Donald E. Roberts

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Donnie Roberts
Occupation President and CEO
Employer Small Exchange
Location Chicago, IL
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Donald E "Donnie" Roberts is a derivatives executive who is the president and CEO of the Small Exchange, a startup that aims to be a client-centric futures exchange, pending regulatory approval.[1]


Before joining the Small Exchange, he was chief compliance officer and managing director of futures and forex for Thinkorswim, a derivatives brokerage platform acquired by TD Ameritrade in 2009.[2][3][4]

Roberts holds several financial licenses including:

  • Series 3 (National Commodity Futures Examination)
  • Series 4 (Registered Options Principal)
  • Series 7 (Securities Broker)
  • Series 24 (General Securities Principal)
  • Series 55 (Equity Trader Limited Representative)
  • Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law)

Roberts came to Chicago after graduate school and joined the trader development program of Timber HIll. After starting as a trade checker and passing through the program and the CBOE membership test, Roberts traded options on the CBOE trading floor.

He left the trading floor to join Interactive Brokers, which was owned by Timber Hill. He took a sales job with Interactive Brokers and sold their trading screen to brokers around the industry.

He later joined Tom Sosnoff in a startup called Think or Swim. After rising from chief compliance officer to chief operating officer, he moved with Think or Swim to TD Ameritrade when it acquired the firm. He then served as head of TD Ameritrade futures and forex operations.


He holds a master of business administration in finance from Saint Bonaventure University and a undergraduate degree from them in mass communications.

MarketsWiki Education Videos

Roberts participated in the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago in 2014.

Roberts sat for an interview for the Open Outcry Traders History Project in 2019.


  1. Tastytrade, Peak6 invest $10 million in new exchange. Crain's Chicago Business.
  2. TD Ameritrade to buy Thinkorswim for $606 million. MarketWatch.
  3. Top 50 Brokers of 2013: Bruised and battered, but coming back strong. Futures.
  4. Chicago Summer Intern Education Series Coming Up. John Lothian News.