Emil van Essen is the CEO and CIO of Emil van Essen, LLC. He determines the strategic direction of the firm and focuses on strategy development, research, and trading. Mr. van Essen has 25 years of trading and quantitative modeling experience. Drawing on his depth of experience in the markets, Mr. Emil van Essen has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S. and internationally, participated in panel presentations, and has authored two books on futures trading. Mr. van Essen studied honors mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario from 1983 to 1986. He then left the University of Waterloo to accept a highly regarded position at Prudential Bache Securities where he created option trading strategies for institutions. Mr. van Essen became one of the youngest brokers to qualify for Vice-Presidency and to be accepted into Prudential s elite International Presidents Club. At Scotia McLeod and Bank of Montreal Mr. van Essen tested and developed proprietary trading models. He established the first systematic, model driven, proprietary trading group at Bank of Montreal and was the first Director of Managed Futures. As the Director of Managed Futures, he tested and developed a Commodity Trading Advisor selection model. In 1997, Mr. van Essen became a registered CTA and began hedging CTA Portfolios for a large family office in Chicago. While working with the family office, Mr. van Essen was the Director at Abacus Fund Management, a multi-manager CTA fund, and President of Vankar Trading Corp, a brokerage firm. He has divested his interest in Abacus and Vankar to devote all of his time and resources to Emil van Essen, LLC. In 2006, Mr. van Essen founded the Spreading Trading Program, which remains the company s flagship program.