Ketchum Trading, LLC

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Ketchum Trading, LLC
Founded 2009
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Key People Blair Hull
Products Futures, Options, Cash Equities, ETFs
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Ketchum Trading, LLC is a privately held proprietary trading firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The firm makes markets and trades in futures, options, cash equities and exchange-traded funds. Ketchum Trading also partners with traders to offer a wide range of services, technology, support and capital. The firm provides co-location at CME, ICE, and NASDAQ.


Ketchum Trading was founded in 2009 by Blair Hull.

Products and Services[edit]

Ketchum Trading is a multi-strategy firm that makes markets and trades in futures, options, cash equities, and exchange traded funds.

Key People[edit]

BLAIR HULL, Founder and Managing Partner

Prior to launching Ketchum Trading, LLC, Blair Hull founded Hull Trading Company and served as the firm’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer .

A global leader in the application of computer technology to listed derivatives trading, Hull Trading leveraged technological innovations and quantitative models to become one of the world’s premier market-making firms, trading on 28 exchanges in nine countries. At its peak, Hull Trading Company moved nearly a quarter of the entire daily market volume on some markets, executed over 7% of the index options traded in the United States, 3% of the equity options, and 1% of all shares traded daily on the New York Stock Exchange.

For more than 35 years, Blair Hull has been trusted presence in the trading world: a recognized market-maker, an innovator, and an experienced investor.

Today, Ketchum Trading reflects Blair Hull’s continued focus on trading, technology and teamwork– recruiting and developing top-tier human capital, utilizing cutting edge technologies, and constantly pushing the envelope of collaboration, creativity and efficiency to gain greater advantage over today’s ever changing markets.

JOHN RIZNER, Chief Executive Officer

John has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ketchum Trading since 2014 with a focus on overall firm growth in the proprietary trading, the trading group and managed account, and options businesses.

In 1988, John joined Hull Trading Company and led the US Index Options business. He became a partner with Hull Trading in 1992, and stayed with the firm until Goldman Sachs acquired it in 1999. John went on to become a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, and was chosen to be global co-head of its exchange traded funds (ETFs) business. John received his BA in Economics from Georgetown University and his MBA from the University of Chicago in Finance and Statistics.

PETRI FAST, Chief Operations Officer

Petri Fast has served as Chief Operations Officer of Ketchum Trading since 2013. In his role as COO, Petri manages the daily operations and leads the financial engineering staff of the firm. Petri began his career working as a research staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and went on to hold a number of advanced positions including Quantitative Trading Lead at Jump Trading, as well as Quantitative Researcher at Citadel Tactical Trading. Petri received his MA in Mathematics from University of Helsinki, Finland, and his PhD in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University.

CRAIG HELLMAN, Chief Technology Officer

Craig joined Ketchum Trading in September 2009 and serves as Chief Technology Officer. In his role, Craig’s focus is on providing and managing technology for the firm, market access, exchange relations, and as industry liaison. Prior to working with Ketchum, Craig ran a software company that provided market making systems for equity options market makers. Craig began his career at MCI Telecommunications, with responsibility for running the national quality assurance lab, and then went on to serve as Vice President of Systems Integration for Chicago Research and Trading. Craig joined Hull Trading Company and continued his work in software development and IT before moving on to Perot Systems, a direct contractor for Swiss Bank, in the capacity of IT security. Craig received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

DAN DILLON, Chief Software Architect

Dan joined Ketchum Trading in 2009, and serves as Chief Software Architect. Prior to Ketchum, Dan worked in trading support and trading software development with ECI Global Systems, and most recently as a software engineer at optionsXpress developing smart routing technology. Dan attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

KEVIN SAUNDERS, Trading Operations Manager

Kevin has served as Trading Operations Manager for Ketchum Trading since he joined the team in 2010. In his role, Kevin leads all aspects of the firm’s trading desk, including portfolio selection, execution and risk management. Kevin began his career working for Chicago Corporation in 1991 before going on to join Matlock Capital, LLC where he spent more than a decade leading the firm’s options trading. Kevin received a BS in Finance from Eastern Illinois University.