As CEO and co-founder, Hazem utilized his ample knowledge of trading technology and his innovative software development skills to create Chicago-based OptionsCity Software, a leading provider of electronic trading solutions. In his current role, Hazem leads the business development and marketing aspects of OptionsCity, as well as overseeing the products’ direction and the company’s global growth and expansion plans. Hazem previously served as a director in the software department at Chicago Trading Company (CTC) where he led the design and creation of their main electronic trading and market making system, and was prior to that at SSI as a Software Engineer building real-time embedded systems solutions. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and was a scholar in the IIT Leadership Academy. In 2012, Hazem was named in the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40″ list.