Who We Are
FFCM LLC is the investment advisor to the QuantShares ETF family.
QuantShares is a family of four passively managed, market neutral, and sector neutral ETFs. Each offering invests in an equal dollar of long and short U.S. equities within the Dow Jones U.S Index. Our ETFs provide exposure to important quantitative factors that drive equity returns such as beta, momentum, value, and size.
Bill DeRoche, CFA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining FFCM, Bill was a Vice President at State Street Global Advisors and was the head of the U.S. Enhanced Equities team. His focus was on managing long only and 130/30 US strategies, as well as providing research on SSgA’s stock-ranking models and portfolio construction techniques. During Bill’s time at SSgA, the Global Enhanced Equities team grew to over $100 billion in assets. Prior to joining SSgA in 2003, Bill was a quantitative analyst and portfolio manager at Putnam Investments. Bill has been working in the investment management field since 1995.
Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Bill holds FINRA licenses 7,63 and 24.
Chuck Martin, CFA
Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining FFCM, Chuck was a Vice President at State Street Global Advisors and a Senior Portfolio Manager in the firm’s Global Enhanced Equities group. He provided research and portfolio management for multiple investment strategies including large and small cap 130/30 funds. During Chuck’s time at SSgA, the Global Enhanced Equities team grew from $3 billion in assets to over $100 billion. Prior to joining SSgA in 2001, Chuck was an equity analyst at SunTrust Equitable Securities where he covered technology companies. Chuck has worked in the investment industry since 1993.
Chuck earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colby College and his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Georgetown University. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Chuck holds FINRA licenses 7 and 63
Richard Block, CPA
Executive Vice President, Trading
Prior to joining FFCM, Rich was a Managing Director and Head of Global Equity Trading at Putnam Investments. He developed equity derivatives strategies for the firm’s portfolios and started Putnam’s program trading desk. Rich developed customized algorithmic trading strategies which were instrumental in significantly decreasing firm wide transaction costs. Rich was a member of Putnam’s Advisory board and has served on the NYSE ITAC Committee and the NASDAQ’s Quality of Markets Committee. He was a member of The National Organization for Investment Professionals (NOIP). Prior to joining Putnam, Rich worked as a trader on Morgan Stanley’s equity derivatives desks in both NY and London.
Rich attended N.Y.U. business school and is a graduate of Albany State University. He also is a Certified Public Accountant. Rich holds FINRA licenses 7 and 63.
Philip Lee, PhD
Executive Vice President, Trading
Prior to joining FFCM, Phil was an equity strategist at Platinum Grove Asset Management LP responsible for supervising electronic trade execution, automating trade operations, and building out systems infrastructure. Prior to that role, he co-managed statistical arbitrage strategies in the Japanese Equity Market. Previously, Phil was Director of Development at Principia Capital Management, LLC, a statistical arbitrage hedge fund, where he developed the firm’s quantitative research and trading platforms. Prior to joining Principia, Phil was a Vice President in Goldman Sachs’ Fixed Income Derivatives. He has fifteen years of investment experience.
Phil holds engineering degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD) and The Cooper Union.
Director of ETF Sales
Prior to joining FFCM, Alan spent the majority of his career on Wall Street working on Portfolio Trading and ETF Trading desks. He was Director of ETF and Portfolio Trading at UBS Securities from 2009-2011. Previously he was a Managing Director at BNP Paribas (2007-2009) and prior to that was a Managing Director of Portfolio Trading Sales at Deutsche Bank Securities (1996-2007), where he was responsible for some of the largest global portfolio trades executed in the marketplace. Alan is the author of the book The Super Traders: Secrets and Successes of Wall Street's Best & Brightest (Dow Jones-Irwin). He has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.B.A . from the University of Michigan. Alan holds FINRA licenses 3, 7, 9, 10, 55 and 63.
Prior to joining FFCM, Kevin was an Assistant Vice President at Columbia Management. He covered the broker/dealer division working a variety of territories inclusive of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. Prior to joining Columbia Management in 2007, Kevin was a service trader and an investment consultant for individual investors with Fidelity Investments. Kevin earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from the Eugene M. Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a member of their Varsity Ski Team. He holds FINRA 7, 63 and 66 licenses.