Kirk Du Plessis is a full-time options trader, real estate investor, and stay-at-home Dad. A former Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banker for Deutsche Bank in New York and REIT Analyst for BB&T Capital Markets in Washington D.C., he founded Option Alpha in 2007 and currently serves as the Head Trader. What started as a small blog has quickly grown into one of the industry's most respected authorities on options trading with more than 6.4 million visitors each year and 40,000 active members representing 42 different countries. Each day hundreds of new people join this rapidly growing community. Kirk's been interviewed on dozens of investing websites/podcasts and was recently featured in FXTC Magazine as well as Barron’s Magazine as a contributor to their Annual Broker’s Review. Kirk and his wife live with their two daughters in Western Pennsylvania.