Richard Shinnick has a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law. He is currently enrolled in the C.F.P. program at California Lutheran University. For the past 15 years Rich has been a small business owner, operating a warehouse\distribution business with 15 employees. He has two 2 beautiful children (and 1 permanent wife). He has studied investing and financial planning for approximately 10 years and invests long\short in equities and options. Visit his blog: themefinancial.blogspot.com (http://themefinancial.blogspot.com/).
Presently working since 2008 on the concepts and design of, and then from 2010 at InfantStimulationSystems.org , to direct production of the Benign Infant Simulator for our study purpose of promoting better-assured infant development.
Rich Shinnick is a Co-Founder of STIGroup, Ltd., a leading computer security company that provides a full suite of Information Security services. With 27 years of experience in the computer security industry, he has advised on the risks associated with information technology for numerous high profile clients.
Prior to founding STIGroup, Mr. Shinnick worked in the Information Security group at Goldman Sachs, where he played a key role in the development of corporate standards for the design and implementation of security technologies. Prior to Goldman, Richard headed and developed the Information Security Consulting Division at Digital Network Associates, a premier Wall Street systems integration company.
Richard served in the United States Air Force as an Airborne German Cryptologic Linguist during the Cold War. He holds a B.S. degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and currently teaches security courses at Columbia University and New York University.
Private Trader or "PT" (a pseudonym) is a contributor to Seeking Alpha who, at this time, values privacy as much as money therefore only Seeking Alpha editors have contact information for PT.
PT's first investment in the market was airline company "People's Express". Although the stock initially went up, ultimately the company was taken over by Frank Lorenzo (ie - Texas Air Corporation and Continental) and it's value plummeted. However, PT's interest in stocks grew. Even math seemed interesting when money was on the table. PT enjoys reading stock newsletters and Seeking Alpha in search of potential bargains.
PT enjoys trading, family, and friends (not always necessarily in that order!).
PT recommends readers review all author's past posts (including PT's) for their win / loss record. Also, especially when PT discusses stocks trading around $1, readers can check http://www.pumpsanddumps.com/ to see whether the stock is subject to any pump or dump scams. PT is not employed, paid, or in any way compensated by any of the stocks PT might discuss on SA except as an investor (and possibly as an SA contributor).
PT reminds everyone that these are not recommendations to buy, hold, or sell, and that your own due diligence is required.