Ari Officer Stanford ’06 joined the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2014. He was initiated into the California Beta Chapter in 2006, where he served as Social Chair and Treasurer. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Financial Mathematics.
Ari began his trading career before entering college on the grain trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. As the markets moved to electronic trading, Ari was able to trade while at Stanford with one caveat: he needed to wake up a t 4 AM every day to actively participate. During his undergraduate years and continuing today, Ari is a contributing writer for TIME Magazine and TIME.com, focusing on economics, politics and financial markets.
After graduation, he moved back to Chicago and joined Traditum Group as Director of Automated Trading and Senior Commodities Trader, where he helped expand operations from primarily fixed income to agriculture, energy, currency, equity and metals markets. He has developed new agricultural commodities markets in North America and Asia, fostering international physical trade and helping farmers lock in profits and food manufacturers lock in cost margins.
Most recently Ari was a Senior Trader at Allston Trading, a leader among the world’s top electronic trading firms.
Ari currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Jenny. He is a novelist, an accomplished guitarist and is teaching himself to play the acoustic drum set.