Matt Samelson
CEO and Director of Equities

Matt Samelson is CEO and Director of Equities at Woodbine Associates, Inc. focusing on strategic, business, regulatory, market structure and technology issues that impact firms active in and supporting the global equity markets. He brings to the firm a wealth of experience in U.S. and international equity sales and trading, quantitative analysis, consulting, and research.

Mr. Samelson has interacted extensively with the media.  He has appeared on CNBC and been quoted in a range of major publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Business Week as well as appearing as a guest on CNBC and National Public Radio’s Marketplace.  He has also been quoted in various trade publications, including Institutional Investor, Trader Magazine, Advanced Trading, Wall Street & Technology, Wall Street Letter, Trading Technology Week, and Securities Industry News.

Prior to founding Woodbine Associates, Mr. Samelson was a senior analyst at Aite Group focusing on equity-related topics. He has also served as Director of Product Management at Liquidnet, Inc. where he contributed to enhancements of Liquidnet “Classic” and performed the initial planning for the company’s trading desk. Prior to that, Mr. Samelson served as Vice President of Global Portfolio Sales and Trading with Investment Technology Group (ITG), where he developed portfolio and single-stock trading business and managed trading relationships with investment management, mutual fund and hedge fund clients.  He also worked in portfolio trading at Lehman Brothers and as a as a financial risk management consultant at Price Waterhouse.  Mr. Samelson began his career as a banking officer in the Europe Division of Irving Trust Company.

Mr. Samelson received an M.B.A. in Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Columbia College of Columbia University. He has held FINRA Series 7, 63, 55 and 24 licenses.

Sean Owens
Director, Fixed Income and Derivatives
Sean Owens is Director, Fixed Income at Woodbine Associates, Inc. focusing on strategic, business, regulatory, market structure, and technology issues that impact firm’s active in and supporting global fixed income and derivative markets.   
Mr. Owens brings more than ten years experience in the fixed income and currency markets as an interest rate derivatives trader, formerly with General Re Financial Products Corporation.  During that period, he traded, structured and managed the risk for trading books within the major currencies.  He also played a central role unwinding the firm’s derivative portfolio during the unit’s liquidation.   
Mr. Owens also has experience advising a range of small businesses on strategic and tactical issues central to performance in their market segments.   Mr. Owens has an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy.  He has also held FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.