JonesTrading has been a trusted, high-touch execution partner for institutional money managers and hedge funds for over 40 years. We understand the intricacies of execution and the importance of anonymity. Through our network of over 100 registered representatives, we source liquidity from over 1,500 institutions and hedge funds and have the ability to access virtually every exchange and dark pool.
Mr. Jones continues a family legacy as the third generation working in the securities business. His grandfather, George Sr., co-founded Mitchum, Jones & Templeton in the early 1900’s and his father, George Jr., started Jones & Associates in 1975. Mr. Jones started in the securities business in 1978 working for Jefferies & Co., Inc. as a trader focusing on 144 transactions, insider transactions and corporate issuer buybacks. In 1980, Mr. Jones went to work for Newhard Cook selling research to institutions. In 1982, he joined Jones & Associates where he has worked in every trading position in the firm, including National Sales Manager and Head Trader. Mr. Jones is currently the firm’s Executive Chairman and has served on the Board of Directors since 1992. Mr. Jones oversaw the firm’s $50MM private placement with an institutional investor. Mr. Jones has a BA from the University of California in Santa Barbara and has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Hill joined JonesTrading in July 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hill’s immediate responsibility at JonesTrading was to manage its $50MM private placement. Previously, Mr. Hill was Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at Korn/Ferry International where he had day-to-day responsibility over the company’s finance, tax and accounting operations across 35 countries, in addition to SEC public financial reporting and Corporate Development roles. Mr. Hill previously served as Vice President of Finance at Jefferies where he participated in spinning off ITG Inc. and worked on Jefferies’ private placement of $60MM senior secured debt. As the Senior Director of Finance at Guidance Solutions, a privately held consulting firm, Mr. Hill managed their $52MM private placement. Mr. Hill began his career at KPMG LLP. Mr. Hill earned an MBA with honors from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BS in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Hill is qualified as a CPA in the State of California, and has his Series 7, 24, 27, 55, and 63 licenses.
Mr. O’Neil joined the firm in 1993 and has been a top producer for the firm covering several major institutions throughout the country. Mr. O’Neil was instrumental in opening the Dallas office in 1998. Mr. O’Neil has his BA in Finance from the University of Southern California and has been an officer and director of the Securities Traders Association of Los Angeles since 2004. He has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Chmielewski began his career as a stockbroker with Hibbard Brown & Co. In 1992, he joined Fidelity Investments as a trader in the discount brokerage division. Mr. Chmielewski then moved on to Fidelity’s Corporate Compliance Department where he managed the Surveillance Department and later served as Principal Compliance Advisor to the retail brokerage and investment advisory businesses. In 1997, Mr. Chmielewski left Fidelity to become General Counsel and Director of Compliance for Jones & Associates, Inc. He achieved the additional title of Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He has served on the boards of Jones & Associates, Inc., JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC, JonesTrading International Limited, and JonesTrading Canada. Mr. Chmielewski has a BA from Colby College, a JD cum laude from the New England School of Law, and a LLM from the Morin Center at Boston University School of Law. Mr. Chmielewski is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts and has taught business law at Emmanuel College.
Kristin Wilde has been a valued member of the JonesTrading team since 2008. Over the years, she has played an instrumental role in the company’s evolution, contributing significantly to its success. In recognition of her dedication and expertise, Mrs. Wilde was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2023. As CFO, Mrs. Wilde assumes a critical role overseeing the firm’s financial operations including financial and regulatory reporting, accounting and financial analysis. Mrs. Wilde earned a BS in Business Administration, followed by an MBA from California Lutheran University. She has her Series 99, 7, 24, 27, and 63 licenses. With a deep commitment to the financial well-being of JonesTrading, Kristin Wilde looks forward to guiding the company towards continued success.
Mr. Garceau joined JonesTrading in October 2011 as the Chief Technology Officer. He is also the Branch Manager of the Morristown office. Mr. Garceau began his career at Chicago Corp working in commodities on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Before transitioning to Financial Technology he was also an agency trader at Oppenheimer. Mr. Garceau then moved to Sungard Data Systems as an implementation specialist in their Order Management & Execution System division. He left Sungard Data Systems and accepted a position with Bloomberg LLP, where he helped in the development of the Bloomberg Equity Order Management System (SSEOMS). His final position prior to joining JonesTrading was at Financial Software provider Fidessa, where he worked for 13 years as Head of Business Development. He has a BA from SUNY Albany. Mr. Garceau resides in Madison, New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Mr. Bell joined JonesTrading in 2002 in the operations department. From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Bell managed the operations department. After 7 years in operations Mr. Bell joined the compliance department in 2008. Mr. Bell is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara and has his series 7, 63, 55, 24, 4, 87 industry licenses.
Mr. Cook joined JonesTrading in 2018 as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary responsible for overseeing legal, compliance and regulatory affairs for the firm. Prior to this, Mr. Cook served as the General Counsel for Soteria, a cybersecurity firm focused in the financial sector. From 2014-2017, Mr. Cook was a Managing Director at Tower Research Capital where he was a member of the management committee responsible for broker-dealer operations. He has also served as a Managing Director at Nasdaq, responsible for the market structure, regulatory and compliance affairs for the equity, option and fixed income broker-dealers. From 2006-2011, Mr. Cook worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in a variety of roles within the equities division, including regulatory manager, COO and equity trader. Mr. Cook started his career at UBS in the legal and compliance department. He works in our Daniel Island, South Carolina branch and holds the 7, 14, 24, 28, 57 and 63 industry licenses and is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, Massachusetts and South Carolina.
Kirsten Meade joined JonesTrading in 2023 as Head of Human Resources based in Charleston, South Carolina. Kirsten has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, leading HR functions in the US & Canada and across various industries including finance, ecommerce fulfillment, information technology, renewable energy and manufacturing. With an emphasis in employee & labor relations, she is highly skilled in all areas of HR including talent acquisition, total rewards, succession planning, leadership development and organizational change. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Kirsten currently sits on The Vestry (leadership) team for her church and has volunteered with Crisis Services, United Way, Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Kirsten holds a Graduate Certificate in Labor & Industrial Relations from Cornell University, a BA in Psychology and Business Management from SUNY Buffalo and an Associate’s in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University.
Mrs. Ruffman currently serves as Managing Director- Head of Risk at JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC and is based in Los Angeles area. In this role, Mrs. Ruffman is responsible for overseeing and developing the risk framework for the company. She works closely with trading, compliance, IT and operations to identify exposures and manage risk for the firm and its customers. She started her career as an analyst at Merrill Lynch in 2007 in New York City. During her 10 years with Bank of America Merrill Lynch she held various roles within different departments. She has worked in the Client Market Data Department, Compliance Department, ETF’s and most recently, the Electronic Equity/Derivatives Sales Trading Desk. Inessa was responsible for risk management, market access and trading supervision of quant DMA clients. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Inessa was actively involved in GBAM Women’s Leadership Council where she served as Chair of the Welcoming Committee. She also completed Women in Leadership Certificate Program from Cornell University. Inessa also serves on Board of Governors and Women in Finance for STA national association. Inessa received her BBA from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business in New York City majoring in Finance and Investments. She holds the Series 7, 63, 55, 4 and 24 as well as the IIROC Certified Trader industry licenses.
Mr. Chase joined the firm in 2003 and became Branch Office Manager in 2014. He began his trading career at Tucker Anthony in Boston and after that moved to Adams, Harkness and Hill in Boston where he worked on the market making desk. Mr. Chase received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Boston College in 1996 and has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Cohen is based out of the New York office. Prior to joining JonesTrading, Moe served as VP, Head of Capital Markets Trading at Cantor Fitzgerald. During Moe’s tenure at Cantor he managed the syndicate process for Cantor’s lead traditional IPO’s and secondary offerings. Over the last 10 years, Moe has established a successful Investment Banking and Capital Markets platform which offers Corporate, Private Equity and Venture Capital clients a full suite of banking services. Moe has established a proven track record in assisting PE/VC firms with exiting public portfolio positions. He has executed transactions as large as $400 million in notional value. During his tenure at JonesTrading, Moe has been instrumental in building a banking platform that allows our clients to benefit from elite level execution while simultaneously having the ability to access one of the largest institutional platforms on Wall Street. Moe currently holds his Series 7, 55, 63, and 24 securities licenses.
Mr. Cooper joined the firm in September 2006 as the Director of Marketing. After four years in that role, Mr. Cooper migrated to the trading desk where he worked in the New York City office for 2 years before moving to the Miami, Florida office. Mr. Cooper was in Miami, Florida for 2 years before opening a JonesTrading office in Pittsford, NY, his home town. Mr. Cooper received a B.S. from SUNY Buffalo and later went on to obtain an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He lives in Pittsford, NY with his wife and has his series 7, 24, 55 and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Cunningham has over 35 years of experience in the US, UK, and Pan Asian equity markets. He currently oversees US and global accounts, having joined JonesTrading in 2015 to launch its London Office. Prior to joining the firm he was most recently CEO of Execution LLC’s US based brokerage operations, driving its expansion and growth. Previously he held positions of increasing responsibility at Wedd Durlacher Mordaunt, BZW, Robert Fleming and ABN Amro.
Mr. Dickson joined JonesTrading in May of 2003 in the Operations department. Mr. Dickson worked in the back office for 5 years before working for the head trader of the firm Mr. Spaeth for 3 years. Mr. Dickson rejoined the Operations department as the Managing Director of Global Operations in March 2011. Mr. Dickson is a graduate of Cal State Chico, and has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63.
Mr. Farrington joined the firm in 2006 and manages our Atlanta office. Prior to joining JonesTrading, Mr. Farrington was at Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta and New York, JC Bradford in Nashville, Tennessee and at Everen Securities and McDonell Brothers in Chicago. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University in 1993 and has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Geha joined the firm in the Aspen Office in 2002. He relocated to Lake Mary in 2004 and was named Branch Office Manager in January 2015. Mr. Geha received a BA in English from Bates College and has his Series 7, 63, 55 and 24 licenses.
Mr. Hendrickson is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Prime Services at Jones Trading, responsible for driving growth through Jones’ hybrid technology and high touch services. He is experienced in advising fund managers on launching, operating and scaling their investment management businesses. In 2021, Business Insider named him one of the “29 people to know when launching a fund.” He has worked with numerous funds over the years across Hedge, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Real Estate, Private Debt and Crypto. Previously, he was Chief Revenue Officer at Opus Fund Services where he contributed significantly to the growth of the firm, and led sales and marketing.
Mr. Kirsch is a Managing Director and Manager of our Solana Beach office. He joined JonesTrading in 2007 after graduating from Boston College with a bachelor of arts in Economics. Since then, he has worked in the Westlake Village, Aspen and NYC offices before opening up an office in Solana Beach. He lives in Encinitas with his wife, 2 sons and dog. He has his series 7, 24, 55 and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. LeVeen is Global Head of Outsourced Trading. Prior to joining JonesTrading, Mr. LeVeen was a senior institutional salestrader for KCG (formerly Knight Capital Group). Mr. LeVeen began his career at Smith Barney and was with the firm for eight years and two mergers. Mr. LeVeen is a 1997 graduate of Lehigh University with a BA in English, he is series 7, 24, 55, and 63 licenses.
Mr. Lutz is a Managing Director and Branch Office Manager of our Annapolis, MD office. Prior to joining JonesTrading, Mr. Lutz was a senior equity trader for 20 years (running multiple industry books) at: Alex.Brown; UBS; Wachovia; and Stifel. He built Stifel’s ETF trading platform – and branded himself a Macro strategist through his differentiated research. Dave publishes his “What Traders are Watching” to thousands of Institutional clients, and runs nearly 500 “chatrooms” with the street. He graduated from the University of Maryland and has his Series 4, 7, 24, 55 and 63 licenses.
Mr. Martinelli is a Managing Director and the Branch Office Manager of our San Francisco office. He has been with Jones since 2000, starting in our New York office and then transitioning to the west coast in 2008. Prior to joining JonesTrading, Mr. Martinelli worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in both their World Trade Center and Century City, CA offices. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Mary Washington in 1996 and has his series 7, 24, 55 and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. McGoldrick is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Prime Services at Jones Trading where he acts as consultant to new and emerging hedge funds by guiding them through the arduous process of launching and growing an investment management business. Mr. McGoldrick has extensive prime brokerage experience dealing in all facets of an alternative asset business; from fund and managed account formation, compliance and risk management to marketing and capital introductions.
Mr. Micsky, CFA, joined JonesTrading in 2011 from Credit Suisse and was named Head of Global Derivatives in 2014. He learned the derivatives business while working at Pequot Capital, a hedge fund firm, from 2005 until 2009, when the firm closed. At Pequot Capital, Mr. Micsky worked with analysts and portfolio managers to structure, and trade, equity option strategies around Pequot’s fundamental research driven view. After Pequot closed in 2009, he took an Equity Derivative Sales role at Credit Suisse in San Francisco, with the goal of providing a similar level of derivative analysis and execution to his clients. Mr. Micsky is a 2004 graduate of Princeton University where he majored in Economics and graduated Cum Laude. He has his Series 7, 63, 3, 55, 4, and 24 industry licenses.
Mr. Minor began his career at JonesTrading in 2001 and has had the opportunity to learn the business from the bottom up. His skill as an accomplished tennis player has contributed to an amazing work ethic and dedication to the JonesTrading team. His travels as a nationally ranked player, representing the U.S., gave him the opportunity to realize what can be created when you have a clear focus on results. With over a decade of trading experience in Aspen and traveling around the world learning new markets, Chris has brought his extensive trading knowledge back to his roots and the headquarters of JonesTrading. Chris’ goals are to create success for the entire team at JonesTrading and continue the challenge to be the best firm at sourcing natural liquidity in the world. Chris Minor is currently Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Rasic is Manager of our Encino office. He joined JonesTrading in 2016. Prior to Jones, he spent 25 years at Jefferies and 3 years at Guggenheim. He graduated from USC with a degree in Business/Finance. He lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife and has 3 children. He has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Richards joined the firm in 2000 and manages our Miami office. Prior to that, Mr. Richards managed our NY city office. He has his 7, 24, 55 and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Sloves is a Managing Director and the Manager of our New York office. He joined JonesTrading in 2002 after graduating Cum Laude from Dartmouth. Mr. Sloves majored in Economics and was captain of the Dartmouth tennis team while he played the #1 position in singles and doubles. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and 2 sons. He has his series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Spaeth is Head Trader at JonesTrading responsible for supervising all sales traders overseeing day-to-day trading. He joined in 1994 in our Thousand Oaks office. Mr. Spaeth received a BS in Finance in 1994 from Arizona State University and has his Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Tafaro joined the firm in 2016 as a Managing Director from Tora Trading to help spearhead the firm’s Asian shares trading business. From 2000-2013 he worked for Goldman Sachs in Asia. In 2009 he was named co-head of Japan Shares Execution Services in Tokyo and was promoted to Managing Director in 2010. Mr. Tafaro started his career in finance at Nomura Securities International in Tokyo. He graduated with honors in International Studies (East Asia) and a minor in Japanese from Trinity College in 1998. Mr. Tafaro also attended Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan for one year of intensive language study in 1997. Mr. Tafaro has his series 7, 24, 3, and 63 industry licenses.
Mr. Turley has over two decades of international experience in investment banking, capital markets, and private equity. Prior to joining JonesTrading, he served as Principal and Head of the Financial Institutions Group for MLV & Co. He also served on MLV’s Engagement and Investment Committees and was a key leader of the Management Committee. Prior to MLV, Mr. Turley worked in Private Equity for Anglo Irish Bank and NCB, a division of Royal Bank of Scotland.
Mr. Wildman joined JonesTrading in 1996 and has served as a trading assistant, a trader on the Agency Desk and currently manages Global Execution Services. Chris lives in Newbury Park with his wife Cindy and their 2 boys. He has the Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 industry licenses.