Mr. Butic is the owner and founder of Trout Payment Systems, a Houston based merchant services firm. His company sets businesses up to take electronic payments such as debit cards and credit cards or works with firms to find better payment providers. Prior to Trout, Mr. Butic traded equities, options, and futures in his individual account full time and continues to follow the markets. He was a Director at HedgeFund.net, a subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, where he worked from June 2000 through August 2010. He ran the company's Manager Services Group which covered sales and recruitment activities for 7,000+ hedge fund products. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 with a BBA, majored in finance and minored in philosophy.