2017 Summit Biographies

Session 1 – How Advisors Find Opportunities with Options to Enhance Portfolios

Eric Cott
Director of Financial Advisor Education for The Options Industry Council

Eric_CottAs a representative for The Options Industry Council and serving as Director, Financial Advisor Education, Eric Cott endeavors to help advisors and their firms to use options more effectively. Mr. Cott is responsible for expanding OIC’s outreach to financial advisors. Additionally, he participates in conference panel discussions, presents advisor-oriented educational seminars, and guides the development of options curriculum and content for the OIC Advisor web site.

Over the last 20+ years, Mr. Cott has supported, served as and directed financial advisors through different roles. Most recently he was a Regional Vice President and Retirement Income Consultant at Sunlife Financial Distributors Inc. where he identified and cultivated new business, increasing assets and revenue share. Prior to that, Mr. Cott spent the majority of his investment career as a Producing Manager and Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. There he built and maintained a successful wealth management practice.

Mr. Cott holds a BA from University of Wisconsin Madison and the CRPC designation from the College of Financial Planning.

Nicholas Rygiel
Assistant Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Nicholas RygielNick Rygiel, CFP®, CRPC®, graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the USS PORTER for four years and for two years as a management analyst at the Center for Surface Combat Systems in Dahlgren, Virginia. Nick also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. As a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch since 2011, Nick helps entrepreneurial-minded clients integrate their finances into a broader vision of what they want their wealth to accomplish. From there, Nick seeks to assist clients in mapping a strategy to help them with achieving their goals. He and his wife Colleen live in Narberth, PA with their two sons. He volunteers as a Blue and Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy.

Sheri Redford
First Vice President - Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager - RCB Wealth Management

Sheri RedfordSheri Redford entered the wealth management industry over 29 years ago - beginning her career in 1987 after graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. She has spent her entire career in the greater Puget Sound area and makes her home in Lake Stevens, Washington with her son and daughter.

Sheri has been with RBC Wealth Management since 2005, as part of the Bailey, Burns, Redford & Rosenbaum Group whose practice is focused on individual clients - with the aim of helping them build and protect personal wealth to achieve their long-term financial goals.

Ms. Redford's primary role on the team is the daily management of the equity portfolios, which includes development and implementation of their covered call writing option strategy.

Stefan Rosuck
Principal & Wealth Advisor at Intelligent Investment Strategies

Stefan RosuckFor the past 18 years in the financial services industry, Stefan Rosuck has been providing his clients with full financial planning capabilities and hedging strategies designed to manage risk. His primary focus is to help enable his clients to enjoy their retirement based on their own values and what is most important to them, including minimization of taxes and efficient generational passing of wealth.

After graduating from Drake University with a B.A. in marketing, Stefan became a district manager for Stanley Black & Decker, responsible for the Midwestern territory. At age 25, Stefan purchased his first franchise business and in the nine years to follow, started four additional companies in multiple industries. In 1999, Stefan joined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

Stefan has been a volunteer for a number of years through the Gurnee Park District sports programs and he also has assisted with the organization of the parks special events. He recently served the community on the Strategic Plan Advisors Committee.

Session 2 – Tapping into the Power of Options for Income Generation

Ed Modla
Manager of Investor Services at the Options Clearing Corporation

Ed ModlaEd Modla is the Manager of Investor Services at the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC). Ed began his career with Hull Trading in 1997 where he served as a market maker for index options. He was a highly successful professional trader for many years in the equities, options, and futures markets before entering the service side of the industry.

At OCC, he is responsible for managing the operations of a comprehensive options resource center that provides information and education about options and supports all products traded on all OCC participant exchanges. In addition of his responsibilities with OCC, Ed also serves as an instructor of the Options Industry Council (OIC), conduction option seminars and presenting online webinars of all segments of the investing community, including registered Representatives and Advisors.

Session 3 – Options Protection Strategies Every Investor Should Know

Joe Burgoyne
Director, Institutional and Retail Marketing for The Options Industry Council

Joe BurgoyneJoseph F. Burgoyne III is Director, Institutional and Retail Marketing, for The Options Industry Council. He is responsible for supporting the institutional, retail and university outreach educational programs. Additionally, Mr. Burgoyne serves as a staff instructor for The Options Industry Council.

Prior to assuming his present position, Mr. Burgoyne spent 30 years in the financial industry. He most recently served as Director of Business Development for derivative and data software company IVolatility where he successfully led sales, marketing and advertising campaigns. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Burgoyne Capital Management, LLC where he was responsible for all trading & risk management decisions. Also, Mr. Burgoyne managed the floor operations at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange for Van der Moolen Options USA and Tague Securities. His responsibilities included risk management, market making as both specialist & market maker and the development of proprietary databases.

Bill Ryan
Managing Director NYSE Euronext

Bill RyanBill Ryan began his career in options with EF Hutton in 1982 where he served on the retail trading desk. He has worked at various brokerage firms including SG Cowen whereas the firms Senior Registered Options Principal, his primary responsibilities were retail option trading and strategy. At NYSE, he is responsible for business development and sales for options and new option products along with options education. In addition to his responsibilities at NYSE Euronext, Bill also serves as an instructor for the Options Industry Council, conducting option seminars across the country and around the world for all segments of the investing community including registered representatives and public investors as well as legislators and regulators.

Peter Lusk
Senior Instructor, The Options Institute at CBOE

Peter LuskPeter Lusk, who joined CBOE in 2007, teaches a variety of options courses for public and institutional investors.

Lusk has presented to thousands of investors across the U.S. and has conducted hundreds of webinars for both The Options Institute and various CBOE member firms. He is a regular contributor of options education articles to financial publications, has appeared on CNBC, and can be seen on his CBOE TV show, Strategy of the Week.

In addition to his responsibilities at The Options Institute, Lusk serves as an Instructor for the Options Industry Council (OIC) – an educational organization representing the entire U.S. options industry. He also remains an active, professional options trader, which allows him to share his trading experiences with his classes.

Prior to joining The Options Institute, Lusk was a highly successful Market Maker on the floor of the CBOE, specializing in equity options trading. In 1993, he joined Steve Fossett’s group -- Lakota Trading in Chicago – where he served as a Market Maker on the floor of the CBOE and had the additional responsibility of educating and training the firm’s new Market Makers.

Session 4 – Incorporating Exchange-Listed Options into Index and Portfolio Strategies

Joanne M. Hill, PhD.
Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy, CBOE Vest Financial LLC.

Joanne HillJoanne Hill serves as Senior Advisor for Research and Strategy at CBOE Vest Financial. She has worked with ProShares since 2009 as Head of Institutional Investment Strategy, focusing on ETF research and education. Prior to joining ProShares, Dr. Hill spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Managing Director leading global equity index and derivatives research and advising institutional investors on strategies using index and risk management tools.

A recognized leader in the financial industry, Dr. Hill is a recipient of the William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award and has published extensively on quantitative investment topics, index products, and derivatives. Dr. Hill is a co-author (along with Dave Nadig and Matt Hougan) of A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), published by the CFA Institute Research Foundation. She serves on the board and heads the research committee for the "Q" Group and the CFA Institute Research Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Index Investing.

Dr. Hill was a Founding Member and Co-President of Women in ETFs where she currently serves on their board. Money Management Executive named Dr. Hill one of the ten inaugural recipients of the Top Women in Asset Management Awards. Joanne serves on the Investment Committee of the Montgomery County Public School Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension plans. Prior to her career on Wall Street, she was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and she has a Ph.D. in Finance from Syracuse University.

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