Stephen A. Brodsky

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Stephen Brodsky
Occupation Chief Strategy Officer
Employer RJ O'Brien
Location Chicago
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Stephen Brodsky is chief strategy officer and senior managing director at R.J. O'Brien, a Chicago-based futures brokerage firm. He joined the firm in August 2018.[1]

Before that, he was the chief executive officer of Spot Trading, a proprietary trading firm. He took the position in April of 2013 when Rob Merrilees moved to the newly created position of chairman. The firm closed in March 2018.[2]


Brodsky began his career as an associate in the corporate finance department at John Nuveen & Co., Inc. Later, Brodsky was a vice president in the investment banking department at Mesirow Financial, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and the analysis of strategic alternatives for companies in the financial services industry.[3]

Before joining Spot in November 2010, he served as the managing director of private equity firm Vernon & Park Capital from 2008 to 2010.[4]

Before joining Vernon & Park, he served as president of CHX Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the Chicago Stock Exchange, after serving as the exchange's CFO and head of strategic planning. He was heavily involved with the CHX demutualization and capital-raising there.[5] He joined CHX in 2003.

Brodsky's father is Bill Brodsky, the former chairman and chief executive of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).[6]


Brodsky earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor and MBA from Northwestern University.


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business hosted a video panel discussion about high frequency trading with Booth faculty members and Stephen Brodsky of Spot Trading.

Are high frequency traders ruining the market?

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  1. R.J. O'Brien Names Stephen Brodsky to New Role of Chief Strategy Officer. RJ O'Brien.
  2. Our Team - Spot Trading. Spot Trading.
  3. Press Release. CHX.
  4. Stephen Brodsky to Leave Chicago Stock Exchange. Chicago Tribune.
  5. CHX Prez Brodsky Exiting for Private-Equity Firm. Chicago Business.
  6. Elizabeth Klein, Stephen Brodsky. The New York Times.