Michael Zeitlin, Chief Executive Officer
With over 25 years experience in scientific and business computing Michael is a recognized leader in visualization technology worldwide. He created the oil industry’s first commercial 3D visualization center. In 1998 he received the Carnegie Mellon and American Management Institute Award for Innovation in Information Technology. In 1999 his work was honored with a permanent position in the Archives of the Smithsonian Institution. He founded Magic Earth, LLC. in 2000, and as Chairman and CEO, achieved profitability in three months. Magic Earth was acquired by Halliburton that same year for $100 million. Michael holds a B.Sc. in Earth and Space Sciences and M.Sc. in Marine Environmental Science from the State University of New York at StonyBrook.
Adam Golla, Executive Vice President Business Development
Adam is well versed in the capital market, clean tech, and CPG sectors. In 1996 Adam joined Nantucket Nectars, managing regional sales and marketing and the distribution network. The company was sold to Ocean Spray for $70 million in 1998. In 2002 he joined the proprietary trading firm, Marquette Partners, L.P., where his profit center generated positive returns for 8 consecutive years. He departed to trade his own capital where he developed and executed strategies on multiple global exchanges and platforms in global debt, equity, commodity and energy markets. In 2010 Adam joined Volcanaire to lead product development and advanced the prototype technology to commercial market. Adam holds a BA in Psychology from Harvard University.
Donald R. Meyers, Sales Manager – New York
Don has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. He began his career in 1991, working in the compliance department at Merrill Lynch. In 1993 he joined Standard Chartered Bank, where he actively traded Currencies and Options. Over the next 16 years Don worked in global banking, culminating at Calyon Bank, where he managed the spot currency desk. In 2009 he transitioned to foreign exchange markets and was a leading sales person for Gain Capital. He was instrumental in the development of Gain’s trading platform, using his quantitative skills and experience as an FX trader to customize the platform to meet clients’ needs. After Gain Capital, Don joined Molten Markets, a start-up FX aggregator. At Molten, he led the sales efforts until it was acquired by ICAP. Don has extensive knowledge and experience in tailoring technology solutions for clients across all asset classes. He holds a B.A from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Denis Papp, Director of Technology
Denis is a veteran of 3D graphics applications with over 17 years experience in the video game industry. He led several multi-million dollar budget projects to market, winning the “Strategy Game of the Year” award. As the CTO at TimeGate Studios, he developed an Agile methodology for software project management, founded on continuous improvement. He started his career as a Lead Programmer at BioWare, then proceeded to develop one of the first strong Poker AIs, Loki, with the Computer Poker Research Group at the University of Alberta. Denis holds a B.Sc. with Honors and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Alberta.
Andrew Giovinazzi, Capital Markets Advisor
Andrew started his career in financial markets on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange, moving from floor clerk to exchange member in a little over a year. For the next 15 years he was a member of both the Pacific Exchange (10 years) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (6 years) where he actively made markets and traded in equity and index option classes. During that period he never had a down year. Andrew started and ran the Designated Primary Market Marker post for Group One, ltd. on the floor of the CBOE, one of the highest grossing posts for the company. He was instrumental in creating training programs that allowed Group One, ltd to dramatically increase their trader count over an eight year period. Andrew is also the Chief Operating Officer of OptionPit. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Miles D. Harper III, Chief Financial Officer
Miles joined Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches (now Carr, Riggs & Ingram) in 1998 and became Partner in 2001. He is experienced in all phases of financial and tax services including preparation/review of financial statements, analysis of management strategies, individual, business and estate tax planning and valuation, and litigation support. Miles also worked for Price Waterhouse for five years and was managing partner of a local Houston firm for eight years. He serves as Chairman Bridgeway Mutual Funds, Director Calvert Mutual Funds, Board Member Depelchin Children’s Center, Elder Grace Presbyterian Church, and Director Grace School. Miles is a CPA with a BBA from Baylor University.
Jason Javarone, Risk and Markets Advisor
Jason started his career in financial markets after graduating from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration. He developed quantitative risk models with the Financial Analytics and Structured Transactions team at Bear, Stearns in New York. Returning to Houston for graduate school, he earned his M.S. in Finance at Bauer School of Business. While at Bauer, Jason worked with the University of Houston Global Energy Management Institute investigating risk implications of financing structures used in project investments. Over the next 5 years, he specialized in design and implementation of portfolio management and risk monitoring systems. As project manager, he worked closely with developers, end users, and senior management. He also designed and taught quantitative finance classes for portfolio managers and traders in markets increasingly dominated by algorithmic trading.
RoseAnn Carr, Senior Vice President – Director of Operations
RoseAnn has over 20 years experience in Business Administration where she helped both large and small companies in the Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Waste industries during start-up of operations overseeing HR, accounting, IT and investor relations. Five of those years were with the international oil company, Anglo-Suisse. For the last 10 years she has been in the training industry. She grew the average enrollment from 0 to 300 in just seven months as the School Director for StaffMark Technology Training Center generating over $1,000,000 in sales revenues in the first year. As School Director of the Burnett Training Center from 2001 to 2007 she grew enrollments and expanded course offerings to meet client needs, taking it from 15th to the 6th largest computer training company in Houston.
Lawrence E. Wilson, General Counsel
Lawrence Wilson’s legal career spans 30 years, beginning with his first experience in securities regulation and acquisitions in 1975. Mr. Wilson joined Atwood Oceanics, Inc. as a staff attorney with primary responsibility for securities registration and reporting compliance and negotiation of international drilling contracts. In 1979, Mr. Wilson created the law department for Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc. Over the next 20 years, Stewart & Stevenson grew to a $1.2 billion company. Mr. Wilson was named to positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately becoming the company’s first Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel.