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Lightspeed Trading | Supporting Sophistication

Lightspeed Trading has been supporting sophisticated, active and professional traders since 2006. With high touch service and high end tools, Lightspeed has been able to stand out as an industry leading firm. Voted year-after-year as the best broker for frequent traders, you can be sure you’ll receive a perfect balance of focused and experienced service and fast, stable trading software.

We offer access to proprietary and third-party trading platforms paired with execution services, brokerage services, and multiple clearing arrangements. We offer over 100 order routing destinations. As an agency-only company, you can be sure there is no conflict of interest when executing your orders. Lightspeed Trading provides complete confidentiality and market anonymity for all clients, regardless of size.

Lightspeed is headquartered in New York City with offices in Chicago and Houston.

Management Team

Farid Naib - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Naib was announced as CEO of Professional Trading Solutions upon its establishment in March of 2014. Mr. Naib has 25 years of experience in the financial technology industry as an entrepreneur, investor and manager. Previously, he founded FNX Limited, a leading provider of global over-the-counter trading technology to the world’s largest financial institutions. FNX was acquired by GL Trade (now part of SunGard) in 2007. Mr. Naib also has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as a board member of Gain Capital and is an operating partner at LLR. Mr. Naib joined Lightspeed Financial’s Board of Directors (now Professional Trading Solutions) in September 2012 and became Chairman in February 2013. He holds a Series 7 and 24 licenses.

Keith Petzold – Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Petzold joined Lightspeed in 2007 as part of Lightspeed’s merger with the retail trading operations of Schonfeld & Company, where he served as Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to Schonfeld & Company, Mr. Petzold was Associate Director of Compliance at Schonfeld Securities. Mr. Petzold began his career at Nathan & Lewis Securities as a compliance associate in 1997. He holds Series 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 24, 53, 63 and 65 licenses.

Tom Gibb - Co-President

Mr. Gibb joined Lightspeed upon its establishment in 2006 as a trading operations associate after spending three years trading equities on a proprietary desk. Throughout his tenure at Lightspeed, Mr. Gibb served as the firm’s risk manager, Trading Operations Manager, Director of Client Service, and most recently the EVP of Brokerage Operations. Mr. Gibb is a graduate of Fordham University where he earned a BS in Finance. He is based out of the New York office and holds Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 55, and 63 licenses.

Kevin Ott - Co-President

Mr. Ott joined Lightspeed in 2010 as part of Lightspeed’s acquisition of Terra Nova Financial, LLC, a provider of execution, clearing and prime brokerage services to professional traders, hedge funds and money managers. Mr. Ott has over 15 years industry experience and is a technologically sophisticated leader with keen insight into systems operation, front- and back-end operations, sales, product and project management within the financial services industry. Mr. Ott is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Finance. He holds his Series 7 and 24 licenses. He is based out of our Chicago office.