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.
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.
As an actuary, professional wealth manager and serial entrepreneur, Ara had high expectations when he began searching for a quality trading education. He found what he was looking for at Online Trading Academy, and became a student in 2008. He now shares his expertise as a popular instructor.
Ara teaches lessons on impactful investing, maximizing investment income, retirement planning, life insurance and estate planning. Students in his classes benefit from his extensive experience combined with a unique enthusiasm for teaching tools to help them reach their goals.
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.
Louise has a real passion for trading as it combines many of the skills
which she has developed throughout her working life, in an industry that
has always fascinated her. She trades currencies and indices via the
Futures market, and is a Forex swing trader. She is grateful to be a
part of the organization that facilitated such positive changes in her
life, and is happy to be able to pass that opportunity on to others.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Larry began trading stocks in 1998, and found his way to Online Trading Academy in 2010. He has since developed an affinity for options and equities. As an Instructor, Larry is passionate about providing his students the very knowledge and tools that he enjoyed learning as an Online Trading Academy student. He became an instructor for Online Trading Academy because he believes in their passion and dedication toward educating students to think and trade like professional traders.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
and help guide them to become the traders they want to be.
Alex Perna became interested in trading as an economics student in college. After finding Online Trading Academy,
he knew what he wanted to do and how he was going to do it. With the
knowledge he gained as an Online Trading Academy student, Alex started
to trade the Forex market using strictly the core methodology of Supply
and Demand. In his classes, Alex stresses the importance of risk management, position sizing and
psychology. His goal is to teach with passion, making the learning fun and motivational.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Warner grew up a stone’s throw from New York’s financial district, and knew from an early age he wanted to become a trader. He started trading in 2004 and joined a stock trading club in college, leading to what he calls a “healthy obsession” with the financial markets. All of David’s experience came into play when he became an Online Trading Academy instructor. He believes that wealth is a mindset that can be taught, along with the skills to think and trade like a bank and financial institution.
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.
Craig has traded on the floor of the CBOE, CBT and CME. His experience
in trading financial futures, equities, equity options, currencies, and
agricultural futures is matched by few in the industry. His
comprehensive trading career has prepared him to recognize trading
opportunities in all global markets. Craig is excited to have the
opportunity to share his lifelong career experience with people from all
corners of the world who have the same passion for the markets that he
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.
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