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Market Taker Mentoring, INC.

Market Taker Mentoring is the leading resource for option-trader education. All Market Taker instructors are industry professionals with real, hands-on professional trading experience.

Meet the team!

Dan Passarelli

Author and options educator Dan Passarelli is the founder of Market Taker Mentoring Inc.

Dan is an author, trader and former member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and CME Group. Dan has written two books on options trading — “Trading Option Greeks” and “The Market Taker’s Edge.” He is also the founder and CEO of Market Taker Mentoring, Inc., a leading options education firm that provides online options education, options newsletters and personalized, one-on-one coaching for option traders.

Dan began his trading career on the floor of the CBOE as an equity options market maker. He also traded agricultural options and futures on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade (now part of CME Group).

In 2005 Dan joined CBOE’s Options Institute and began teaching both basic and advanced trading concepts to retail traders, brokers, institutional traders, financial planners and advisors, money managers, and market makers. In addition to his work with the CBOE, he has taught options strategies at the Options Industry Council (OIC), the International Securities Exchange (ISE), CME Group, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and many leading options-based brokerage firms. Dan also contributes to financial media such as TheStreet.com, FOX Business News, Bloomberg Television, BNN, Public Radio, and the CBOE blog. And he has a weekly featured video on CBOETV.

Dan can be followed on twitter at twitter.com/Dan_Passarelli

John Kmiecik

John brings with him a vast amount of knowledge from being in the trading arena for well over 25 years. He has worked his way up from accounting to the trading floor for firms such as Goldman Sachs, First Options of Chicago and Lind-Waldock, just to name a few. Options trading intrigued John and has led to a very successful career as a trader. 

In 2005 John decided to share his passion with others. He has coached hundreds of traders one-on-one and in various group settings. John prefers to work with traders on a one-on-one basis, which led him to Market Taker Mentoring Inc., which allows him to readily lend himself to his students. 

John has traded both as a professional trader, trading for hedge funds, as well as an individual “retail” trader. John continues to mentor traders, has written several option and psychology of trading articles and continues to trade himself today. 

John’s education strategy is simple: Let’s find what works best for the trader both mentally and from a risk perspective and let’s get him or her in that comfort zone.

David Rodgers

Dave Rodgers is an instructor and trader at MarketTaker.com. He has over 25 years of financial markets experience. He has traded futures and futures options in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange pits and equity options in the Chicago Board Options Exchange pits. Dave oversaw an off floor trading desk which traded equity options across multiple floors simultaneously. He has also traded Natural Gas futures, options and swaps for the unregulated traded desk at Nicor Enerchange Inc. He has earned his MBA in Management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and his B.S. in Finance and Economics from Drexel University. Dave offers a unique prospective when evaluating trades. His experiences as a futures pit trader, an options market maker, a corporate asset manager and an off floor day trader enables him touse a well-balanced methodology when evaluating trade opportunities.

Albert Brinkman 

Al is currently Principal of the Brinkman Group, LLC which provides equity, index, currency, option marketing and investor educational consulting services to the investment industry and exchanges. His previous positions included: Director of Equity Derivatives Marketing for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX) where he was responsible for managing the equity derivative, equity option, sector index option and foreign currency option marketing and educational services; staff instructor for The Options Industry Council (OIC); 20 years as a member of the PHLX where he was Vice President of floor operations for a regional brokerage firm. Additionally, Al served over 30 years in the United States Army Reserve as an Infantry and Civil Affairs Officer and is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College; he retired at the rank of Colonel. Al received his B.B.A. degree in Finance from Texas Christian University and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Association Securities Industry Institute executive education program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Are you interested in learning more about how to trade options? The experienced trading mentors are ready to share the knowledge and insights they gained as professional traders.

Contact us today on the Contact Info page, or call (815) 534-5204.

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