It was 2 degrees as I walked to the train this morning in suburban Chicago.  I noticed that at the same time it was pushing 50 in Bonita Springs, FL where in just a few weeks the US version of CBOE’s Risk Management Conference will be held from February 29th to March 2nd.

I know I’m a geek about this stuff, but I’m more excited about the speakers than the weather.  The schedule is nearly final with a couple of speaking slots left to be filled, but it was posted recently and can be checked out at

Here’s a list of speakers that are scheduled to present at RMC –

Joe Aiken, Portfolio Manager, Malachite Capital Management Leo de Bever, PhD, Former CEO, Alberta Investment Management Corp. David  M.  Blitzer, Ph.D., Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices Rebecca Cheong, Head of Americas Equity Derivatives Strategy, UBS Securities LLC Dennis Davitt, Managing Principal, Chief Investment Officer, Harvest Volatility Advisors, LLC Chris DeMeo, FSA, CFA, Founding Partner, Nu Paradigm Investment Partners, LLC Maneesh Deshpande, Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Derivatives Strategy, Barclays Benn Eifert, Ph.D., Former Portfolio Manager, Mariner Coria Ilya Feygin, Managing Director/Senior Strategist, WallachBeth Capital LLC Rocky Fishman, CFA, Equity Derivatives Strategy, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. ​Stacey Gilbert, Head of Derivatives Strategy, Susquehanna Bob Gordon, President, Twenty-First Securities Corporation Roni Israelov, Portfolio Manager, AQR Capital Management Satoshi Iwanaga, Chairman, Eurekahedge Paul R.T. Johnson, Jr., Board Member, State University Retirement System ​Philip Jones, Senior VP, Quantitative Strategies, Capital Markets Solutions, Ameriprise Financial Michael C. Khouw, President and Chief Strategist, Optimize Advisors, LLC James Koutoulas, CEO, Typhon Capital Management Vishnu Kurella, Portfolio Manager, Caxton Associates LP John Marshall, Managing Director, Derivatives & Tactical Research, Goldman Sachs Ryan McRandal, Portfolio Manager, One River Asset Management (TBC) Mike Nichols, CAIA, Investment Officer, Texas Tech University System ​William Paul, Tax Partner, Covington & Burling LLP ​Ari Paul, CFA, Portfolio Manager, The University of Chicago, Office of Investments Neil Rue, CFA, Managing Director, Pension Consulting Alliance, LLC Nitin Saksena, Head of US Equity Derivatives Research, BofA Merrill Lynch Alan Salzbank, CIO, Gargoyle Investment Advisor L.L.C. Leighton A. Shantz, CFA, Director of Fixed Income, Employees Retirement System of Texas Mark Shore, Adjunct Professor, DePaul University and Chief Research Officer, Shore Capital Research LLC ​Zem Sternberg, Head of Lake Hill, a Division of Leucadia Asset Management ​Samuel Vazquez, Vice President, Quant Strategist, Capstone Investment Advisors, LLC ​Ramon Verastegui, Managing Director, Head of Flow Strategy & Solutions, Americas, Société Générale

This list will have a couple additions, but the collective amount of knowledge and level of experience that will be presenting at this year's CBOE RMC should make this the best RMC on record.  Visit to learn more about this year's conference.