Extended Learning Track (XLT) Instructors

The instructional staff for the Extended Learning Track program is an expert team of traders with decades of combined experience in real-world trading. Our instructors are gifted educators who are passionate about making sure our students understand what it takes to be successful in the markets. The team is specifically trained to deliver engaging sessions in an online classroom environment.

  • Russ Allen

    A highly accomplished senior executive in finance and technology, Russ retired to his mountain hideaway with his wife to trade for a living as a team. After graduating from Online Trading Academy, he "opened for business" and began trading full time. He has been making his living from trading ever since. Now, he is also an Instructor dedicated to helping others achieve financial independence.

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  • Jose Blasco

    Jose found Online Trading Academy in his search for a quality education that would make his dream of becoming a professional trader come true. He learned to trade and teach in different asset classes and markets. Coming from a field outside of the trading industry gives Jose an edge as an Instructor, allowing him to connect with his students and pass his knowledge on. He is a very disciplined trader, relying on risk management and a solid trading plan. His goal is to help his students realize that trading can be simple. Jose is also Product Development Manager for Online Trading Academy and is instrumental in writing content for all courses, both domestically and internationally.

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  • Eric Burleigh

    Eric Burleigh initially got into trading to earn a steady income and allow him to start building college accounts for his two children. He particularly loves the leverage capability and flexibility of options trading and trades futures for daily income. As an Instructor, Eric enjoys explaining how to navigate the ever changing dynamics of the market in an easy to understand format. His logical and step by step teaching style can help all who are driven to do well in the markets understand and retain the information. He feels helping individuals attain their goals and realize their dreams of success is a rewarding experience.

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  • Bachir Chaaya

    Students will quickly realize that Bachir is a very disciplined and rule based trader. He places great emphasis on psychology, risk management, and having a specific trade plan. He uses many real life examples to simplify and better deliver the concepts of supply and demand to the students, demonstrating the validity of these concepts by using live demo trades in class.

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  • Hitesh Chotalia

    Hitesh Chotalia has a solid background in the equity and commodities markets. He has extensive experience in proprietary trading and research, at both the retail and institutional levels. He became a believer in the Online Trading Academy core strategy of supply in demand after hearing Sam Seiden's presentation at an All Star Event in Mumbai. His experience will help traders of all levels to improve and fine tune their trading skills. His goal is to educate students on rule based trading.

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  • Sam Evans

    A devoted student of the Market, Sam's focus is on strict risk management discipline, combined with a realistic approach to understanding the true nature of price action. His career history enables him to combine his trading knowledge with his presenting and coaching skills with ease, resulting in a great learning experience for students.

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  • Joann Farley

    Joann’s long-time experience and success as a trader have given her the skills and financial freedom to become a teacher and mentor to other traders, a goal obtained that she cherishes. She had an integral part in the design and course layout for Online Trading Academy's E-mini Futures course. Joann looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with her students.

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  • Chuck Fulkerson

    With a degree in computer science, Chuck has a very logical and systematic approach to trading the markets. Aside from trading and coaching other traders, Chuck has hosted a variety of trading radio programs and was a speaker at the International Money Show in 2009. As a student in Chuck's class you will not only get excellent instruction and energy, but the chance to learn from someone that started in the financial markets as a student, just like you.

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  • Bill Henner

    Bill has dedicated himself to being a life-long student of markets, technical analysis and market psychology. This dedication has taught Bill to understand the “inner game” of trading, as well as the “outer game” of macro trend analysis. He brings a unique “from the trading floor” perspective to his teaching. His vast experience allows him to use real life trading situations to illustrate and emphasize the topics being covered.

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  • Woody Johnson

    Woody has actively and successfully traded stocks, options, Forex and futures since 2000. He has certifications in Accelerated Learning, Neurosensory Development and hypnotherapy. He is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner, and Emotional Freedom Technique Certified Practitioner. He has been using mind/body healing techniques both professionally and personally with much success for many years and strives to pass these important skills on to his students.

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  • Surjeet Kakkar

    Surjeet understands what it takes to become a successful trader, and he has the ability and willingness to share his experience and trading techniques with his students. He is a very disciplined trader, planning everything before the trade happens, and he places a lot of emphasis on risk management. His goal is to help his students realize that trading can be simple.

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  • Darren Kimoto

    Darren Kimoto has been actively trading the markets since 2003 including stocks, options, futures and Forex. He is an expert in technical analysis and is the author of several custom indicators and trading systems for active traders.

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  • Justin Krebs

    PGA Golf Pro and Mensa member turned trader and teacher, Justin's approach to trading Forex and Futures is simple enough that beginners can readily adopt its style, and more experienced traders can achieve a greater understanding of advanced technical analysis. Justin's goal for each student is to have them leave the class with a fiery passion and a comprehensive understanding of trading.

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  • Corey Lane

    With his keen understanding of options, volatility, and advanced strategies, he is not only able to profit in all market conditions, but he has the ability to take this complex information and present it in an easy-to-grasp manner, accelerating students' learning curve. Corey says, “As an instructor, I find that I constantly challenge myself to exceed students' expectations. Great teachers have had a measurable impact on my growth as a trader, and it's gratifying for me to provide the same for Online Trading Academy students.”

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  • Jeff Manson

    Jeff's experience is broad-based, and he actively trades equities, futures, commodities, bonds, currencies, E-Mini’s and options. He uses his personal trading experience to teach students how to apply Online Trading Academy’s core strategy using a step by step trading plan.

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  • Steve Misic

    Steve has been a hedge fund trader, Chicago Board of Trade currency strategist, and trading strategy developer. He actively trades equities, futures, Forex, and options. He is known for his ability to take the complexities of markets and deliver them to students in simple and applicable terms.

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  • Shamus O'Connor

    Shamus started in the brokerage industry and graduated to private trader and teacher. He began touring the country educating individual investors on how to trade the equity, options and foreign currency markets in 2001. He takes a "keep it simple" approach to trading and presents in a manner that makes difficult concepts easy for anyone to understand. Shamus believes trading is a constant learning process and he personally gains many lessons from students, reinforcing discipline and rules in his own personal trading.

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  • Eric Ochotnicki

    Eric has been trading since 1995. He is a member of the CBOE and the CBOT. His mechanical approach to risk management is designed to take the emotion out of trading and to maximize opportunities. Eric's knowledge of the market is a result of his business experience as opposed to textbook theory. His students relate to his realistic approach and can feel his desire to share his knowledge.

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  • Irfan Patel

    Irfan's preferred markets are Forex and futures. In class, he likes to keep his instruction as simple as possible, teaching students to use supply and demand and price action, along with strong risk management rules to generate consistent winning trades. His knowledge of the markets and his passion and enthusiasm are second to none. Most importantly, he has the ability to share this with his students and help guide them to become the traders they want to be.

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  • Sam Seiden

    Sam has been trading equities, Forex, options and futures since 1991, beginning when he was on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he facilitated institutional orderflow. He has served as the Director of Technical Research for two trading firms and regularly contributes articles to industry publications. Sam is known for his trading, technical research, and educational guidance.

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  • Dan Sugar

    Dan's mechanical approach to risk management is designed to maximize opportunities by taking the emotion out of trading. He understands that for traders to be successful, they must develop their own specific trading plan and style consistent with their personality, objectives and risk temperament. His goal is to help students gain financial independence by sharing his vast knowledge and real world experiences, as well as giving them the rules and tools that have been developed to help them become successful.

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  • Brandon Tristan

    Brandon began his career in 1998, as an energy trader. He made the transition to online trading after attending Online Trading Academy's Pro Trader course. Since 2009, Brandon has exclusively traded equities, futures and the Forex markets. As an Online Trading Academy XLT Instructor, he wants to share his experiences and accomplishments, helping other traders to realize their dreams.

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  • Gabe Velazquez

    Gabe got his start in the markets a mere 3 months before the market crash of 1987. That experience brought to light the importance risk management plays in trading and investing. He now concentrates full time on trading his own portfolio and teaching. Students will benefit from his first hand experience of daily involvement in the market and his ability to articulate his knowledge clearly and succinctly.

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  • Michelle Volmering

    A former farmer and RN, Michelle now enjoys the freedom and flexibility that being a professional trader allows her. She trades equities, futures and options in her personal account. Since 2003 she has been instructing and mentoring trading students. Michelle's students say they enjoy her simple approach to understanding core strategy and her ability to demonstrate the application of the theories taught in class.

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  • Eric Waddell

    Eric has developed various trading strategies in the equities and Forex markets. He has a unique teaching style in which he strives to help students master the physical knowledge and skills needed, as well as the psychological control required to become a successful trader. Eric is devoted to follow-up and helping every student excel.

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  • Jasmine Wang

    In 2007, Jasmine joined Online Trading Academy as a student where she found great success in the market. Her solid skillset for properly buying and selling anything in all markets has made her a valuable asset and popular trading instructor in the XLT program. She finds it rewarding to pass the valuable knowledge she received on to other aspiring traders.

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  • Ryan Watkins

    Ryan began trading at the early age of 20. He uses his real-life experiences in his teaching so that new traders limit the common mistakes, thereby accelerating the learning curve. He believes in a learn by doing approach and stresses the importance of discipline. Ryan strives to create a positive, confidence building environment in the classroom.

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  • Brandon Wendell

    Brandon has conducted special seminars for CNBC staff on technical analysis, published articles in The Trader's Journal, Forex Journal, Investor Magazine, and Investor’s Business Daily. As a former stockbroker, brokerage trader, and hedge fund trader, Brandon brings various market views and insight to Online Trading Academy trading classes. He enjoys being an Instructor because it gives him an opportunity to help others in their quest for financial freedom.

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  • Darek Zelek

    Darek started to invest in the Equities and Futures markets when he met a CBOT commodities trader who later became his mentor. Once successful, Darek returned the “favor” by mentoring  others who struggled as new traders. He understands what it takes to become a successful trader, and 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.

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