Team


Leadership

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sam has been managing his own money for many years, and has been a student of wealth management and investment theory for his entire life. Sam developed his algorithmic trading expertise studying applied and computational mathematics at Caltech. Sam and his team manage over $200 million with the algorithms they have developed. Sam’s investment focus is on publicly traded equities, debt, derivatives and currencies. Sam travels extensively as a world-ranked tennis player.

Fun fact: Sam started SBBRG in a 162 sq. ft. dorm room.

Learn more about Sam!

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Ph.D. in Neuroscience

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BS Applied & Computational Math, BS Business Economics & Management

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Matt Aven is SBB Research Group’s Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for day-to-day operations, ensuring the group’s algorithms, positions, and execution are efficiently managed. In addition to majoring in economics at the University of Michigan, Matt also studied computer science extensively. Matt previously worked for a global broker-dealer where he developed and supported risk management software for institutional options traders, proprietary databases and quantitative market analysis tools designed to screen the market for inefficiencies.

Fun fact: Matt Aven has been playing competitive hockey since he was 4 years old.

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BA Economics

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Principal Engineer & Associate Counsel

With academic training in finance, computer engineering, applied economics, and law, Sandeep brings a unique perspective to his role within SBB Research Group. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a consultant for Accenture in Chicago.

Fun fact: Sandeep is scared of snakes, heights, and some people.

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MS Applied Economics, JD

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BA Finance, BS Computer Engineering

Software Engineer & Continuity Specialist

Prior to joining SBB Research Group, Myung worked in the wireless carrier industry as a financial analyst. With background knowledge in computer science and finance, as well as being a Red Hat Certified System Administrator, Myung is perfectly suited to handle SBB Research Group’s data and infrastructure needs.

Fun fact: Myung almost deadlifted 315 lbs once.

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MS Computer Science

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BS Chemistry

Software Engineer, Tactics Specialist & Engineering Supervisor

A chemical engineer by training, Andrew is applying his scientific expertise in computational kinetic modeling to the development of new financial models at SBB Research Group. Prior to joining SBB Research Group, he worked in the financial industry specializing in electronic options trading.

Fun fact: Andrew played supporting roles in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.

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MS Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. Chemical

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BS Chemical Engineering

Tactics Associate

Dan works on researching and onboarding new strategies at SBB Research Group. He brings over 15 years of trading experience, encompassing a range of market environments and products.

Fun fact: Dan’s first concert was Stevie Ray Vaughn’s final concert.

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MS Financial Engineering

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BSE Finance

Software Engineer

Brent joined the engineering team at SBB Research Group in June of 2014. He participated in an assistantship studying wireless networking during his undergraduate career. Brent brings to the SBB team his knowledge in developing and maintaining software infrastructure used in day-to-day operations relating to trading, managerial and client-facing software.

Fun fact: Brent has beaten Sandeep in chess, once.

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BS Computer Science

Tactics Associate

Paul works on strategy development and testing at SBB Research Group, with a focus on applications of statistical and other modeling. Before joining the SBB team, he taught mathematics at the University of Michigan.

Fun Fact: Paul has summited two peaks above 19,000 feet.

UIC MS in Mathematics, PhD in Mathematics

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Tactics Associate

Max started at SBBRG in 2016 as a Tactics Associate. Before joining SBB, he worked part-time on market data services and software development in the financial technology industry while earning his degree.

Fun Fact: Max was Northwestern’s mascot for four years.

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BS in Applied Mathematics

Tactics Associate

Luke started at SBBRG in 2017 as a Tactics Associate. Prior to joining SBB, he studied physics and worked in a research group studying complex dynamics and condensed matter theory.

Fun fact: Luke has traveled to Haiti three times to distribute water filters.

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BS Engineering Physics

Applications Developer

Steve joined SBB Research Group in 2017. He brings experience in applications development and DevOps from his time in the software industry working on 3D design applications. Steve is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Fun fact: Steve has accrued over 1300 flight hours as a KC-130J crew member.

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BS Computer Science

Administration

Information Coordinator

As Information Coordinator for SBB Research Group, Katie is responsible for in-house research. She previously worked in the e-commerce field before joining SBB Research Group.

Fun fact: Katie has an identical twin.

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BA Political Science

Operations Associate

Mark Shachtman brings 35 years of management experience in the business sector. Mark spent 25 years building a local chain of auto parts stores, before selling to a major national chain. After that, he became CFO of a merchandising and licensing business.

Fun Fact: Mark can neither confirm nor deny that he has a fun fact.

Operations Associate & Compliance Specialist

As Operations Associate, Dan is responsible for assisting in SBB Research Group’s business development and process optimization. Prior to joining SBB Research Group, he worked as a consultant in the legal services industry.

Fun fact: Dan is a world champion in karate!

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BS Philosophy

Information Associate

Erin provides the team with information support. Prior to joining the financial industry, Erin worked in medical services.

Fun fact: Erin is a champion in Irish dancing!

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BA Liberal Arts

Information Associate

Aynsley, a recent graduate of University of Arizona, provides the team with administrative support. Prior to joining SBBRG, she worked in the education industry.

Fun fact: Aynsley has been to 10 countries.

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BS Speech and Hearing Sciences

Operations Associate

After studying finance at Indiana University, Jordan spent more than a year in Ghana working in venture capital and entrepreneurial endeavors. At SBB Research Group, he is a part of the operations team which is responsible for ongoing business activities, as well as long term company growth.

Fun Fact: Enjoys playing jazz piano and ping pong.

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BA BusinessAdministration

Information Associate

Kailey joined SBBRG directly after graduating from Illinois State University. During her undergraduate studies, Kailey majored in Marketing and was highly involved with The Starkey Hearing and Make a Wish foundations.

Fun fact: She once stayed awake for 68 hours straight.

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BS Marketing

Operations Associate

Nick joined SBBRG as an Operations Assistant. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, he worked abroad in Asia and New Zealand in various industries. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Fun Fact: Nick lived in Korea for more than 2 years working as an English teacher.

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BS Business Administration

Personal Assistant

Stacy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Prior to SBB Research Group, Stacy worked as a Recruiter for a staffing agency.

BS in Psychology, BS in Sociology, Minor in Criminology

Fun Fact: Stacy is 50% Australian and has been there 5 times.

Business Development

Alan Handler is responsible for Business Development at SBB Research Group. He coordinates the firm’s marketing and sales efforts, communicating information about the firm and its investment strategies to a wide audience of investors and allocators. Prior to joining SBB Research Group, Alan built a business that was focused on helping hedge fund managers raise capital from institutional investors. As he was developing this business, he was also working at several Wall Street and Chicago-area investment banks.

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Fun Fact: Alan took second place in a backwards skating race when he was in fourth grade.

Compliance Manager & Associate Counsel

Lauren Walsh serves as SBB Research Group’s Compliance Manager. Prior to joining SBB, Lauren was a compliance associate at a Boston-based hedge fund. She began her career as a practicing attorney specializing in commercial litigation.

Fun Fact: Lauren was a pitcher on her high school boy’s baseball team.

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