2017 Texas Traders Convention


September 7th through 9th at The Four Seasons at Las Colinas

The DSTA is proud to announce that the 2017 Texas Traders Convention will feature a key note speech by David Zervos, Chief Market Strategist for Jefferies.

Convention Update: Room Block Expired. Please call hotel for availability,

This year’s event will also include panel discussions about Active vs. Passive Management, moderated by Peter Cecchini from Cantor Fitzgerald, and MiFID II regulations, featuring Tom Conigliaro from IHS Markit.

Learn more about sponsorship benefits, business meeting speakers and panelists below.


Thank you Sponsors!

Learn more about our sponsors or sponsor this event
Become a SponsorSponsor Listing

MiFID II Discussion

Learn More About Our Speakers



Moderator: Mike Conniff, Thomson Reuters REDI
MiFID II Discussion

Michael Conniff brings over 19 years of experience in the financial services sector. Mr. Conniff is the Head of Data and Analytics Market Development at Thomson Reuters. In this role, he is responsible for the Americas go-to market strategy, and revenue performance for Thomson Reuters data and analytics and trading solutions including REDI. Previously, Michael managed the Thomson Reuters North American Asset Management Sales Specialists team for desktop software and data feed products, including Thomson Reuters Eikon and content offerings such as Starmine. Prior to his role as Sales Specialist Manager, Mr. Conniff was a Global Business Director managing an international account team responsible for the enterprise relationship for large global clients at Thomson Reuters. Michael joined Thomson Reuters more than 14 years ago, and has served in roles including Account Management, Specialty Sales, and Client Specialist. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Michael was the Head Trader at Hovde Capital Advisors. Mr. Conniff began his career on the desk as High Yield Corporate Trader at Van Kampen Investments, a division of Morgan Stanley Investment Management . Michael holds a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and will complete a Master’s of Science in Finance at University of Notre Dame in December 2017.



Tom Conigliaro, Managing Director, IHS Markit Brokerage and Research Services
MiFID II Discussion

With 25 years’ experience on Wall Street, excelling as a leader across sales and trading, sales management and securities services at both Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, Tom is a proven business leader and current head of IHS Markit’s Brokerage and Research Services group. In his current role, Mr. Conigliaro has global responsibility for IHS Markit’s Payments, Evaluation, Interactions and HUB offerings.

His extensive domain expertise and regulatory knowledge is often cited  by the press concerning  research evaluation, commission management, 28(e) and MIFiD II.

Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mr. Conigliaro advised strategic clients at investment banking boutique Marlin & Associates on their M&A activities in financial technology, information services, healthcare and media.

Tom is a current member of NOIP, and previously was the Chairman of Liberty Leads; a non-profit with a mandate to reduce dropout rates among inner city High School students and prepare them for college or university.

Mr. Conigliaro holds an MBA from the University of South Florida, a BS from Widener University where he was member of the Div. III NCAA National Championship Football Team and was awarded the CFA designation.



Michael McCreesh, Goldman Sachs – Securities, New York
MiFID II Discussion

Mike is co-head of the Equities Multi-Asset Platform business and global head of the Client Commission Management business within the Securities Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and worked in financial applications within the Controllers Division. Mike joined the Securities Division in 1999 to start the soft dollar business and transferred to the Futures business in 2006 to work on the global coordination of that growing business. In 2008, he moved into the Client Commission Management business. Mike was named managing director in 2010.

Mike is co-founder of TeamBrent, a group dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. He serves on the Institutional Brokerage Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

Mike is also chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit focused on pediatric cancer research.

Mike earned a BBA from Hofstra University in 1990, an MBA from Hofstra University in 1994 and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Public Accounting from Pace University in 1997. He is a CFA charterholder.

Active vs Passive Panel Discussion

Learn More About Moderator and Panelists



Pete Cecchini, Cantor Fitzgerald

As Cantor’s Chief Market Strategist, Peter Cecchini has over 15 years of experience analyzing and hedging multi-asset class portfolios (10 years buy-side and 6 years sell-side). Peter started Cantor’s strategy and equity derivatives group in early 2011. The team’s strategy work has been voted ‘Institutional Investor All-American’ each year since inception. In 2010, he was Chief Strategist at BGC Partners, the public affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald. For the 3 years prior to BGC, Peter was a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at an event-driven, special situations hedge fund seeded by Ulysses Management. Previously, Peter spent four years at Mellon Financial Corporation (within its Mellon HBV Alternative Strategies, LLC subsidiary) most recently as a Managing Director and group head of distressed investing. Until its acquisition by Mellon Financial, he spent over three years as an analyst and senior analyst at HBV Capital Management. During his tenure at Mellon, Peter sat on the Board of Directors of Ormet Corporation (strategy and hedging committee), a North American integrated aluminum producer. Peter has chaired or served on numerous committees prior to and during bankruptcy.

Peter has an MBA from Columbia University (Dean’s List), JD from Boston University (Edward S. Hennessey Scholar; American Jurisprudence Prize) and a BA in Economics from Haverford College. Peter is a frequent commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, the WSJ, and Canada’s BNN.



Thomas Champion, Director, New York Stock Exchange
Panelist, Exchange

Mr. Champion is currently Managing Director in the Global Index and Exchange Traded Products Group at the New York Stock Exchange. He joined the NYSE in 2006. Prior to joining the NYSE, Mr. Champion worked as an Assistant Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Victory NewBridge Capital Management and NewBridge Partners, LLC from 1999 until 2005. He began his career at the Campbell, Cowperthwait division of U.S. Trust in 1998.

Mr. Champion is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the New York Society of Security Analyst. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University.



Chris Hempstead
Panelist, ETF Market Maker/ Sales

Chris Hempstead was most recently Head of ETF Sales for KCG and lead the company’s team serving institutions and issuers with their ETF trading, liquidity and market intelligence needs.

KCG is a leading independent securities firm offering investors a range of services designed to address trading needs across asset classes, product types and time zones. The firm combines advanced technology with exceptional client service across market making, agency execution and venues. KCG has multiple access points to trade global equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities via voice or automated execution.

Chris has been a significant leader in the ETF industry for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining KCG in 2013, he served as a key member of the WallachBeth Capital ETF cash desk, guiding clients in the design and implementation of ETF trading strategies. Previously, he was Director and Head of ETF Trading at Cowen and Company where he was instrumental in designing the firm’s proprietary ETF quoting and algorithmic strategies, overseeing development of order management systems, and maintaining client and ETF issuer relationships.

He also served in senior market-making and risk-management roles for several of the industry’s leading ETF market makers, including Susquehanna International Group where he spent nine years as a senior ETF Specialist. He also was Managing Director, ETF Trading & Development, for Van Der Moolen Capital Markets where he helped develop the company’s ETF market-making platform and oversaw the ETF trading desk. Chris started his career as a specialist on the floor of the American Stock Exchange.

Chris received a BBA in Finance from Saint Bonaventure University.



David V. LaValle, State Street Global Advisors
Panelist, ETF Issuer

Dave is the US Head of SPDR ETF Capital Markets at State Street Global Advisors. He and his team are focused on educating investors, promoting SPDR ETF liquidity and enhancing the SPDR client experience.  In this role, Dave is responsible for sales and client relationships with SPDR ETF participants in the U.S., including institutional and intermediary buy-side clients, as well as authorized participants, electronic market makers, broker dealers, proprietary trading desks, Stock Exchanges and Alternative Trading Systems on the sell-side.

Prior to joining SSGA, Dave was the head of NASDAQ’s Exchange Traded Product Marketplace where he was responsible for the strategy and business development of the ETP business.  Dave primarily focused on market structure innovation, liquidity programming, and relationship management with market makers, order flow providers, and issuers. Prior to NASDAQ, Dave was a Managing Partner at Kellogg Group where he managed equity trading desks on the American Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.

Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, served on the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY) Board and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 licenses.



Eric Marshall, Hodges Capital President/Director of Research
Panelist, Active Manager

Eric J. Marshall, CFA currently serves as the President and Head of Research for Hodges Capital Management.  Eric has been with the firm since 1997. Eric also serves on the Board of Directors of the firm’s parent company, Hodges Capital Holdings.  Eric holds a BA in Finance from West Texas A&M University.  He is an active member of the CFA Institute and the Dallas Society of Financial Analysts.

Eric serves as a portfolio manager on several of the firm’s investment strategies.  Investments in these strategies are identified through a process of rigorous fundamental analysis across multiple industries.  Eric and the investment team of research analysts use a bottom-up approach to reveal opportunities in stocks that may be overlooked or misunderstood by more conventional approaches.

Banquet Dinner

Learn More About Our Key Note Speaker



David Zervos, Jefferies
Keynote Speaker

David Zervos is the Chief Market Strategist for Jefferies LLC. David is best known across the financial services industry for his timely macroeconomic commentaries. In his role he continuously exchanges investment ideas with the world’s leading money managers, hedge funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and government officials. He also appears regularly in the media as a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News.

Additionally, David is a regular speaker at many key industry conferences and events. David joined Jefferies in 2010 after spending 2009 as a visiting advisor in the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. Prior to visiting the Federal Reserve, he held a variety of research, sales and trading positions in the private sector, most recently managing global macro portfolios for Brevan Howard and UBS O’Connor. He began his career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in the early 1990’s. He received a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

We are now accepting sponsors for our 2018 Texas Traders Convention

Share This