About Blue Trading Systems Our History and Our People

A cohesive team with years of experience together in the derivatives trading industry

At Blue Trading Systems we have built successful derivatives trading systems for more than two decades. BTS spun off from Blue Capital Group, formed in 1998 to make markets in equity index options.

BCG became highly profitable, transacting a substantial share of domestic equity-index option volume, eventually employing over 80 people, including over 20 floor traders.

Prompted by the decline in business due to the low volatility environment following the 2008 financial crisis, BCG ceased making markets in 2010. The development team saw this as an opportunity to serve the larger market and formed BTS.

Several years working closely with seasoned traders to build software tools supporting all aspects of the trading business was perfect training for building commercial trading systems.

That experience shapes all aspects of our products, as does our uncompromising dedication to reliability and general engineering excellence. We are proud to continue that commitment with Spark: an algorithmic futures trading system designed for speed, control, extensibility, and reliability.

Our support team has similarly extensive experience working directly with traders. Forming a responsive team with one goal: complete customer satisfaction.

Our Management Team

Trevor Colvin

Trevor Colvin

John Trevor Colvin, CEO, has been developing financial pricing models and hedging techniques for 25 years. Prior to BTS, Colvin co-founded Blue Capital Group in 1999. He started Pinehurst Analytics, a financial software company specializing in interest rate and mortgage derivatives in 1994, and sold it to FiServ in 1999. Before that, he was a managing director of Normandy Asset Management, a highly levered mortgage derivative hedge fund. Straight out of business school, he joined Smith Breeden Associates, a fixed-income investment firm, where he directed R&D. He was a summer associate in Fischer Black’s Quantitative Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs. He earned an M.B.A. in finance and statistics at the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. and a B.S. in physics and math, respectively, from the University of Chicago.

Kevin Darby

Kevin Darby

Kevin is a managing partner at Blue Trading Systems and specializes in quantitative analytics, developing trading strategies with clients, and electronic trading systems. Before co-founding Blue Trading Systems, he was a partner in Blue Capital Group where he developed custom volatility and risk models and electronic trading engines. Kevin began his career as a clerk on the CBOE floor one summer while enrolled in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kevin left school to join the Blue Capital development team full-time in 1999.

Taha Afzal

Taha Afzal

Taha is a managing partner at Blue Trading Systems with over ten years' experience in developing trading systems. Before co-founding BTS, Taha was a partner at Blue Capital Group where he worked in a wide range of areas including ultra-low latency trading engines, distributed systems, risk management systems and user interfaces. Taha holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Pedro Pinto

Pedro Pinto

Pedro is a Managing Partner at Blue Trading Systems where he specializes in systems architecture. Before co-founding Blue Trading Systems, Pedro was a partner at Blue Capital Group, where he worked for over a decade, leading the design, implementation and deployment of much of Blue Capital's trading software infrastructure. Pedro holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal.

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