Don Ross brings over ten years of experience working for GETCO, LLC as a trader and business unit leader, where he gained deep expertise in equities market structure and proprietary electronic trading. His responsibilities include leadership of PDQ’s growing Research & Development team, talent management and overall strategic product direction with a focus on optimizing the liquidity seeking and provision experiences for CODA’s’ subscribers.
Mr. Ross holds a B.S. in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
Ed is the President of CODA Markets, Inc., and manages day-to-day activities including operations, regulation, and financial areas of the firm. Prior thereto, Ed worked at Allston Trading, where he was the liaison between the firm and all external market centers on connectivity and trading relating issues.
In his previous position as SVP at the National Stock Exchange, Ed oversaw the Business Development area and all related client service issues, in addition to Trading Operations and Support, while representing the Exchange on numerous industry committees and working groups. Ed started his career with the CBOE where he worked on the trading floor, focused on automating the execution of customer orders. Ed is a member of the Chicago Securities Traders Association and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Mr. O’Malley graduated from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota and received his MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
David Padgitt brings over twenty years of securities industry experience to PDQ and CODA Markets, Inc. He was an early member of Hull Trading where he worked on the design and implementation of one of the first real time option pricing and risk management systems starting in 1986, making them an early leader in the options market making industry.
David was also Chief Information officer for First Continental Trading where he developed a global trading system for proprietary derivatives trading, and was the Director of Information Technology at Grosvenor Capital Management.
Mr. Padgitt graduated from Knox College with a B.A. in Physics.
Pat Cestaro III oversees the sales and marketing activities of CODA Markets, Inc., bringing over 35 years of experience developing and leading successful financial services endeavors.
Prior to joining CODA Markets, Pat was the President of PDQ Inc., and the CEO of Quadriserv Inc. and its registered broker-dealer and ATS, Automated Equity Finance Markets, Inc. There he negotiated and coordinated the sale of the broker-dealer and its assets to EquiLend, a successful consortium of leading financial institutions that he helped found back in 2001. Pat was also a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns for over 28 years, where he was the Global Head of Securities Lending, and helped the integration with J.P. Morgan, where he worked for two years as Managing Director in the Prime Brokerage / Equity Finance division.
Pat is a past President of the Securities Lending Division of SIFMA, a former Chairman of EquiLend, and was inducted into the Global Custodian Securities Services Hall of Fame in 2009. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University, where he is an associate member on the Board of Advisors for the College at Lincoln Center.
Chris Meade brings twenty five years of compliance and operations experience in the securities industry to CODA Markets. Prior thereto he was the Senior Managing Director of Compliance and Clearing for SunGard’s brokerage group. Previously, Chris was Chief Compliance Officer of GETCO Execution Services, OCTEG LLC, Archipelago Securities and Archipelago Trading Services.
Chris started his career in brokerage operations working for Kidder Peabody & Co. and later applied his expertise as Vice President of Operations for First Chicago NBD Investments Services and as Director of Operations for Northern Trust Securities.
Mr. Meade holds a B.A. from Marquette University and Series 7, 14, 24, 55 and 63 licenses.