Jim Bittman: After 27 years with The Options Institute as Staff Instructor, Senior Instructor and Director of Program Development and Instruction, Jim Bittman retired in 2015 and is now a Consulting Instructor. Mr. Bittman is the author of four books, Options for the Stock Investor 2nd ed., Trading Index Options, Trading and Hedging with Agricultural Futures and Options and Trading Options as a Professional. At The Options Institute he has taught courses for public and institutional investors in the U.S. and around the world. In 1980 Mr. Bittman began his trading career as an equity options market maker at the Cboe Options Exchange in 1980. From 1983 to 1993, he was a Commodity Options Member of the Chicago Board of Trade where he traded options on financial futures and agricultural futures. Mr. Bittman received a BA from Amherst College in 1972 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1974. He has also taught in a Masters’ level Program at The University of Illinois in Chicago.
Sheldon Natenberg: Sheldon Natenberg began his trading career in 1982 as an independent market maker in equity options at the Cboe Options Exchange. From 1985 to 2000 he traded commodity options, also as an independent floor trader, at the Chicago Board of Trade. While continuing to trade, Mr. Natenberg has also become active as an educator. In this capacity he has conducted seminars for option traders at major exchanges and professional trading firms in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. In 2000 Mr. Natenberg took over full-time management of education at Chicago Trading Company, a proprietary derivatives trading firm. Mr. Natenberg formally retired in 2015. Mr. Natenberg is the author of Option Volatility and Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques. The book addresses many of the special problems of the professional trader, with particular emphasis on the practical aspects of option evaluation and risk management.
Gary Trennepohl: Gary Trennepohl, PhD is past president of the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus and past Dean of the Spears School of Business at OSU. He has held tenured faculty and administrative positions at Texas A&M University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Arizona State University, teaching graduate courses in Portfolio Theory, Derivatives, Investment Management, and Corporate Financial Analysis. He has co-authored two textbooks and 30 academic journal articles. Since 1987 he has served as a visiting faculty member for the Cboe Options Exchange (Cboe) in Chicago, teaching seminars for institutional investors, and for the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, teaching finance seminars for practicing business journalists. He currently serves on the Investment Committee for the OSU Foundation, is a Trustee for the $14 billion Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System. He chairs the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma Advisory Board of Trustees. In 1968 he graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa with an economics degree, served six years on active duty as a regular officer in the USAF, and in 1977 earned a PhD in Finance from Texas Tech University. In 2013 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and he was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2015.
About The Options Institute at Cboe:
Founded in 1985, The Options Institute at Cboe is the leader in options and volatility trading education, hosting hundreds of seminars each year attended by tens of thousands of investors worldwide. Enriching the learning process with innovative programs, both live and online, The Options Institute reaches a diverse universe of investors, with varying levels of options education and experience: retail customers, institutional investors, financial advisors, fund managers, brokers and regulators. The Institute also partners with trading and brokerage firms to conduct presentations for their staff and customers. Learn more at www.cboe.com/education.