ABOUT US

OUR NAME

  • The “LA” in our name is fundamental to who we are, where we’re from and what we stand for.
    You may have guessed it is a mixed Spanish/English translation meaning “The (La) Institute of Finance”?
    Not quite, but it makes sense since our platform and services are designed to help bridge these stellar cultures.
    But for our valued Portuguese speakers, we’d just as much like to be the “O Institute of Finance”.
  • But it really relates to geography, but not where you may think.
    We love Los Angeles, but if you take a look at our Contacts Page, you’ll realize that wasn’t the inspiration.
    Some members of Our management, instructors and staff are proudly from Latin America, so maybe that’s the answer?
    Not yet but getting much closer.
  • OK, it’s not fair to keep you guessing anymore, the answer is: “Las Americas”.
  • It’s important to convey to you, because our name reflects our mission of creating a world-class Institute focused on spreading the highest-quality targeted finance-related education to individuals and institutions between and across the entire Las Americas region.
    Each and every one of us has devoted our careers to spurring the growth of financial services across the Americas and we are now devoting our lives to spread the professional knowledge and networks we’ve collectively attained to help serve your financial educational needs.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

  • Having spent successful careers in finance and devoting most of our professional lives to facilitating capital flows throughout the Americas region, many on our team have realized personal goals and dreams while making our own collective differences to the general prosperity of the region as a whole.
    But we also have learned that for real structural transformation to take place, in both raising the stature of the Americas in the global finance arena as well as in elevating personal lives and those of their families, financial knowledge must be developed, nurtured and spread throughout the region.
    From industrial firms to financial institutions; from small business owners to investment professionals; and individuals across all walks of life.
    Without the appropriate financial knowledge in your own hands, missed personal and organizational opportunities will always abound.
  • We set out to build an institute of financial learning that addresses shortcomings in the current financial education system focused on the Americas.
    Search around and you’ll also come to a realization that there is a vacuum in what is offered.
    For those who do provide financial educational services, the needs of the region and community are an afterthought at best within their grand plan.
    For us, it’s our only focus.
    We’ve tailored our approach to focus less about arcane theory (although you’ll certainly get more than just the foundations) and towards more practical, tailored and hands-on virtual learning from our expert instructors along with best-in-class providers, all in one place.
    No matter where you may be on the learning curve and no matter what heights you want to achieve, we want to make a difference in your own lives as we truly believe that this power benefits us all.
  • Consistent with our mission of delivering only the highest-quality and most relevant financial training and education to our clients, we closely partner with leading experts, trainers, practitioners and providers who are based throughout the Americas.
    With advancements in online, virtual learning technologies, we can provide you with the best of the best, and never settle for less due to geographic constraints.
    Bottom-line, it translates to a better educational experience for you.

OUR MISSION

  • You don’t need to read all the daily headlines to recognize that finance shapes the world that we live in.
    To grasp it more fully and to develop and expand your personal and professional knowledge will reshape life, career and organization.
    A high-quality education is the best personal investment you can ever make, at all points in your life.
    A financial education, on your terms and tracked to your schedule, has the unique power to reap daily dividends for you, your family and for generations to come.
  • Our targeted, comprehensive financial training programs allow you to access the on-ramp of our curriculum precisely where your needs, aspirations and point on the learning curve all intersect.
    We proudly offer a wide variety of practical and actionable educational training programs to match who you want to be:
    -Teens, Students and Young Adults who need to cultivate financial life skills; leverage their generation’s technological acumen into the world of electronic trading and best position for possible future careers in finance.
    -Individuals seeking to broaden their fundamental skills and manage day-to-day finances, home electronic trading abilities and transition to a career in the finance industry.
    -Families needing assistance with due-diligence on their financial advisors, understanding investment principles and to more effectively measure how their wealth and retirement plan are is being managed.
    -Business owners desiring to expand revenues and reduce risk and cost of capital through trade finance and other methods.
    -Investment professionals aspiring to expand their skill-set, move up the career ladder or position for opportunities in the US and across Latin America.
    -Financial Institutions and Businesses aiming to provide focused and maximum-performance training programs to their staff, tailored to their unique organizational needs.
  • Institutional-quality education, training and resources are just a click-away.
    From the first rung of the ladder all the way to the Executive Suite, challenge the present to reach the future.
    There is no better time than right now.

HELPING THE COMMUNITY

  • Scholarships; Institute LA of Finance (iLAfin) provides free tuition in the form of full scholarships across all of its programs to selected individuals who have consistently demonstrated exemplary academic promise, professional achievement and/or may be undergoing personal financial hardship.
    Upon identification of potential candidates, final scholarships are awarded based upon a comprehensive evaluation process including transcripts, recommendations, personal essays, income and other criteria.
    An academic committee comprised of Institute LA of Finance (iLAfin) senior management, its partners and Board of Advisors have sole discretion in the awarding of all scholarships.
    To be considered for a scholarship, please email us at scholarships@iLAfin.com and we will send you the necessary materials to complete.
  • Charities in the Americas; One of our corporate charters is to use a percentage of our profits to give back to the communities in the Americas that we operate in.
    For more information, please email us at charities@iLAfin.com and we will send you the necessary materials to complete.

CAREERS

  • Institute LA of Finance (iLAfin) is positioned to be a leading provider of financial educational products and services focused in the dynamic Americas region.
    Serving the unique needs of teens, individuals, families, business owners, finance professionals and the largest institutions, our tailored and focused curriculum both educates and elevates.
  • Our main office is in sunny Florida, just northwest of Miami, the U.S. gateway to Latin America.
    We also have an office in the bustling downtown financial district of Boston and are in the process of opening up offices and learning centers in major metropolitan areas throughout Latin America, the U.S. and Canada.
  • Our company culture mirrors our relentless drive to educate and empower those that we serve.
    We are obsessed with excellence and integrity across every facet of what we do, and in turn we provide our team members with consistent personal growth and learning opportunities in an environment that is energetic, challenging and, not the least of which, fun.
    We celebrate our differences while working to achieve common goals and operate with full transparency and open channel communications, within the same framework of accountability as we have with our customers.
  • We continue to hire the best and brightest talent in financial training, client service, technology, sales, marketing and other areas of our rapidly growing organization.
    If you have the relevant experience as well as an uncompromising drive to make a positive difference on the world by changing how financial education is delivered, please complete and submit the form below along with your attached CV and we will contact you if there are openings that match your qualifications.
    We thank you in advance for your taking the initiative of seeking to join the best team not just in the Americas, but anywhere for that matter. We look forward to hearing from you.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

  • OMER CEDAR – Omega Point Research
    Omer is CEO and co-founder of Omega Point. Previously, Omer served as SVP, Research at Two Sigma Investments.
    In this role, he founded and built Two Sigma’s global equity research analyst survey platform (“TAP”).
    He was responsible for research/modeling, product development, and relationship management.
    He also managed Two Sigma’s quantitative risk arbitrage system, developed models, and conducted classic fundamental Risk Arb research.
    Omer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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  • JUAN PABLO IBARRA – Mercon Coffee Group
    He joined Mercon as Finance Director in 2009. He was later appointed Director of Marketing, directing all of Mercon’s operations (sales, trading, traffic and support).
    He is currently Mercon’ Group Global COO, responsible for leading finance, business development, global operations and global support functions.
    He has recently led a major restructuring project which has enabled significant efficiencies for Mercon. Prior to joining Mercon, he held numerous leadership positions at General Electric for seven years and earned the Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
    Mr. Ibarra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Yale University.
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  • DAVID GRAY – FORMER CBOE Global Markets
    Under Mr. Grays twenty plus years of leadership, the CBOE expanded its global foot print and role as a market leader in investment solutions and technologies worldwide.
    Leading the business and sales efforts to expand access to a diverse client base and CBOE’s flagship products including the S&P 500 Index, VIX and Volatility complex.
    Mr. Gray created strategic partnerships globally driving the efforts for twenty-four-hour market access and expanding options trading hours.
    This included the responsibility for building and launching CBOE’s business presence in London and Hong Kong.
    Through the $3.2 Billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets Mr. Gray was responsible for the full integration of the derivatives, futures, equity and data sales teams worldwide.
    During this time period the company and team produced record revenues representing nearly $700 million dollars and returned synergy savings of nearly $100 million to shareholders through January 2019.
    Prior to this Mr. Gray was the Head of CBOE, New York. Leading a team that was responsible for marketing, sales and the relationship management function on the east coast for the Exchange.
    This included building institutional and retail business, new-product launch, investor education and relationship management. Prior to this role Mr. Gray was also responsible for international business development at the CBOE.
    This role included establishing new clients for the CBOE futures exchange and the marketing of the VIX® product.
    Mr. Gray has been part of the CBOE community sense the early 90’s and has served on numerous management and operational committees including the market performance committee, floor directors committee, advisory board, and ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) board.
    He currently serves on the investment advisory board for Dykrpt Capital in Palo Alto, California and Coin routes a New York based firm. He received a B.S. Degree in Geography and Comparative Systems Economics with a Minor in Aerospace Science from Western Michigan University, an MBA in International Business from Lake Forest and completed his Post Graduate Executive Leadership Education at the University of Michigan.
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  • VICTOR HUGO RODRIGUEZ – LatAm Alternatives Group
    He is the Founder and CEO of LatAm Alternatives.
    Mr. Rodriguez has over 19 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region. He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities (Mid-Tier Prime Broker) and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities (Monex Group).
    Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Pristine.com Latin America.
    He started his career at The Caracas Stock Exchange and was President & CEO of a mid-tier local Broker Dealer.
    He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and is well known as the Founder and Former Head of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter.
    Mr. Rodriguez was elected STA (Security Traders Association) National Board LatAm Advisor.
    He lives between NYC, South Florida and Latin America. He is the proud father of two amazing 2 children

MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • Victor Hugo Rodriguez
    He is the Founder and CEO of LatAm Alternatives.
    Mr Rodriguez has over 19 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region.
    He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities (Mid Tier Prime Broker) and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities (Monex Group).
    Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Pristine.com Latin America.
    He started his career at The Caracas Stock Exchange and was President & CEO of a mid-tier local Broker Dealer.
    He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and is well known as the Founder and Former Head of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter.
    Mr Rodriguez was elected STA (Security Traders Association) National Board LatAm Advisor.
    He lives between NYC, South Florida and Latin America. He is the proud father of two amazing 2 children
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  • Jose Abbo
    Mr. Abbo joined LatAm Alternatives in 2011 and have been with the company since the early beginning.
    Among all his major achievements we are proud to announce that Mr. Abbo “currently” is the Re-Elected CHAIRMAN of The Panama’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
    He has authored numerous articles about the financial markets and the Global economy.
    He has researched and written for such well-recognized publications as The Economist Intelligence Unit and América Economía.
    In 2000 Mr. Abbo published “Divisando Wall Street Desde el Sur de América” (a comprehensive guide for the Spanish-speaking community that explains the workings of the stock market).
    He also wrote a second book called: “The Big Gamble Are You Investing or Speculating” (which teaches investors how to differentiate investments from speculation and gambling).
    He makes regular guest appearances on various radio and television programs and has served as an expert witness in financial trials and forensic cases.
    He was Managing Director Corporate Finance at SFC Investment Panama and before he was Vice President International Capital Markets at Credit Suisse Panamá.
    Mr. Abbo holds a degree in Professional Management from Nova University and has served as an MBA tutor for Tecnológico de Monterrey/ Thunderbird University Panama-based Global MBA programs.
    He is married with 4 children.
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  • Alan Gandelman
    Mr. Gandelman is widely acknowledged to be among the most preeminent financial executives in Latin America, as well as a seasoned expert in the global capital markets and trading in Latin America.
    Mr. Gandelman is currently SVP of BGC, covering global markets out of Dubai and with a very strong presence in Latin America and its markets.
    Previously to this Alan was Head of Sales at INTL FC Stone Brasil DTVM, a leader in the development of specialized financial services, and also serves on the board of ANCORD, Brazil’s National Association of Broker dealers.
    Previously, Mr. Gandelman served as President at ATS Brasil, a joint venture between NYSE and ATG, and served as president at ICAP where he launched ICAP Brazil, which has subsequently become one of ICAP´s largest global revenue centers.
    Earlier, Mr. Gandelman served as managing partner at Ágora, and held senior roles at both Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs.
    He was also a member of the Brazil-US Business Council, sat on Bovespa’s Board of Directors, and served as president of the International Affairs Commission.
    Mr. Gandelman was also president of the Bovespa Futures Index Chamber and held a similar capacity at BM & F Bovespa’s Equities and Equity Derivatives Chamber following the merger.
    He is married with 2 children.

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