CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - WexTrade Financial, LLC, a subsidiary of WexTrust Capital, announced today that it has named Todd Hanson, Ph.D., director of training and education. In this role, Dr. Hanson will lead the instruction of the training curriculum.

"We have created a dynamic learning environment which encourages students to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities and the most extensive trading curriculum available," said Hanson. "As WexTrade Financial's director of training and education, I work with each student to create a personalized learning experience by tailoring the training approach to the individual. Our curriculum is designed to provide each student with the education and tools necessary to ensure long-term success."

"Todd brings more than a decade of trading experience to our organization," said Steve Byers, CEO, WexTrust Capital. "He has a proven track record of successful leadership and has created numerous trading systems that are employed by fund managers, brokerage houses and traders worldwide. Todd's extensive experience in the financial and trading industries makes him an ideal addition to our WexTrade Financial team."

Prior to joining WexTrade Financial, Dr. Hanson has spent the past three years working on a groundbreaking project -- developing a fully automated day trading system whereby the program formulates all buy/sell/hold decisions, allocates appropriate amounts of capital to specific trades and places orders electronically and autonomously. This program, Failsafe Trader, is complete and operational through Titan Trading Analytics.

Dr. Hanson is also engaged in quantitative proprietary trading, as well as consulting and developing software for money managers. He writes a quantitative trading blog,, which is in the process of being syndicated to multiple financial news services.

Prior to developing Failsafe Trader, Dr. Hanson spent 15 years in the healthcare, financial and logistics industries, where he developed secure, enterprise level software solutions. He served as chief executive officer of Synergy Software Development, where he led the company from concept to funding and public offering. He also served as chief information officer for two separate public companies where he leveraged custom-developed technologies to raise more than $35 million in funding for the firms.

Dr. Hanson began his professional career in computer security in Silicon Valley, Calif., where he developed encryption software, provided ethical hacking services and security audits to Fortune 500 companies during the infancy of the Internet. He led a nationwide team of security engineers responsible for research and development in categories including: intrusion detection, emerging data network service security infrastructure design, Internet and intranet security engineering, public key technology and infrastructure issues, Internet and intranet firewall and router integration, and client/server authentication techniques.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hanson has also performed numerous financial consulting projects for a myriad of companies in finance and has applied his expertise in statistical pattern recognition to projects ranging from mining financial transactions data to statistical arbitrage trading strategies.

In addition to Dr. Hanson's extensive background in information security management and information technology systems engineering and administration, he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, a Certified Information Security Manager, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Dr. Hanson served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Force Reconnaissance and 1st Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company with 0321 and 2531 Military Occupational Specialties. Throughout his military career, he was meritoriously promoted five times and holds many awards and certifications.

"Having served in combat situations, I understand the challenges that my fellow veterans face when making the transition back to civilian life," said Hanson. "I am very proud to be a part of WexTrade Financial, as our programs are designed to enable veterans to leverage elements of their military training to develop real-world skill sets that can create career opportunities in trading and other related professions."

Dr. Hanson holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley, California, a Master of Science in Electronic Commerce from National University, California and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

About WexTrade Financial

WexTrade Financial, a subsidiary of WexTrust Capital, LLC, is a professional trading organization that offers a variety of trading services and programs for professional traders, aspiring traders and military veterans. WexTrade Financial employs hands-on instruction and mentoring from experienced traders, the most extensive curriculum, a proprietary trading platform, risk mitigation tools and a trading floor with the latest cutting-edge technology to maximize and ensure the long-term success of our students. We also offer sponsorship programs for those who are interested in providing financial support for students or funds to trade, which could result in significant returns. Special tuition and funding programs are also available for military and service disabled veterans. For more information on WexTrade Financial, please visit

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