Straits executive team includes some of the industry's most experienced seasoned professionals in Futures and Options.
Gene Orr—Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Gene is responsible for developing new business opportunities globally and building bridges between the US and other continents such as Asia. Mr. Orr has been in the financial industry for the last 25 years and has held senior positions at leading global financial institutions such as Citigroup Global Markets, HSBC, and Jefferies. He started his career as a commodity sales broker at an investment bank in Seoul and London dealing with metals and energy products before moving on to senior positions in the futures industry with Refco Group, LLC and Cargill Investor Services, both of which are located in Chicago. He recently served as the CEO of AQG Capital Management, now known as KB Asset Management, in Singapore. Gene read for his Ph.D in Finance from the University of Birmingham in U.K and holds an MA from Bond University in Australia. He and his wife, Sue, have two children.
Paul Fry—Chief Operating Officer
In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Paul Fry manages the key functions of both the Straits Operations and Technology divisions. He also assumes the role of driving the business development of Straits execution, clearing and broker services. Mr. Fry has been in the futures industry for the last 25 years and held senior positions at several leading FCMs including Cadent Financial Services LLC, Refco LLC and Lind-Waldock. His duties included overseeing market related risk, credit risk, front end systems (both implementation and risk management), sales and various other aspects of running a clearing firm. He travels frequently to meet with customers, gathering market intelligence and trends, and attends industry events to keep a robust perspective. He and his wife, Catherine, have two children.
Christine Lofland—Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Christine Lofland is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities for the company. With over 20 years of experience in the commodities industry, Christine brings a broad range of experience to the CFO position. She started her career as an auditor for the National Futures Association and spent 17 years as the Chief Financial Officer for International Futures & Options Associates, LLC, which was the largest broker association at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 1997, she became a Managing Member of the firm. She recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of the successor of that firm, The Brokerage Group, LLC. In her roles as CFO, she was responsible for all of the day-to-day finance and accounting functions of the firms. Christine holds a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in Finance from Illinois State University. She is also a Registered Certified Public Accountant. She and her husband, Tom, have four children.
Jim Gordon—Chief Compliance Officer
In his duties as Chief Compliance Officer, Jim Gordon is responsible for all CFTC, NFA, and exchange-related Compliance. Jim also assists Guaranteed Introducing Brokers of Straits with their regulatory requirements. Mr. Gordon has been in the finance industry for over 20 years. He began as a clerk on the CME floor, moved on to become a market-maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and later an Analyst in market regulation at the National Association of Securities Dealers (currently known as FINRA). Since 2005, Jim has been in Compliance, first at Wachovia Securities and later serving as CCO at Advance Trading. Jim attends various industry-related events such as FIA L&C and Chicago Kent’s Conference on Futures and Derivatives to keep abreast of Compliance trends. In his spare time, Jim enjoys golf and attending University of Michigan sporting events. He and his wife Kelly have four children.