ABOUT ATHENA

Our Story

In 2005, a group of senior software developers, integrators, and analysts started a technology firm based on a revolutionary vision. Why not help financial services firms fine-tune their software systems to match the unique refinements of their business strategies? Why not help them elevate their baseline operations up to true competitive advantage?

That is the business mission of Athena Investment Systems.

Today, Athena counts leading hedge funds and asset managers among its clients. Athena’s work varies from vendor software fine-tuning and network integration, 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 Singapore.

For better systems support of your competitive advantage, contact us for a rapid analysis of your potential for improved performance.

Our Team

Scott Sykowski

Scott Sykowski

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 15 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.

Stefano Guarnieri

Stefano Guarnieri

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 2004 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).

Luis Otero

Luis Otero

Head of Technology - Managing Director

Mr. Otero has over 20 years of experience building applications and solutions for a wide set of different companies, which has given him the ability to understand client needs and produce quality solutions, all while using the top technologies.

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.

Thorsten Pastoors

Thorsten Pastoors

Principal Engineer

Mr. Pastors has over 14 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.

Carlos Suils

Carlos Suils

Principal Engineer

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 15 years.

Mr. Suil has extensive experience designing portfolio management systems, OMS, Compliance, FIX, Financial Analytics, and database development (MSSQL and Sybase). Prior to joining Athena, Mr. Suil worked with Macgregor/ITG.

Mr. Suils holds a Master of Science (MS) in Electronics Engineering from the Comillas Pontifical University (ICAI) in Madrid, Spain.

Ryan Holmes

Ryan Holmes

Product Manager

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.