Located in the historic Chicago Board of Trade Building, PEAK6 is redefining what it means to be an investment firm. We’re driven to see solutions others don’t and capitalize on opportunities others miss. We operate with a focused, entrepreneurial drive and push ourselves to think differently. This ambitious, visionary approach has helped us become the diverse range of successful businesses we are today, which include investments and businesses across a range of industries.
The foundation of our business, PEAK6 Capital Management, LLC is a proprietary trading business with a 20-year track record of success that provides significant liquidity throughout U.S. financial markets.Learn more
Apex Clearing Corporation is a leading provider of clearing and execution solutions to the financial services industry.Visit apexclearing.com
Strategic Capital, our capital investment group, invests in debt and/or equity positions across a range of industries where our blend of capital and operational expertise accelerates business growth.Learn more
PEAK6 Sports is a venture capital firm that seeks to invest in sports and technology businesses. By bridging the gap between sports and technology, we help leaders in both segments build transformative companies.Visit PEAK6sports.com
a great idea
PEAK6 Investments, L.P. was created from the same ambitious, entrepreneurial culture that thrives in the firm today. Co-founders Matt Hulsizer and Jenny Just started their careers at O’Connor and Associates — a Chicago-based options trading firm with a particular specialty, and emphasis, on financial derivatives. In 1992, the firm was acquired by Swiss Bank Corporation. After the acquisition, Swiss Bank decided to head in a new direction.
Entrepreneurs at heart, Matt and Jenny wanted to bring a different vision to life and decided to launch their own firm. And in 1997, PEAK6 Investments was launched. PEAK6 Investments became one of the first firms to develop sophisticated, proprietary technology, which more efficiently manages risk in the options market. This disciplined focus on risk management and technology has helped us achieve significant success in managing risk and making markets. From this singular focus, the firm continued to innovate, growing PEAK6 into a diverse group of thriving, successful businesses that now span many areas of the financial services sector.
PEAK6 launched two new businesses, looking to reach an entirely different set of investors. PEAK6 launched OptionsHouse — an online, consumer retail brokerage that delivered an exceptional combination of value and technology for active options traders. PEAK6 also launched PEAK6 Advisors, LLC — an SEC registered investment adviser.
Then, in 2012, PEAK6 expanded its operational expertise into the clearing business with an investment into Apex Clearing Corporation. By combining decades of experience in clearing and execution with PEAK6’s innovative approach to risk management and sophisticated technology solutions, Apex established itself as a leading provider of clearing and execution solutions to the financial services industry.
After building OptionsHouse into a thriving online brokerage, PEAK6 sold OptionsHouse to General Atlantic, a well-established global growth investor. Also this year, after growing PEAK6 Advisors’ assets under management to over $2 billion, PEAK6 sold its stake in Advisors to Joe Scoby, former CEO of PEAK6 Advisors.
PEAK6 remains anything but your typical investment firm. Every day, our culture motivates us to seek out, and invest in, good ideas that have the potential of becoming great businesses. We’re always looking for ways to deliver untapped, exceptional value to the market.
As Co-Founder of PEAK6 Investments, L.P., Jenny serves as one of two managing members of PEAK6 LLC. From 1990-1992, Jenny worked in the trading department of O’Connor & Associates, and on the floor of the CBOE. From 1992-1997, Jenny worked for Swiss Bank Corporation, the successor to O’Connor & Associates, as a market risk analyst in global risk control and as a senior equity derivatives marketer.
Jenny received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
In his role as the President of PEAK6, Brad partners with leaders who oversee trading, technology, retail brokerage, finance and human resources to strategically manage PEAK6’s growth. Brad joined PEAK6 in December 2008 after spending 11 years at Microsoft, where he most recently served as the General Manager for the Bing search product, where he was responsible for product management, consumer marketing, distribution, and revenue management.
Brad graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Amherst College and completed post graduate work in Japan, at the Inter-University Center for Japanese language studies. Brad then went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded second year honors.
Chief of Finance
In her role as Managing Director of Finance, Sue is the leader in charge of all Finance & Accounting functions for the firm. Sue joined PEAK6 in October of 1998 and has held a variety of roles at PEAK6 during her tenure, primarily in the shared business management group. Prior to joining PEAK6, Sue was a Vice President at the Northern Trust Company in the Northern Trust Global Investments group.
Sue received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Michigan.
Chief Marketing Officer
In her role as Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa is responsible for all marketing, advertising, and public relations efforts across the firm. Lisa joined PEAK6 in October 2009 after spending two years at Microsoft as the General Manager for MSN & Bing marketing. In her role as GM, she was responsible for the design, launch and marketing rollout of the Bing search brand, as well as all MSN US marketing efforts. Prior to Microsoft, Lisa spent two years as the Vice President of Marketing & Sales for FTD.com, and four years at Orbitz as a Managing Director, where she was a key member of the pre-IPO launch team.
Lisa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chief People Officer
In her role as Chief People Officer, Amy focuses on developing people and recruiting strategies that impact the business. Before joining PEAK6, Amy was the VP of Human Resources providing strategic and hands-on HR leadership across Tribune Broadcasting Company. Prior to the Tribune, Amy spent 10 years at General Electric in a number of leadership roles within HR including Learning and Development and Organization and Talent Development, responsible for all aspects of the global leadership learning strategy and implementation for two of GE’s core businesses.
Amy received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Human Resources from University of Illinois.
As Co-Founder of PEAK6 Investments, L.P., Matt serves as one of two managing members of PEAK6 LLC. From 1994 until he co-founded PEAK6 in 1997, Matt was a director and risk manager for Swiss Bank, a global financial-services corporation that merged with Union Bank of Switzerland to become UBS AG. From 1991-1993, he worked as a senior trader with O’Connor & Associates, a proprietary derivatives trading firm that was acquired by Swiss Bank and subsequently integrated into Swiss Bank Capital Markets.
Matt graduated from Amherst College and has served as a board member of New Jersey’s Peddie School and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Our culture isn’t for everyone. We don’t have a laundry list of fluffy values that sound good but no one really gets. It’s a short, focused list and embodies our essence. We live and breathe these values across the entire firm.
Why the name
Not surprisingly, the story behind the PEAK6 name began in the mountains. Matt was in Breckenridge, Colorado and inspiration struck. He recalled someone once telling him it takes 6 peaks to make a mountain range. He was drawn to this notion of peaks and how they can stand alone and/or work together to form something even more powerful. This perfectly represented the vision for the new firm. And with that, the PEAK6 name took hold. Interestingly, the peak that Matt used as inspiration for our name so many years ago opened to the public in 2013. They named it Peak6. And no — we had nothing to do with it. It’s just fate working its magic.