About Us

optionMONSTER® provides stock market insight, option trade ideas, and options education to meet the needs of do-it-yourself investors. After spending decades in the trading pits of Chicago, Jon 'DRJ' and Pete Najarian founded the company in 2005 because they want to make people better traders. In 2008, we launched tradeMONSTER, an online brokerage featuring professional tools and trade execution.

Free Content:  We'll provide free options news, education, and webinars if you give us your email. Fair trade?

Premium Services:  Trade ideas are delivered in real-time via email and private blog. From calls to condors, we've got premium services to fit all experience levels.

Seminars:  Our Invest Like a Monster conferences provide an intimate environment for sharpening your trading skills. The Najarians offer these educational events throughout the country.

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Meet the Team

Jon Najarian

Jon 'DRJ' Najarian is co-founder of optionMONSTER® and tradeMONSTER®, and co-lead analyst for the InsideOptions™ trade idea alert systems. He spent the first 29 years of his trading career trading in and around the pits of the Chicago exchanges. Jon is a frequent contributor to CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and other prominent financial media organizations. Mr. Najarian also co-developed the patented trading algorithm the Heat Seeker®, used to detect unusual trading activity.

Pete Najarian

Pete Najarian is co-founder of optionMONSTER® and tradeMONSTER®, and co-lead analyst for the InsideOptions™ trade idea alert system. After multiple years as an NFL linebacker, Pete worked with his older brother Jon in the Chicago exchanges. Nicknamed "Pitboss", he served as president of market making firm Mercury Trading before executing a sale to the hedge fund Citadel in 2004. Mr. Najarian co-developed the Heat Seeker®, and uses it as part of the analysis for producing the InsideOptions™ alerts.

Travis McGhee

Travis McGhee is Head of Media at optionMONSTER®. His professional experience ranges from trading S&P 500 options and interest rate products on the floor of the CME to managing high net worth and institutional accounts for a Chicago-based investment bank. Prior to his current role, Travis served as the General Manager for the investment education firm OptionsANIMAL and Director of Business Development for tradeMONSTER™. He has a B.A. from Lake Forest College and an M.S. in Management and Systems from New York University.

Joe Canas

Joe Canas is Director of Media Technology at optionMONSTER®. Previously he was senior portal strategist at Genentech, where he led web initiatives for the sales and marketing organization. Joe has also created award-winning information delivery programs, portals, web applications and services for Nortel Networks, Siemens, Amdocs, and ZDNet.

Mike Yamamoto

Mike Yamamoto is the Managing Editor of optionMONSTER®. He is an award-winning journalist with decades of experience in online and traditional media. Before joining our team, he was executive editor for news at CNET Networks, where he covered the Internet and the technology sector. He has also taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the American University in Washington and California State University at Northridge.

David Russell

David Russell is the creator of our researchLAB service. He's also an analyst and reporter for optionMONSTER®, including InsideOptions™. Previously he was a producer for CNBC and a contributor to its online site. Before that, he spent more than five years at Bloomberg News covering the debt and equity markets. Early in his career, Mr. Russell served as a Marine Corps infantryman in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ron Ianieri

Ron Ianieri is a principal instructor for optionMONSTER® Education. He began his career on the floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange with Cooper, Neff and Associates. He has worked as both a market maker and a specialist, working with both Equity Options and FX Options. While working on the exchange floor, he developed and taught an Option Trader Trainee Course.

Fahad Khalid

Fahad Khalid is an analyst and writer for optionMONSTER®'s Open Order service. After leaving Michigan State with a master's degree in accounting, Fahad began his career at Deloitte and Touche. He also has extensive experience providing turnaround and restructuring services to financially distressed firms while at Alvarez and Marsal. For the past 4 years Mr. Khalid has been a full time professional trader, favoring positive carry trades and volatility skews.

Mike Bourdos

Mike Bourdos is Account Executive extraordinaire for optionMONSTER®. Mike worked as a loan officer in the mortgage business before moving into consumer banking as a branch manager. A longtime options trader, Mike helped Jon and Pete launch the InsideOptions™ service in 2003 and is responsible for all aspects of trader support.

Chris Tsiolis

Chris Tsiolis is the Senior Business Development Associate for optionMONSTER®. His professional experience includes creative work in advertising, marketing strategy and promotions. Prior to his current role, Chris was a copywriter and producer, professional poker player/journalist for the World Series of Poker, and an independent equity options trader. He has a B.A. in English from DePaul University.


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