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Steve Swanson

Automated Trading Desk
Former CEO
Charleston, South Carolina
Steve Swanson co-founded Automated Trading Desk (ATD), a pioneer in high frequency trading in 1989. In 2001, Swanson was named President and CEO where he was responsible for growing ATD to 7% of US daily equity trading volume. In 2007 ATD was sold to Citigroup for $680 million. At Citigroup, Swanson was global co-head of electronic trading for equities. Since leaving Citi/ATD in 2010, he has been involved with several startups in New York and South Carolina. Most recently he was the Inside Director of operations and strategy at SnapCap, an alternative small business loan originator which was sold to Lending Tree in 2017 for $23 million. He currently serves on the board of director at the Bank of South Carolina (NASDAQ: BKSC). He serves on the boards of directors of the Trident United Way and YesCarolina. He also serves on serval boards at his alma mater, the College of Charleston.