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John Gallwas - Chairman / FounderJohn Gallwas is the founder of Striker Securities. Since 1958 he has been active in the industry, rising from broker to senior management at several firms. John is a pioneer in the Asian futures markets. He served as Chairman of the East-West '97 Conference (Hong Kong) that was co-sponsored by the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA). He was also the Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Commodities Exchange and founder of the Commodity Club of San Francisco.
Mr. Gallwas has been a member of two futures exchanges and an educator at the industry and university level. On Sept 9th, 2003, he was interviewed by Japan's largest business paper, The Nikkei Financial Daily, in a cover story about Striker Securities. The story emphasized Mr. Gallwas' leadership, and how he founded Striker on the principle that "the customers interest must come first". Mr. Gallwas is married and a father of eight children and has seventeen grand children.
William Gallwas - PresidentWilliam Gallwas is responsible for Striker's marketing, research, vendor network, and compliance activities. He is the firm's Financial & Options Principal, Stock-Futures Principal, and General Principal. His licenses include: Series 3, Series 4, Series 7, Series 24, Series 27, Series 30, and Series 63.
William learned the futures business from the 'ground up', starting as a clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later moving to The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). He is a member of the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange and a past member of the CBOT.
William holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics from the Honors Program at Washington State University, and studied in Japan, where he learned to speak fluent Japanese. In addition to his financial and administrative responsibilities, he directs the Striker's white label program. William serves on the Membership Committee of the National Introducing Brokers Association (NIBA). He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters News Service, Investors Business Daily, Futures World News, and Futures Magazine. William is married and a father of three children. He is a certified Ice Hockey Coach with USA Hockey and plays adult hockey on 2 teams in the Chicagoland area.
Dan Neenan - Vice President OperationsOn graduating from Beloit College, with a B.A. in Economics and Management, Dan Neenan began his career in the futures industry in 1991, and has held the positions of Runner, Phone Clerk, Pit Clerk, Assistant Manager, and Manager of Grain Floor Operations for a major clearing firm at the Chicago Board of Trade. Dan also has had extensive compliance experience serving as Compliance Assistant and Internal Auditor for a major clearing firm. Dan's extensive connections on the trading floors of both the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have served him well in executing trades for Striker's clients.
Dan has the Series 3, Series 7, Series 30 & Series 63 licenses. Mr. Neenan is married and a father of three children.
David Jacks - Senior Account Executive / Operations SpecialistDavid Jacks joined Striker in 2005 from the Lone Star state, where he graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Journalism. While living in Texas, he worked for three years as a supervisor in commercial banking. On discovering he had a passion for the markets, David decided to obtain his Series 3 license and move to Chicago to work at the Chicago Board of Trade. He currently monitors and executes trades for several different trading systems at Striker. He has used TradeStation software since 2005 and is viewed today as an expert in auto-trading 3rd party systems.
He lives in a suburb of Chicago and is married and a father of four children.
Chris Dickerson - OperationsChris Dickerson began his career in the commodities industry in 1992, and has held positions on the trading floors of Chicago as phone clerk, order checker and pit clerk, eventually working his way up to assistant floor manager for a major clearing firm at the Chicago Board of Trade. His extensive trading floor history gave him vital experience in "fast market" situations and instilled in him the importance of rapid execution in order routing. He witnessed the birth of several new technologies while on the floor, and was one of the first traders to "beta test" hand-held devices in the trading pits. As a recognized member of the exchange, he traded options pit for wheat, oats, soybeans, and corn in one of the most active trading pits for agricultural commodities worldwide. Off the phone, Chris broadened his industry experience working in the back office of a major clearing firm, where he assisted traders with online platform performance and optimization. Chris's comprehensive knowledge of both floor trading protocols and his considerable experience with the ins and outs of electronic trading and computer trading platforms makes him a backbone for Striker operations . A father of four, Chris is a true Chicago native whose local connections in the marketplace and formidable trading experience both on the floor and off help to provide further depth to Striker's operations team.
Martin Lembak - Account Executive / Portfolio AnalystMartin Lembak is from the Czech Republic. He joined Striker in August of 2003, as Chief Economist. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic. Martin's certification as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) indicates a mastery of the components of alternative investments, including managed futures, commodities, algorithmic trading and complex derivative management. Also, in spring of 2009, Martin was certified as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He has experience at two futures firms, and extensive knowledge of options trading. He is fluent in German, Russian, Polish and Czech. Much of his recent work has been focused on the study of multiple-systems correlation and the calculation of absolute and risk-adjusted returns.
Martin now builds customized portfolio analysis for Striker's clients using actual results from systems traded at Striker. Martin is Series 3, 4, 7, & 63 licensed.
Herb Kral - Managed Futures ConsultantHerb began his career as a runner on the grain floor at the CBOT in the mid 1990s. Early on in his career he set his sights on futures. Herb has held numerous positions within the industry, starting as a runner and swiftly graduating to phone clerk. Following his work on the floor, Herb moved to a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) where he worked as a compliance officer. With a Series 3 license under his belt and exemplary executive skills, Herb quickly rose to become Director of Systems Trading. In this role he specialized in alternative investments, including trading programs and managed products. At Striker, Herb's job is to assist clients in developing balanced portfolios combining a variety of alternative investments. Herb is currently engaged and has 2 children.
David Baum - Trading Systems ConsultantDavid Baum was the National Sales & Business Development Manager for Strategy Runner & Strategy Exchange, based in Chicago, IL & Israel where he was instrumental in expanding Strategy Runners business that lead to its eventual sale to MF Global. Mr. Baum has been involved in the financial markets in various capacities which began on Wall Street as a stockbroker with E.F. Hutton in 1985, Lehman Brothers and Oppenheimer trading for himself and on behalf of wealthy individual & corporate clients. After starting other businesses he was recruited back into the industry by TradeStation, an industry leading online trading technology and automated trading platform where he became a top representative and supervisor that presented at industry trade shows (The Money Show & Traders Expo). David's background and knowledge of the financial markets, systems trading and trading software solutions has been sought after at trade shows and by customers across the globe.
Eiko Izumi-Gallwas - Account Executive / Web ArchitectEiko Gallwas serves as Striker's Marketing and Customer Relations Coordinator. Originally from Nagoya, Japan, Eiko directs the company's marketing programs, which include television commercials, trading seminars, and research promotions. Having lived in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, and now the United States, her international business experience has brought a diverse and unique perspective to the firm. Also as a web developer and mathematician, Eiko not only built and maintains 4 Striker-affiliated websites, but holds a strong back bone in system and portfolio performance analysis. By collecting and storing each trading data, she makes various calculations available to our clients through her own programming. Eiko has attended conferences held by the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) in Hong Kong on behalf of Striker. Eiko is a member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago, and is currently working at a PTA board at Futabakai School in Arlington Heights, IL. The Futabakai school provides elementary through high school education of math and Japanese language based on curriculum by the Ministry of Education of Japan.
Peter Swayze - OperationsPeter J. Swayze is a Northwestern University graduate currently working on his masters at Northeastern University. He is also editor-in-chief of the Striker Report, Striker's on-line market journal. Peter spent several years as an educator, both privately at The Cove School in Winnetka, and in the Chicago Public School System. A native of Washington, D.c., he is a keen observer of domestic and international politics. His education background combined with his interests in public policy and foreign affairs make him a unique asset to Striker.
We are currently seeking someone to join our operations team. Primary responsibility will be to check equity runs, and preliminary listings, as well as run trading systems on Tradestation software. Must have good computer skills. Any suitable combination of education, training, or experience may be acceptable.
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