Chicago, December 4, 2012 – OptionsCity announced today that co-founder and CEO Hazem Dawani has made the Crain’s Chicago Business 2012 “40 under 40” list. The publication honors influential up-and-comers with this award, specifically recognizing Chicago professionals who have made a significant impact in their respective fields before age 40.
“The diversity and innovation of the Chicago business community is evident in this prestigious list, and I am honored to be named among such remarkable and forward-thinking entrepreneurs,” remarked Dawani.
“Working with Hazem on the OptionsCity board of advisors has given me the opportunity to get to know Hazem and experience his optimism and dynamic personality,” remarked Edward Boyle, newly-appointed VP of Business Development and Strategy at the Boston Options Exchange (BOX). “Coupled with his understanding of the marketplace this vibrant combination has put him on a great path to success. I am truly pleased to see such a deserving person receive this award.”
Hazem co-founded OptionsCity in 2006 at age 27 after a stint at the esteemed Chicago Trading Company (CTC). Under his leadership, OptionsCity sustained tremendous growth for the past four years while successfully launching two influential trading software products: Metro, the firm’s flagship and award-winning electronic trading and market making platform, and more recently in 2011, Freeway – a multi-asset, algorithmic trading solution and winner of the 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards. Headquartered in Chicago, with a business development office in New York, the firm is slated for European expansion in 2013.