Board of Directors

Peter Armstrong – Chairman

Former CEO, Triple Point Technology

Peter Armstrong co-founded Triple Point Technology, a leading commodities management software business, in 1993 and was its chief executive officer until the sale of the company to the ION Group in 2013. Under Mr. Armstrong's leadership, Triple Point launched a full suite of industry-leading and award-winning products and evolved into a global organization supporting the demanding needs of energy and commodity market participants in a wide range of industries. Independent validation of Mr. Armstrong's leadership success included Triple Point being named a "Leader" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Energy Trading and Risk Management in every year the study was published.

Prior to founding Triple Point, Mr. Armstrong was an engineer at Bell Laboratories and held software development/management positions at J. Aron and Phibro, the energy and commodities trading divisions of Goldman Sachs and Salomon Inc., respectively. Mr. Armstrong earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as a director for Hanweck, Mr. Armstrong sits on the board of directors/advisors for Mediant Communications, Eka Software Solutions, etouches Inc., and Qliktag Software.

Gerald A. Hanweck, Jr., PhD

CEO and Founder, Hanweck 

For over 20 years, Gerald A. Hanweck, Jr., CEO and founder of Hanweck, has been at the forefront of derivatives research, strategy and technology innovation. Prior to Hanweck, he spent ten years with JPMorgan, where he served as Chief Equity Derivatives Strategist and led the bank's U.S. Fixed-Income Derivatives Strategy team. Earlier in his career, he worked as a derivatives researcher at Discount Corporation of New York Futures, and as a software developer at Microsoft.

A frequent industry speaker, Mr. Hanweck has also taught master's-level business courses at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, in addition to dozens of seminars on financial derivatives. Mr. Hanweck holds a PhD in managerial economics and decision science from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University, and an AB in mathematics from Princeton University.

Michael Hollingsworth

Chief Operating Officer, Hanweck 

As Chief Operating Officer of Hanweck, Michael Hollingsworth leverages his extensive trading and analysis experience in his role overseeing the company's quantitative research, business development and operations. Prior to joining Hanweck, he was chief quantitative analyst at MarketAxess, a leading electronic trading platform. Throughout his career, Mr. Hollingsworth has held positions trading fixed-income arbitrage at CIBC and Yamaichi; as an analyst for Merrill Lynch's Exotic Foreign-Exchange Options trading desk; and as a broker for JPMorgan Futures on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. Mr. Hollingsworth holds an MBA in finance and statistics from New York University, and a BS in finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Walter H. Barandiaran

Managing Partner, The Argentum Group

Walter H. Barandiaran is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of The Argentum Group. Mr. Barandiaran has more than 25 years of private equity experience during which time he has led over 35 investments for Argentum and has served on the boards of 25 companies. Mr. Barandiaran’s areas of investment expertise include technology-enabled services, business services, logistics & specialty services and industrial & environmental services. For Argentum’s 3rd fund, Mr. Barandiaran has recently led investments in Mediant Communications, eTouches, Yello (fka Recsolu) and Hanweck. Mr. Barandiaran has also led Argentum’s investments in AFS Technologies, Conner Industries, CrossMedia Services, LifeStar, Omnipoint, StructuredWeb, Trustwave, USA Waste (now Waste Management) and Wimba.

Prior to co-founding Argentum in 1988, Mr. Barandiaran was Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance at Steinberg & Lyman, an investment banking firm (now Healthcare Ventures). Mr. Barandiaran received a BBA in International Business from Baruch College (CUNY) and attended the Stern School of Business at New York University. Mr. Barandiaran is a trustee of The Baruch College Fund of Baruch College, CUNY and serves on the Advisory Board of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship.

Terrence M. Belton, PhD

Managing Director and Head of Global Portfolio Strategy for the Chief Investment Office, JPMorgan Chase

Terrence M. Belton is Managing Director, and Head of Global Portfolio Strategy for the Chief Investment Office at JPMorgan Chase.  In this role, he oversees interest rate risk management for the firm as well as strategy around the firm’s investment portfolio. He was formerly head of Global Fixed Income and FX Research at JPMorgan, and an Economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C. 

He is currently a member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee and the NY Fed Financial Advisory Roundtable.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago where he has taught in the Graduate School of Business since 1995. Dr. Belton is co-author of several books, including The Treasury Bond Basis and Eurodollar Futures and Options; Controlling Money Market Risk.  Dr. Belton received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan and did his undergraduate studies at Boston College.

Gerald A. Hanweck, Sr., PhD

Senior Economic Advisor

Gerald Hanweck, Sr., serves as senior economic advisor to Hanweck. Dr. Hanweck is a Professor of Finance in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He joined the faculty at George Mason in 1986, and teaches both MBA and graduate courses in corporate finance, applied global macroeconomics, financial institutions, and financial markets. Prior to his tenure at George Mason, Dr. Hanweck was an economist in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C. He also served as a Visiting Scholar in the division of insurance of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he concentrated on the use of market information in bank risk-management strategies to establish federal deposit insurance pricing and identify banks in financial distress. He has served as a consultant to government agencies and as an expert witness in litigation involving financial institutions and government agencies. Dr. Hanweck holds a PhD in economics from Washington University (St. Louis), and a BA in economics from Stanford University.

Jean-Jacques Louis

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Nasdaq

Jean-Jacques Louis is Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Nasdaq. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic and financial analyses and execution of all corporate and business unit investments such as merger and acquisitions, joint-ventures and other business combinations. 

Mr. Louis has been a financial professional in the capital markets and investment banking industries since 1992. Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2004, he was an M&A banker with UBS Investment bank in New York, NY in its Financial Institutions Group. In this role, Mr. Louis provided counsel and executed a number of US and international transactions in the financial institutions, financial technology and broker-dealer industries. 

He started his career with Viel Tradition where he led the development of the short-term interest rate derivatives desk (interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements, swaptions, cap/floor). Viel Tradition is one the largest interbank dealers in the world. Mr. Louis received a Master of Science in Management from the Reims School of Management at Reims, France and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH.

Gregory Taylor - Observer

Former Executive Vice President, Triple Point Technology 

Gregory Taylor is a veteran software industry executive leader with more than 30 years of success driving strategy and execution for global companies, including acquisitions and funding.  He currently participates on three Boards of Directors and has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of several global SaaS companies. He was Executive Vice President of Triple Point Technology, the global leader in commodity management solutions, and part of the executive team that completed the successful sale of the company to a strategic acquirer in 2013.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Taylor served in leadership roles at Oracle and at Datalogix International, as a member of the management team that successfully took the company public.  He started his career in sales and management at IBM after graduating with a BA from Connecticut College.