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Athena: Our story, our team
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In 2005, a group of senior software developers, integrators, and analysts started a technology firm based on a revolutionary vision: To provide financial services firms with software systems to exactly match the unique requirements of their business strategies without compromises and workarounds. Why not help them elevate their decision support, operational automation and fault-tolerance onto a true competitive advantages with their investors?
That is the business mission of Athena Systems.
Today, Athena counts leading hedge funds and asset managers among its clients. Athena’s work varies from developing and supporting Athena Spark, to custom system enhancements that precisely match the unique business models of the client. It provides the full life-cycle of planning, development, implementation and training. Clients typically see dramatic improvement in STP, faster time to equities markets, and more efficient execution of transactions after using Athena Investment Systems.
Athena is a global firm with consultants headquartered in the US, Europe and Asia.
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Head of Research - Managing Director
Mr. Sykowski has a proven record of designing and customizing global financial services systems that create demonstrable competitive advantages for their users.
Mr. Sykowski has experience in a broad range of asset classes including global equities and their derivatives, fixed income securities, interest rate and credit derivatives, and many types of structured private placements. For over 25 years, he has helped both buy-side and sell side institutions architect and implement their enterprise and desk level systems. He has an in-depth knowledge of front office portfolio management, trading, risk management/analytics and market data systems.
Mr. Sykowski holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance (Structured and Public) from the State University of New York at Albany, and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz.
Head of Product - Managing Director
Mr. Guarnieri has demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs of the financial community, and how to optimize its workflow.
Mr. Guarnieri spent more than 9 years with Macgregor/ITG, where he worked as a Platform Architect and Project Lead & Development Manager. He elevated the competitive edge initiative by introducing cutting-edge features to the Portfolio Management platform such as Multi-Asset support, a novel Multi-Factor Optimizer with real-time solving capabilities, a Software Development Kit, Real Time Market Data Feeds supporting Reuters and Bloomberg, and Fixed Income Electronic Trading supporting TradeWeb and MarketAxess. These features were central to winning the Waters Magazine Award celebrating XIP as the Best Portfolio Management platform.
Mr. Guarnieri holds a Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ancona (Italy).
Head of Technology - Managing Director
Mr. Otero has worked in the modeling, design and development of several OMS softwares, real time trade platforms and also in some other real time industrial platforms like railway control systems. Mr Otero worked for companies Invensys Rail (Siemens), The Macgregor Group and ITG before joining Athena Investment Systems in 2005.
Mr. Otero holds a Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain as well as a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Newcastle Upon Tyne University in England. He also holds several software certifications.
Mr. Pastoors has over 19 years of experience designing and delivering financial software solutions for Windows platforms using a variety of Microsoft development environments such as C++, C# and VB. He also has extensive experience working on portfolio management systems, OMS, Compliance, FIX, Financial Analytics, and database development (MSSQL and Sybase).
Mr. Pastoors is proficient in XML, Java, and COM, and is also an accomplished researcher, having presented his work at the IFIP-TC6/European Union International Conference on Networking.
Mr. Pastoors has a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science from the Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany); and also attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Pastoors was the Co-Author of the BMECat specification: electronic catalog format used by major German companies for e-Procurement.
Mr. Suils’ background in the Signal Processing, Defense & Space and Financial Services Industry has made him invaluable to Athena as an architect of fault-tolerant, self-healing systems for over 19 years.
Mr. Suils has extensive experience designing portfolio management systems, OMS, Compliance, FIX, Financial Analytics, and database development (MSSQL and Sybase). Prior to joining Athena, Mr. Suils worked with Macgregor/ITG.
Mr. Suils holds a Master of Science (MS) in Electronics Engineering from the Comillas Pontifical University (ICAI) in Madrid, Spain.
Mr. Holmes’ background in finance and specific knowledge of multi-asset, buy-side workflows has helped to re-architect and streamline Athena’s current offerings and make headway in releasing new functionalities. His comprehensive understanding of start-to-finish operations at buy-side firms leads to a product with more efficiency and in turn, a better product.
Mr. Holmes holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Head of Support
Mr. Regoli has over 17 years of experience in developing and supporting wealth management software applications. He understands the innerworkings of the hedge fund space and the needs of Athena’s clients.
Mr. Regoli is a proven leader who promotes a supportive environment in which everyone can excel. Overseeing customer support, Alessandro drives positive change and is always on the lookout for efficiencies.
Skilled in MSSQL, .NET, scripting, agile methodologies and everything that allows to make software better and deliver it in less time he is always trying to create an environment that allows people to improve and give their best in order to build great products.
Mr. Regoli holds a Master of Science (MS) in Telecommunications Engineering from the Università de Siena (Italy).
Senior Project Manager
Carmina has been with Athena since 2012. She manages and coordinates the support and development resources across 3 time zones to keep the company on track and collectively working towards the same goals.
Carmina “wrote the book” on Athena implementations and is involved with every new project as a knowledge base. She also has experience providing daily support to Athena’s clients globally and previous positions in both public and private companies.
Carmina has a degrees in Electronic Engineering from University Complutense de Madrid and Applied Physics from University Autonoma de Madrid and in the last years, she has been pursuing advanced education in project management.