Board of Managers
David Pessis is the co-founder of Fippex. A proven entrepreneur, David has devoted his career to creating and managing solutions for companies who want to streamline and simplify their enterprise application portfolios. David has worked with leading technology companies such as IBM and Accenture.
David earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and his Master of Science in Information Technology from Northwestern University.
Bill Burnett is the co-founder and President of Fippex. Bill is responsible for new business development, sales strategy, and client relationship management. In 2007, Bill founded a successful sales and marketing firm for which he currently serves as a consultant. He was also the top sales associate for a major branding and promotional agency for numerous Fortune 500 consumer product companies.
Bill earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Jacques is Managing Partner of Nexus Partners. Nexus is the general partner for a portfolio of companies with over 7,200 employees and assets in excess of $600MM. Prior to Nexus, he was the founding member of Banc of America Equity Partners – Latin America, having joined Bank of America in connection with the Continental Bank merger in 1994. He joined the former Continental Bank in 1980 and served in a variety of positions in international, corporate and investment banking. He was among the group responsible for launching Continental's operations in Chile in the early 1980s and, later, the bank's Corporate Finance Department in Chicago, which specialized in highly leveraged transactions, buyouts and restructurings.
Jacques is President of Difusión Panorámica S.A. de C.V. He is also a director of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A. de C.V., Organización Rescarven C.A., Crown Linen LLC and, Geoplan Brasil Development Ltd.
Jacques received a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in Economics and Political Sciences from the University Rochester.
Kevin J.P. O'Hara
Kevin is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School, Chairman of the Kevin J. P. O'Hara Family (Charitable) Foundation, and a private equity and real estate investor. He sits on several boards of directors and boards of trustees, including ITG (NYSE listed: ITG) and Pivot Point Consulting, and is a member of the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc. Mr. O’Hara was CEO of the Trading/Exchanges Division of the Gulf Finance House (Bahrain/UAE) in 2008-2009. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) Holdings, Inc. in 2006-07. (CBOT was acquired by CME in 2007.) He was employee no. 11 and served as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Archipelago Holdings, Inc., from 1999 to 2006; and served as Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel of NYSE Group, Inc. in 2006. (Archipelago was acquired by NYSE in 2006.) Mr. O’Hara worked in Romania and Lithuania from 1995 to 1999 on capital market development for the consulting firms Financial Markets International and Pragma Corporation. He worked as a civil prosecutor in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during 1991-1995 and as Special Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1988 to 1991, he practiced law at the Chicago firm of (McGuire Woods) Ross & Hardies. Mr. O'Hara earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Mark is the former Chief Technology Officer of NYSE Regulation. Mark began his career in the commercial software industry, where as a principal in a leading statistical software firm he co-created early versions of exploratory data analysis and business intelligence tools. He then joined the Chicago Stock Exchange and worked on the design and development of some of the first distributed architecture exchange trading systems. He later joined Archipelago, where as a Managing Director he concentrated on trading and market surveillance systems and brokered a pivotal replacement of Archipelago's trading technology. He was appointed Chief Technology Officer of NYSE Regulation when the New York Stock Exchange acquired Archipelago.
Mark earned his BA from the University of Chicago.