Who we are

STAC is a company that coordinates a community called the STAC Benchmark Council. Understanding who we are means understanding not just the company leadership, but more importantly the members of the Council and some of the many individuals from that community who contribute requirements, proposals, and code.

STAC Benchmark Council  


The STAC Benchmark Council consists of over 350 financial institutions and more than 50 vendor organizations whose purpose is: 1) to conduct substantive discussions on important technical challenges and solutions in financial services and 2) to develop technology benchmark standards that are useful to financial organizations. User firms include the largest global banks, brokerage houses, exchanges, asset managers, hedge funds, proprietary trading shops, and other market participants. Vendor firms include innovative providers of hardware, software, and cloud services.

Click here for the member list.

 

STAC Leadership

Peter Lankford, Founder and Executive Director
Since 2006, Peter has guided STAC on its mission to reduce the enormous time and effort the finance industry invests in evaluating high technology. Working closely with both user firms and technology vendors to understand the biggest technical challenges and the most promising innovations, Peter has catalyzed industry benchmark standards in areas such as time-series analytics, risk simulations, and processing of very high-speed data. Peter has roughly 30 years of experience in technology and financial services. Prior to STAC, he was SVP of the the $240M market data technology business at Reuters and held management positions at Citibank, First Chicago, and operating-system maker IGC. Peter has an MBA, Masters in International Relations, and Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Dr Michel Debiche, Director of Analytics Research
Michel is both quant and technologist, whose passion is making data science actually work for financial firms. At STAC, Michel facilitates the STAC community's work in analytic workloads ranging from risk simulations and strategy backtesting to tick analytics and machine learning/deep learning. Prior to STAC, Michel re-engineered strategy development and implementation at numerous firms, first as a quant, then as a consultant. Past employers include CSFB, Daiwa, First New York, CIBC, and Think Big Analytics, where he led the financial services practice. Michel has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford and Princeton Universities.

Jennifer Huneck, Manager of Events and Administration
Jennifer keeps the STAC community functioning smoothly. In addition to managing seven events in three countries (and counting) each year, Jennifer handles all administrative processes for the community, ranging from memberships and subscriptions to the STAC website. Before joining STAC, Jennifer worked in 401(k) administration, simplifying processes to increase productivity in an enormously complex field. She holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


STAC Fellows  


STAC Fellows are individuals from user firms who have made extraordinary contributions to the STAC community. Their contributions differ. Some of them have devoted considerable time and effort to the creation of research agendas and STAC Benchmark specifications. Some of them have provided key advice, connections, and energy that have grown the STAC community. Their backgrounds differ as well. Some of them are senior executives. Some of them are experts in particular workloads or particular technologies. But all STAC Fellows have one thing in common: a belief in the value of unbiased, empirical research based on community-sourced standards. (STAC Fellows are not STAC employees. STAC Fellows have many opinions and may use STAC forums to express them, but their views are their own.)

STAC began recognizing STAC Fellows in 2014. Below is the current list, with links to their profiles on LinkedIn.

Richard Croucher

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for key contributions to the research programs relating to network I/O and to STAC-N1 (benchmarks for network stacks).

Niall Dalton

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for technology foresight advice and contributions to the expansion of the STAC Benchmark Council.

Lars Ericson

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for key contributions to STAC-A2 (benchmarks based on risk computations).

Philip Beasley-Harling

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for key contributions to research programs involving STAC-M3 (benchmarks for tick database stacks).

Lyle Hayhurst

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for key contributions to STAC’s activities related to trade execution and for playing an instrumental role in expanding industry involvement in the STAC Benchmark Council.

Robert Heuman

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for key contributions to STAC-M2 (benchmarks for high-speed messaging stacks) and for playing an instrumental role in expanding industry involvement in the STAC Benchmark Council.

Neil Horolock

Fellowship awarded in 2017 for key contributions to STAC-TS (benchmarks for timestamping and event capture solutions).

Eric Powers

Fellowship awarded in 2017 for key contributions to STAC-TS (benchmarks for timestamping and event-capture solutions)

 

Daniel Seal

Fellowship awarded in 2014 for key contributions to STAC-M3 (benchmarks for tick database stacks).

Bob Van Valzah

Fellowship awarded in 2018 for key contributions to STAC-M2 (benchmarks for high-speed messaging stacks) and other latency-oriented STAC Benchmarks.