Leadership Team

Atlas FinTech Holdings

John Schaible

Chairman & CEO

John M. Schaible, is an experienced and well-regarded entrepreneur and financial services industry executive. Prior to co-founding Atlas Holdings, Mr. Schaible was a founder of Anderen Bank and CEO of Anderen Financial. Anderen Bank was profitably sold in May 2010. Mr. Schaible also founded NexTrade and was instrumental in growing NexTrade up to the sale of NexTrade’s electronic communications network (division of NexTrade) to Citigroup, Inc. in 2005. In 2004, NexTrade was recognized as “the fastest matching engine on Wall Street” by Traders Magazine. Mr. Schaible also founded Matchbookfx, the first spot foreign currency electronic exchange.

Trifon Houvardas


Mr. Houvardas is a prominent Florida entrepreneur, real estate developer, and restaurateur. He is the owner of Foresight Property Services. He is also Co-Founder and Board of Director Member of Heritage Property and Casualty Insurance (NYSE: HRTG). Mr. Houvardas also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for First Home Bank. Mr. Houvardas is highly knowledgeable in AML implementation and enforcement. Notably, Mr. Houvardas has been approved as bank director by the FDIC and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Mr. Houvardas brings an extensive experience in dealing with banking regulatory structures and Anti Money Laundering issues.

Craig Ridenhour

Executive Vice-President Business Development

Mr. Ridenhour is one of the founding partners of Atlas FinTech Holdings and serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for the organization. Mr. Ridenhour has almost 25 years of experience in the financial services field working in various senior and executive management positions. In his capacity as EVP for Atlas, he has worked on increasing its shareholder base and the capital for the company, leading business development efforts in its various subsidiaries, developing long-term strategies for the overall growth of the holding company, and shareholder relations among other things.


Thomas Hammond

Board Adviser

Tom Hammond is a Board Adviser of Atlas FinTech Holdings Corp. and was President of ICE Clear U.S, a wholly-owned clearing house of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE). Mr. Hammond was responsible for all the operations, technology, and financial functions at the clearing house. Prior to joining ICE, Mr. Hammond was Managing Director, Trading Operations at the Chicago Board of Trade (later the CME Group), where he played a leadership role in the successful transition to, and ongoing operation of the Common Clearing Link. Before joining CME Group in 2003, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation, where he successfully managed the development and implementation of integrated over-the-counter clearing systems while expanding clearing services and functionality for regulated futures contract markets. Mr. Hammond serves on the Board of Directors for the Financial Services Division and the Chicago Operations Division of the Futures Industry Association and participates in the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’s Working Group on Financial Markets. Mr. Hammond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Ilya Bogdanov

Vice-President of Technology

Mr. Bogdanov has more than 25 years of information technology experience focused on technology needs of the financial services industry. Mr. Bogdanov is a hands-on technology architect with extensive experience in building real-time and high-volume distributed systems. Mr. Bogdanov designed, developed, and implemented core components of Atlas FinTech’s SURFACExchange including order matching, order management, trades management, and expirations processing. Prior to his role at Atlas FinTech Holdings, Mr. Bogdanov’s financial services experience included technology roles at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney, and a commodities exchange.