Conference Speakers





John Russell
Senior Vice President of Global Trading
Franklin Templeton

John Russell is a senior vice president of Global Trading for Franklin Templeton based in San Mateo California.

John has been in the Investment Management business for more than 21 years, all of which at Franklin. During his career at Franklin, John has held various positions including Foreign Exchange trader, Global fixed income and equities trader, US options trader and US Equities trader/head trader which he has held for the last 13 years. John has recently assumed a new role responsible for Risk and ECM for the equity trading and portfolio teams at Franklin. This will compliment his continued trading responsibilities.

John has been on an active member on the STA Board of Directors since 2008, currently serving as Chairman.  Previous to the National BOD, he was also active in the local affiliate serving on the San Francisco Security Traders’ BOD from 2001 to 2007, and as President in 2006. John holds active roles in other industry committees namely the STA Institutional Committee and the NASDAQ Quality Markets Committee.

Mr. Russell resides in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife and three children.


Jay Biancamano
Senior Vice President

Jay heads Equities Product Marketing for Fidessa Corp in the Americas.   The Equities Product Marketing team is responsible for developing and growing Fidessa’s Product offerings and client base. He is considered one of the foremost experts on Dark Pools and electronic trading market structure having built and designed many successful products in the space. Jay is now specifically focused on bringing innovative solutions to Fidessa’s Sell Side clients.

Prior to joining Fidessa Jay founded Hoyvin Inc. where he pioneered a platform that used artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction to source alpha in social media. In 2011 he took over as Executive Chairman and acting CEO of Pipeline Trading, a leader in predictive analytics and algorithmic trading. Beginning in 2003 he headed Liquidnet’s Corporate Strategy group where he led Liquidnet’s strategy from singular dark pool to expansion into active trading. During his tenure Jay lead the development of several new products including the H2O ATS and their quantitative suite. Earlier Jay joined ITG Inc. as Director of Compliance and subsequently headed Business Development where he was part of the team that introduced such innovations as algorithmic trading, transaction cost analysis and ATS surveillance tools.

Jay holds a B.S. in Finance from Rutgers University, a M.B.A. in International Business from Fordham University and an Executive Certificate from Wharton in Strategic Alliances.

Philip Pearson
Algorithmic Consulting and Analytics

Philip Pearson, CFA runs the Algorithmic Consulting and Analytics business at ITG.  In this role, he is responsible for creating client-reporting products as well as helping ITG’s clients understand their algo usage and trading performance.  He writes regularly about market structure and trading topics with a focus on data-driven analysis.

Phil joined ITG in 2008. He began his tenure as a Product Manager in the algorithmic trading group.  Phil was responsible for dark pool aggregation products, including the creation of POSIT Marketplace®, as well as other ITG Single Stock Algorithms®.  Phil began his career on this institutional trading desk at E*Trade Capital Markets.  He holds his CFA designation and graduated from Colgate University with degrees in Economics and History.

Chris Nagy
Healthy Markets Association

Chris Nagy is a 30-year veteran of Wall Street with deep retail trading and US market-structure expertise.  Chris co-founded and serves as board member of the Healthy Markets Association.  Chris is also founder & CEO of KOR Group LLC, a market structure analytics and advisory firm. Nagy previously was a managing director of order routing, sales strategy and market-data strategy at TD Ameritrade where his responsibilities included developing and implementing best execution, routing technology and execution analytics, as well as developing routing and execution strategy. During his 12+ years with TD Ameritrade, Nagy also co-headed the firm’s government relations efforts.  Prior to his time at TD Ameritrade, Nagy worked with US Bank, MJK and Shearson Lehman Brothers. Nagy has served on a multitude of industry committees and exchange boards, including the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Board, NYSE AMEX Options Exchange Board, Nasdaq Quality of Markets Committee, Security Traders Association Trading Issues Committee, Options Industry Council Roundtable, and SIFMA Options Committee.

Nagy also holds his FINRA Series, 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 Licenses, and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute Wharton Program.

Richard Levin
Bryan Cave

Richard B. Levin’s practice focuses on the representation of early stage and publicly traded companies in the financial services industry, including broker-dealers, hedge funds, alternative trading systems (ATSs), exchanges, and digital currency platforms.  He represents these firms before the SEC, the CFTC, and FINRA. Richard has represented clients before regulators in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Levin played a leadership role in the launch of two joint ventures of leading investment banks, including: Bank of America, Barclays, BlackRock, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Knight Capital Group, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, State Street, and UBS, and also served in senior legal, business, and compliance positions in publicly traded and privately held financial services firms.

Before entering private practice, Richard was the Global Head of Product Development for Compliance and Operations for Deutsche Bank. He has also served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of two U.S. ATSs and a U.K. based multi-lateral trading facility (MTF). Richard began his career on Wall Street by serving as the General Counsel of one of the original Electronic Communications Networks (ECNs), and as Assistant General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Officer of Knight Capital Group.

Richard is a frequent speaker at conferences on regulatory and market structure issues and is the co-author of the chapter on U.S. regulation of virtual currencies for the Digital Currency Handbook published by Elsevier in May 2015.



Holly McHatton Johnston
Senior Equity Trader
Franklin Templeton Investments

Holly Johnston is a senior equity trader who has been with Franklin Templeton since 1999.  She graduated with a B.A. in Business and Telecommunications from The University of Florida and her MBA from Florida Atlantic University.  She began as a junior trader in the Global Equity Trading department in March 2000.  Throughout her years in trading she has traded Latin America, European ADRs,  and many sectors in the US.  Currently she trades the US Healthcare and Consumer sectors as well as European ADRs.  Along with her trading responsibilities she is the Global Equity Trading Operations point person and is responsible for the Global Trading Analytics team in Hyderabad, India.


Lisa Utasi
ClearBridge Investments

Ms. Lisa Utasi is a Director and Senior Equity Trader at ClearBridge Investments, with more than 30 years of industry experience. She is a Past Chairman of the Security Traders Association (National) and a two term Past President of the Security Traders Association of New York. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Investment Professionals.

Ms. Utasi has been widely recognized for her service in the New York City charity community, including the 2011 Women on Wall Street Charitable Works Award and the 2007 Michael P. Beier Award for her dedication to raising awareness and funding in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. In October of 2015 Lisa co-chaired the 15th Annual MDA Wings Over Wall Street Gala. This marks the third time she has chaired the event. Wings Over Wall Street is a premier fundraising event for the MDA focused on curing ALS. Her charitable service activities include working on behalf of the Eden Institute and SCO Charity Golf Committees, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund and Taylor’s Gift. Ms. Utasi has completed ten marathons, including two for which she raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

Ms. Utasi has been a panelist in a Leaders in Philanthropy lecture series sponsored by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She grew up in Texas and received her BA in Political Science and BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Utasi now enjoys living in New York City where she is an avid traveler as well as a runner.

Brian Barrett
VP/Head Trader
Franklin Templeton Investments

Brian J. Barrett is a vice president, head trader for the Fort Lauderdale Global Equity trading desk. Mr. Barrett is a sector trader responsible for trading the US energy sector for the complex. Previous to current trading responsibilities Mr. Barrett also traded the financials and industrial sectors and was the generalist for Canadian trading. He was also one of the team leads for Trade Cost Analysis for the global trading team.

Mr. Barrett joined Franklin Templeton in 2002 and has been a member of the Global Equity Trading team since 2004. Mr. Barrett received his B.A. from St. Vincent College in 1996 and is currently a board member for the Securities Traders Association of Florida.

Keith Collazo
Equity Trader
Tocqueville Asset Management

Keith Collazo is an equity trader primarily focused on gold, precious metals, and mining equities in the US and Canada for the highly regarded Tocqueville Gold Fund.  In addition to trading the Metals and Mining sector, he is also the generalist in trading mid cap and large cap value equities covering the Industrials, Materials, Energy, and Consumer Discretionary sectors. 

Keith graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Finance.

Dallas L. Lundy
Director of Trading
Atlanta Capital Management Company

Dallas Lundy has over 40 years of investment management experience.  He is currently Director of Trading and Chairman of the Trade Management Oversight Committee (TMOC) at Atlanta Capital Management Company.  He joined the firm in June 1973 and during his tenure has served in the capacity of Partner, Principal, Assistant Portfolio Manager and in Portfolio Administration.  His was appointed as a key member of the firm’s business development team with responsibilities in marketing and client services.  He also performed duties as lead client relationship manager for several public pension funds.  As one of the original six partners, he has been instrumental in many aspects of managing and growing the firm.

Mr. Lundy is a past President of the Georgia Securities Association (GSA) where he created the GSA Scholarship Fund and expanded the program to include all major universities in the Atlanta area.  Also as President, he expanded the Georgia Stock Market Game to include elementary schools to reach kids at an early age.  Mr. Lundy is a member of the Securities Traders Association (STA) and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).  He is a graduate of Georgia State University.

Kenneth Jackson
Head Trader
Herndon Capital Management

Kenneth Jackson is Head Trader at Herndon Capital Management, equity long only firm in Atlanta, GA with AUM in excess of $5B as of 12/31/15.   Prior to joining Herndon Capital Management, he was a Principal at Qubit Investments, LLC where he helped manage a start-up Equity Market Neutral Hedge Fund, which included responsibility for daily trading operations as well as business development.

Prior to joining Qubit Investments, Kenny spent 14 years at Delaware Investments where he served as an Equity Quantitative Analyst for seven of those years providing risk management and modeling for Large Cap Value, Small Cap Value and Core products.  He also served as a member of the Large Cap Value Portfolio Construction Committee. In 2008, Kenneth joined the Equity Trading Desk executing both domestic and international securities.

Since 2014 Kenneth has participated in the Liquidnet Headway Program which focuses on executive leadership.  In his spare time Kenneth serves as Vice President of the Georgia Securities Association and was recently selected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Council on Economic Education.

Kenneth lives in Decatur, GA with his wife Rebecca and son Kenneth Robert.  He is a graduate from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Vince Ficca
Head of Equity Trading
Eagle Asset Management

Vincent leads a team of institutional trades for Raymond James’ asset management division – Eagle Asset.  Eagle’s trading desk is focused on minimizing impact and duration throughout the transaction process.  The trading desk accomplishes this goal through the implementation of proprietary transaction and correlation tools analyzing pre, intraday and post trade environments.  Vincent also focuses his time vesting and customizing broker algorithms to match the characteristics and trading profiles of Eagle’s holdings.  Eagle pairs its analytical and algorithmic tools in conjunction with its valued broker counterparty network to achieve a repeatable successful dissemination processes.

Prior to joining Eagle Asset Management Vince worked as a research sales associate for Amtech.  Before working on the sell side Vince was an option and equity trader for a TMT hedge fund – CQ Partners.