CHICAGO, March 7, 2017 – Rosenthal Collins Group LLC (RCG®), a leading independent futures clearing firm, announced the appointment of Matthew Straight as its new Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. Straight joins RCG with 26 years of experience in technology leadership, engineering and financial services.
Straight served since 2015 as Executive Director and Financial Solutions Architect for Burwood Group, Inc., a Chicago-based national consulting firm and systems integrator specializing in architecting technology solutions that impact end-user experience and business outcomes. Straight helped establish and grow Burwood’s financial services practice, a critical area of expertise for the firm.
From 2008 to 2014, Straight was Senior Director of IT Infrastructure for futures brokerage and clearing firm R.J. O’Brien & Associates. He has also served as Vice President / IT Manager for ITG Derivatives, LLC and as Vice President of Operations for Hyperfeed Technologies. Straight began his career as a Service Support Engineer and a Software Support Engineer at Tallgrass Systems Ltd. and QMS, Inc., respectively.
RCG Chairman and CEO Scott Gordon said: “Matt has a terrific command of the technologies and challenges driving our business as well as a clear vision of how to take us to the next level in our technology offering. Viewing information technology as a perishable commodity, he wants us to continually evolve our IT practice to foster innovation, deliver consistently across disciplines and achieve optimal performance throughout the business.”
Straight said: “I’m truly passionate about leading the critical technology function at RCG, a firm which has made service a high priority for decades. Our goal is to ensure that RCG creates and maintains an excellence-in-service atmosphere not only for our clients and brokers but also for our staff. This is an opportunity to look at the challenges we face through a different lens, bringing together the experience I have in futures and derivatives and applying what I have since learned about some of the best IT business practices across other industries.”
A resident of the Chicago area, Straight is active in several athletic programs benefiting children.
With more than 90 years of experience in the futures industry, Rosenthal Collins Group is one of the world’s leading regulated Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs) offering trading execution, clearing, brokerage, managed futures services and a full range of electronic trading services to institutional, commercial, professional and retail customers around the globe. The firm has developed its own electronic trading platform, RCG Onyx Plus®, tailored to the needs of its clients. RCG holds clearing memberships on all principal U.S. futures exchanges and has access to world futures markets through a network of correspondent relationships. RCG has over 35,000 active accounts and more than 150 correspondent brokerage relationships. Further information about Rosenthal Collins Group can be found at www.RCGdirect.com.
Ellen G. Resnick
Crystal Clear Communications
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