Our History and Our People

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

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Our History

Blue Trading Systems spun off from Blue Capital Group. Two veteran traders and a financial engineer formed the latter in 1998 to make markets in equity-index options.

Trading was done out of Chicago, and the analytics and software were built in Chapel Hill, NC.

BCG became a highly successful, respected market-making operation, transacting a substantial share of domestic equity-index option volume, eventually employing over 80 people, including over 20 floor traders, and accruing several $100MM in trading profits.

Trading profits fell sharply in the low volatility environment following the 2008 financial crisis, leading the partners to withdraw from making markets in 2010. Consequently, the software development team in NC had lost its lone, captive ‘customer’.

Over the years, the software group developed into a collegial, efficient team. The experience and tools built over several years working closely with some of the most successful, demanding traders in the business offered the perfect foundation upon which to build commercial option trading systems.

The software engineers negotiated ownership of the system and the underlying code and founded Blue Trading Systems in 2011.

Over the past several years, they rebuilt BCG's proprietary option trading system into a reliable commercial product whose unique set of competitive advantages is detailed at this site.

BCG’s disbanded trading team splintered into several smaller groups, virtually all of whom are now loyal BTS customers.

So while BTS is itself a young company, it comprises principals who have been together over 15 years. They possess extensive experience building and deploying option trading software in close collaboration with traders. Their tools and methods have performed superbly through many market cycles, often in extreme conditions.

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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