Team

Fred Grede
Chief Executive Officer

Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago; Juris Doctor from DePaul University School of Law; Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois. Previously served as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Futures Exchange and Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Over 25 years at Chicago Board of Trade, serving as Executive Vice President for Operations and Strategy.
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Robert Lindberg
Co-Founder, Chairman Board of Managers

Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering with 38 years experience in research, engineering, teaching, management, executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Former research institute president. Has served on the Board of Directors of a dozen for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations.
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Karan Rai
Board of Managers

MBA with distinction in Finance and Strategy from Yale University’s School of Management. Previously with JPMorgan’s investment banking practice for seven years covering various industries and products. Currently President of ADS Tactical, Inc, a leading provider of value-added logistics and supply chain solutions specializing in tactical and operational equipment, serving all branches of the Armed Forces.
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DrJohnAshbyDr. John Ashby Jr
Board of Managers

Since 2006, he has owned and operated a private orthodontic practice, Ashby Orthodontics, with offices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.  He also is on staff as a consultant at CHKD for their craniofacial anomalies center.  He is a member of the American and Virginia Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.
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FrankByrumFrank Byrum
Co-Founder, Scientist – Board of Managers

MS in Software Engineering and a BS is Computer Science with over 30 year experience including nearly two decades of senior executive and C-level experience focusing on a variety of technologies such as big-data mining, software and product development, data fusion, image & metadata capture/dissemination, wireless and wired intelligent networks, Internet service, and various security technologies.
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ChrisSikesChris Sikes
IT Infrastructure and Security – Board of Managers and Secretary

BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics with over 25 years of experience in Management, Information Technology, Data Center Operations and Computer Security.  Currently works as the Computer Security Official and IT Project Manager in the Center Operations Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center.
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MichaelAdolphiMichael Adolphi
Chief Technical Officer

Masters in Electrical Engineering with over 30 years of executive management and operations experience including a solid background in planning, engineering, programming, integration, networks, and communication systems, as well as business development and strategic planning. Co- Founder of Professional Software Engineering, Inc. with over 300 employees.
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WilliamBoykWilliam Boyk
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Regulatory Officer

BS in Accounting from Drake University with 35 years of futures industry operational and regulatory experience. Since 2001 has held executive roles with three start-up futures exchanges and a cash market. Responsible for acquiring CFTC DCM approval, exchange operations, regulatory oversight, and product design. Previously Vice President Program Management and Audits for the Chicago Board of Trade.
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BenBleickenBen Bleicken, CAIA
Chief Financial Officer

MBA, BA and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst with over 20 years’ of experience in corporate finance, banking and operations. Previous roles include CFO, Investment Banker, Corporate Development and Commercial Banker. Studied Mandarin Chinese at the Taipei Language Institute. Previously licensed under the SEC and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Former U.S. Marine.
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ThomasFlakeThomas Flake
Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer – Board of Managers and Treasurer

MBA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional with 20+ year as serial entrepreneur with over a dozen starts ups, six successful exits, five currently operating, and one spectacular failure. COO of mid-sized CLEC with over 300 employees and over 35,000 clients. Traded mutual funds, equities, options and synthetics for over 12 years.  Has beaten the market (S&P 500) every year.
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andrewcohen02Andrew Cohen
Market Making

MBA, NYU’s Stern School of Business. Extensive Wall Street background as a Manager, Market Maker and Trader; Numerous public speaking presentations including CNBC’s Power Lunch, Bloomberg Certified in all segments. Started his Wall Street career at Goldman, Sachs equity trading floor.
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michaelshen02Mike Shen
Computer Scientist – Developer

Master degree in Computer Science, MBA, bachelor in Civil Engineering with 18+ years of experiences in software development and IT Services area. Worked for Symantec, Norton antivirus, web application development company Advanced Health Media, IT services company Computer Science Corporation, and healthcare insurance company Amerigroup & WellPoint.
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Jeremy Alessi
Co-Founder, Software Entrepreneur


Software entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience engineering, marketing, and scaling value to millions of people.
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Greg Ackerson
Co-Founder, Computer Scientist – System and Database Administrator

Bachelor’s of Science of Computer Science with 18 years of server-level programming experience, mostly at NASA Langley Research Center, specializing in web-based data manipulation and translation.
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