Hi, I'm Lynette Lim. Originally from Singapore, I'm the Co-CEO for Phillip Capital Inc. I am also a wife, mother, big sister, friend, and fellow student who looks forward to sharing my unique experience and thoughts with you! Join me as I talk to industry leaders who will discuss their personal anecdotes and answer questions from you. Phillip Capital Inc is a Futures Commission Merchant and Broker Dealer with 17 offices around the world.www.phillipcapital.com
In Episode 6, Donnie Roberts talk with Lynette about his experiences creating The Small Exchange, which is expected to launch in January 2020. He discusses the practical challenges of starting an exchange, his career path and how it led to this venture, the differences between starting thinkorswim in 1999 and The Small Exchange 20 years later, and some features of their “Small, Standard, and Simple” products.
Donnie Roberts is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Small Exchange, Inc. Prior to taking on this role, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Ameritrade Futures and Forex LLC, an NFA registered FCM/FDM, where his responsibilities included oversight of execution, clearing, compliance and relationship management until October of 2016. Before his position at TD Ameritrade, Mr. Roberts was a founding employee and principal of thinkorswim, Inc., a FINRA and NFA registered firm, where he held the positions of Managing Director of Operations, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer. thinkorswim was acquired by TD Ameritrade in 2009.
He started his career as a clerk and Market Maker for Timberhill LLC at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, later selling electronic trading platforms for Interactive Brokers LLC, providing electronic access to exchanges worldwide. Mr. Roberts attended St. Bonaventure University in New York, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and an MBA in Finance. He also studied economics and sociology at Oxford University. Mr. Roberts still holds Series 4, 7, 24, 55 and 63 licenses.
Mentioned in this episode:
The Small Exchange: https://www.thesmallexchange.com/#/
CFTC application procedures for becoming a Designated Contract Market: https://www.cftc.gov/IndustryOversight/TradingOrganizations/DCMs/dcmhowto.html
Benzinga Global Fintech Awards: https://fintechawards.com/
The Options Clearing Corporation: https://www.theocc.com/
Tom Sosnoff: https://www.tastytrade.com/tt/bio/tom-sosnoff
thinkorswim at TD Ameritrade: https://www.tdameritrade.com/tools-and-platforms/thinkorswim/features.page
In Episode 5, Lynette sits down with Dr. Richard Sandor for a discussion about how he created the AMERIBOR interest rate benchmark, planning for a 10-year development process, the relationship between innovators and regulators, and the importance of working with thought leaders and first movers. The conversation concludes with a side trip into Dr. Sandor’s passion for photography and his journey as a collector.
Dr. Richard Sandor is Chairman and CEO of the American Financial Exchange (AFX). He is also the CEO of Environmental Financial Products, which specializes in inventing, designing and developing new financial markets. Dr. Sandor is currently the Aaron Director Lecturer in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of several books, including “Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation,” and has received numerous honors for his work in environmental finance and carbon trading. He served on the boards of several exchanges, as well as philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Clean Energy Trust. Dr. Sandor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Mentioned in this episode:
Dr. Sandor’s pick for the best pulled pork in America: https://www.joeskc.com/
FDIC Minority Depository Institutions Program: https://www.fdic.gov/regulations/resources/minority/
Articles by Ronald Coase:
“The Nature of the Firm” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1468-0335.1937.tb00002.x
“The Problem of Social Cost" https://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/file/coase-problem.pdf
Ellen Sandor & (art)n: https://www.artn.com/
The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection: https://www.sandor-collection.com/
In Episode 4, Russ Rausch joins Lynette for a conversation about how training your brain can improve your life experience as well as performance. He shares the story of his transition from a career in the futures industry to founding Vision Pursue, which helps organizations, sports teams, and individuals shape their mindsets and find internal paths to fulfillment.
Russ Rausch is a Partner at Vision Pursue and an executive with over 16 years of C-Level experience with companies in the hedge fund and technology sectors. Before VP, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the hedge fund Emil van Essen in Chicago. He was also part of the executive team that took the trading software firm, Trading Technologies, Inc. (TT), from a 20-person startup to a successful 650-person global company as CFO, CIO, Head of Global Support and EVP of Global Buyside Sales.
Mentioned in this episode:
Vision Pursue: https://www.visionpursue.com/
The Master Key by Charles Haanel: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/302264/the-master-key-system-by-charles-f-haanel/
“My Stroke of Insight” TED talk by Jill Bolte Taylor: https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight?language=en
Grit by Angela Duckworth: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-book/
Lynette Lim catches up with Dr Seet Ai Meet to learn her story and what motivates her to do what she does.
As you listen to the conversation (broken into two parts), listen carefully to what motivates her and how she doesn’t look back ever despite different setbacks.
Dr Seet Ai Mee at the age of 75, is a woman with a mission and always on the go. While most women her age are happily retired from their careers and fully enjoying all the perks that retirement life brings; there is no sign of her stopping to smell the roses nor slowing down. Dr Seet had several careers in her life time. Born in Malacca, a sea port in Malaysia and gifted academically, she moved up several grades in elementary and high school and was awarded a Colombo Plan Scholarship to study Biochemistry in Australia. She also completed a PHD in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Singapore. Her careers ranged from teaching at Malaya University, public health, establishing a medical laboratory practice, public education in Singapore and becoming the first woman minister in Singapore. Today, Dr Seet is the chairman and founder of E2Stem whose mission is to expand quality STEM education opportunities in Cambodia. (The conversation is split into two parts.)
In our first ever episode, Lynette is joined by veteran futures industry executive, Maureen C. Downs. Currently working as an advisor for Phillip Capital Inc., Maureen also serves as the vice chairperson of the National Futures Association’s Board of Directors. Ms. Downs is licensed in both accounting and law and most recently served 19 years as the president of Rosenthal Collins Group. In this candid conversation, Maureen shares her story of how she made it in this male dominated industry without having a woman role model of her own. She also shares the challenges she faced as a working mom juggling the choices between career-building and child-rearing. Her views and tips for women’s successes in their careers is invaluable, intriguing and applicable to males as well. This outstanding advice from Maureen is “Do The Hard Thing First”.
It's here! Here is my first episode of Learning with Lim, whereby I will share background of myself , why I want to do this podcast and the topics I will be covering in the podcast. I will share a little bit more about my childhood, my family and also about Phillip Capital. I hope to share insights of what I learned running a business and also stories about Phillip Capital. I hope you learn something each time you listen!