Our Team

President & CEO

Rob Wotczak

Mr. Wotczak is currently the CEO and President of Prime Executions. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Wotczak was the founding member and president of the Wotczak Group. The Wotczak Group is a capital markets advisory/consulting firm for small cap public issuers and IPO candidates. Prior to that Mr. Wotczak was the President of a public company, TOMI Environmental Solutions, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the business including sales, operations, finance, marketing, capital markets and investor relations.

Prior to TOMI, Mr. Wotczak was the executive vice president and principal of a premier New York based investor relations agency where he served on the executive committee, established a capital markets advisory practice for the agency, and managed all sales and new business opportunities.

Mr. Wotczak spent over 10 years at the New York Stock Exchange/American Stock Exchange in senior positions within the listings group. As the Head of Equities at the American Stock Exchange, he was responsible for the oversight of over 600 issuers, new listings, strategic planning and a $40 million revenue base. Mr. Wotczak was involved in over 200 listings of OTC up-listings, SPACs, and IPOs during that period.

From 1989-1998 and again from 2000-2003, Mr. Wotczak was a registered representative. He served as a broker from 1989-1994 and brokerage branch manager from 1994-1998. From 1998-2000 he managed the trust and investment area for a NYC private bank. In late 2000 he formed and created a broker dealer subsidiary inside of the bank where he served as the firm's Securities Principal and Compliance Registered Options Principal (CROP). He worked at an NYSE Institutional Floor Brokerage firm as a senior trader from 2002-2003.

Registrations: Series 7, 24, 63, & SIE. He has previously held the Series 4, 8, 65, & 66 licenses.

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Duane T. Penfold

As Prime Executions Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Penfold is responsible for the administration and oversight of the firm’s Institutional Trading, Compliance, Technology and Back Office Operations. Mr. Penfold joined Prime Executions in 2003 after eight years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, and had remained active in the Navy Reserves supporting a variety of National Defense initiatives from Strategic Planning to NATO partner initiatives, until retiring in August of 2020, having achieved the rank of Captain.

Mr. Penfold holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida and is a graduate of The Joint and Combined Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College.

Registrations: Series SIE, 7, 19, 24, 57, 63, 79 & 99.

Chief Financial Officer

Ilina Stamova

Ms. Stamova is an Accounting Manager and Outsourced FinOp for Accounting & Compliance International (ACI). She is a Financial Operations Principal (Series 28, 99), with extensive training in broker dealer accounting. She is a specialist in the financial services industry, concentrating on broker-dealers and investment advisors governed by FINRA and the SEC. She has worked with a variety of financial services firms, including global and domestic structures, small boutique private placement firms and introducing firms since 2008.

Ms. Stamova began her career at an outsource FinOp and Compliance consulting practice (Buchanan Associates) in the financial services division, providing accounting advice to financial services companies. She went on to become an accounting supervisor at Accounting and Compliance International (ACI) in 2009, servicing the firm’s financial services clients, which included broker dealers and investment advisors. After 5 years, Ms. Stamova then took on the role of a manager at ACI where she served the firm’s clients as an outsourced “Chief Financial Officer” and FinOp of multiple broker dealers. Ms. Stamova has an MBA and bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from St. Peter’s University.

Registrations: Series 28 & 99

Vice President of Strategic Operations

Henry Poulton

As Vice President of Strategic Operations, Mr. Poulton works alongside the C-suite of Prime Executions and its parent company, Freedom Holding Corp., to ensure all mission-critical initiatives are implemented in an efficient and timely manner.

Prior to joining Prime Executions, Mr. Poulton worked as a management consultant specializing in strategy and transformation projects by implementing revenue-generating and cost-saving programs across a variety of functions and industries. He also previously worked as a consultant for a business intelligence company to help financial service firms deliver actionable insights from their data. Before consulting, Mr. Poulton worked as a financial analyst in corporate finance and private equity and assisted in a variety of FP&A and portfolio-specific company projects.

Mr. Poulton earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSF from the University of Utah, and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Utah. He currently holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Senior Managing Director of Trading

Tom Bent

Mr. Bent is a Senior Managing Director at Prime Executions and has been a Broker / Sales Trader on the New York Stock Exchange since 1993. Mr. Bent began his career as a P&S clerk for A.G Becker in 1980 and came to the NYSE in 1985 with Stuart Frankel. Tom has been a NYSE Broker for Robertson Stephens as a Principal, Solomon Brothers as Senior Vice President, and Lehman Brothers as a Senior Vice President before joining Prime Executions in 2009. He covers over 50 clients today.

Mr. Bent has served two terms as a NYSE Floor Official, and has been on several committees, including the Continuing Education, Allocation Panel, and Fire and Safety Committee. He has mentored many new Brokers on the NYSE and is one of the more senior brokers on the trading floor today.

Registrations: Series 7 & 63

Senior Managing Director of Trading

Joe Mattarelliano

Mr. Mattarelliano currently serves as the Senior Managing Director of Trading for Prime Executions. Before having the privilege of joining Prime Executions in 2001, Mr. Mattarelliano was a Broker at GBI Capital Partners, Inc. and Dalton Kent Securities Group, Inc. As a Member of the New York Stock Exchange, Joseph is recognized by FINRA, NASDAQ and the NYSE as a General Securities Representative, Investment Banking Representative, and Operations Professional.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Mattarelliano has been an asset to Prime Executions managing his accounts with efficiency and professionalism. His extensive expertise in the financial industry continues to grow as he values his relationships with major brokerage houses and their representatives. Joseph is also responsible for the trusting investor relations he has established and maintained throughout his career. In these changing times, Mr. Mattarelliano has adapted to the increased technological presence on the floor and remains knowledgeable of current trends in this area.

Registrations: Series 7, 19, 25, 63 & SIE

Compliance Official

Carolyn Condo

Mrs. Condo, the firm’s Compliance Official, has been employed within the securities industry for the past 30 years. Since 2003, Ms. Condo has served as Managing Director of Regulatory Support Services, LLC, a consulting practice that offers regulatory compliance support services to registered broker-dealers and registered investment advisors. Since 2018, Ms. Condo has served as Chief Compliance Officer of a registered broker-dealer. She has also served as a Member of the FINRA Board of Arbitration since 1995.

In 1997, Ms. Condo established a consulting practice that offered various compliance services to Exchange members, broker-dealers, and investment advisors. She has acted in a registered capacity as a Director of Compliance with member firms of FINRA, NYSE, Amex, BSE, NFA and MSRB.

Registrations: SIE, Series 7, 8, 14, 24, 55, 63, & 99

Our Team

Rob Wotczak

President & CEO

Mr. Wotczak is currently the CEO and President of Prime Executions. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Wotczak was the founding member and president of the Wotczak Group. The Wotczak Group is a capital markets advisory/consulting firm for small cap public issuers and IPO candidates. Prior to that Mr. Wotczak was the President of a public company, TOMI Environmental Solutions, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the business including sales, operations, finance, marketing, capital markets and investor relations.

Prior to TOMI, Mr. Wotczak was the executive vice president and principal of a premier New York based investor relations agency where he served on the executive committee, established a capital markets advisory practice for the agency, and managed all sales and new business opportunities.

Mr. Wotczak spent over 10 years at the New York Stock Exchange/American Stock Exchange in senior positions within the listings group. As the Head of Equities at the American Stock Exchange, he was responsible for the oversight of over 600 issuers, new listings, strategic planning and a $40 million revenue base. Mr. Wotczak was involved in over 200 listings of OTC up-listings, SPACs, and IPOs during that period.

From 1989-1998 and again from 2000-2003, Mr. Wotczak was a registered representative. He served as a broker from 1989-1994 and brokerage branch manager from 1994-1998. From 1998-2000 he managed the trust and investment area for a NYC private bank. In late 2000 he formed and created a broker dealer subsidiary inside of the bank where he served as the firm's Securities Principal and Compliance Registered Options Principal (CROP). He worked at an NYSE Institutional Floor Brokerage firm as a senior trader from 2002-2003.

Registrations: Series 7, 24, 63, & SIE. He has previously held the Series 4, 8, 65, & 66 licenses.

Duane T. Penfold

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

As Prime Executions Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Penfold is responsible for the administration and oversight of the firm’s Institutional Trading, Compliance, Technology and Back Office Operations. Mr. Penfold joined Prime Executions in 2003 after eight years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, and had remained active in the Navy Reserves supporting a variety of National Defense initiatives from Strategic Planning to NATO partner initiatives, until retiring in August of 2020, having achieved the rank of Captain.

Mr. Penfold holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida and is a graduate of The Joint and Combined Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College.

Registrations: Series SIE, 7, 19, 24, 57, 63, 79 & 99.

Ilina Stamova

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Stamova is an Accounting Manager and Outsourced FinOp for Accounting & Compliance International (ACI). She is a Financial Operations Principal (Series 28, 99), with extensive training in broker dealer accounting. She is a specialist in the financial services industry, concentrating on broker-dealers and investment advisors governed by FINRA and the SEC. She has worked with a variety of financial services firms, including global and domestic structures, small boutique private placement firms and introducing firms since 2008.

Ms. Stamova began her career at an outsource FinOp and Compliance consulting practice (Buchanan Associates) in the financial services division, providing accounting advice to financial services companies. She went on to become an accounting supervisor at Accounting and Compliance International (ACI) in 2009, servicing the firm’s financial services clients, which included broker dealers and investment advisors. After 5 years, Ms. Stamova then took on the role of a manager at ACI where she served the firm’s clients as an outsourced “Chief Financial Officer” and FinOp of multiple broker dealers. Ms. Stamova has an MBA and bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from St. Peter’s University.

Registrations: Series 28 & 99

Henry Poulton

Vice President of Strategic Operations

As Vice President of Strategic Operations, Mr. Poulton works alongside the C-suite of Prime Executions and its parent company, Freedom Holding Corp., to ensure all mission-critical initiatives are implemented in an efficient and timely manner.

Prior to joining Prime Executions, Mr. Poulton worked as a management consultant specializing in strategy and transformation projects by implementing revenue-generating and cost-saving programs across a variety of functions and industries. He also previously worked as a consultant for a business intelligence company to help financial service firms deliver actionable insights from their data. Before consulting, Mr. Poulton worked as a financial analyst in corporate finance and private equity and assisted in a variety of FP&A and portfolio-specific company projects.

Mr. Poulton earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSF from the University of Utah, and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Utah. He currently holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Joe Mattarelliano

Senior Managing Director of Trading

Mr. Mattarelliano currently serves as the Senior Managing Director of Trading for Prime Executions. Before having the privilege of joining Prime Executions in 2001, Mr. Mattarelliano was a Broker at GBI Capital Partners, Inc. and Dalton Kent Securities Group, Inc. As a Member of the New York Stock Exchange, Joseph is recognized by FINRA, NASDAQ and the NYSE as a General Securities Representative, Investment Banking Representative, and Operations Professional.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Mattarelliano has been an asset to Prime Executions managing his accounts with efficiency and professionalism. His extensive expertise in the financial industry continues to grow as he values his relationships with major brokerage houses and their representatives. Joseph is also responsible for the trusting investor relations he has established and maintained throughout his career. In these changing times, Mr. Mattarelliano has adapted to the increased technological presence on the floor and remains knowledgeable of current trends in this area.

Registrations: Series 7, 19, 25, 63 & SIE

Tom Bent

Senior Managing Director of Trading

Mr. Bent is a Senior Managing Director at Prime Executions and has been a Broker / Sales Trader on the New York Stock Exchange since 1993. Mr. Bent began his career as a P&S clerk for A.G Becker in 1980 and came to the NYSE in 1985 with Stuart Frankel. Tom has been a NYSE Broker for Robertson Stephens as a Principal, Solomon Brothers as Senior Vice President, and Lehman Brothers as a Senior Vice President before joining Prime Executions in 2009. He covers over 50 clients today.

Mr. Bent has served two terms as a NYSE Floor Official, and has been on several committees, including the Continuing Education, Allocation Panel, and Fire and Safety Committee. He has mentored many new Brokers on the NYSE and is one of the more senior brokers on the trading floor today.

Registrations: Series 7 & 63

Carolyn Condo

Compliance Official

Mrs. Condo, the firm’s Compliance Official, has been employed within the securities industry for the past 30 years. Since 2003, Ms. Condo has served as Managing Director of Regulatory Support Services, LLC, a consulting practice that offers regulatory compliance support services to registered broker-dealers and registered investment advisors. Since 2018, Ms. Condo has served as Chief Compliance Officer of a registered broker-dealer. She has also served as a Member of the FINRA Board of Arbitration since 1995.

In 1997, Ms. Condo established a consulting practice that offered various compliance services to Exchange members, broker-dealers, and investment advisors. She has acted in a registered capacity as a Director of Compliance with member firms of FINRA, NYSE, Amex, BSE, NFA and MSRB.

Registrations: SIE, Series 7, 8, 14, 24, 55, 63, & 99

Our Board

Board of Directors

Rob Wotczak

Mr. Wotczak is currently the CEO and President of Prime Executions. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Wotczak was the founding member and president of the Wotczak Group. The Wotczak Group is a capital markets advisory/consulting firm for small cap public issuers and IPO candidates. Prior to that Mr. Wotczak was the President of a public company, TOMI Environmental Solutions, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the business including sales, operations, finance, marketing, capital markets and investor relations.

Prior to TOMI, Mr. Wotczak was the executive vice president and principal of a premier New York based investor relations agency where he served on the executive committee, established a capital markets advisory practice for the agency, and managed all sales and new business opportunities.

Mr. Wotczak spent over 10 years at the New York Stock Exchange/American Stock Exchange in senior positions within the listings group. As the Head of Equities at the American Stock Exchange, he was responsible for the oversight of over 600 issuers, new listings, strategic planning and a $40 million revenue base. Mr. Wotczak was involved in over 200 listings of OTC up-listings, SPACs, and IPOs during that period.

From 1989-1998 and again from 2000-2003, Mr. Wotczak was a registered representative. He served as a broker from 1989-1994 and brokerage branch manager from 1994-1998. From 1998-2000 he managed the trust and investment area for a NYC private bank. In late 2000 he formed and created a broker dealer subsidiary inside of the bank where he served as the firm's Securities Principal and Compliance Registered Options Principal (CROP). He worked at an NYSE Institutional Floor Brokerage firm as a senior trader from 2002-2003.

Registrations: Series 7, 24, 63, & SIE. He has previously held the Series 4, 8, 65, & 66 licenses.

Board of Directors

Askar Tashtitov

In addition to Prime Executions’ Board of Directors, Mr. Tashtitov currently serves as President of Prime Execution’s parent company Freedom Holding (FRHC) since May 2008, and currently leads FRHC’s investment banking activities. Previously, Mr. Tashtitov was employed with BMB Munai, Inc., the predecessor of FRHC from 2004 through 2015, serving as the president from May 2006 to November 2015.

Mr. Tashtitov was selected as a director nominee because he has over 15 years of experience in the public company arena, with particular expertise in interfacing with equity and debt financing professionals, as well as investment banking and significant business management experience.

Mr. Tashtitov earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University majoring in Economics and History. Mr. Tashtitov passed the AICPA Uniform CPA Examination in 2006.

Board of Directors

Andrew Silverman

Mr. Silverman currently serves as a member of Prime Executions’ Board of Directors. In 1986, Mr. Silverman founded Prime Executions and has served as its President and CEO for 34 years. He grew the firm from one seat on the New York Stock Exchange and two full-time employees, to nine full-time brokers and over 20 employees. Mr. Silverman has served on the NYSE Error Resolution Subcommittee and is a former NYSE Floor Official.

Mr. Silverman began his career at Gruntal & Co., a boutique New York investment banking and brokerage firm, after graduating from Hofstra University in 1983.

Registrations: Series 7, 24, 57, 63, 79 & SIE

Board of Directors

Daniel Tandy

Mr. Tandy currently serves as a member of Prime Executions’ Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Tandy was Senior Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Prime Executions, while also serving as an NYSE Senior Executive Governor. Mr. Tandy began his career as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in 1977 and was on staff of the New York Stock Exchange from 1979-1987. In 1987 he became a NYSE Member and worked as an independent Floor Broker before joining Prime Executions in 2002 as a partner.

Mr. Tandy has served as a Governor of the NYSE from 1996 to 2002. He is a past President of the Alliance of Floor Brokers. He has also served on several NYSE committees, including Market Performance Committee, Intra-Day Trading Practices Committee, Subcommittee on Openings, Indications and Trading Halt Procedures, Subcommittee on Decimalization, Chairman of the Allocation Panel and Co-Chairman of the Error Resolution Subcommittee. He is a former Director of STANY and former member of the NYSE Foundation Board of Directors.

Mr. Tandy is a U.S. Army Veteran and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Miami majoring in Marketing.

Registrations: Series 7, 12 & 63

Board of Directors

Adam Cook

Mr. Cook currently serves as a member of Prime Executions' Board of Directors and also, since 2015 through the current date, as Corporate Secretary and VP of Investor Relations for Freedom Holding Corp., the parent company of Prime Executions. Mr. Cook has extensive management experience with C-level executives and international boards of directors of both public and private companies specializing in facilitation of corporate actions, debt and equity financings, and M&A transactions.

Mr. Cook was awarded an MBA in 2011 from the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah.

Our Board

Rob Wotczak

Board of Directors

Mr. Wotczak is currently the CEO and President of Prime Executions. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Wotczak was the founding member and president of the Wotczak Group. The Wotczak Group is a capital markets advisory/consulting firm for small cap public issuers and IPO candidates. Prior to that Mr. Wotczak was the President of a public company, TOMI Environmental Solutions, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the business including sales, operations, finance, marketing, capital markets and investor relations.

Prior to TOMI, Mr. Wotczak was the executive vice president and principal of a premier New York based investor relations agency where he served on the executive committee, established a capital markets advisory practice for the agency, and managed all sales and new business opportunities.

Mr. Wotczak spent over 10 years at the New York Stock Exchange/American Stock Exchange in senior positions within the listings group. As the Head of Equities at the American Stock Exchange, he was responsible for the oversight of over 600 issuers, new listings, strategic planning and a $40 million revenue base. Mr. Wotczak was involved in over 200 listings of OTC up-listings, SPACs, and IPOs during that period.

From 1989-1998 and again from 2000-2003, Mr. Wotczak was a registered representative. He served as a broker from 1989-1994 and brokerage branch manager from 1994-1998. From 1998-2000 he managed the trust and investment area for a NYC private bank. In late 2000 he formed and created a broker dealer subsidiary inside of the bank where he served as the firm's Securities Principal and Compliance Registered Options Principal (CROP). He worked at an NYSE Institutional Floor Brokerage firm as a senior trader from 2002-2003.

Registrations: Series 7, 24, 63, & SIE. He has previously held the Series 4, 8, 65, & 66 licenses.

Askar Tashtitov

Board of Directors

In addition to Prime Executions’ Board of Directors, Mr. Tashtitov currently serves as President of Prime Execution’s parent company Freedom Holding (FRHC) since May 2008, and currently leads FRHC’s investment banking activities. Previously, Mr. Tashtitov was employed with BMB Munai, Inc., the predecessor of FRHC from 2004 through 2015, serving as the president from May 2006 to November 2015.

Mr. Tashtitov was selected as a director nominee because he has over 15 years of experience in the public company arena, with particular expertise in interfacing with equity and debt financing professionals, as well as investment banking and significant business management experience.

Mr. Tashtitov earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University majoring in Economics and History. Mr. Tashtitov passed the AICPA Uniform CPA Examination in 2006.

Andrew Silverman

Board of Directors

Mr. Silverman currently serves as a member of Prime Executions’ Board of Directors. In 1986, Mr. Silverman founded Prime Executions and has served as its President and CEO for 34 years. He grew the firm from one seat on the New York Stock Exchange and two full-time employees, to nine full-time brokers and over 20 employees. Mr. Silverman has served on the NYSE Error Resolution Subcommittee and is a former NYSE Floor Official.

Mr. Silverman began his career at Gruntal & Co., a boutique New York investment banking and brokerage firm, after graduating from Hofstra University in 1983.

Registrations: Series 7, 24, 57, 63, 79 & SIE

Daniel Tandy

Board of Directors

Mr. Tandy currently serves as a member of Prime Executions’ Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Tandy was Senior Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Prime Executions, while also serving as an NYSE Senior Executive Governor. Mr. Tandy began his career as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in 1977 and was on staff of the New York Stock Exchange from 1979-1987. In 1987 he became a NYSE Member and worked as an independent Floor Broker before joining Prime Executions in 2002 as a partner.

Mr. Tandy has served as a Governor of the NYSE from 1996 to 2002. He is a past President of the Alliance of Floor Brokers. He has also served on several NYSE committees, including Market Performance Committee, Intra-Day Trading Practices Committee, Subcommittee on Openings, Indications and Trading Halt Procedures, Subcommittee on Decimalization, Chairman of the Allocation Panel and Co-Chairman of the Error Resolution Subcommittee. He is a former Director of STANY and former member of the NYSE Foundation Board of Directors.

Mr. Tandy is a U.S. Army Veteran and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Miami majoring in Marketing.

Registrations: Series 7, 12 & 63

Adam Cook

Board of Directors

Mr. Cook currently serves as a member of Prime Executions' Board of Directors and also, since 2015 through the current date, as Corporate Secretary and VP of Investor Relations for Freedom Holding Corp., the parent company of Prime Executions. Mr. Cook has extensive management experience with C-level executives and international boards of directors of both public and private companies specializing in facilitation of corporate actions, debt and equity financings, and M&A transactions.

Mr. Cook was awarded an MBA in 2011 from the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah.