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.
Michelle Amato (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.
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.
Prior to OTA, Kayla knew very little about the world of finances, but after attending her first class, she truly fell in love with trading the financial markets. She quickly realized that mastering the skill of trading could unlock tremendous opportunities including the chance “to bless others with what I have been blessed with”.
Kayla is an inspiring Instructor with the passion to see the “learning light” go on for every one of her students. She has the unique ability to transform concepts which seem complex or confusing into simple and understandable information. Kayla’s focus on Core Strategy with emphasis on discipline and simplicity fosters students' confidence.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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