at helping firms manage trading and regulatory issues. Previously, Chris headed trading and market data with TD Ameritrade where his responsibilities included developing and implementing best execution, routing technology and execution analytics, as well as developing routing and execution strategy. During his 12+ years with TD Ameritrade, Chris also co-headed the firm’s government relations efforts. Chris was also a key member of the Mergers and Acquisition team helping to integrated order-flow and execution systems for over 10 mergers. During his career with TD Ameritrade, Chris was instrumental in helping the firm grow from 25,000 trades per day to one of the largest firm by trades in the nation in excess of 500,000 trades per day. 

Tyler Gellasch
Executive Director
Healthy Markets Association

Tyler Gellasch is a leading capital markets policy expert whose opinions and insights are frequently sought by regulators, members of congress, market participants, and the press. Gellasch’s public service included five years as Counsel in the US Senate, as well as service as Counsel to then-new SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein.  In private practice, Gellasch has served as a general counsel of a boutique investment bank, as well as associate at Mayer Brown LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Gellasch is also a Founder of Myrtle Makena, LLC, a consulting firm. Gellasch received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Dave Weisberger
Head of Crypto

David Weisberger, Head of Equities of ViableMkts, has over 30 years of experience in market structure, quantitative finance, and trading automation. He started his career at Morgan Stanley where he built their first program and electronic trading systems and subsequently started the non-dollar program trading desk for Salomon Brothers, was the global architect of the firm’s equity trading platform where he designed their first trading algorithm and quantitatively managed central risk book before becoming responsible for the statistical arbitrage trading business. He later ran their smart order routing business before joining Two Sigma to develop their wholesale market making business, which he ran for several years. Most recently, Mr. Weisberger was the global head of equity market structure and quantitative equity products for IHS Markit and has co-founded CoinRoutes Inc, which provides pan-exchange smart order routing, algorithmic trading, and consolidated market data products.

Ari Burstein
Capital Markets Strategies
Ari Burstein is President of Capital Markets Strategies. In his role, Mr. Burstein represents financial services firms, including investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, securities exchanges and trade associations before regulators and policymakers, in the U.S. and globally. Prior to starting Capital Markets Strategies, Mr. Burstein was Head of US Regulatory Affairs for Kreab, a leading global consulting firm. In that role, Mr. Burstein was responsible for advising financial services clients on global regulatory and policy developments impacting their businesses. Representative clients included asset managers, broker-dealers and financial services trade associations. Prior to joining Kreab, Mr. Burstein was Senior Counsel for capital markets issues for the Investment Company Institute and ICI Global, the global trade associations for the regulated fund industry. Mr. Burstein was responsible for issues impacting mutual funds, ETFs and investment advisers, particularly trading, market structure and brokerage related issues. Mr. Burstein joined the Investment Company Institute in 1998 and provided additional counsel to ICI Global since its inception in 2011. Mr. Burstein also was an attorney in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management from 1997 to 1998 and the Division of Market Regulation from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Burstein has served on a number of industry advisory committees and is a regular speaker in the United States and globally at industry conferences and workshops on regulatory and legislative issues impacting financial services firms. Mr. Burstein graduated from The George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from Queens College in New York and also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Jennifer Hadiaris
Managing Director, Head of Global Market Structure
Rob Hegarty
Managing Partner
Hegarty Group

Rob Hegarty is Managing Partner and Founder of Hegarty Group, a strategic research, advisory and consulting firm at the intersection of Financial Markets, Technology and Data. Hegarty Group was founded on the guiding principle that firms at that intersection need an expert, trusted advisor with objective and informed strategic insights to help drive your firm’s growth. We have a successful track record of -- and passion for -- connecting the dots, enabling you to uncover the hidden, untapped potential at that intersection. Prior to founding Hegarty Group, Rob was President of Olmstead Associates, a specialized consulting firm to the investment management industry, where he had overall responsibility for the vision, strategy, execution and day-to-day operations for the company. Prior to joining Olmstead, he was Global Head of Equities for Thomson Reuters where he had overall responsibility for Thomson Reuters’ $1.2 billion global equities business, including all Equities desktop, transactions, data feeds, software platform and analytics businesses, as well as leading Thomson Reuters’ Market Structure efforts. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Rob was Managing Director, Strategy and Marketing at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) overseeing strategy, planning, marketing, corporate development, and market structure. Prior to that he spent 10 years at TowerGroup, the leading provider of technology research and advisory services to the global financial services industry, where he launched and led TowerGroup’s Investment Management practice, and subsequently led all non-bank advisory businesses. Prior to TowerGroup, he held technology leadership positions at Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, and Coopers & Lybrand. He has also serves on the boards of public and private companies, and many industry boards. Rob is a globally recognized thought leader in financial services technology. He has been a featured speaker at dozens of industry conferences globally, been quoted hundreds of times in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Forbes, Institutional Investor, and many others. He has also appeared regularly on CNBC-TV (U.S. and Europe), ABC-TV and other broadcast outlets. He holds an M.B.A. with a finance/marketing concentration from Babson College and a B.S. in computer science from North Adams State College. In his free time, Rob enjoys time with his family, golfing, and cycling. 

Joe Navarro
Former FBI Special Agent and expert on non-verbal communication

For 25 years, Joe Navarro served as an FBI special agent specializing in behavioral assessment which he used successfully to catch spies.  Since retiring he has authored 13 books, dealing with human behavior, and lectures worldwide to Fortune 500 companies about using nonverbal intelligence. His book, Louder Than Words, was lauded by The Wall Street Journal as “One of the six best business books to read for your career” and What Every BODY is Saying remains after ten years, the #1 selling body-language book in the world.

Brian Williamson
Head of Sales
Luminex Trading and Analytics
Michael Mollemans
Head of Sales Trading, APAC
Pavilion Global Markets
Mr. Mollemans heads up Pavilion’s Asia Pacific sales trading desk and has 20 years’ experience in Asia equity trading and research. Prior to joining Pavilion, he was Head of Electronic Trading at Credit Suisse Securities Japan. He also worked at Daiwa Capital Markets America in New York as Head of Electronic Trading Sales, and at Credit Lyonnais Securities in Tokyo in Electronic Trading Sales. He started his career as a research analyst in the investment banking division at the Development Bank of Singapore in Singapore and Bangkok. Mr. Mollemans has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from the University of British Columbia, a Ph.D. in Econometrics from Macquarie University, is a CFA® charterholder and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT).
Henry Yegerman
Global Head of Sales
Robert Dynan
Global Head of Equity Trading Technology
Wellington Management
Spencer Mindlin
Senior Analyst
Aite Group
Curtis Pfeiffer
Chief Business Officer
Pragma Trading
Andrea Leccese
Portfolio Manager
Bluesky Capital
Adrian Bialonczyk
Managing Director
Algo Depth
Win Thin
Global Head of Emerging Markets Strategy
Brown Brothers Harriman

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