Chief Investment Strategist
A 27-year trading career in the derivatives industry took Steve to multiple continents before landing him back in Chicago at OptionsHouse. Steve began his trading career in 1983 on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and progressed to the Chicago Board Options Exchange as Head Market Maker for O’Connor and Associates, LLC, becoming one of the largest market makers in the SPX and OEX option trading pits. Steve left the floor in 1990 to become Risk Manager for O’Connor, in charge of listed and OTC Index trading. Mr. Claussen spent five years overseas in Tokyo and London for Swiss Bank Corporation as Executive Director and head trader, focused on Asia Pacific derivative products. After returning to the U.S, Steve was Managing Director at Wachovia Securities, LLC, as Head of Derivatives Trading. In 2005, Steve arrived at PEAK6 Investments, L.P – a proprietary equity options trading firm headquartered in Chicago – and the parent company of OptionsHouse. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Steve joined OptionsHouse in 2008.
Chief Operating Officer
Jim’s 19-year career in the derivatives business began on the financial floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, first as a broker on Cargill Investment Services’ 30-year US Treasury futures desk, then moving to a 7-year stint as a market maker in the CBOT’s 30-year US Treasury futures options pit. After leaving the floor, he joined equity options trading firm PEAK6 Investments, L.P., where he spent more than ten years trading and managing various groups in the firm’s prop trading arm, including their vol-arb, show desk, quantitative trading, special situations, stock trading and research operations. He served as Chief Operating Officer during his final three years with the unit. In 2012, Jim transitioned to his current role at OptionsHouse – PEAK6’s retail brokerage firm. Jim is a graduate of Northwestern University.
VP, Organizational Development
As a veteran of the Chicago technology community, Jolie is an agile, online executive with a proven track record in driving results for both startups and well-established corporate cultures. Before joining OptionsHouse, Jolie was a founding member of the management team at the Viewpoints Network. There she served as the General Manager and was accountable for setting the corporate strategy, driving growth and delivering profitable results. Prior to Viewpoints, Jolie was a Senior Vice President at Q Interactive/CoolSavings, where she held broad business roles such as head of organizational development, market strategy and sales strategy. Earlier in her career, Jolie served as a Consultant and Business Analyst at CSC Index where she focused on market strategy projects, process redesigns and change management initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Jolie is a graduate of Northwestern University.