Gnanesh Coomaraswamy, PhD, CFA, Founder/CEO
Dr. Coomaraswamy has been actively involved in the mortgage finance industry for over 20 years as well as having 10 years’ experience in the Telecommunication Engineering sector. He successfully managed a $50B mortgage portfolio for a U S Housing Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE), using proprietary hedging techniques which he developed. Prior experience includes senior positions with Morgan Stanley and G E Capital. He is a Certified Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Risk Manager. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University with a concentration in cryptography.
Mike Moore, Chairman
Michael Moore is a seasoned investment and risk management professional. He spent fifteen years as a financial executive at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, where he was co-developers of Mortgage Partnership Finance (MPF), a proprietary residential mortgage acquisition, portfolio and securitization program. He was a founding partner of a mortgage investment fund focusing on dislocations in the valuation of the credit component of mortgage securities. He has served as a consultant for a U S Housing Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE), top tier mortgage companies and nationally recognized legal firms providing advice and recommendations on complex mortgage instruments. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University.
James George, Senior MD, Sales & Trading
James George has been actively innovating in the mortgage loan and securities space for over 30 years. He spent the first 10 years successfully launching ARM trading desks at both Lehman Brothers and Prudential Securities in New York, as those mortgage vehicles were just starting to be established in the market. This included active advocacy of a LIBOR ARM to FNMA, which ultimately became an industry standard, and establishment of TBA delivery instructions for agency ARMS. The next 20 years included senior institutional sales stints at Prudential Securities, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, and Countrywide Securities on the West Coast, including management of Primary Institutional offices for Pru and DLJ in San Francisco. His presence at these firms coincided with three of the largest residential securitization conduits in their time. Most recently, he was Senior PE Advisor to successful acquisition and recap of the second Largest Hispanic mortgage co. in the US., and Senior Salesman for multiple loan trading platform startups. His latest, a Digital Mortgage Origination solution utilizing Blockchain. He is an avid golfer and tennis player.
Jim Williamson, Senior MD, Legal
Prior to joining FinBex, Mr. Williamson was a founding partner with a Chicago based investment fund focused on dislocations and mispricing of the credit risk component of commercial and residential mortgage securities. Mr. Williamson has also held senior positions with JPMorgan Capital Corporation where he was involved with the acquisition of new issue Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities in North America and Canada, as well as serving as the primary liaison with the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Mr. Williamson has extensive experience in asset disposition in both business management and legal oversight roles with the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He also has a background in international business, having served as a consultant to the World Bank in Eastern Europe and as a Senior Financial Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development. He holds a B.A. from Villanova University and a J.D. from Marquette Law School.
Jim Zurovchak, Senior MD, Capital Markets
Jim Zurovchak (Jim Z) has more than 25 years CMOs and Derivatives trading/structuring experience. Demonstrated agency and non-agency RMBS expertise trading and managing structured products. Proven industry experience managing billion dollar portfolios with firms including small regional and bulge bracket broker/dealers on the sell side and the Federal Home Loan Bank and Annaly Capital Management on the buy side. Skilled at creating innovative CMO structures to increase trading desk profits. Strong experience building models to evaluate investment choices for sound financial decisions. He holds a Bs in Mathematics and Computer Science from Allegany College and a MS in Mathematics from Clemson University.
Siva Arumugam, PhD, Senior MD, Data Science and Blockchain
Dr Siva Arumugam is an active cryptocurrency trader and market-maker in both the spot and futures markets. Siva began his career on the US Treasuries market-making desk at PaineWebber now part of UBS, before pursuing a career in academia. He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Chicago researching technologies underpinning the rise of data science, big data, and machine learning. Dr Arumugam completed his PhD at Columbia University analyzing the use of technologies to regulate and optimize commercialized contemporary sports. He has published and presented numerous papers on the history and culture of probability, financial markets and scientifi disciplines.