John O’Donnell’s background in both education and financial services gives him a unique ability to teach complex financial
theories and trading skills to beginner investors and seasoned traders alike. As Director of Research, John has been an
instrumental player in making Online Trading Academy one of the premier trading educators in the world.
Mr. O’Donnell earned a BS in Science from Southwest Baptist University and has personally been involved in the stock market
since 1968. In 1975, he founded the Economic Monetary Investment Research Society, Atlanta. He began his career as a public school
teacher, which he later transitioned to public corporations, working as an investment banker.
Mr. O’Donnell has over 30 years of successful leadership experience. He was the Founder and CEO of Precious Metals Exchange.
His next venture was as CEO with Penn Pacific Financial Corp, a public company with $50 million market cap and the 11th most
actively traded stock on NASDAQ in 1979. He then founded and became the CEO of Republic Resources, Inc, which was the world’s largest
publicly traded grower of jojoba oil with a $75 million market cap. Prior to joining Online Trading Academy Mr. O’Donnell was
Co-founder and CEO of Double Win Capital, Inc, a boutique investment banker. Mr. O’Donnell’s leadership and vision has not gone
unnoticed, as he was a Finalist in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” contest by Ernst & Young Inc magazine two consecutive years in
Orange County, California.
Mr. O’Donnell came to Online Trading Academy in 1998. As one of the first employees and pioneers in the education division he
helped transition the company from a floor based model to one of the largest DMA franchise trading schools that are currently
operated today. Mr. O’Donnell is instrumental in Online Trading Academy’s business development initiatives with strategic partners
and industry leaders. He has been a featured speaker at many major trader and investor expos in New York, London, Paris, Rio de
Janeiro, Toronto, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Miami, and Dallas. He has been interviewed on and featured in a variety of financial
media such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, FT.com, Equities Magazine and Traders Journal.
This year marks his greatest accomplishment, in his opinion, becoming a first time grandparent.