Speaking at the Online Trading Academy Annual Conference (2017)

Speaking at the Online Trading Academy Annual Conference (2017)

What a great event!  In its 20th year, the Online Trading Academy is only just getting started in realizing its full potential for changing lives.  OTA educates ordinary people like you and me how to trade like wall-street professionals in 5 asset classes (stocks, options, futures, forex and real-estate), for both short-term income and long-term wealth, to help them thrive, take charge of their financial future and develop financially independence.

Online Trading Academy (OTA) is the world leader in professional education for investors looking to build life-changing skills to succeed in the financial markets. Their patented Core Strategy empowers traders and investors to make smarter decisions. Students learn under the guidance of experienced traders in a hands-on classroom setting with extensive online education resources. The courses are geared toward individual investors or traders, novice or experienced, who want to learn how to use the same tools and trading techniques as the professional traders on Wall Street. OTA has its roots in the largest trading floor in the Western US, founded in 1997. From a single location in Irvine, CA, Online Trading Academy has expanded to more than 40 worldwide campuses, and over 250,000 people have experienced OTA workshops.

OTA is a fast growth company with a rapidly expanding community of over 250,000 investors so far, who have learned to trade with the skill and confidence of professional traders.  Most crucially, OTA focuses on the critical reality of skill-building, developed through learning-by-doing with expert guided-practice.  That’s the only way to go on the journey to mastery of the complexities involved and develop the confidence, competence and discipline required.

Hence, contrary to the broadening online virtual world, OTA is deepening its commitment to bricks & mortar class-rooms at the core of its business model.  Yes, of course, extended and supplemented by a latest generation technology and mobile platform.  But nothing can replicate the skill building which comes from an in-class-room cohort experience of real-time expert guided practice, both in simulations and culminating in real trading in real markets with real house money.  See the video below.

This is what uniquely differentiates OTA from the crowd, very much on-trend with where the world is going – read more:  On Trend: The Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers & Free Agent Nation.

In addition, what strikes me most about the company is their dedication to:

  • Social Responsibility – OTA is amongst the first phase of 2500 companies to become a Certified B Corporation (Benefit Corporation):
    • “Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good.” They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,500 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business”
    • See OTA’s B Corporation Profile
  • Working Environment – For the 4th year in a row in 2017 OTA has been named one of Orange County’s Top Workplaces! Only 140 companies out of over 1300 in Orange County made this prestigious list, and Online Trading Academy again made it into the top 20 list of 40 midsized companies (100-499 employees working in Orange County) who were recognized.
  • Student Success – OTA held its first ever student conference this year which was a roaring success.  Plus it publishes real-time evaluations from students attending classes.  166,000 evaluations so far and counting, averaging 4.75 out of 5.
  • Being an Innovator of Quality Education – OTA regularly wins awards for the quality of its education and thought-leadership:

I am honored to be helping the founder/CEO Eyal Shahar (pictured below in the middle), COO Gene Longobardi and the C-Team lead the way in developing the agility they need, enterprise wide and enterprise deep, to continue the journey onwards and upwards to an even bigger, better and brighter future.  I had a blast at their event and the passion for their mission and purpose was palpable.

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About Mike Richardson

Agility-Facilitator/Mentor/Coach; Agility-Author/Speaker; Agility-Board-Member/Chairman. All-round Agility Activist in everything I do, every day, everywhere, in every way. Provocative, Profound, Practical. At Eye-Level. With Love/Hate!

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