In the lead up to the conference, we've asked a some of our top speakers to do a short Q&A so you can find out a bit more about them. Please find their questions and answers below: 

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Keith Lubell, Chief Technology Officer, BERKERY NOYES

Can you tell us a little about your work background?
As CTO for Berkery Noyes for the last 12 years, I have been driving a technology strategy to improve the firm's competitiveness by building solutions targeted at the Mergers and Acquisitions marketplace, including the development of research, marketing and workflow technology for M&A.


What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis?
Finding talent has been a big challenge. We have lots of ideas and projects to leverage the latest technology including (Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Cloud), but it has been challenging to find qualified professionals in these technologies. The other main challenge is that we have a fair amount of legacy technology and data, which needs to be integrated or transformed into our new technology stack.

 

What has been the highlight of your career?
I have been building proprietary M&A solutions for the last 12 years, and the highlight of my career has been seeing how these solutions have been improving my firm's competitiveness, and how it improves the firm's intelligence of the dynamics of the M&A market.

What attracted you to the Chicago Trading Technology Summit?
I am very interested in your talks on BlockChain Tech, and on the usage of Artificial Intelligence.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
I lived in Barcelona for 6 years, and can speak Catalan.

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Corbin Kidd, Chief Technology Officer, DV TRADING LLC

Corbin Kidd is the Chief Technology Officer of DV Trading, LLC a North American based proprietary trading firm with a significant presence on derivatives and securities exchanges worldwide. DV actively participates in the marketplace both on a liquidity provisioning and global macro basis. Corbin has been with DV since 2010 and has been involved in the Futures Industry in either trading or technical capacities since 1998. He is responsible for the firm's entire front, middle, and back office technology infrastructure. Prior to his position at DV Trading, Corbin served as Software and Operations Manager at Trading Technologies where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of TT's TTNET ASP infrastructure. Additionally, he served as Director of IT for Refco Trading Services from 2003 until 2005 and IT Director for Kingstree Trading from 2000 through 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Purdue University. He has previously held trading memberships at the CME, CBOT and Eurex Exchanges. He is currently serves on the FIA Technology Division Executive Committee, and is an FIA Operations America Division Member.

Biggest challenges?
Managing the ever evolving and dynamic landscape of electronic trading on all fronts (changing/demanding/growing business needs, compliance and regulatory change/impact, keeping abreast of pace of technology changes, and a constant focus on security while doing all this.

Career highlight?
Now. DV is spinning off from RCG, and I'm really peaking right now (job responsibilities, Cap and Op Ex, firm growth all on highs).

What brings me to The Chicago Trading Technology Summit?
I'm a young c-level exec in small company that is really defining/shaping itself now. Really trying to immerse myself more in the trading technology community, find support from my peers, establish new strategic relationships, and learn as much as I can at all times. Technology tradeshows, panel discussions, user groups, etc are very good ways to get somewhat cheap/free intelligence/guidance/support.

What is a fact that people don't know about you?
People don't know I haven't been a technologist my whole career, and never envisioned getting into this industry. I was a floor and electronic trader early on, and like a lot of people started in this business at the bottom as a runner on the trading floor many years ago. I really stumbled on to this industry. I really attribute my effectiveness to having this blended background of trader and technologist. 

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Ron Quaranta, Chairman, WALL STREET BLOCKCHAIN ALLIANCE

Can you tell us a little about your work background?
I have been involved in the financial services market for about 25 years now, primarily brokerage, trading and financial technology solutions. Over the the past 3+ years, my focus has been almost exclusively on blockchain, digital currencies and digital assets, and their intersection with the world of Wall Street and financial services.

What made you set up the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance?
The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance seemed to almost naturally evolve out of our extensive interactions with senior executives at banks, broker dealers, hedge funds, institutional investors and so on. We all came to rapidly realize that the financial services industry needed a unified voice and presence in the emerging world of what I often call "Finance 2.0", and advocate on behalf of industry participants to chart the best, most effective path forward to leverage the benefits of digital currencies and blockchain technologies for the industry.

How did you find out about Blockchain?
My first encounter with the world of digital currencies and blockchain occurred in late 2012, when an industry colleague and I were chatting, and he told me how one of his fund customers wanted to trade bitcoin, but that my colleague was fearful that it was illegal and he was looking for my advice about how to tell his customer no!

How important is it that firms educate themselves on Blockchain?
Digital currencies and Blockchain technologies in our view represent a true paradigm shift in how markets interact. Firms absolutely need to have teams across business, product and technology understand these capabilities at a fundamental level, since what we are rapidly seeing is true industry disruption. As with all major evolutions in technology and commerce, those firms who have not educated themselves about digital currencies and blockchain technologies I suspect will find themselves displaced or disintermediated in the future.

What has been the highlight of your career?
That's a tough one, there have been many! I would have to say that being at the forefront of a major technology shift like this over the past few years, and leveraging my experience to work with both exciting new startups, as well as some of the most esteemed financial markets veterans certainly has been a major highlight.

This is your first year speaking at the Chicago Trading Technology Summit. What attracted you to this event?
I have always been very keen that the convergence of blockchain technologies and the world of financial markets and Wall Street would occur when we discussed and advocated for the technology in forums that the industry in comfortable with, and through which much new information and innovation is shared with the community. Financial markets events for me have always been the way to go, and the Chicago Trading Technology Summit is for me one of the premier events to participate in.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
When I am not advocating for digital currencies in our industry (or enjoying a good glass of wine), I teach the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which I have been practicing for about 20 years, particularly to young people through organizations such as the YMCA.

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Benny Tjahjono, VP, Director - Market Quantitative Analysis, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

Can you tell us a little about your work background?
I work at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a Government Sponsored Entity (GSE) that provides liquidity for member banks to fulfil the housing missions. My primary role is to assist in balance sheet risk analysis and research initiatives which involve data acquisition and analysis. My typical daily duties would be to provide assessment reports on risk profiles by gathering information from respective sources, designing and implementing analytic process to disseminate the information to the respective desks of asset acquisition, funding issuance, and portfolio hedging. I also maintain daily risk monitoring system that tracks key indicators, both internal and external.

What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis?
Some of the biggest challenges are to understand the indicators and to describe them in a way that is widely understood to most audience.

What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career is coaching the team members and seeing them grow in their respective responsibilities.

What attracted you to the Chicago Trading Technology Summit?
The Chicago Trading Technology Summit is a unique event where market practitioners meet and share knowledge on the latest advances on technology in the financial trading world.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
I am passionate about learning new things particularly about new methodologies / technologies that would help us to further understand and to better anticipate any market phenomena that would benefit the whole society.

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Steven Wollack, Attorney and Previous Chairman of CME Group

Can you tell us a little about your work background?
38 years' experience in the futures industry as a Member of CME Group, futures trader, former Director, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the CME, attorney representing clients in the futures industry, expert witness, and current NFA and FINRA arbitrator.

What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis?
Concentrating on trading and keeping up to date on regulatory and technology issues.

What has been the highlight of your career?
Sixteen years in the management, strategic planning and operation of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Legislative Liaison to Congress.

What attracted you to the Chicago Trading Technology Summit?
Ever since the advent of electronic trading, I have been extremely interested in how technology impacts trading and this summit is precisely on that topic.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
In 1977 I bought my CME IMM membership after seeing Leo Melamed being interviewed.

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Mike Schmitt, Head of Risk, SPOT TRADING LLC

Can you tell us a little about your work background?
I have over 25 years of experience in equity- and credit-linked derivatives. I've run trading desks and portfolios for UBS-O'Connor, Citadel, and William Blair and Co. I was a founding partner at FHS Investments, LLC --a hedge-fund with strategies in convertible bond and event-driven arbitrage. Currently I am Head of Risk for Spot Trading, LLC, a proprietary trading and market making firm specializing in listed futures and options markets.
I graduated with an Economics degree from Cornell University and earned an MBA at the University of Chicago

What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis?
The evolving regulatory environment continues to add new challenges to our markets almost daily. Increased compliance burdens and costs are a direct effect, while tighter capital and risk controls facing banks and exchanges eventually filter through and affect all market participants. In the end these factors affect the liquidity and resiliency of markets in which we trade in ways which aren't always obvious.

What has been the highlight of your career?
I generally need to feel challenged and interested in order to be fully engaged; the six months I spent launching a hedgfund found my partners and me working around the clock to build out infrastructure and meet with capital allocators around the world. It was a singularly exhilarating experience.

What attracted you to the Chicago Trading Technology Summit?
I'm always interested in exploring topics and meeting the professionals that are shaping the financial industry. Chicago Trading Tech Summit is a unique opportunity to catch up on the most important topics in a single place in a short period of time.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
Away from the office you can generally find me waist-deep in a trout stream with a fly-rod in my hand, or trying to keep up with my two kids.

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