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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Lake Forest resident Liam Connell is the recently retired CEO of Allston Trading, LLC. Based in Chicago, Allston is a high frequency market maker founded in 2003 that deals in options, futures contracts and other product classes; employs approximately 150 people; and operates on more than 40 financial exchanges in 20 countries. Before joining Allston, Mr. Connell served as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for Global Equities Derivatives Technology. Before Goldman, he served as Chief Information Officer and Managing Partner at Hull Trading Company LLC in Chicago, and still earlier as Vice President of Operations for Salomon Brothers in New York, where he was responsible for fixed income trading systems and electronic commerce systems development.