Las Vegas, NV July 31 - August 2, 2017

Breakout Sessions

How the Basics Make You Money

Justin Krebs

Justin Krebs
Justin Krebs

Justin Krebs

Being a golf pro, Justin Krebs noticed that most golfers struggled with the mental side of the game. As Justin began trading, he noticed the similarities between golf and trading: "After you acquire a solid foundation, both skills rely on the 6 inches between your ears."

Justin fell in love with Online Trading Academy's curriculum and became the Managing Partner of the North Carolina franchise. Since then, Justin's natural affinity for teaching, and his passion for trading have come together at Online Trading Academy as an Instructor. His approach to trading Forex and Futures is simple enough that beginners can readily adopt its style, and more experienced traders can achieve a greater understanding of advanced technical analysis. Justin trades intraday and swing positions, intensely focusing on supply and demand depicted through support and resistance lines and price action. Justin's goal for each student is to have them leave the class with a fiery passion and a comprehensive understanding of trading. "I have been fortunate to have people who have supported my dreams and have had faith in my ability to trade. Each of my students will have the same in me," says Justin.

There is an old adage that building your house on a rock is better than building one on sand. Better put, a solid foundation is the key to success. In this breakout session and then in his Live Trading Floor Session, Justin will highlight how to see the basics and make the levels jump out at you to find turning points.

Probates to Power Your Real Estate Portfolio

Diana Hill

Diana Hill
Diana Hill

Diana Hill

Instructor and Director of Real Estate Education

Diana Hill has launched countless real estate investing careers over her eight years as an OTA Real Estate instructor. Her philosophy is that real estate investing creates long term wealth and security, and that anyone can own real estate as an investment if they are willing to develop a plan and take the time and effort to see that plan through.

Students in Diana’s classes benefit from a fast-paced instructor who believes asking and doing are the best ways to learn. She has high expectations of her students and hopes they have high expectations of her. She brings extensive experience as an investor who made her first purchase in college and has controlled millions in properties over a 30-year career. She currently holds properties, from single-family rentals to Multi-Family Properties, located near her Southern California home as well as across the U.S.

We talk about finding good opportunities in any market, and that also counts in the Real Estate Market! Probates are one of the most powerful ways to find and acquire properties because there is always a supply of opportunities if you know where to look. Diana Hill has authored numerous books and taught thousands of investors how to use probate to supercharge their Real Estate Portfolio!

Understanding the Power of the Candle in Control

Michelle Volmering

Michelle Volmering
Michelle Volmering

Michelle Volmering

Operating a family farm, Michelle Volmering has been actively involved in raising, growing and delivery of commodities since 1980, specializing in grains, milk, meats and sugar. In 1987, she began investing in individual equities and mutual funds to provide additional protection and balance for long term retirement. The more she learned, the more her interest and curiosity grew and in 2002, she added futures and options trading to her portfolio.

In September 2003, Michelle's career path changed from being a Registered Nurse to being an active trader and educator in the financial markets. As an Instructor, she enjoys helping Online Trading Academy students by contributing to Power Trader Nation Community, Pro picks, Mastermind Community and being a PTN Radio guest. Students say they enjoy Michelle's simple approach to understanding core strategy and her ability to demonstrate the application of the theories taught in class.

One of our most requested and top instructors will break down the simple concept of the controlling candle in any move. Knowing what candle is in control of a move will help you to better enhance your probabilities of identifying direction!

Options Strategies That Pay

Chuck Fulkerson

Chuck Fulkerson
Chuck Fulkerson

Chuck Fulkerson

Following a successful career in the hospitality industry, Chuck Fulkerson was introduced to trading by following the guidance of other successful traders. He started trading options in 2006, as a swing and position trader, totally leaving his job in the hospitality industry to pursue trading knowledge full time in 2008. He came to Online Trading Academy in 2008, and very quickly became a futures trader. Currently, Chuck trades options as a swing and position trader; futures and currencies as a day trader; and equities as an investor to round out a truly diversified trading portfolio. In addition to being an Instructor, Chuck also holds the position of Director of Instructor Development with Online Trading Academy.

Chuck has taught thousands of students what it means to be a successful trader in his time with Online Trading Academy. Chuck has had the unique experience of teaching trading internationally in cities like Vancouver, Dubai, Singapore and Jakarta. No matter where Chuck teaches, he is constantly professing the importance of asset class diversification and risk management in both short term income accounts, as well as long term wealth accounts. With Chuck as your Instructor, you will not only get excellent instruction and energy, but the chance to learn from someone that started in the financial markets as a student, just like you.

Options are an asset class of unlimited potential! Options are the only asset class that allows a trader to make money in multiple directions on the same trade at the same time. In this session Chuck will dive into the specifics of how to use volatility to make money in the options market and get paid from a passive strategy built around earnings.

Trading Your Wealth Bucket Like a Scientist

Jose Blasco

Jose Blasco
Jose Blasco

Jose Blasco

Jose Blasco became very interested in the markets during his time in the telecommunications industry, but knew that he needed to get the best education possible to make his dream of becoming a full-time trader come true. He was looking for an education vehicle that would help him develop a strong and unique edge to take advantage of in the marketplace. This is how Online Trading Academy and Jose met for the very first time, and this is where he received the education that allows him to trade and teach in different asset classes and markets.

Coming from a field outside of the trading industry, Jose understands what it is like to start with zero knowledge base. This gives him an edge as an Instructor, allowing him to connect with his students and pass his knowledge on. He is a very disciplined trader, planning everything before the trade happens, and he places a lot of emphasis on risk management. His goal is to help his students realize that trading can be simple.

In addition to being an Instructor, Jose is also Product Development Manager for Online Trading Academy and is instrumental in writing content for all courses, both domestically and internationally.

What many of our students love best about the Online Trading Academy Core strategy is the step by step process. Jose Blasco is our Content Development Manager and an expert in building a process around all types of trading. In this session Jose will talk about the process for properly allocating assets in your portfolio to both protect and grow your wealth.

Trader in Security and What it Means for You

Michael Atias

Michael Atias
Michael Atias

Michael Atias

Director of Tax Services

As the Director of Tax Services at OTA Tax Pros, Michael Atias brings over 14 years of experience in filing tax returns for Corporations, LLC’s, partnerships and individuals specializing in “trader in securities status” and tax trading rules. Michael is also enrolled to practice before the IRS (Enrolled Agent) and has represented numerous clients in the audits and appeals process. Michael joined Online Trading Academy in 2011, and has been helping students to develop and apply tax strategies that can save them thousands of dollars annually.

What's more important, how much money you make or how much money you keep? The obvious answer is how much you keep, and the Director of Tax Services with OTA Tax Pros, Michael Atias, will cover why it's important to achieve trader in securities status. The understanding of how to achieve this status can mean a big difference in your trading results!

Protect & Grow Your Portfolio by Creating Your Own Annuity

Ara Bayindiryan

Ara Bayindiryan
Ara Bayindiryan

Ara Bayindiryan

As an actuary, professional wealth manager and serial entrepreneur, Ara Bayindiryan had high expectations when he began searching for a quality trading education. He found what he was looking for at Online Trading Academy, and became a student in 2008. He now shares his expertise as a popular Instructor.

“I wanted an investment approach that puts wealth protection front and center, with a strategic growth plan to complement that objective,” he explains. He was attracted by the supply and demand trading strategy, which complements his own experience, and our dedication to trusted financial education with the student’s best interests in mind.

Ara teaches lessons on impactful investing, maximizing investment income, retirement planning, life insurance and estate planning. Students in his classes benefit from his extensive experience combined with a unique enthusiasm for teaching tools to help them reach their goals.

One of the best and most profitable asset classes of every insurance company and investment company is the annuity. How can you, the investor, use a combination of asset classes to build your own annuity to provide very limited risk and high return opportunities?

OTA Customer Care: How Can We Help You Thrive?

Steve Albin

Steve Albin
Steve Albin

Steve Albin

VP Product Operations

Steve Albin has over 16 years of corporate education experience in the Technology Training Industry.

Prior to joining Online Trading Academy, Mr. Albin spent 12 years at New Horizons where he started as an instructor and quickly became an Operations Manager, supervising 50 instructors. Mr. Albin was promoted to the Executive Team where he served in several capacities, including Director of Content, Director of eLearning as well as Vice President of the Franchise Corporate University. During this time he managed a $20 million content business and $4 million online training business unit.

Mr. Albin was recognized for his commitment to success during his tenure at New Horizons. He was awarded Instructor of the Month two months in a row (which was a first in New Horizons’ history) and was nominated for the following commitment to excellence awards by his colleagues: “Commitment to Employee Development and Growth,” “Treat Each Other with Respect,” “Dedicated to Quality and Excellence," and “Achieve Success through Teamwork.” He was awarded “Think and Act like an Owner” commitment to excellence award.

Mr. Albin joined the Online Trading Academy team in 2008, as Vice President of Operations. He has played a vital role in scaling the student support team, developing the company’s intranet and online learning systems and expanding the curriculum of the Extended Learning Track (XLT) program.

Mr. Albin received his BS in Mathematics with a Secondary (High School) Teaching Credential from Vanguard University in 1983. He later returned to school to receive his BS in Computer Science in 1987, from National University. He has been married for over 26 years to his wife, Janice and has 3 children (Chelsea, Kayla and Carson).

We want to hear from you! Our VP of Operations, Steve Albin is steering the ship of all student relationships. Join Steve in an open floor forum to discuss the current and future outlook of Online Trading Academy and how we can serve you, the student!

Mastering Your Mental Game

Woody Johnson

Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson

Woody Johnson

Dr. M. Woodruff Johnson has actively and successfully traded stocks, options, Forex and futures since 2000. As an Online Trading Academy Instructor, Dr. Woody is devoted to helping traders hone their focus on what matters most in the trade, as they learn to develop the self-discipline necessary to plan the trade and trade the plan. His goal is to guide traders to create consistency in preparing, processing, analyzing and executing appropriately, as they manage errant emotions in order to develop capacity for emotional strength and endurance in the trade. He is dedicated to showing traders tools, techniques and concepts to take their trading to the next level; in other words, “Traders lose most of their money not because they don’t know what to do, but because negative emotions prevent them from keeping their commitments.”

The area between our ears is sometimes the biggest hurdle that we face as traders. Dr. Johnson is a world renowned expert in thinking like a successful investor and taking your performance to its peak levels!

The Keys to Swing Trading

Gabe Velazquez

Gabe Velazquez
Gabe Velazquez

Gabe Velazquez

Gabe Velazquez got his start in the markets as a broker trainee in 1997 and witnessed the gut wrenching fear of investors during that time period and the wild speculative euphoria of the late 90's. That experience brought to light the importance risk management plays in trading and investing. In fact, it's greatly influenced the way he trades today.

After many years of managing other people's money, Gabe now concentrates full time on trading his own portfolio and teaching for Online Trading Academy. Students who have Gabe as an Instructor will benefit from his first hand experience of daily involvement in the market. He brings with him an acute awareness and understanding of how the markets really work. Articulating this knowledge clearly, succinctly, and with enthusiasm is something students can appreciate.

Gabe looks forward to sharing his passion for trading and the markets with you at one of his next scheduled classes.

You never go broke taking a profit, but you find your goals faster by taking big profits! The best way to make those profits is to hold on for larger moves in larger timeframes. In this section and in his classroom lab, Gabe will emphasize the best way and timeframes to get profits as a swing trader.

Riding the Wave Like a Cheetah

Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn
Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn is the only Online Trading Academy Instructor who was formerly a professional race car driver. He attended college on a hockey scholarship and has built high performance engines for a living. But when it comes to trading, this need for speed translates to a healthy respect for a disciplined approach to reading the markets.

Bob has been trading interest rate futures since 1980 and this is still one of his favorite market plays. Online Trading Academy’s supply and demand strategy allows him to find low-risk, high-potential trades regardless of what the overall market is doing.

Bob is an active member of Power Trader Nation, where he often shares his trading ideas. Students in his classes can expect an instructor who will let them go as fast as they want, yet isn’t afraid to put on the brakes and remind them of the core strategy that helps ensure their trading success.

Since his trading career began in 1980 Bob has been a wizard in understanding how to catch the big market moves and ride the waves! Bob’s “Cheetahs” move quickly and ride the market waves to maximize profits. This section and matching classroom training will focus on Bob’s signature way of identifying Supply and Demand

Pulling Fibs With Supply and Demand

Jeff Manson

Jeff Manson
Jeff Manson

Jeff Manson

Jeff Manson has been trading since 1997. His experience is broad-based, and he actively trades equities, futures, commodities, bonds, currencies, E-Mini’s and options. Jeff uses his personal trading experience to teach students how to apply Online Trading Academy’s core strategy using a step by step trading plan. After completing an Online Trading Academy course with Jeff as your Instructor, you will have the tools and skills to: Develop your own trading plan – specific to you - consistent with your objectives and life-style, know what you should be trading, know you are focusing on the right trades, know when to get in and out of that trade, know how to trade the “right” side of the chart – not what has happened, but what has a high probability of happening, understand the bad habits and/or psychology that keep you from reaching your trading goals, make your trading mechanical in nature and minimize the emotions that come with trading and understand why the market moves when it does.

The mathematical edge provided to traders is undeniable when that trader combines true supply and demand with the power of Fibonacci's. Jeff will show how he uses Supply and Demand levels as anchor points to pull the most accurate Fibonacci projections possible! In Jeff's Classroom trading session you will take the knowledge from the books to the charts and help increase your odds of success.

Adding Real Estate to Your Portfolio

Zani Patasin

Zani Patasin
Zani Patasin

Zani Patasin

Real Estate Presenter Development Manager

Recruited from the securities industry to work for the nation’s premier homebuilder, Zani has been involved in more than half a billion dollars of new home construction. He was appointed as the youngest Division President of a Fortune 100 company and served as EVP for Atlanta’s largest homeowner. Returning to the securities industry, he applied his knowledge of the financial markets to secure investment grade assets for REITs and high net worth investors.

As a leader of the OTA Real Estate team, Zani believes that everybody deserves their shot at the American Dream and he is committed to helping anyone take that first step through real estate—whether they are new investors or seasoned professionals. He loves to share his passion and his belief that all things are possible through mentorship and hard work.

A truly diversified portfolio will not only be paper assets, but might include physical property as well. In this section, Zani will break out how thousands of investors all over the country are taking advantage of a generational opportunity to invest in real estate inside of a portfolio for either income or wealth!

Day Trading the Currency Market

Bachir Chaaya

Bachir Chaaya
Bachir Chaaya

Bachir Chaaya

The Forex market’s always been considered as a difficult one to day trade, however, when the trader understands how to approach it, generating a profit on a daily basis becomes a much easier task. Bachir’s forte has always been trading fast paced markets from a short term perspective. In this section he will demonstrate how to earn a daily income trading Forex and Futures with a focus on high win/loss ratio. In addition, Bachir will highlight the points to consider when choosing a Forex broker, and how to protect from losing all our trading money in case of broker bankruptcy.

The Forex market’s always been considered as a difficult one to day trade, however, when the trader understands how to approach it, generating a profit on a daily basis becomes a much easier task. Bachir’s forte has always been trading fast paced markets from a short term perspective. In this section he will demonstrate how to earn a daily income trading Forex and Futures with a focus on high win/loss ratio. In addition, Bachir will highlight the points to consider when choosing a Forex broker, and how to protect from losing all our trading money in case of broker bankruptcy.

Transforming Lives as an OTA Franchisee

Ralph Loberger and Gene Longobardi

Ralph Loberger
Ralph Loberger

Ralph Loberger

VP Business Development

Ralph Loberger has 20 years of experience in successfully growing franchise systems. Prior to joining Online Trading Academy, Mr. Loberger spent 6 years at New Horizons CLC, Inc where he quickly moved up the ranks in franchise development, starting as the Director, North American Franchise Development and becoming the Vice President, North American Franchise Development and finally the Vice President, Franchise Development. He was an intrinsic leader in franchise development, new center openings and renewals.

Prior to New Horizons, Mr. Loberger managed successful franchise development programs at Productivity Point, Sparks Tune-Up Centers, and Midas International.

Mr. Loberger came to Online Trading Academy in 2005, as Vice President of Franchise Development. With his vision and expertise, he has been instrumental in helping Online Trading Academy grow from a start-up company to a network of over 30 financial education centers worldwide.

Mr. Loberger earned a BS double major in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Steven Points Magna Cum Laude. He also completed the Young Executive Program at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has been married for over 39 years, has two children and enjoys running, hiking, biking and travel.

Some of our students have found that trading has transformed their lives, so much so that they want to run their own Online Trading Academy. Many of the dedicated people that run some of our Online Trading Academy centers around the world are former students, and they love the opportunity.

Demystifying Success: How to Trade Like Warren Buffett

Larry Jacobson

Larry Jacobson
Larry Jacobson

Larry Jacobson

Larry Jacobson was first introduced to trading in 1995 through an article he read in Bottom Line Personal. In 1998, he became fascinated with Warren Buffett and was inspired to begin trading stocks. In 2010, he found his way to Online Trading Academy where he honed his skills as a stock, options, Forex, and futures trader, as well as becoming a long-term wealth creator and proactive investor, though his trading preference is options and equities.

As an Instructor, Larry is passionate about imparting to his students the very knowledge and tools that he enjoyed learning throughout his own Online Trading Academy educational experiences. He lives by his philosophy: "Invest in yourself, not stuff - because throughout your life, education appreciates, possessions depreciate."

Larry's additional role as Director of Student Services is a great fit for him, as Online Trading Academy's passion and dedication toward educating its students to think and trade like professional traders is what inspired Larry join the company as an Instructor. He says that he also appreciates the way they have created a like-minded community of students and instructors that get to interact with each other, both inside and outside of the classroom.

In 1998, Larry became fascinated with Warren Buffett and was inspired to begin trading stocks. He started as a student at the Academy in 2010, and after getting his EdD in Education, Larry joined the Academy as an OTA Instructor. As a published author of several books, Larry brings his own unique educational insights which he blends with his fundamental and technical trading knowledge to help others achieve their personal and financial success.

Options Unfiltered

Eric Ochotnicki

Eric Ochotnicki
Eric Ochotnicki

Eric Ochotnicki

Eric Ochotnicki brings all the expertise he has acquired since he began trading in 1995 to the Online Trading Academy classroom. He has traded options in some of the world's most volatile equities in both boom and bust cycles. His mechanical approach to risk management is designed to take the emotion out of trading and to maximize opportunities. His knowledge of this marketplace is a result of his business experience, as opposed to textbook theory. He is an effective Instructor because his students react to his realistic approach and can feel his desire to share his knowledge.

In Eric’s section he will peel back the cover on the secrets behind what makes options priced the way they are! With Eric’s specialized knowledge from his time on the CBOE he can explain at the highest and most unfiltered level why it's important to understand options pricing models to achieve the best success!

Trading With Supply and Demand

Sam Seiden

Sam Seiden
Sam Seiden

Sam Seiden

Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer

Sam Seiden began his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange after attending Loyola University. He held a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) license and was a member of National Futures Association (NFA). Mr. Seiden has extensive experience in the markets: over 15 years in Futures Trading (Equity Index Futures, Bond and Note Futures, Currency Futures, Energy and Metal Futures, Commodity Futures), Stock (Equities) Trading, Forex Trading, and over 10 years in Options Trading. He was the Hedge Fund Manager at Firon Capital, Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) at Osprey Investment Group LLC and Director of Technical Research at Pristine Capital Holdings and Marketwise Trading School LLC.

In 2007, Mr. Seiden joined the Online Trading Academy team as an instructor and was quickly promoted to Director of Online Education. In early 2010, he moved into the Director of Education role and then more recently was promoted to Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer. He is a lead instructor for the Extended Learning Track (XLT) and plays a vital role in the content and product developed for both physical on-location courses and the Extended Learning Track (XLT) online program.

Mr. Seiden is a featured author, regular radio and TV guest and regular contributor to industry leading publications. He firmly believes that those who have the knowledge and power to improve the lives of others have the responsibility to do so. This is his mission at Online Trading Academy.

Sam won Forex Best Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 from FXstreet.com in categories including Best Educator, Best Education Content: “Lesson From the Pros”, and Best Webinar. This annual awards event honors top contributors to their site, FXstreet.com, the leading independent portal dedicated to providing complete and timely information about the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market.

Mr. Seiden resides in Chicago with his 13 year old son Noah, and both are avid hockey players and fans.

The patented Core Strategy that Online Trading Academy spent years creating was the brainchild of Sam Seiden. Sam has seen thousands of investors time breakouts wrong because they didn’t truly understand how supply and demand works. In this powerful session Sam will talk about anticipatory breakout strategies as it pertains to quality Supply and Demand Traders.

Multiple Timeframes and the Goliath Chart

Sam Evans

Sam Evans
Sam Evans

Sam Evans

In seven years, Sam Evans progressed from an Online Trading Academy student, to full-time trader, to Fund Manager to Instructor Forex XLT. Sam is one of a handful of Instructors teaching the All Asset Mastery XLT to our elite group of Mastermind Graduates. On-location, Sam is certified to teach equities, forex, futures and commodities.

Sam decided to learn to trade when he became jaded with his media career. He dabbled with life coaching but his passion for the money markets was too great. Sam's career history enables him to combine his trading knowledge with his presenting and coaching skills with ease - resulting in a great learning experience for students.

Sam's style is all about keeping it simple. He focuses on strict risk management principles, a no-gimmicks approach to price action and solid risk to reward ratios.

In 2013 and 2015, Sam's Lessons from the Pros articles were instrumental in Online Trading Academy being awarded the Forex Best award from FXStreet.com for Best Education Content. Sam was also awarded Best Webinars Educator in 2015.

Timeframes as a trader are an important element, but none more important than the big picture. In this powerful section Sam Evans will lay out the importance of the “goliath” chart timeframe and why it is so useful in your multiple asset class trading.