Las Vegas, NV July 31 - August 2, 2017

Keynote Speakers

The Passing Zone

The Passing Zone

The Passing Zone is one of the most inventive, successful, and funny duos working today. Jon and Owen are known as much for their comedy as their juggling skills. They have opened for comedians Jay Leno, George Carlin, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, and Penn & Teller.

The Passing Zone

The Passing Zone

The Passing Zone, also known as Jon & Owen is a comedy juggler duo act from Season 1 and Season 11 of America's Got Talent. In Season 1, they finished in the Top 10. A decade later, they returned to the show in Season 11, where they made it to the Quarterfinals and then chosen as a Wild Card in the Semifinals. The Passing Zone is one of the most inventive, successful, and funny duos working today. Jon and Owen are known as much for their comedy as their juggling skills. They have opened for comedians Jay Leno, George Carlin, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, and Penn & Teller. Among many television appearances, they were also commentators on ESPN for their coverage of the World Juggling Federation competitions.

The Passing Zone have been awarded four Guinness World Records and 18 Gold Medals from the International Juggler’s Association. They were recently presented with that organization’s Award of Excellence, for “excellence in the art of juggling through professional performance,” which is the most prestigious award in juggling (essentially the Juggling Hall of Fame), given to only thirteen acts worldwide.

James Malinchak

James Malinchak

After growing-up in a small Pennsylvania steel-mill town near Pittsburgh as the son of a steelworker and a housewife – James Malinchak is now recognized as one of the most requested, in-demand business and motivational keynote speakers and marketing consultants in the world, and speaks for groups ranging from 20-20,000+.

James Malinchak

James Malinchak

After growing-up in a small Pennsylvania steel-mill town near Pittsburgh as the son of a steelworker and a housewife – James Malinchak is now recognized as one of the most requested, in-demand business and motivational keynote speakers and marketing consultants in the world, and speaks for groups ranging from 20-20,000+.

James was featured on the Hit ABC TV Show, Secret Millionaire, has authored 21 books and has delivered over 3,000+ presentations for corporations, associations, business groups, colleges, universities and youth organizations worldwide.

Giving back is a big part of James’ life as he has raised over $1,000,000 for various charities and organizations and has donated thousands of dollars of his own money to help others

James is the behind-the-scenes, go-to Marketing Advisor for many top celebrities, top authors, speakers, thought-leaders, professional athletes & sports coaches.

Eyal Shahar

Eyal Shahar

Mr. Shahar is the founder of Online Trading Academy. His vision and passion have been the driving force behind the company’s development and rapid expansion. Mr. Shahar’s love for people and innovative approach to business has helped Online Trading Academy transform lives worldwide through exceptional customer education and service.

Eyal Shahar

Eyal Shahar

Founder and President

Mr. Shahar is the founder of Online Trading Academy. His vision and passion have been the driving force behind the company’s development and rapid expansion. Mr. Shahar’s love for people and innovative approach to business has helped Online Trading Academy transform lives worldwide through exceptional customer education and service.

Mr. Shahar is a seasoned executive who started his first business importing diamonds in 1983. After developing the business to supply over 600 major wholesalers, the business was profitably sold in December 1990. Beginning in 1991, Mr. Shahar purchased 50% ownership in a struggling publishing house with a new vision (to publish guides for the Performing Arts). With marketing experience, creativity, and leadership, he opened eight offices throughout the country and within 6 years increased company revenues by eighteen times. Later he entered the securities business, forming Newport Exchange Holdings in 1997, the predecessor to Online Trading Academy.

Sam Seiden

Sam Seiden

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 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.

Speakers

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).

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.

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.

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.

Bachir Chaaya
Bachir Chaaya
Bachir Chaaya

Bachir Chaaya

Day Trading the Currency Market

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Ralph Loberger
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.

Gene Longobardi
Gene Longobardi
Gene Longobardi

Gene Longobardi

Chief Operating Officer

Gene Longobardi has over 25 years of senior executive experience, most recently as a Sr. Vice President of Business Development with ELLIS, Inc., a Salt Lake City company that produced and distributed English language learning software for children and adults worldwide. Mr. Longobardi provided strategic guidance to ELLIS as a consultant and later as an employee until the sale of the company to Pearson in 2006. As a senior executive with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Inc., Mr. Longobardi helped grow the company to become the world's largest information technology training company, expanding it from three locations and 1992 revenues of $7 million to over 280 locations with revenues exceeding $500 million by 1999, when they were recognized as the world’s largest IT training company. He began his New Horizons’ career as Chief Financial Officer and later became Senior Vice President of Global Franchise Operations, responsible for franchise development and support, product management and worldwide training. After leaving New Horizons, Mr. Longobardi was awarded a lifetime achievement award which was to be awarded annually in his name.

Prior to entering the education field in 1992, Mr. Longobardi spent 10 years as a Real Estate executive involved with acquiring, managing, and selling multi-family, commercial, and retail properties. Mr. Longobardi has also been a successful business consultant and workshop facilitator, working with numerous companies in the education and training industries, as well as early stage franchising organizations.

Mr. Longobardi came to Online Trading Academy in 2004 as a consultant and joined the team full-time in November 2007. At Online Trading Academy, he is responsible for all franchise support and operations worldwide.

Mr. Longobardi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University in 1979, and a CPA certificate in 1982, while working for Arthur Anderson & Co., which he has since allowed to expire. He currently lives in Tustin, California with his wife of over 28 years and has two exceptional daughters, Eryn and Leann.

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.

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.

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.

Merlin Rothfeld
Merlin Rothfeld
Merlin Rothfeld

Merlin Rothfeld

Merlin Rothfeld has been actively involved in the financial markets since 1996. After receiving his degree in Business Finance, Merlin worked for a large financial planning firm in California where he applied traditional, long term investment strategies. In 1998 he began day trading his own money using a variety of DAT trading platforms.

Merlin's experiences with trading strategies, ranging from long term investing to short term, high volume trading, offer students a well-diversified perspective of the trading life. The fact that Merlin trades daily using his own unique trading strategy enhances his abilities as an Instructor. Online Trading Academy is delighted to have Merlin on staff, as students always appreciate how his market experience positively influences his teaching style.

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.

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.

Jasmine Wang
Jasmine Wang
Jasmine Wang

Jasmine Wang

Jasmine Wang began taking classes at Online Trading Academy in 2007 as a passport member. Next, she joined the Extended Learning Track (XLT) where she was mentored by Sam Seiden. After years of practice, her trading success led to a part time career as an Online Trading Academy XLT Instructor. Her solid skillset for properly buying and selling anything in all markets has made her a valuable asset and popular trading instructor in the XLT program.