The advisory board is responsible for defining and guiding the broad research agendas of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center, advising on design, and managing the lab and organizing financial support. The support of the advisory board builds on the anchor funding provided by Sean Hanlon; in addition to financial support, members contribute their time and expertise toward helping the Hanlon Financial Systems Center meet its goals.
Founding donors enjoy a seat on the advisory board, which meets quarterly to build the center's vision and achieve its objectives. Founding donors help identify projects and corporate partnerships while contributing resources needed to support the operations and initiatives of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center.
Sean Hanlon '80, Chairman
Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Hanlon Investment Management
Sean Hanlon is the founder and CEO of Hanlon Investment Management, an innovative asset management, services and fintech company providing a wealth/managed accounts platform for clients, advisors, family offices, broker/dealers, banks and institutions. He has served on the Stevens Board of Trustees since 2010 and is chairman of the advisory board for the Hanlon Financial Systems Center at Stevens. He earned a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens in 1980. Sean and Cathy Hanlon, through their Foundation, support many worthy causes, and are very proud supporters of Stevens and its mission.
Chris Ferreri '77, Vice Chairman
Chief Operating Officer, Hartfield, Titus & Donnelly
Chris has spent more than 30 years designing, developing and deploying electronic trading systems for capital markets. He is currently the chief operating officer for Hartfield, Titus & Donnelly as well as president and CEO of R.W. Smith. After receiving his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens, he worked at E.I. DuPont de Nemours before joining Garban’s U.S. Treasury division, where he was eventually charged with organizing a business line for hybrid electronic and voice trading, and began developing ICAP’s hybrid e-commerce solution, ETC. He was the inaugural chairman of the Wholesale Markets Brokers Association, Americas, has been active in the legislative process of regulatory reform and is often called upon as a market structure subject matter expert.
Executive Vice President, FINRA
Steve created the Transparency Services function at FINRA in 2002, and has been its executive vice president since 2003. He oversees TRACE, providing real-time pricing information for fixed income products and the OTC Bulletin Board, the OTC Reporting Facility and the trade reporting facilities. Prior to joining FINRA, he was chief operating officer and chief strategy officer of Plural, a custom interactive software and technology strategy business that served the investment banking business, and has also worked at Merrill Lynch. He has served as chairman of the International Forum for Investor Education and as member of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee, the board of governors of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, board of directors of Merrill Lynch Specialists and the board of directors of Wilco Inc. He also served as a member of the Nasdaq Industry Advisory Committee and the American Stock Exchange Upstairs Member Advisory Committee.
Associate Professor, Cambridge Judge Business School
Andrei is an associate professor of finance at the Cambridge Judge Business School, the Founding Director of the Cambridge Centre for Finance, Technology and Regulation, and a research fellow in the Financial Economics Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Previously, he worked at Imperial College Business School and MIT Sloan. His experience also includes serving as chief economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and 12 years working on global capital markets issues with the International Monetary Fund. In 2010, he was the recipient of the CFTC Chairman's Award for Excellence, its highest honor. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in financial markets.
Gregory P. Prastacos
Dean, Stevens School of Business
Before joining Stevens, Gregory was a professor of management science and rector of Athens University of Economics and Business, in Greece. He studied at Columbia University, where he received a bachelor's and master’s in computer science and a doctorate in operations research. He was previously on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Columbia University’s Business School, and has held visiting appointments at a number of international universities and research institutes. His professional interests are in the use of management science and information technology in innovation. He has published five books and approximately 70 papers in international academic journals and edited volumes.
Director, Hanlon Financial Systems Center
George is an industry professor of finance at Stevens who directs the undergraduate Quantitative Finance program. He spent 25 years in the high-tech segment of the wireless communications industry. He is a co-founder of InterDigital Communications Corp., where he was a pioneer in the development of digital cellular technology. Subsequently, he was vice-chairman of Geotek Communications, and was chairman of the company's engineering joint venture with the Rafael Armament Development Authority, to develop a spread spectrum frequency-hopping radio system for fleet radio communications. Most recently, George was chairman and CEO of Illinois Superconductor Corp., a public company focused on the application of high-temperature superconducting materials and advanced signal processing techniques to the suppression of interference in wireless networks.