Chairman of the Board and Executive Director
DR. RICHARD SMITH
Dr. Richard Smith studied mathematics at University of California, Berkeley and then earned his PhD in Systems Science from the Watson School of Engineering at SUNY Binghamton under the late Professor George Klir. Over the last decade, he has researched and developed algorithms and services that provide investors with tools to develop a systematic approach to investing. Smith has led and exited multiple successful businesses based on his work, and his platforms have been used and trusted by tens of thousands of individual investors managing and tracking billions of dollars. He has been involved with the Foundation for over a decade and was responsible for the ground up rebuilding of the TechSignal software nearly a decade ago.
Jake Bernstein has been publishing Jake Bernstein's Weekly Futures Trading Letter since 1972 and trading futures and stocks since 1968. His forecasts and opinions are quoted regularly in the financial press and on financial websites, and he is frequently interviewed on radio and television throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Wall Street Week, CNBC, JagFN.TV, and WebTV.com. In addition to speaking extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, Bernstein is a consultant for investors, traders, industry, financial institutions, short-term traders, brokerage firms, and commercial firms. Floor traders, professional traders, money managers, hedgers, and traders, both new and experienced, subscribe to his market advisory services. Bernstein is based in California, U.S.
Andrew Pancholi is the creator of the Market Timing Report and is co-author of the bestseller Zero Hour and The Lost Coffee Courses of W.D. Gann. In addition to being a regular contributor to FXStreet and Traders World, he has appeared on numerous media stations, including Real Vision. His published works forewarned people of the forthcoming 2020 crash and precisely timed the recent market top. He foretold of the 2000 equity highs, the 2007-08 global financial crisis, and the commodity booms of 2008 and 2010. He has extensive knowledge of the works of W.D. Gann, R.N. Elliott, J.M. Hurst, and numerous other forecasting techniques. Pancholi also specializes in geopolitical forecasting, the long range forecasting of space weather, solar flares, and CMEs, as well as earthquake prediction. He consults with some of the largest banks and institutions in the world and advises government bodies. Pancholi is based in the U.K.
Iain MacKay is the director and founder of Computable Functions Limited, which offers consulting in the application of advanced software technologies for market and survey research, as well as director and co-owner of X-MR Limited, a market research software development firm. MacKay was Deputy Chairman at Pulse Train Technology (now Confirmit), where he developed the company’s mainstream products for over 20 years. As director of UK development for Arbitron Corporation (now Neilson Audio), MacKay set up the development office in the UK. MacKay is based in the UK.
Bradley Rotter is an investor in technologies that impact the security of the homeland. He was a pioneer of financial futures when trading on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 1985 he pioneered the concept of “seeding” alternative managers with equity capital and comprehensive support. Rotter funded and co-founded Halo Maritime Defense Systems, AirPatrol Corporation, Cyberdeadbolt, Rivetz, the Entanglement Institute, and more. With an extensive background in cybersecurity, Rotter was drawn to crypto currency and has been a leader in that space for 8 years as an investor and international speaker. After graduating West Point, Rotter got his MBA from the University of Chicago. Rotter lives in the Bay Area, California.
Bill Sarubbi obtained his BS in 1971 and his MBA in 1972 from NYU, becoming a member of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles in the same year. He trained as a therapist under the direction of Dr. John Pierrakos in New York for 9 years. From 1972 to 1990 he worked on the buy and sell sides of Wall Street as an analyst with the Value Line Investment Survey, as an institutional broker, and as a technical strategist with Paine Webber. From 1990 to 2004 Sarubbi was with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, where he was a technology fund manager, North American strategist, and member of the currency hedging committee. Since 2004 he has been operating his own money management and consulting service. In the course of his work, he developed unique market analysis software. Sarubbi is a Forbes contributor and is active in groups that focus on the future and on cycles, including the Kenos Circle, a Vienna-based group of futurists. Sarubbi is based in Vienna.
While working in systems software development and economic modeling for prediction, Ray Tomes discovered the importance of cycles. After joining the FSC in the 1980s, he spoke at numerous FSC conferences and ran a unit trust operating in futures markets. While studying cycles full time he developed Harmonics Theory to explain observed patterns of cycles and the entire structure of the universe. He founded Cycles Research Institute, developed CATS cycles analysis software, and speaks internationally. He will join the FSC Board as Science Director. Tomes is based in New Zealand.
LARS VON THIENEN
Founder and CEO of a German-based knowledge management company, Lars von Thienen invented the standalone, desktop search and knowledge management app. Coding software since childhood, von Thienen has supported leading German DAX companies in developing their digital and business strategies as a large-scale project and IT manager. He develops algorithms and software for cycle recognition at whentotrade.com and has published two books on cycles analysis. Appointed by the Minister of Justice, von Thienen has been working as a commercial judge for over a decade. Von Thienen is based in Germany.
Nathaniel Hansen, M.A., is co-founder and Director of Research at The Socializers, a global social data intelligence company with clientele in Australia, China, Europe, North America, and the UK. Over the last 20 years, he has created scores of digital and interactive solutions for clients all over the world. In June of 2010, Wunderman Thompson Intelligence recognized Hansen as one of 18 world thought-leaders in social business. Hansen's clients include Unilever, Mercedes-Benz, Marquee Brands, Sequential Brands, IKEA, Clarks Shoes, HarperCollins Publishers, OgilvyOne, Hellmann’s, and Publicis Groupe. Hansen has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles since 2014. Hansen divides his time between Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Contact Hansen at nathaniel at cycles dot org.
Ron William, CFTe, is a market strategist and educator/mentor with more than 20 years of experience working for leading economic research and institutional firms and producing tactical research and trading strategies. He specializes in global, multi-asset, top-down framework, grounded in behavioral technical analysis, driven by cycles based on the "Roadmap" signature model of veteran market technician Robin Griffiths. At his market advisory firm (RWA), his work acquired global industry recognition and his market insights are featured regularly in financial media and industry publications. Driven by high-integrity education, William serves as part of the education committee of the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA); Heads the SAMT Geneva Chapter and is an Honorary member of ESTA.