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Michael T. Burke is CEO of HighGround Trading, one of its founding partners and is currently serving his second term as the Independent Introducing Broker Representative on the National Futures Association Board of Directors. He has been involved in senior management positions within the futures industry for over 25 years. Prior to forming HighGround Trading, he served as the Executive Vice President of the Introducing Broker Division of MF Global, Inc, COO and SVP of the Introducing Brokers Division at R.J. O'Brien and as the General Manager of Iowa Grain Company.

He is a 1985 graduate of St Mary's University in Winona, MN and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mike has served four terms on the National Introducing Broker Association ("NIBA") Board of Directors. He is currently the President of the NIBA, a member of the Executive Committee and formerly held the positions of Vice President and Secretary. He is a past member of the CBOT and CME FCM Committees and the BOTCC Clearing Corporation Operations Task Force. He served two terms on National Futures Association Nominating Committee and also served on the NFA/FIA Best Practices Committee.

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RICK GALLWAS - President

Rick Gallwas is the President of HighGround Trading Group, Inc and one of the founding partners. He brings 20 years of experience in building innovative products to meet the needs of investors through online platforms, value added broker assisted and managed futures products. Prior to forming HighGround, he was the President of RJO Futures and an owner and COO of Zap Futures which was sold to R.J. O'Brien. He was also a Full Member of the CBOT, operating as a filling broker in the grain complex.

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Greg Imes is the Senior Vice President of Trading at HighGround Trading Group, and has over 23 years of experience working directly with private clients in managing their investments in futures. His area of expertise is working with clients to create or introduce strategies, systems and CTA products with risk management tools to help diversify their portfolio. Greg offers a wealth of experience to investors with his multiple methodologies and overlay of risk controls.

We feel that a client's investment in systems and CTAs should be diversified to help reduce risk. HighGround Trading Group’s philosophy of keeping within the tolerance of each individual client while using a broad range of different trading styles is what we feel sets us apart from other firms. Greg closely monitors client portfolios and aren’t afraid to advise clients to “get on the sidelines” or recommend a change in a portfolio to keep each individual's risk/reward ratios in check.

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"As a relatively new customer of HighGround Trading, we have found the staff knowledgeable and helpful. Accuracy on order entry and execution is far better than any other firm we have dealt with.

We would recommend this team to both new and experienced traders."

— Ray and Bev

Testimonial is not indicative of future performance or success.

The risk of loss in trading futures and options can be substantial, therefore only genuine "risk" funds should be used in such trading. Futures and options may not be a suitable investment for all individuals and individuals should carefully consider their financial condition in deciding whether to trade. Option traders should be aware that the exercise of a long option will result in a futures position. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

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