Independent Advisory Board



Mr. Bellizzi was Global Head of Corporate Development of Thomson Reuters Corporation, a global provider of integrated information-based solutions. Before assuming the position, he served as Senior Vice President, Thomson Reuters Professional Division, Senior Vice President, Business Operations for Thomson Learning, and Executive Vice President and CFO of Manning, Selvage & Lee, a worldwide public relations firm. Mr. Bellizzi's career also included senior-level positions at Thomson Financial, Thomson Learning International, Eli Lilly & Co., Paramount Publishing, Inc. and Pepsi-Cola International. Mr. Bellizzi serves on the Board of Directors at Alteryx, Inc. He has previously served on the board of other companies including Vistage International, Inc. Mr. Bellizzi holds business degrees from Queens College and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University.


Chairman, Evest Companies

Throughout his thirty-plus year career, Mr. Hansen founded several private and public companies (AMEX and Nasdaq), including broker/ dealers, a clearing corporation and a leading US equity institutional stock-crossing Alternative Trading System (ATS). Under Mr. Hansen's leadership the businesses processed significant daily market share volume, with daily transaction volumes in the billions.

Mr. Hansen has been a featured speaker for many conferences for the brokerage and institutional investor industry over the past twenty years. Principal topics included modernization of the equity marketplace, equity transaction processing, transaction cost and effectively locating liquidity for transactions. Mr. Hansen has also been featured on CNN globally, speaking on the topic of risk management.

Possessing significant global operations, compliance and financial transaction processing experience, Mr. Hansen has lead several equity financings, including public and private offerings, and successful financings including major investment banks such as Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, UBS, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Wachovia, and ING, among others. Mr. Hansen has also led several acquisitions and divestitures.

As a private investor and financial technology entrepreneur, Mr. Hansen continues to invest in several financial services and technology companies. A native of Denmark, Mr. Hansen holds economics degrees from Neil's Brock Business School of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University of Language and Economics.

Tom Higgins

Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, First Data Corporation


Tom Higgins joined First Data in 2013 and serves as Chief Administrative Officer. Tom leads Cyber Security, Physical Security, Business Resiliency and Crisis Management. Tom retired in 2010 after a 24-year career with the U.S. Government. He worked in the national security and foreign policy areas and was a member of the Senior Executive Service. Prior to joining First Data, Tom was the head of Operational Control at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role Tom had oversight of Cyber Security and Business Resiliency as well as other lines of business. Tom also led all of JPMC’s military and veterans initiatives.

Tom is the driving force behind First Data's Military and Veteran's Affairs function that focuses on the employment of military members, their spouses and veterans who have sacrificed much to serve their country. Tom is a graduate of the State University of New York-Maritime College. Tom attended the U.S. Naval War College and completed the Program on Leadership for Senior Executives at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Tom is a U.S. Navy veteran and serves on a number of charitable boards, including the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation, OSS Society, Business Executives for National Security, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, USO of Greater New York and the Tug McGraw Foundation


Board, Chief Technology Officer, Evest Companies

Lars Kragh is a Board member of certain Evest companies and Battea – Class Action Services, LLC. Mr. Kragh has over twenty years experience in financial technology. As a co-founder and executive at NYFIX Inc., Mr. Kragh held a variety of technical leadership roles throughout the company’s history, most recently as Chief Information Officer from July 1999 to 2005. Prior to 1999, Mr. Kragh was Executive Vice President of Research and Development and held other technology management positions since the company was founded in 1991.

As lead technologist for NYFIX, Mr. Kragh managed a product portfolio ranging from equity Order Management Systems (OMS), market making workstations, trade routing engines and network services. With detailed knowledge of products’ interaction, including cross division values and overlap issues, Mr. Kragh possesses in depth financial industry knowledge spanning market structure, exchanges, broker/dealers and asset management firms in addition to detailed design and architecture expertise across various subject matters including Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA), execution quality, networking and display mechanisms. Mr. Kragh directed all production technology including data centers and network and was responsible for mission critical infrastructure vital to the financial industry. Prior to 1991, Mr. Kragh developed network and transactional systems for the banking industry involving numerous trading system integrations with global telecom and market data providers. He has filed a number of patents around innovative technical and business concepts over the last 15 years.

Mr. Kragh holds a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Danish University of Technology.

Shane P. Kinahan

Founder and Managing Partner of Lake Avenue Capital, LLC

Shane Kinahan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Lake Avenue Capital, LLC. Mr. Kinahan has an extensive track record of leadership, product innovation and revenue growth as a veteran of the equity brokerage industry.

Prior to founding Lake Avenue Capital, LLC, Mr. Kinahan worked 6 years at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division specializing in Electronic Trading/Algorithmic Sales, where he focused primarily on the Goldman Sachs US Hedge Fund client base. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Kinahan directed many of the firm’s electronic trading relationships with hedge funds, buy-side institutions and broker/dealers.

Previously, Mr. Kinahan worked 8 years for NYFIX Inc., where he served as head of buy side sales for the NYFIX Millennium ATS. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Kinahan directed the firm’s key relationships with hedge funds, buy-side institutions, broker/dealers, global exchanges and strategic vendor partners. He managed all aspects of sales, marketing, account management, product development and client on-boarding across asset classes including Equities, Fixed Income, FX, and Exchange Traded Derivatives.

Mr. Kinahan began his career as a private wealth management representative, where he managed trading portfolios for high net worth individuals. Mr. Kinahan holds a B.A. from Bentley University.