Our Team

Investment Team



Tom Mazza managed a team of proprietary traders and quantitative analysts in an office outside Chicago developing, testing and trading systematic and fundamental models. In his 35 years of trading his own account, Tom has traded in excess of 85 million futures contracts. Prior to 2000, Tom worked on the floor of the CBOT, developing his own unique methodology of trading, both in the US 5 year pit (where he often accounted for more than 2% of the exchange volume), but also trading across most other markets. Tom began his career at the Mid-Am Exchange in 1987 and subsequently moved onto the CBOT in 1990. Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1987.


Head of Trading

Ross Crotinger worked at Newedge Group in Chicago where he was responsible for the sales and coverage of the global relationships of CTAs and hedge funds for more than $50 billion cumulatively in customer assets. His passion since completing his MBA in Finance from Loyola University has always been in trend following techniques. Since 1991, he has written and developed his own systematic trend following systems, culminating in him running his family money through them since 1993. Prior to Newedge, Ross worked for 5 years at Lehman Brothers and before that at Fimat Futures, all in a similar capacity. Ross graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 (Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics), which launched him into a career on the sell-side, predominantly focused on futures and options.


Head Of Research

Lawson was a Senior Portfolio Manager with Invesco’s Global Strategies Group, where he helped manage $10 billion in quantitatively driven equity and tactical asset allocation products. Before joining Invesco in 2005, Lawson was the Director of Trading for Managed Quantitative Advisors. He began his career in 1994 working for the Chief Market Analyst at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc, and later at Jarrett Investment Research, where he provided technical and strategic research to institutions. In 2000, Lawson founded a hedge fund, Balsam Capital Management, LLC that specialized in systematic trading of U.S. equities and was ranked by Barclay Managed Funds Report as the fourth best statistical arbitrage fund based on a three-year Sharpe Ratio. Lawson has extensive experience in the full lifecycle of the quantitative investment process and has developed his own proprietary portfolio-level back testing software. Lawson received a BA in Economics from Davidson College in 1993 and holds the Chartered Market Technician and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.




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