Chad Butler is President of Clarke Capital. He has extensive experience in multiple areas of the futures industry that include sales and marketing, application and trading model development, and trading operation management. From May 1999 to March 2003, Mr. Butler was registered as an AP with Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. ("PFGBest"), a registered FCM. During this time, Mr. Butler had several different responsibilities including retail broker, equity raiser for managed futures, and Internet marketing. He also was a member of the firm's IT committee. From March 2003 to September 2003, Mr. Butler was registered as an AP of Man Financial Inc. (now MF Global Inc.), a registered FCM, where he managed a group of brokers. From September 2003 to December 2004, Mr. Butler was employed as General Manager of and was NFA registered with KwikTrading LLC ("KwikTrading"), a registered IB. His responsibilities included managing sales, marketing, and daily operations. His AP registration with KwikTrading was withdrawn in January 2005. From January 2005 to September 2007, Mr. Butler was employed by R.J.O'Brien Associates LLC ("RJ O'Brien"), a registered FCM, as Sales and Marketing Manager of RJOFutures. From January 2005 through August 2010, he was registered as an AP of RJ O'Brien. From September 2007 to April 2010, he was employed by County Cork, LLC, a registered CTA. During this time, he was responsible for trading operations and model development, and preparing the launch of the O'Brien Agricultural Fund, a privately offered commodity pool. Mr. Butler was listed as a Principal of TradeVantage LLC, a registered CTA, from August 2009 through March 2010. He has been employed at CCM since April, 2010 and was registered as an AP and was approved as a Principal of Clark Capital on September 17, 2010.
John O'Brien Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Clarke Capital Management, Inc. Mr. O'Brien graduated from DePaul University in March, 2008 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Mr. O'Brien was employed as a floor broker and trader with R.J. O'Brien & Associates from June, 2003 to March, 2008. Mr. O'Brien was an Investment Analyst at O'Brien International, LLC (the parent company of Clarke Capital Management, Inc.), monitoring global macro-economic themes, performing due diligence on hedge funds and CTAs and investing the firm's capital from March, 2008 until May, 2012. In May, 2012, Mr. O'Brien joined Clarke Capital Management, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. O'Brien also serves as managing partner in Wag Holdings, LLC, a real estate investment group. On June 25, 2012, Mr. O'Brien was approved as a trading principal of Clarke Capital Management, Inc.
Michael Clarke is the Chairman of the Board of Clarke Capital Management, Inc. Mr. Clarke's employment history is the following: The period 2/83 through 2/85 was spent as an independent contractor trading equities and options for Rice, Naegele & Associates of Chicago, a firm involved in private speculation. From 2/85 through 3/89, Mr. Clarke as an independent contractor traded equities and options in a firm account of Shatkin Investment Corp., then a clearing member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. From 3/89 to 11/89, Mr. Clarke as an independent contractor traded equities and options in a firm account of French-American Securities, a private investment company based in Chicago. From 11/89 to December 9, 1993, Mr. Clarke was self-employed; developing methods to trade futures and other commodity interests and trading various personal accounts. From January, 2010 to May, 2012, Mr. Clarke served as the Chief Executive Officer of Clarke Capital Management, Inc. As of October 25, 1993, Mr. Clarke has been employed as an Associated Person and principal of Clarke Capital Management, Inc., a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. As of April 8th, 2011, Mr. Clarke has been employed as a branch office manager of Clarke Capital Management, Inc.
David G. Wesolowicz is currently Director of Trading Operations and previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Clarke Capital Management since August, 2004. He graduated cum laude from Michigan State University in August, 1976 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in November, 1976. He was employed as a CPA from September, 1976 to April, 1981 for Coopers & Lybrand (n/k/a PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and Beatrice Foods. From April, 1981 to January, 1990, he traded both options and futures for his own account as a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade and was a member of several exchange committees. From January, 1990 to May, 1990, Mr. Wesolowicz was involved in self-directed research of financial markets. From May, 1990 to August, 2004, Mr. Wesolowicz was president of Essex Trading Group, Ltd. and its affiliate, Essex Trading Company, Ltd., a leader in the research and development of trading systems and techniques. Essex Trading Group, Ltd. was registered as an Introducing Broker and both Essex Trading Group, Ltd. and Essex Trading Company, Ltd. were registered as Commodity Trading Advisors with the NFA. On September 3, 2004, Mr. Wesolowicz was registered as an Associated Person and on January 24, 2007, Mr. Wesolowicz was registered as a principal of Clarke Capital Management, Inc.
Andrew F. Owens is the Information Technology Director for Clarke Capital Management. He graduated summa cum laude from Grove City College in May 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. From September 1988 to February 1990, Mr. Owens was a staff consultant for Andersen Consulting (n/k/a Accenture), an information systems consulting firm. From March 1990 to June 1991, Mr. Owens worked for Dominion Financial Group, Ltd., a commodity trading and research firm, as a systems programmer. He was employed by Roadway Package System (n/k/a FedEx Ground) as an applications developer from June 1991 to February 1992. From February 1992 to November 1994, Mr. Owens was the Manager of Information Systems at A.O. Management, a registered CTA, where he developed order generation, trade management, and research software. From November 1994 to August 1995, he was the Systems Manager for Federated Investors, specializing in the mutual fund firm's 401(k) record-keeping and reporting software. From August 1995 to November 1996, Mr. Owens was Vice President at Grant Street Advisors, consultants to municipalities issuing and refunding municipal bonds, where he structured municipal bond refundings. In November 1996, he joined Dominion Capital Management, a registered CTA, where he was listed as Principal from December 2001, until his departure in July 2004. At Dominion, he served as Senior Vice President for Information Systems, developing short-term trading system software and automating back office operations. From July 2004 to October 2007, Mr. Owens was a Project Manager at Grant Street Group, a software development firm for government entities and financial institutions, designing and managing the installation of tax collection and billing systems for Florida county tax collectors. He was employed from October 2007 to December 2009 as the Information Systems Director for O'Brien International, LLC, a family wealth management office. From January 2010 to April 2011, Mr. Owens returned to Grant Street Group as an independent consultant, assisting with the management of Grant Street's foreclosure auction website used by Florida county clerks of court. He has been employed at Clarke Capital Management as the Information Technology Director since April, 2011, and was registered as an Associated Person on March 16, 2012 and registered as a principal of Clarke Capital Management on November 6, 2013.