Associates and Instructors
Kevin Baldwin began his career in the futures and options industry in 1989 within the largest non-bank FCM's training department. He taught their six-week futures and options course in Chicago for six years. In addition to the six-week Chicago program, he provided shorter term derivatives seminars for client institutions in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Mumbai, and Moscow on behalf of the British government's Know How fund. Baldwin was adjunct faculty at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies where he taught Intermediate Securities Analysis and their Futures & Options courses. Baldwin was also a lecturer for the Illinois Institute of Technology's Master's Program in Financial Markets.
Stanley Dash began his career on Wall Street in 1975 with the futures division of a major
national brokerage, providing research and brokerage services to individual and institutional futures
clients. Later he served in operations, brokerage and compliance management roles. Dash also spent
time as an active floor trader at one of the leading domestic futures exchanges. He has held various
securities and futures registrations, including commodity trading advisor, as well as exchange and
National Futures Association membership. Dash combines over a quarter-century of experience in
the financial industry with more than a decade of work as a teacher and public speaker. He was on the
IFM team that developed the joint NASD (now FINRA) and NFA security futures training program. In addition to his
affiliation with the Institute for Financial Markets, Dash has been a member of the faculty of the
New York Institute of Finance since 1987, developing and delivering courses related to the futures
industry and futures trading. Dash is employed full-time with TradeStation Securities where he
creates and delivers training courses for TradeStation users, and supports the company's business
Neil J. McKenzie has been involved in financial markets technology and trading for almost 20 years in the U.K, U.S. and Gibraltar. Since 2006, he has been a trader with Dragon Worldwide Holdings Ltd., in Gibraltar. Prior moving to Gibraltar, he spent five years as an options market maker for Denali Trading in Chicago. McKenzie moved to the U.S. to be the managing director for RTS Realtime Systems, where he was responsible for providing technology for trading and risk management on 35 global exchanges, and coordinated the implementation of the firm's first US-based exchanges.
Prior joining RTS, McKenzie served as the electronic trading manager for ABN AMRO (MeesPierson) where he implemented and managed the firm's move into screen-based trading, and grew the trading arcade from 3 to 100 traders on four exchanges. During his tenure, he also was responsible for managing relations between traders, risk, back office, software vendors and exchanges. His responsibilities also included serving as risk officer where he was responsible for the management of a portfolio of stocks, futures, and options clients, including stock and index market makers, arbitrage firms and locals. McKenzie's industry experience also includes positions with the Bank of England in their Wholesale Markets Supervision Division and Markets, and Systems Division of the Derivatives Market Group.
McKenzie has been an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Bristol, and a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from St. Andrews University, Scotland.
John H. O'Connell CFA, brings over 25 years of Wall Street experience and practical experience as a Floor Trader, a Registered Supervisory Analyst, and a Senior Sales Executive to Financial Integration. O'Connell previously served as the Executive Director of Global Financial Product Training Programs at Morgan Stanley. He has designed and implemented financial product training from client and senior trader programs to continuing educational development including; open enrollment, e-learning, CFA prep and Analyst, Associate and Lateral Hire programs. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was Director of Research and International Client Education for Refco, a major derivatives trade house, and was a member and traded on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Polly J. Richter began her career as a runner on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Subsequently, she became Assistant Vice President running a managed futures execution desk for Paine Webber (now UBS Financial Services Inc.). Richter later became a member of the CME with an Index and Option Market (IOM) seat where she traded Deutsche Marks as a "local" for her own account. She also worked in the equity markets for American Express Financial Advisors and Morgan Stanley. Richter has an MBA in finance from De Paul University in Chicago and also earned her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
John Sanaghan is an ethics and professional conduct training expert whose diverse
background provides a range of practical and academic experience in the exploration
of ethics, professional conduct and education, not found in programs provided by commercial
vendors. Before joining the Institute, Sanaghan worked as a floor trader on the
MidAmerica Exchange of the Chicago Board of Trade, and served as the executive director
of the Calvert Center at the University of Chicago, where his responsibilities included
the conduct of seminars on business and professional ethics. He also spent over 10 years
teaching and studying ethics education at Northwestern and Yale and previously served
many years as a Catholic Priest.
Charlotte M. Scott is a broadly accomplished financial services professional with 20 years of
comprehensive experience in Operations and Technology, supporting Global Capital Markets and Investment
Banking business lines. Her successful career as a senior-level manager at Credit Suisse, Drexel
Burnham Lambert, Paine Webber and Bankers Trust provides the industry expertise and background that
has made her a recognized subject matter expert for Operations in financial services firms.
Marshall Steeves has more than 14 years of experience in the futures and energy industries as an analyst, market specialist and consultant. He began his career with Refco as Energy Analyst where he focused on physical and future trading in oil, refined products and natural gas. In that capacity Steeves became a leading authority on energy economics, appearing frequently on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, as well as, in print publications. Steeves later joined Platts as an Analytics Market Specialist and helped develop a team that led to the sales and marketing of an online platform providing energy market data and analysis. He also has worked for Ventyx Energy as a Business Development Manager.
Mayra Rodriguez Valladares began her career with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a foreign exchange analyst. Subsequently, she was a junior investment banker and later an emerging markets fixed income and equity strategist with JP Morgan in New York and London. In 1997, she joined BTAlex.Brown as a Senior Russian Equity Analyst, where she analyzed Russian oil and electricity companies, along with macro political and economic events in that country. She now provides financial consulting through her own firm.
Dr. Mehmet Yanilmaz is is a partner of Myra Trading, an algorithmic trading firm based in Chicago. He also is an associate instructor at the Institute for Financial Markets. Yanilmaz serves as an advisor to the CEO of Istanbul Stock Exchange; and to Dion Global Solutions (based in Melbourne, Australia) for both trading products and technologies in electronic and OTC markets.
Yanilmaz has advised manufacturing and trading firms, exchanges, chambers and government agencies worldwide in financial markets, manufacturing processes, supply chain deployment and technology strategies since 1990. His solutions have been deployed in USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Germany, United Kingdom. In addition, he has been an advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Istanbul Chamber of Industry on industrial competitiveness.
Yanilmaz served as faculty member of engineering and later as business (Kellogg School of Management) at Northwestern University in Chicago, computer science at The University of Chicago and financial engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul.Yanilmaz holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and B.S from Bogazici University, both in electrical engineering. He speaks French, English and Turkish.
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