Meet the founders.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Wisnefski has been on the cutting edge of trading, as well as a FinTech innovator in the commodity trading business, for more than 20 years. In addition to co-founding MaterialsXchange and serving as its CEO, Mike is the owner of STX Trading, a proprietary firm that specializes in lumber futures and options. With a deep understanding of trading market dynamics, Mike worked with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) group to introduce electronic trading to the lumber futures exchange. Mike was Vice President of Business Development for Bloch Lumber, a wholesale lumber distributor, where he expanded the risk management program and developed an overseas lumber import department.
Chief Financial Officer
Ian Polakoff is a financial services executive with over 15 years of experience in the derivatives industry. He is registered in Illinois as a CPA, held a Series 27 FINOP license, and holds an International Certificate in Banking Risk and Regulation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Previously, he served as CFO of North American Derivatives Exchange, Inc., IG US Holdings, Inc., and Bank of America Futures, Inc. Ian has also held a number of senior accounting and finance positions at Bank of America Corporation and RB&H Financial Services LP. He began his career as a regulatory auditor for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Chief Operating Officer
Joe Campagna spent the first 15 years of his career in back-office operations and technology, serving in roles as Global Operations Manager for BZW (Barclays Bank), Managing Director of GMI Software in Sydney, Australia, and Senior VP, Technology Marketing and Development for ABN AMRO Incorporated, among others. Joe has spent the last 25 years of his career managing front- and middle-office proprietary solutions as well as vended applications. In addition to co-founding MaterialsXchange and serving as its COO, Joe owns Countryside Consulting, a firm that specializes in financial services project management and product ownership. Past clients have included Merrill Lynch, Newedge/Société Générale, BP Energy, TradingScreen, and ABN AMRO.