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John Whitaker

President and CEO

John specializes in equity trading, equity spreads, options trading, both in the US and abroad.  Prior to Agency Trading Group, from 2000-2003 John worked at Navillus Securities in Wayzata, Minnesota covering institutional accounts.  John graduated from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  Series 7, 63, 24 and 55 registered. 18 years experience.

Pat Hughes

Founder and Partner

Mr. Hughes has been registered since 1997, joining Navillus Securities, Inc. in May 1999.  At Navillus, Mr. Hughes was in charge of the institutional trading business and was the Branch Manager of the Wayzata, Minnesota office.  He transferred his registration to Agency Trading Group in September 2003, after purchasing the FINRA member firm from its initial owners.  Mr. Hughes is registered with the following: Series 7, 24, 28, 55, 63 and 87. 20+ years experience.

Mike Reilly

Managing Director of Fixed Income

Mike Reilly Retired as Managing Director, UBS Securities spring 2007 after 22 years in Institutional Fixed Income Sales / Management.  Mike’s responsibilities have ranged from distributing Municipal Securities, High Grade Credit to distress debt, along with fixed income derivatives, and credit structuring sales.  He began his career at Salomon Brothers Inc. Institutional Fixed Income sales in 1985.  He joined the Municipal Bond sales group and later moved to the Taxable Fixed Income Credit group in 1988.  Mike was a Director in credit sales for Salomon Brothers and was positioned as one of the top-producing salesmen in North America.  In 1995, Mike was hired along with Marc Levin as Managing Directors to start up a Midwest institutional office for Fixed Income at UBS.  Mike also was named Co-head of North America institutional sales and spearheaded the success that UBS has enjoyed as a top tier investment bank. 

Mike also had responsibility while at UBS for directing the North American sales management committee post, along with being a member of the fixed income credit risk committee from 1995-2007.  Mike has an enormous amount of small business experience over the last 10 years as owner, board member, and consultant to over 20 companies.  Mike has been actively involved with the Minnesota Wild NHL as a “minority owner”, Sioux City Musketeers USHL Hockey “minority owner”, Palma Vista Real estate Partners –Florida developer, TPG Sports –Magazine publisher “minority owner” active Board Member, Midwest Microcoatings-industrial paint distributor active board member.  Mike is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, BGS degree, College Varsity Hockey player for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens NHL -1977,  Series 7, 24, 63 registered. 30+ years experience.

Scott Bradford

Sr. Equity Trader

Scott joined Agency Trading upon its inception in 2003.   Prior to Joining ATG, Scott was an Assistant VP in the Fixed Income department at Kidder, Peabody, & Co from 1985-1989.   After leaving Kidder to pursue financial futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade from 1990 to 1992, Scott joined Navillus Securities in 1999.   He graduated from Yale University in 1985 with an economics degree, and also holds the following securities licenses; Series 7, 4, 55, 24, and 63.  30+ years experience.

Rick Kotovic

CCO, Sr. Equity Trader

Rick specializes is equity trading for institutional accounts and also manages back office operations at Agency Trading Group.  Prior to joining Agency Trading Group in 2007, Rick was a Sales Rep for Oracle Corporation from 2005-2007.  Prior to Oracle, Rick traded equity index and fixed income futures for Geneva Trading Group in Chicago, IL. from 2002-2005.  Rick is a graduate of University of St. Thomas and Milwaukee School of Engineering and currently holds 63,55,7,24 FINRA licenses.  10+ years experience. 

Matt Galle

Sr. Equity Trader

Matt specializes in equity trading and technical analysis at Agency Trading Group.  Prior to joining Agency Trading Group in 2012,  Matt worked at Bluefoot Partners in Seattle, WA as a portfolio manager of a long/short hedge fund from 2008-2012.Matt also worked at Agency Trading Group from 2003-2012, and Navillus Securities from 1999-2003, as a coverage trader.  Prior to joining Navillus Securities, Matt worked at Trinity Equity Trading as a Nasdaq market maker from 1997-1999.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in economics and holds the Series 7, 63, and 55.   20+ years experience.

Luke Ferrell

Sr. Equity Trader

Luke specializes in equity and options trading both in the US and abroad.  Prior to Agency Trading Group, Luke was the Branch Manager and Head Trader in Dallas, TX for Pulse Trading, which was acquired by State Street Corporation.  Before that, he worked at Direct Trading Institutional, which was acquired by Knight Capital.  Luke began his trading career with Fidelity Investments.  He moved on to work for UBS as a financial analyst.  Luke graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing.  Series 24, 7, 55, and 63 registered. 15+ years experience.

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