Steven Wendlandt is a co-founder of and principal/ trader at Lillian Nicola Asset Management, LLC.
As a trader, Mr. Wendlandt helped formulate and manage positions for San Juan Investments, Ltd and San Juan Offshore at Parker Asset Management Company (July 1992 to Jan 1995) within the equities, commodity, currency and derivatives markets. He was also employed at NDSC/Southwest Commodities (Nov 1995 to May 1996), a broker assisted futures trading firm, where he helped to implement over 150 different timing models for client accounts in the S&P 500 and currency futures markets. Steve also managed positions for Worldwide Money Management (Jan 1997 to Nov 1998).
From November of 1998 until September of 2000, Mr. Wendlandt was the Director of Marketing for GRO Corporation which is an online broker catering to the active equities trader. During this time, he also acted as a trader for Starboard Capital Partners, LP of Houston, Texas helping to manage positions in equities and equity options.
From October of 2000 to November of 2001, Steve was the President and Director of trading for Sequoia Capital Management of Houston Texas. Sequoia, a registered investment advisor, focused on the management of private client wealth within the equities markets. As President of the firm, Steve was tasked with developing trading models, allocation strategies and dealing with day to day operational requirements.
His history also includes Generic Trading, a division of Carlin Equities out of Philadelphia from November of 2001 to May of 2002. At Generic, he functioned as a proprietary trader managing an allocation of the firm’s capital in equities on both the Nasdaq and NYSE exchanges.
Steve was previously registered with NFA as required by certain positions held at the companies listed above. Specifically he was registered as an associated person with the CFTC and an NFA member under his own name from January 14, 1997 until April 2, 1998. He was also with Norman David Seaburg (NDSC) as a CFTC registrant from April 17, 1996 and NFA associate member from March 6, 1996 until May 30, 1996.
His experience working for the above investment related entities provided him the knowledge and the freedom to begin his other business ventures. During the period from July of 1992 to May of 2002, Steve lived solely off of his investment income and trading success.
Prior to starting the trading advisor during May of 2012, he founded Selected Benefits Inc. in May of 2002, which is an online insurance agency that is a designated Benefits Partner of the Texas Association of Realtors (the largest group of self-employed in the State). To better serve clients for a period of time from October of 2003 to October of 2004, Steve was also a registered securities representative with Jefferson Pilot Securities to include more diverse insurance products. He is no longer affiliated with Jefferson Pilot, but does continue to work with Selected Benefits to support its operations.
Another business Steve remains involved in is Wendlandt Investments, LLC which he formed in September of 2009. Steve works with this entity to manage proprietary fund investments in futures, forex, equities and other derivatives products privately for its members.
He has been married to his wife, Lynne, since 1998 and currently resides in Houston, Texas. Together they share a passion for giving back to the community and as such, support many local charities.
Alessandro Torre is a co-founder of and principal/ trader at Lillian Nicola Asset Management, LLC.
Leveraging his background in mathematics and physics as a chemical & biomolecular engineer, Alessandro helped research and develop various trading techniques with Mr. Wendlandt during the second half of 2011. As a result of these studies, they decided to pursue a discretionary trading approach which Lillian Nicola Asset Management, LLC now employs to manage client assets. Using these same techniques, Mr. Torre has been trading proprietary monies in the forex market since March 2012.
Beginning March of 2009, Alessandro worked for an industrial and medical gas company named Air Liquide. For his first two years of employment, he completed an engineering rotation program with assignments in Houston, TX and Toronto, Ontario. During his first two rotations, Alessandro contributed to the consolidation of two cylinder-filling plants and the engineering, procurement and construction of a liquid Helium transfilling unit. His 3rd rotation consisted of producing a growth strategy evaluation to understand the investment nature of Air Liquide competitors. During his last rotation, Alessandro spent time with Air Liquide Medical in Toronto, Ontario serving in a consulting capacity. He developed a first pass at bridging operations and accounting for the Canadian operations with satellites in Montreal and Vancouver.
After the successful completion of this rotational program, he served as a reliability project engineer in San Francisco, CA at a Nitrous Oxide (N2O) production plant. After this role, he relocated to Houston, TX to fulfill the company’s Gulf Coast Zone Engineering role. In this role, he was responsible for efficiency, reliability and safety projects across the 8 Gulf Coast plants.