Darek Zelek

Online Trading Academy
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As a young, successful entrepreneur, Darek Zelek quickly discovered that understanding economic conditions and recognizing market imbalances of supply and demand leads to opportunities for those that can spot them.

In 2003 Darek started to invest in the Equities and Futures markets, which is how he met his mentor, a Chicago Board of Trade commodities trader. Darek says, “Trading using today’s technology is an incredible business. You have no employees, no worries of worker compensation issues, freedom to work from any place in the world, and ability to find buyers and sellers instantly.”

As a student at Online Trading Academy, Darek used his natural skill and teaching ability to mentor students who struggled as new traders. He took them under his wing and showed them simple, yet powerful techniques that allowed them to become more disciplined traders.

Darek understands what it takes to become a successful trader, and as an Instructor he has the ability and willingness to share his experience and trading techniques with his students. He is one of those individuals that has patience, dedication and passion for trading and teaching. He often says, “Learn to trade for a skill and the art of trading and naturally success and profits will follow."

Power Trader Nation Center's Choice Award


  • Graduate of DePaul University
  • CEO of a successful construction development firm


  • Indian Markets
  • US Markets


  • Graduate Programs
  • Stocks
  • Wealth Management


  • Online Trading Academy graduate
  • CES Certified
  • Power Trading Radio guest
  • Currently earning the Chartered Market Technician Certification
  • Hour with the Pros


  • Arizona, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Darek was the best instructor I have ever had!! His knowledge and presentation skills were superb and made sure you understood everything before moving on. No student was left behind! Thank you, Darek!”

, January 2017

“Darek is a high level professional. I was very much impressed with his knowledge of the world stock market and all the processes that govern them. Darek has excellent presentation skills and a very fluid way of presenting material (without any filler words and sounds). He used excellent life examples to illustrate the course material. Also, Darek's high energy, positive attitude and excitement about the US stock market gave us high, real hopes of succeeding in our financial well-being.”

, December 2016

“Derek was superb. Very energetic, focused, helpful, and committed to student learning. And he offered a different perspective to complement the course material. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to learn from him. His enthusiasm is infectious. As a former professor, I rate his instructional expertise as exceptional. So, great personality, attitude, knowledge, teaching ability make him invaluable. Pay him a bonus.”

, December 2016

“Derek is amazing, knowledgeable, easy to listen to, funny when appropriate, spent extra time with all that needed it and the list goes on. Thank you Derek for the best class I have been to yet.”

, September 2016

“Our instructor, Derek Zelek, was fantastic. He is the best instructor that I have had. He covered the material and made sure everyone understood the material before he would continue. Thank you for your caring attitude.”

, September 2016
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