Team

The firm is majority led, and staffed, by military service veterans. 

The leadership group includes several veteran service members with combat tours in a variety of conflicts.

The Roberts & Ryan team is comprised of military veterans, and financial industry seasoned professionals. The average Wall Street experience of team-members is over 25 years.

Each and all are patriots with an ethos of service – service to client, and further, to veterans of the American Profession of Arms.

Management

James Niemie is CEO.  He is a U.S. Marine Corps Iraq combat veteran.

His expertise centers on understanding the processes, practices, and concerns of the Public Pension Fund and Plan Sponsor community. Niemie was a Senior Investment Analyst at the New York State Nurses Association Pension Plan since 2010. Mr. Niemie had oversight of the external manager coverage in every asset class in the plan’s $3.7 billion portfolio. He was responsible for strategic management of the pension portfolio which included asset allocation and re-balancing.

Mr. Niemie was an Infantry Rifleman in the United States Marine Corps and served with “Valor” in actions in Al Anbar, Iraq.

Niemie is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance. 

Brian Rathjen is President of Roberts & Ryan. Rathjen is a US Navy veteran.

Rathjen’s career has been centered in the institutional marketplace as a placement agent for top-tier traditional and alternative global asset managers. He co-founded Kelson Group in 2010, and prior, in 2001, established and grew the Asset Management division of Marwood Group. He has raised and placed over $14 billion of assets. His financial services career began at Prudential Securities as an Institutional Fixed Income Specialist upon completion of his active duty service obligation.

Rathjen is a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of New York where he serves as the organization’s Historian. He is a member of the Service Academy Nominating Committee for the offices of both Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice.

Rathjen serves on the board of Boulder Crest Retreat, which is the country’s first permanent and private rural retreat for wounded U.S. military veterans and their families.

Rathjen is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Economics.

Rathjen serves his alma mater as a trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.

Ms. Millard is Chief Administration Officer.

Sadie has a background in finance and operations spanning 25 years. She assists all chiefs with special projects, business development, and management of the firm’s finances.

Ms. Millard was most recently the Vice President of Operations at Academy Securities, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned FINRA registered broker dealer. She was instrumental in the initial startup of Academy. Ms. Millard oversaw and managed Human Resources, IT, Marketing, and Operations.

Prior to Academy, and dating back to 2005, Ms. Millard was Director of Finance & Operations & Acting CAO for Trinsum Group New York, New York (Parent Company of Integrated Finance Limited and Marakon Associates) where she led the cost analysis team to streamline all areas of the business. She directed and facilitated integration of IFL’s Finance, Human Resources, IT, Marketing and Office operations with Marakon’s practices and policies, creating a seamless merger. The company was dissolved in 2011 and she was retained to administer all aspects of the closing of the company globally.

She attended Richmond University, London, England where she earned a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Business and Mathematics.

Gerald O’Donnell is the Chief Operating Officer and a Special Equity Situations Sales Trader. O’Donnell is a U.S. Army veteran.

O’Donnell’s financial services career has been at, or proximate to, the “point-of-execution.” He has experience in equities as a market-maker and sales trader (at Knight Securities and Instinet/Lynch, Jones, & Ryan), in structured products as an asset-backed credit derivatives interdealer broker (at Creditex), and in fixed income as an agency bond broker (at Cross Point Capital). His career has tracked with the electronification wave across asset classes and traded products. He has experience voice trading, electronic trading, and the hybrid of both.

Concerning his time managing trading data (at Markit Group), he led the development of the first-of-its-kind, third-party “street-wide” composite pricing service for marking prices of Asset-backed Credit Default Swaps.

Gerald’s most notable global project has been as an international consultant to the first and only electronic liquidity pool for U.S. listed securities, in the U.S. trading ecosystem, outside of normal U.S. market hours – The Blue Ocean.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Mathematical Economics, and served in the U.S. Army with the rank of Captain in the Army’s Military Police Corps.

Daniel Roberts founded Roberts & Ryan in 1987. Roberts is a US Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

Roberts is a seasoned financial industry veteran in both the institutional and retail space. In years prior to 1987, Roberts was responsible for investments at Dean Witter Reynolds in the San Francisco Metropolitan Area. He has managed over 1,000 investment accounts over his career. In the institutional space, Roberts had led this firm’s participation as a syndicate co-manager in almost $25 billion of negotiated and competitive municipal offerings since 1994.

Roberts was the President of the Disabled Veteran Business Alliance of California in the mid 1990s. A contingent of the Alliance led by Roberts advocated in Washington DC for the eventual passage of Public Law 106-50, the VETERANS ENTREPRENEURSHIP and SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACT of 1999, which was signed into law by President Clinton. The law established an annual Federal Government-wide goal of not less than 3 percent of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans. The federal law is the foundation for all similar laws that followed nationwide, regardless of industry.

Roberts has served as an arbitration panelist for the New York Stock Exchange and FINRA, and served as an elected member to FINRA’s Small Firms Advisory Board from 2008 to 2012.

Roberts has a BA in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago.

Ms. McDonough is Director of Administration.

Ms. McDonough’s experience centers on maritime themes – international shipping, and port management. She worked several years as a Port Captain loading container ships and managing operations with International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) labor at the Port of New York/New Jersey. She moved on to became a Director of Human Resources for another firm until returning to the position of representing Union labor for the ILA.

McDonough is a Commander in the U.S. Navy, as a Reservist, with over 22 years of service as a Strategic Sealift Officer. She has held various command positions to include the Persian Gulf Unit, Expeditionary Unit 102, Military Sealift Command Office Korea, Military Sealift Command Far East and the Command Navy Reserve Force Norfolk.

Ms. McDonough is an alumna of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Upon graduation she earned her USCG Unlimited Third Mate’s License and a Commission as a U.S. Naval Officer.

Business Development

Daniel Ledva is a Senior Managing Director focused on Plan Sponsor and Asset Manager relations.

In 2010, Ledva co-founded Kelson Group, a FINRA registered Broker Dealer acting in the institutional marketplace as a placement agent for top-tier traditional and alternative global asset managers. Prior, Ledva was a Partner and Managing Director of Marwood Group Asset Management in a supervisory role. Before his career in financial services, Ledva was an engineer. He was an account executive for IBM/Lexmark consulting services focusing on process improvement for Fortune 500 companies. He began as an environmental engineer for Raytheon Engineers and Constructors and was responsible for capital project management for Fortune 100 oil refiners and chemical manufacturers.

Ledva is a consultant to Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. an asset management firm with $232 billion under management. He is also an advisor to the Dr. Gene Carpenter Foundation.

Ledva is a graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Environmental Engineering. His undergraduate thesis was published in Healthcare Hazardous Materials Management (HHMM) Journal.

Anthony Conroy is Senior Managing Director of Business Development and Equities.

Conroy’s financial career spans over 20 years of direct investment and trading experience on both the buy-side and the sell-side. He began his career as a Vice President of Sales and Trading at Shearson Lehman Brothers followed by co-management of the trading desk at Soros Fund Management. Later, Conroy was a Managing Director and Head Trader at Merrill Lynch Investment Management’s hedge fund unit and was Head of equity trading for Bankers Trust Asset Management Group. He spent over 10 years at Bank of New York/Convergex Execution Solutions LLC, where he ran its trading operations and oversaw the coordination and deployment of customized trading solutions designed to meet clients’ investment strategies. Conroy most recently served as President and Head of Sales Trading at Abel Noser LLC.

Conroy is an active member in the securities industries’ Wall Street Committee for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He is a proud third-generation Irish-American tracing his roots on his father’s side to County Clare.

Conroy is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in Finance.

Peter Clarke is a Senior Director focusing on equity sales.

Clarke has over 20 years of financial service experience. Peter has previously held positions as Private Wealth Manager at Credit Suisse and Senior Loan Officer at Fidelity and Trust.

Most recently, Mr. Clarke served as Director of Business Development at Global Resale LLC, a global provider of aftermarket services and reverse logistics of technology devices. Peter has also served as Director of Business Development at Compass Marketing Inc., a leading global marketing firm.

Clarke graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BA in Economics, and earning his commission as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. Later, he completed his Master’s Degree in telecommunications at National University while in service on active duty.

Jason Hardzewicz is a Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Hardzewicz began his career at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the mid-1990s and rose to became a member of the Exchange in 2001. His experience centered on being a trading Specialist. In that capacity he handled special situations concerning the listing and subsequent trading of stock by U.S. and global corporations to include initial public offerings (IPOs), company spinoffs, and mergers. He became a trading floor official in 2009 and was named co-chairman of the NYSE’s security and safety committee in 2013.

Hardzewicz’s extensive experience in working with corporate leaders in the context of NYSE activity results in strong relationships with senior management of well-known marquee companies represented at, and whose stock trades at, the NYSE. He has been a frequent financial industry market structure panelist with expertise concerning the evolution of the U.S. equities market.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, School of Business, with a BS in Finance.

Fixed Income Sales and Trading

Edward D’Alessandro is Senior Director and Head of Fixed Income at Roberts & Ryan. D’Alessandro’s 25-year financial services career has been centered in fixed-income. He is a US Navy Veteran.

Following military service, D’Alessandro began his financial services career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as a Vice President of Debt Syndication. Following DLJ, D’Alessandro became a corporate bond trader, and managed portfolios valued at over $5B at a variety of banks to include Bear Stearns, West LB, and LBBW. He is expert in various fixed-income products including corporate bonds and credit derivatives. D’Alessandro most recently was with BBVA for eight years where he was Head of US Credit Trading.

D’Alessandro is a graduate of Villanova University with a BA in History. While at Villanova, he was an ROTC cadet and upon graduation was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. His military service was in the Navy Surface Warfare community serving primarily in the Western Pacific with the 7th Fleet aboard the USS Haleakala.

 

Equity Sales and Trading

Jim McDevitt is a Senior Director in Corporate Service and the Head of Equity Sales.

McDevitt was a Specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for 25 years rising to become a partner at MJ Meehan & Co, and then as a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Specialists. During his career, McDevitt managed the trading post for marquee NYSE listed securities to include Citibank, Walmart, Colgate, Sprint, McDonald’s, and JP Morgan.

McDevitt spent three years at Academy Securities as a Managing Director selling fixed income and equity services to Corporate Treasurers.

Edward Reid is a Senior Director in Equity Sales and Trading with 25+ years of financial markets experience.

Reid spent 19 years in the Institutional Equity Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. as an Executive Director, covering hedge funds, mutual funds, and investment advisors as an equity sales trader. During that time he had exposure to trading Nasdaq, NYSE-listed, foreign equities, swaps, and derivative transactions. Reid later spent 4 years at Investment Technology Group (ITG) as a Director in the Research Sales and Trading division with focus on research, equity sales trading, and algorithmic trading.

Reid is a graduate of Monmouth University with a BS in Economics.

Alex Bonello is a Senior Director, Institutional Sales and Trading.

Bonello has over 23 years of trading experience ranging from equity block, program, and broker dealer sales and trading. He has served as a Vice and Senior Vice President for several portfolio/program trading desks to include WJB Capital Group, Cuttone and Co., Pulse Trading, and Knight Securities. His last seven years was with Ladenberg Thalmann as a Managing Director on their Institutional Equity Trading desk.

Formerly in the New York area, Bonello has been based in Texas since May of 2015. He will be conducting operations in Dallas, Texas.

Ken Denslow is a Senior Director in Advanced Trading Solutions concerning U.S. equity and option securities.

Denslow has 23 years of financial industry experience in institutional equity trading and fixed income sales. His equity expertise centers on the aspects of algorithmic design, low touch algorithmic trading, order routing logic, market structure, and the concept of “best execution.”

Denslow is amongst the earliest entrants in the Direct Market Access (DMA) and algorithmic trading space. He was a leading influence in the growth and transformation of Edgetrade into a leading DMA firm, which subsequently sold to Knight Capital Group. Next, with his team, he moved on to oversee the implementation of an institutional trading department as part of Sungard’s acquisition of Assent. Following time with Sungard, he and his team repeated that same success at FutureTrade, paving the way for its sale to well-known Interactive Brokers. Most recently, and since 2008 while at Lek Securities, Ken had been an institutional electronic equity and options salesman. 

Denslow attended Arizona State University with studies in Business Administration and General Management.

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