Previously, he provided consulting services to the financial services industry. Before that, he was vice president of HedgeStreet, a National Futures Association (NFA)-registered contract market that offers trading in binary options.
Prior to the CBOT, he was in charge of U.S. business development sales for Eurex US and a consultant for several information technology solutions companies.
He held various positions during the 1990s at Merrill Lynch & Co., both in the institutional futures business unit and the private client group. Early in his career, Bakas was the chief operations officer at Linnco Futures Group, Inc., and held positions as a regulatory auditor.
Bakas holds a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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