RISING STARS: Meet the rockstar Wall Streeters age 35 and under in trading

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Sales and trading are not easy businesses to be in.

They take quick decision making, skill, and determination to get ahead, as technology makes humans less relevant and profits for the business continue to dwindle. It's tough for folks to get ahead.

But we've gleaned some of the top 35-and-under Wall Streeters in sales and trading who are way ahead.

As part of our rising stars of Wall Street list, Business Insider sifted through hundreds of nominations of some of Wall Street's top talent to find those who have stood out in a crowd of thousands.

We came across many talented people, and this list is by no means comprehensive. To be eligible, we asked that nominees be based in or around the New York area, age 35 or under, and distinguished in some way from the pack.

Their roles range in scope, covering research to sales to trading to market infrastructure. But they all represent the future of an ever-changing industry.

Following are Business Insider's list of the 18 top young Wall Streeters in sales and trading.

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John Tuttle, 35, New York Stock Exchange

John Tuttle, 35, New York Stock Exchange

John Tuttle has his pitch down. The 35-year-old head of global listings at the New York Stock Exchange — one of Wall Street's most iconic institutions — is in charge of attracting companies to go public on the exchange. The Michigan native glows when talking about the 225-year-old exchange and its family of listed companies, which he says represent the "greatest community of companies on earth."

Tuttle got his start at the exchange in 2007 as managing director of global affairs and government relations.

Despite studying business in college, Tuttle went into politics after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. He worked for the executive office of the White House during the Bush administration and for the US Department of State.

He also holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Read our full Q&A with Tuttle here >>

Michael Thiel, 35, Credit Suisse

Michael Thiel, 35, Credit Suisse

Michael Thiel has spent his entire Wall Street career at Credit Suisse, the Switzerland-based financial-services company. The 35-year-old senior director, who heads cyclicals and energy equities trading, started at the firm in 2004 as an analyst in the bank's trading program for new hires.

He later moved to Chicago to be a sales trader for a couple of years, after which he moved back to New York to work in energy-risk trading.

Thiel got his own book in 2007 trading on the US cash trading desk. In 2017, he was tapped to be interim head of cash trading, after Matt Mallgrave, a former hockey player, resigned and moved to JPMorgan.

He held that position until the beginning of September when Doug Crofton took over the position, the latest in a string of key hires in the firm's trading unit following Anthony Abenante and Mike Stewart to improve its equities business.

In the US, the bank ranks fifth in equity trading, according to Greenwich Associates.

Thiel graduated from Boston College in 2004.

Thomas Malafronte, 35, Goldman Sachs

Thomas Malafronte, 35, Goldman Sachs

Thomas Malafronte, a managing director, sits on the high-yield desk at Goldman Sachs as a corporate-bond and credit-default swap trader, covering retail and metal sectors.

The 35-year-old made headlines in 2016 when he reportedly made $100 million for the investment bank after he bought up billions of dollars worth of junk bonds from clients anxious to sell and sold them later for a higher price.

Malafronte joined the ranks of the firm's managing director in 2016.

The junk-bond trading by Malafronte prompted a review by the bank to ensure his trades complied with Dodd-Frank, according to Bloomberg News.

Before joining Goldman, Malafronte worked on the investment grade trading desk at Credit Suisse, from 2010 to 2013. He got his start at Morgan Stanley, Goldman's archrival, in 2005.

Lindsey Coleman, 34, Morgan Stanley

Lindsey Coleman, 34, Morgan Stanley

Lindsey Coleman, 34, has quickly risen through the ranks at Morgan Stanley since she started full-time at the firm in 2005.

She got her start on the structured-credit team as an analyst after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from University of Virginia with a degree in history and economics. Coleman also helped steer the firm's securitized products sales team through the housing crisis as an associate. Most recently, at the age of 33, she was named a managing director and head of securitized product sales.

Coleman runs a sales team of 18 people.

Coleman is also a supporter of the Boys Club of New York and a member of Memorial Sloan Kettering's Associates Committee.

Jordan Cila, 35, Citadel Securities

Jordan Cila, 35, Citadel Securities

Cila, 35, is a senior vice president at Citadel Securities, responsible for sales and business development within a team that covers some of the world’s largest institutional investors.

Those clients include asset managers, hedge funds, insurance companies, government institutions and banks. Cila joined Citadel Securities, which was founded by hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and is separate from the hedge fund, earlier this year. He has played a key role in the off-the-run treasuries sales effort and launch.

Prior to joining Citadel Securities, Cila worked in the interest-rates sales group at Goldman Sachs for nearly a decade, most recently as a vice president.

Before working in finance, Cila was a Major League Soccer player, playing midfield and forward for the New York Red Bulls, Colorado Rapids, and Real Salt Lake.

He received his bachelor’s from Duke University in 2004.

Reporting from Rachael Levy.

Jia Chen, 35, Citigroup

Jia Chen, 35, Citigroup

Jia Chen, a 35-year-old director at Citigroup, is helping to revive the bank's business in collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, a structured product that came to infamy as a hallmark of the financial crisis.

Bloomberg News reported that Chen has spent two years between New York and London hawking synthetic CDOs to prospective investors and promoting returns as high as 20%.

Chen’s no newcomer to CDOs. While still relatively young by industry standards, the "numbers-focused wonk with an uncanny understanding of the ins-and-outs of structured credit," has spent her entire career at Citigroup after graduating from MIT, according to her LinkedIn.

Citi's global revenue from its FICC business ranked second globally in the first half of the year, according to data from Coalition.

Graham Rapier contributed reporting.

Jay Rubenstein, 33, Morgan Stanley

Jay Rubenstein, 33, Morgan Stanley

Jay Rubenstein, a native of Oregon, is in charge of 60 people within Morgan Stanley's commodity group's fixed-income division. The team he oversees as managing director, a title he earned in May, is North America power and gas.

Commodities is a big business for Morgan Stanley. The investment bank ranked first alongside Citigroup in the first half of 2017 for the top commodities business, according to data from Coalition.

The 33-year-old started at the firm as an analyst in 2007. Since then he has held a number of different trading positions within the commodities group. Previously, he was head of western US power trading and head of North American natural gas desk.

Rubenstein graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics.

Matthew Luzzetti, 33, Deutsche Bank

Matthew Luzzetti, 33, Deutsche Bank

Matthew Luzzetti can name all 12 regional Fed presidents off the cuff.

The 33-year-old joined Deutsche Bank's research team in 2012, focusing on the US economy and the Federal Reserve after holding positions at both the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the US Treasury.

In recent years, his research has contributed to papers at the annual high-profile US Monetary Policy Forum, which brings together Fed officials, academics, and Street economists, and he has become a path-breaking economist covering the Fed and the US economy.

After three years at the bank, he moved to London in 2015 to work closely with the global head of research and global chief economist. He returned to the US just a few weeks before Brexit to cover the US economy and the Fed.

The role has taken on more responsibilities since 2016. A little over a year ago Luzzetti was promoted to the role of senior economist.

Luzzetti holds a bachelor of science from Villanova and a doctorate in economics from UCLA.

Amanda Meatto, 32, Tradeweb

Amanda Meatto, 32, Tradeweb

Amanda Meatto, 32, is the head of sales and relationship management and a managing director at Tradeweb Direct. Tradeweb Direct is the retail fixed-income division of Tradeweb Markets, a provider of marketplaces for fixed-income, exchange-traded funds, and derivatives.

Today, Meatto leads two sales teams that support Tradeweb’s retail business, one of the firm’s major business areas, serving more than 80,000 clients.

Meatto was previously head of fixed income sales at MTS Markets International, where she played a role in building the firm's US office.

She held a number of roles at ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, most recently serving as head of US credit e-trading, managing a swap execution facility.

Meatto holds a degree in marketing from Rutgers University.

Matthew Franklin-Lyons, 31, JPMorgan

Matthew Franklin-Lyons, 31, JPMorgan

Matthew Franklin-Lyons, a 31-year-old executive director at JPMorgan, sits on the rates options trading desk at JPMorgan, according to his LinkedIn.

Franklin-Lyons graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, joining JPMorgan that year. The bank is the dominant player in G10 rates, ranking number one by revenues, according to data from Coalition.

Razzy Ghomeshi, 30, RBC Capital Markets

Razzy Ghomeshi, 30, RBC Capital Markets

Razzy Ghomeshi is RBC Capital Markets' head of investment grade trading in the US. The 30-year-old has made a name for himself during his short career on the Street, having been recognized three times as one of the "Most Helpful Traders" in investment-grade credit, according to Greenwich Associates.

Ghomeshi, who is of Iranian decent, began his career at RBC out of college. He started in investment-grade credit, and after a year and a half he got his own trading book. A year later he was promoted to run the investment-grade trading book, normally the biggest and most actively traded at the firm.

He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a degree in finance, international business, and marketing.

Kelly Wang, 30, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kelly Wang, 30, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kelly Wang, a native of Shanghai, is the vice president of rates and currencies origination at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The 30-year-old started her career at Barclays as an intern in 2008. She moved to the US to get an advanced degree at Carnegie Mellon where she studied financial engineering, after which she worked at Citigroup. During her time at the bank she developed mostly quantitative skills, coding and building pricing models.

She joined Bank of America in 2014. Today, she has a much more client-facing role. Wang travels frequently as VP, helping multinational corporate clients develop foreign-exchange and interest-rate risk-management solutions.

BAML's FICC business is ranked third for the first half of 2017, according to data from Coalition.

Bari Spielfogel, 30, UBS

Bari Spielfogel, 30, UBS

Bari Spielfogel, a Long Island native, has been with UBS her entire career.

The University of Pennsylvania alumna started at the firm immediately after graduation in 2007 in the firm's fixed-income trading program.

For three years she was part of a team that led the firm's unwinding of its legacy unit proprietary trading desk.

Today, the 30-year-old has her own book trading TIPS, and is regarded by peers as "best in class."

Moran Forman, 30, Goldman Sachs

Moran Forman, 30, Goldman Sachs

Moran Forman covers one of the most important books of business in Goldman Sachs' equities unit. The 30-year-old runs the developed markets index desk, trading the S&P 500 options book for the firm.

Forman's clients are some of the biggest asset managers and macro hedge funds in the world. As such, her desk executes billions of dollars of trades every day.

In the first half of 2017, Goldman's equity derivatives business was ranked joint third globally, according to data from Coalition.

Forman got her start on the Street while she was a student at Columbia University in New York. She completed a sophomore year and junior year internship at JPMorgan in 2007 and 2008. She started as an assistant trader in 2009. Ultimately, she moved over to Goldman in 2012 when the firm had an opening on the desk.

Forman traded the Russell and Nasdaq book for a while. She moved over to the S&P book after Leland Hensch retired two years later in 2016.

Pranay Oberoi, 29, Bank of America

Pranay Oberoi, 29, Bank of America

Pranay Oberoi, 29, is a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in global equities distribution where he covers some of the bank's largest hedge-fund clients. At 28, he was one of the youngest in his class of directors.

The India native was hired by BAML in 2015, coming from Deutsche Bank where he started his career. Oberoi grew up in Florida and graduated with a degree from the University of Miami. He spent time in India working in M&A before moving to New York in 2010.

Bank of America ranked a joint third in cash equities revenues globally in the first half, according to data from Coalition.

Vlad Khandros, 29, UBS

Vlad Khandros, 29, UBS

Vlad Khandros, 29, can be best thought of as UBS' king of liquidity. As the global head of market structure and liquidity strategy, the Ukraine native wears many hats, leading three global teams based in London, New York, and Hong Kong.

Through research and technology, Khandros helps clients handle their order flows and understand the complexity of the markets.

Khandros got his start at the bank six years ago. He came from Liquidnet, a financial-services firm, in 2011, where he left as global cohead of corporate strategy.

Khandros studied economics and political science at Rutgers University.

UBS has a strong equities business, ranking in the top six globally for the first half of 2017, according to data from Coalition. It generated $1.9 billion in equities revenues in the first half. up slightly from the same period a year earlier.

Olivia Kelly, 29, OpenDoor

Olivia Kelly, 29, OpenDoor

Olivia Kelly, a native of Syracuse, is the VP of Market Support at OpenDoor, a platform for off-the-run US Treasuries and TIPS.

The 29-year-old has spent more than six years working in fixed-income in electronic trading and brokering.

Today she leads a team of six and is responsible for bringing on new clients. Kelly also helped build a new TIPS trading platform, used by nearly a third of OpenDoor's clients.

OpenDoor, which launched in April, raised $10 million from private investors in June.

Stan Feldman, 28, IEX

Stan Feldman, 28, IEX

At 28, Stan Feldman is the youngest cofounder of IEX, the upstart exchange made famous in Michael Lewis' hit "Flash Boys."

As head of the exchange's business analytics team, Feldman's trading analysis helps guide the exchange's strategic decisions. Before joining IEX in 2012, Feldman was an analyst on RBC Capital Markets' US equities electronic-trading team.

He was also an intern a Nasdaq, a rival of IEX, during the summer of 2009, according to his LinkedIn. Feldman graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, marketing, and mathematics.

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