Jay Pestrichelli is co-founder and managing director of ZEGA Financial. He specializes in developing successful hedging strategies to protect investors’ equity positions while driving maximum returns.
Jay has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets. Prior to launching ZEGA, he spent 12 years managing and growing the online brokerage business for TD Ameritrade. During this time, he led this business unit to become #1 in trade volume among U.S. brokers. Before joining TD Ameritrade, Jay was Vice President of Customer Support for Datek Online, where he oversaw customer relations for many of Datek’s 2.4 million active trading clients. He also instituted Datek’s first CRM system.
At ZEGA, Jay leads the development and execution of the firm’s investment strategies, which are designed to help investors successfully navigate volatile and uncertain markets through innovative hedging strategies. Some of these strategies include HiPOS (High Probability Options Strategy), Buy & Hedge and ZBIG. In 2018, ZEGA’s HiPOS strategy posted an 11.5% return, compared to 4.5% decline in the S&P 500.
ZEGA’s founding principles grew out of the bestselling book Jay co-authored entitled “Buy and Hedge, the Five Iron Rules for Investing Over the Long Term.” His book highlights how to bridge the complicated nature of options investing with the needs of the everyday investor.
Outside of ZEGA’s day-to-day work for its clients, the firm actively supports multiple not for profit organizations throughout the year. Some of these organizations include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Samaritan’s Feet, CIA Officers Memorial Foundation, and Decoding Literacy.
Jay has been a regular contributor on NASDAQ Trade Talks and the TD Ameritrade Network and is a regularly quoted in top news outlets including Bloomberg, TheStreet, MarketWatch, US News and World Report, Fox Business and CNBC.
He is an active golfer, sailor, traveler, and NY Giants fan. He resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife and son.
As the product families at ZEGA grew, Mick joined the firm to tackle two roles. The first focuses on trading execution and support. The second examines, and helps to refine, investment strategies as they move from the incubation stage to broader distribution among clients.
Mick brings a product manager’s sensibility and methodology to his work, having performed this role most recently at Bank of the West and for a more extended run at TD Ameritrade. In his 15+ years at the online broker, he oversaw myriad changes in a rapidly growing industry. He helped build retail trading products, create educational programs, and develop the industry’s first JD Power-certified call center.
Mick graduated from the University of Nebraska and still calls Omaha home.
Jillian runs the show. Client service, performance reporting and trading support are her primary areas of responsibility.
Jillian started her financial career in Luxembourg with BNY Mellon as a senior trust accountant, adapting to a multi-lingual operation involving futures, FX, time deposits and more. Returning stateside led to her increased responsibilities supervising client accounting and reporting. She became the client resource on trade settlements, valuations, financial statements and accruals.
Jillian studied international business at Merrimack College. She’s a huge Boston sports fan, but because she is such a team player, nobody really holds it against her.
Jim brings a wealth of finance and operations experience to the ZEGA team. He has over 25 years of diverse operational, financial reporting, budgeting and financial analysis experience within the fintech, renewable energy and banking industries.
From private equity funded startups to corporate finance, Jim has a proven track record in building teams, processes and companies. Under Jim’s financial leadership, he was instrumental in growing a firm from the start-up phase to one of Inc’s Magazine’s “500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.”
Jim has an MBA from the University of Nebraska - Omaha and a BSBA in Accounting from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.
He resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and two kids and coaches youth sports.
Derek manages ZEGA’s Registered Investment Advisor relationships, specializing in option strategies for income and protected growth. He helps advisors — and their retail clients — understand the calculus behind each strategy and how it best fits their investment goals.
Derek has over 21 years of experience as a trader and educator in options, futures and technical analysis. As TD Ameritrade’s director of national education he crisscrossed the country sharing his knowledge of risk management and volatility. He also understands the challenges facing Registered Investment Advisors, having previously managed his own book of clients. Derek started his financial career as a manager with Charles Schwab.
Derek is a full-on ironman triathlete in addition to running numerous marathons. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.