Daniel Haugh, President/Founder
Dan Haugh joined the firm in 1991 and is one of the founding partners. He is responsible for the firm’s daily operations, and regulatory, compliance and financial activities. He devotes the majority of his time to discussing risk management alternatives with PTI Securities’ individual and institutional clients. Before joining PTI Securities, Dan traded grain and bond options as a floor trader on the Chicago Board of Trade, and stock options as a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). He also regularly delivers educational seminars to PTI’s clients and is an instructor for the CBOE’s “Options Institute.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. He is a regular contributor to major financial outlets such as Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business and First Business Additionally, he contributes to CBOE’s community blog. In his free time, Dan enjoys biking and soccer. A native of Chicago, Dan lives in the city’s Beverly neighborhood.
Thomas Haugh, Chief Investment Officer/Founder
Tom Haugh serves as the Chief Investment Officer with direct responsibility for managing the firm’s managed money accounts. Bloomberg TV, FOX-TV and other leading media outlets regularly interview Tom to obtain his investment know-how, and to explain how the latest financial news impacts investors. Before establishing PTI Securities, Tom traded on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange for 18 years. Prior to that, he was a senior financial analyst for Pullman Standard Railcar Company in Chicago. He served as the president of the Professional Trader’s Institute from 1990 to 1996, and he was a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) from 1993 to 1998. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, he studied under Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman and George Stigler. Tom is the primary money manager of the Protected Index Program® at PTI Securities & Futures LP. From 2001 to 2008, Tom co-hosted the daily “Stocks and Jocks” informational investment radio program on Chicago’s WSCR Radio and currently hosts this show on 1240AM WSBC Chicago from 5:30am-7:00am and this show streams online daily at www.StocksAndJocks.net. Tom also writes for his weekly financial blog, “DOLLAR$ and SEN$E”. In his free time, Tom enjoys watching his beloved Chicago Cubs baseball. A Chicago native, Tom lives in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Robin Spitalny, VP
One of the firm’s founding partners, Robin Spitalny joined us in 1991. She works with the firm’s East Coast clients to create and manage their long-term investment plans. She specializes in managing company retirement plans. Robin has nearly 30 years of professional experience in securities and financial services. Before joining the firm, she traded on the American Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) for 13 years. She also has served as assistant treasurer at Pullman Inc. in Chicago. Robin is one of the original members of the “Council of One Hundred,” a mentoring organization for women undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and an MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf with her son.
David Westhouse, VP, Retail Securities
Dave Westhouse is responsible for the execution of retail securities transactions on behalf of PTI Securities’ individual and organizational clients. This includes ensuring that clients’ transactions are executed and completed in a fast, seamless and professional manner, and with clear ongoing communications between the investor and securities providers. Dave joined PTI Securities in 1992, and has more than 30 years of experience in securities and financial services. Before joining the firm, he worked for 13 years as a trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchanges (CBOE), where he traded equities and Standard & Poors 100 Index Options (OEX). Dave has served as an instructor in trading classes at the CBOE’s Options Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. In his free time, he enjoys doing crossword puzzles and traveling.Dave has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Evanston, Illinois.
James Doran, VP, Managing Accounts
Jim Doran is responsible for overseeing the operation of clients’ managed accounts. This includes working with Mesirow Financial, R.J. O’Brien and other financial firms with which PTI Securities has close working relationships. In 1991, Jim started at PTI Securities as a broker. He has more than 26 years of experience in securities and financial services. Before joining the firm, he was a portfolio manager for an independent market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). A Chicago native, Jim earned an associate degree from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching sports and traveling. Jim lives in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Lawrence Parkhill, Managing Director – Private Asset Management
Larry Parkhill is responsible for managing the private assets of the firm’s major individual and organizational clients. He also leads the “PTI Pro Direct” program, a professional stock and option trading platform providing personal service and advice from the firm’s brokers. It is PTI Securities’ most popular service for independent traders. Larry joined PTI Securities in 2005 in this capacity. Prior to that, he was vice president for ING Group from 1998 to 2001. With more than 30 years of experience in the securities and financial services industry, he also has considerable experience as an option market maker, specialist floor broker and risk manager. Larry has been very active with major stock exchanges in the US and Europe. He is a 21-year member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where he has served on several CBOE committees. He helped to establish the European Options Exchange (EOE) in Amsterdam, and the options exchange at the former Pacific Stock Exchange (PSE) in San Francisco. He also has been a member of the EOE, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the PSE. Larry earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Away from work, he enjoys running and playing the guitar. Larry and his wife live in Chicago.
John Neal, Phoenix, AZ Branch Office Manager
John Neal directs PTI Securities’ Glendale, Arizona office serving the firm’s clients in the Phoenix metro area and across the Western U.S. He oversees day-to-day operations, including client services, investor education, staff management and marketing. John has more than 12 years of management experience in the securities and financial services industry. He joined PTI Securities in 2003 in this role. Prior to that time, he was a branch manager with Phoenix area firms, Granite Capital Management and, most recently, Independent Financial Management. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John earned a bachelor’s degree in international management from Arizona State University in Tempe. Away from work, John enjoys reading, live music and outdoor activities. He also volunteers with the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Lupus Foundation of America. Married with two children, John and his family live in Peoria, Arizona.
Christopher Manns, Director, Global Commodities & Research Analyst
Christopher Manns manages the firm’s global commodities area and is a research analyst. He devotes much of his time to monitoring and analyzing the latest international commodities reports and financial research. This allows him to keep the firm’s management well informed so that they can, in turn, apprise their clients on pertinent information. Christopher has more than 18 years of securities and financial services experience. Prior to joining PTI Securities, he was a floor broker for AE Staley at the Chicago Board of Trade, and worked for the grain division of Rodman & Renshaw. He has authored many commodities articles and training materials, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Christopher lives with his wife in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.
Rhonda Kisel, Broker / Money Manager
Joining the firm in July, 2010 as a broker, Rhonda Kisel is our newest member. Based in Ohio she takes care of many of PTI’s Ohio clients, specializing in technical analysis. Prior to joining the firm, Rhonda was involved in the financial securities industry since 1993 and received her bachelors degree from Ohio University. Outside of market hours, she enjoys rock climbing, playing soccer and is a thespian. Rhonda currently lives in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.