Tim Blotzer

Online Trading Academy
Tim Blotzer Photo

Tim Blotzer had a series of increasingly demanding management positions before he became a full time trader in 2004. His particular motivator was the need to care for an aging parent, which he could not do while holding down a full time job.

Tim felt trading was the perfect fit for his needs because there are no customers, no employees, no boss, no tenants and you can do it anywhere you can get an internet connection. He stresses the importance of consistency—like the baseball player who gets regular base hits instead of swinging for the fences and striking out—as the key to high probability returns in any economy and any market.

Tim likes being an Online Trading Academy instructor because he appreciates the integrity of the organization and its commitment to student success. He says, “I bring a lot of passion to my teaching since this has totally changed my life” and loves to recognize the accomplishments of his students and help them reach the next level.


  • BS, Personnel and Industrial Relations, San Francisco State University
  • Postgraduate certificate in Food Industry Management, University of Southern California
  • Dean’s List at both SFSU and USC
  • District Manager, Safeway Stores
  • Area Manager, Big Lots
  • Area Manager, PetsMart
  • Regional Manager, The Luggage Center


  • US Markets


  • Options


  • Platelets Donor with American Red Cross
  • Wounded Warriors Donor
  • Wrote “Why Traders Fail”, an online guide to trading psychology
  • Avid baseball fan and player (his team played in the Jr. Pony World Series when he was 12) with a dream of attending a game in every major league park (3 to go)


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Tim was great - one of the best instructors that I've had at OTA. He simplified a complex subject, and beyond just teaching the course he made sure that each student understood the material. He incorporated many of his own experiences into the course which gave the content a deeper meaning and helped myself, as well as the class internalize the material. Tim was one of a kind; he genuinely cared about the success of each of his students. I'm fortunate to have taken options with him - and gotten to know him along the way.”

, November 2017

“Tim is the perfect instructor for my learning style. I would highly recommend Tim and the Professional Options trader class.”

, November 2017

“Tim Blotzer is very personable, humorous and knowledgeable. His examples in his own real-life trading helped to illustrate what trades we can avoid or can take based on our trading personality. Very helpful. Tim managed "difficult" students with tact and respect.”

, September 2017

“Options are fairly difficult to learn, OTA's strategies take out the guesswork. Tim is a great guy with lots of insights. Straight to the point, good pace. Thanks, Tim, I learned a lot.”

, September 2017

“Highly recommend Tim Blotzer as the Options instructor. He explained the concepts with clarity, ample examples, and was very encouraging. We feel inspired to start simulating trades in options and learn by following the rules and step by step methods taught in the class.”

, July 2017

“Tim made us all feel comfortable by stating numerous times that he was in our shoes at one time. He kept saying "If I can do it, you can do it." Tim was great. He was extremely patient and encouraged us to ask questions because he didn't want us to leave with questions in our minds. We learned through repetition. That was great.”

, July 2017

Over 100,000 Lessons from the Pros readers. Check out last week's issue.

Free Class