Why Lightspeed and who we serve

Lighspeed Institutional supports professional traders, established and emerging hedge funds, high net worth individuals, trading groups, and registered investment advisors (RIAs) through a complete suite of technology, Regulation T and portfolio margin leverage, access to our agency-only trade desk, as well as execution services. Offices are located in both New York and Chicago, and remote access to all products is available. The client experience perfectly balances robust and flexible technology solutions with focused, experienced, and high-touch customer service.

Our team

Tom Gibb - Co-President

Mr. Gibb joined Lightspeed upon its establishment in 2006 as a trading operations associate after spending three years trading equities on a proprietary desk. Throughout his tenure at Lightspeed, Mr. Gibb served as the firm’s risk manager, Trading Operations Manager, Director of Client Service, and most recently the EVP of Brokerage Operations. Mr. Gibb is a graduate of Fordham University where he earned a BS in Finance. He is based out of the New York office and holds Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 57, and 63 licenses.

Kevin Ott - Co-President

Mr. Ott joined Lightspeed in 2010 as part of Lightspeed’s acquisition of Terra Nova Financial, LLC, a provider of execution, clearing and prime brokerage services to professional traders, hedge funds and money managers. Mr. Ott has over 15 years industry experience and is a technologically sophisticated leader with keen insight into systems operation, front- and back-end operations, sales, product and project management within the financial services industry. Mr. Ott is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Finance. He holds his Series 7 and 24 licenses. He is based out of our Chicago office.

Craig Aronoff - EVP of Prime Brokerage Sales

Aronoff began his career at Shearson Lehman Brothers as a financial consultant. Most recently he founded Victor Securities, a firm providing technology-driven brokerage solutions to professional traders. He graduated from Adelphi University in 1991 with a degree in Business Management and a concentration in Finance and holds the Series 3, 7, 30, 55 & 63 licenses.

Joe Minton - Head of Agency Trading

Joe Minton joined Lightspeed from Livevol Securities in 2015 to head up our agency desk. Mr. Minton began his derivatives career in 1998 as an equity option market maker and volatility trader. Mr. Minton earned a finance degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds Series 4, 7, 24, 55, 63 and 65 licenses.


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New York, NY 10018


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Chicago, IL 60606

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