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Our Team

We believe that diverse people and ideas lead to better business. We also believe in lively debates, “yes, and,” self-starter attitudes, celebrating wins (and failures), taking PTO, and so much more. Say hello to Team Topstep!

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Michael Patak

I showed my cow at the county fair for 4H and won 3rd place at the county fair demolition derby.

Michael Patak

  • Founder & CEO
  • Executive
  • Founder

I spent 15 days in Coimbatore India at a Orphanage helping kids displaced by a Tsunami.

Sarah

  • Chief of Staff
  • Executive
  • Joined 2022

I once hit 4 home-runs in a single little league game, then never hit another after that.

Casey

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Executive
  • Joined 2022
Anne ODonnell

My great grandfather is a documented gangster.

Anne

  • VP of People
  • Executive
  • Joined 2016
Eddie Horn

I was on Second City's Main Stage and performed many years of Improv and standup comedy. I also make custom muppets.

Eddie

  • Senior Performance Coach & On-air Talent
  • Creative Media
  • Joined 2010
John Hoagland

I once traveled the American West on a motorcycle for 3 months, racking up over 18,000 miles.

Hoag

  • Senior Performance Coach & On-air Talent
  • Creative Media
  • Joined 2011
Mick Ieronimo

I learned how to swim before I could walk.

Mick

  • Risk Manager
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2015
Melissa Aguilar

I love to bake, especially around the holidays, my kitchen is full of all kinds of goodies.

Melissa

  • Compliance Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2015
Nick Awrey

I could eat pizza for every meal for the rest of my life and not get sick of it.

Nick

  • Operations Training Coordinator
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2016
Kevin Rogers

I won an Emmy in 2009.

Kevin

  • Product Specialist
  • Product
  • Joined 2016
Dan Hodgman

I moved 14 times in a 4.5 year span.

Dan

  • Manager of Trading Operations
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2017
Matt Belt

I love horror genre and creepy stuff, including but not limited to Halloween, scary movies, and true crime.

Matt

  • Manager of Funding
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2018
Ryan Conroy

I have skydived 3 times.

Ryan

  • Product Lead
  • Product
  • Joined 2019
Jack Pelzer

I wrote a musical based on the life of the 90s film icon Brendan Fraser.

Jack

  • Producer / Team Lead
  • Creative Media
  • Joined 2019
Nick Dolby

First employee to be funded by Topstep!

Dolby

  • Brand Specialist
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2019
John Doherty

I've never gotten a parking ticket.

John (JD)

  • Production Assistant / Content Specialist
  • Creative Media
  • Joined 2019
Danielle Oliver

I can kick a field goal from 33 yards.

Danielle

  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2020
Tim Mitchell

I've attended a World Series game (Game 1 of the 2018 WS at Fenway Park).

Tim

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2020
Patrick Komorowski

I used to have a few sponsorships for Snowboarding.

Patrick

  • Sr. Trading Operations Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2020
Aisha Johnson

Spent an academic year of undergrad in Bilbao, Spain. Best time of my life.

Aisha

  • Trader Support Manager
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2020
Devin Wordlaw

I am a 3 time marathon finisher.

Devin

  • Senior Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2021
Nick Salzwedel

I have climbed to the top of Mount Elbert, the second highest peak in the contiguous United States.

Nick

  • Web Developer
  • Technology
  • Joined 2021

I've named every car that I've owned. My current car's name is Kevina.

Leslie

  • Trader Support Manager
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2021

If I could have any superpower, it would be time-traveling.

Dasha

  • QA Manager
  • Technology
  • Joined 2021

In high school, I dyed my hair blue because I thought it would make me cooler.

James

  • Video Editor
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2021

I had Bell’s Brewery send me a surprise gift box of Oberon accessories because I held up an Oberon in a video that was tweeted at them.

Grace

  • Demand Generation Manager
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2021

I fenced competitively for four years in High School.

James

  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Technology
  • Joined 2021

I've explored 29 states and spent 2 weeks backpacking around Ireland.

Robert

  • Performance Coach
  • Creative Media
  • Joined 2022

I was born and raised in Taiwan.

Bonnie

  • Accounting Manager
  • Finance
  • Joined 2022

I can Photoshop anything your brain can think of.

Abby

  • Senior Graphic Designer
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2022

My first ever job was cooking at Pizza Hut.

Md

  • QA Engineer
  • Technology
  • Joined 2022

One of my high school teachers told me that I wasn't just a social butterfly, but a whole flock of them, because she couldn't sit me anywhere that would discourage me from talking to anyone around me...including next to her.

Vanessa

  • Trading Operation Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2022

I've been to Dollywood more times than I can count.

Sarah

  • Trader Success
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2022

I am a anime nerd. A few of my favorites are Full Metal Alchemist Brother hood, Kill La Kill, and Demon Slayer.

Anthony

  • Partnership Manager
  • Creative Media
  • Joined 2022

I'm trained to teach aerial fitness classes!

Alyssa

  • UX/UI Designer
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2022

I know Hamilton by heart and have zero problem with either singing or attempting to rap the lyrics.

Jenna

  • Trader Support Manager
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2022

Made it 40 years without breaking a single bone in my body. Then I broke my rib … playing golf.

Britt

  • Support Engineer
  • Technology
  • Joined 2022

I’m an avid reader - I read more than 170 books last year!

Alyssa

  • People Operations Specialist
  • People
  • Joined 2022

I have a camera collection that spans back over 100 years, all work and are lovingly displayed.

Sarah

  • Manager of Support
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2022

Recently in Florida, went to a casino. Our first $7 bet we won $1200. Needless to say, we left immediately.

Ashley

  • Compliance Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2022

I don't like cheese, butter, or sour cream. I'm not lactose intolerant, just weird!

Michele

  • Trader Success
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2022

This photo was from Curacao back in March '22 when I visited the ABC Islands. You can see the Emma Bridge connecting the Punda and Ontrobanda quarters.

AJ

  • Senior Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2022

I'd sacrifice sleep for a really good book!

Tomonique

  • Marketing Automation Specialist
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2022

I have lived in 3 countries, 10 cities, and 21 houses, most of them during the last third of my life.

Rodrigo

  • Software Engineering Lead
  • Technology
  • Joined 2022

I have been dogsledding in the boundary waters of MN.

Brett

  • Risk Manager
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2022

I love board games and trivia!

Brooke

  • Manager of Product & Marketing
  • Product & Marketing
  • Joined 2023

I love murder Mysteries and sneakers.

Keshona

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I hold the Guinness World Record for the most lies told about holding a Guinness World Record.

Ed

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
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I'm originally from Australia.

Matt

  • Trader Support Team Lead
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
Vanessa-Troncoso-headshot

There are not enough funds in this world that would convince me to skydive.

Vanessa

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
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In my free time, I like to restore cars.

Mohmed

  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Technology
  • Joined 2023
Aaliyah-Andrews-headshot

I do not know how to parallel park. I will literally go home if I have to parallel park.

Aaliyah

  • Senior Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
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I’m dyslexic, I went to Kobe’s house before he passed, and I can play the drums.

Steven

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
Brendan-headshot

As a dog enthusiast, my wife somehow managed to bring home a cat that won’t leave my side. I once won the 50/50 Split the pot raffle at the White Sox game. I am continuing to practice this skill to repeat the experience. I hang my Chicago Bears flag at my Green Bay Packers fan neighbor’s house when he goes out of town.

Brendan

  • Trader Support Manager
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
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I have visited Egypt and I slept on the Nile while there!

Bethany

  • Trader Support Team Lead
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
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I start each morning off by watching a motivational video. It is important I start each day positively!

Sophia

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
Cole-headshot

I’ve never broken a bone, I built out a camper van and traveled the west coast and I love videography.

Cole

  • Funding Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2023
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I love riding bikes and hiking. I am a big Warhammer 40k fan. I have 2 Old English sheepdogs!

Belen

  • Trader Support Team Lead
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
Emily-Olson-headshot

I’m obsessed with all things RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Emily

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
Shannon-Healy-headshot

I love going to concerts! On average I attend 5-10 a year.

Shannon

  • Senior Accountant
  • Finance
  • Joined 2023
Aaron-Hines-headshot

I have swam with a whale shark before.

Aaron

  • Trading Operation Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2023
Ben-Street-headshot

I can whistle in 5 different languages. I have broken 30% of my fingers. I have jumped over 7 people at once.

Ben

  • Trading Operation Specialist
  • Trading Operations
  • Joined 2023
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I am a loyal Harry Potter and Marvel stan!

Shay

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I been a golf instructor for 8 years and had the pleasure of instructing Leroy Butler from the Greenbay Packers some of the Cincinnati Reds players and other athletes!

Mike

  • Trader Support Team Lead
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Andrew

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I sold my car and rode a 1990 motorcycle for 4 years and learned how to repair and restore old motorcycles in the process

Colin

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

My two true loves are cars and music, and I've been known to turn my car's engine revs into a rhythm section at stoplights

Dario

  • Senior Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Jonathan

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I almost always give my dog a bite from every meal and love some good quality outdoor time!

Alex

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I had a cameo in the pilot episode of, “Jersey Shore.”

David

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Martin

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I love animals & have 4 dogs who are spoiled beyond belief

Luis

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Love the heat, which is why I work in my garage. I wake up at 4:15AM daily. I workout daily.

Chris

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I've been to over 25 different national parks.

Trenton

  • Senior Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

My first concert was Motley Crue at 8 years old

Tyler

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I grew up on a farm and my hometown had a population of 400. I played College and Semi Pro football and was invited to the NFL Regional Combine. I sang and played guitar in a band for 3 years.

David

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Gabriel

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Three fun facts about me are: I’m a huge foodie, I love trying new foods anywhere I go. I am also very adventurous and am willing to try everything at least once. And my wife was actually my barista for a couple months before I built up the courage to ask her out.

Erich

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Born in Mississippi, I have lived in 4 states, i love to cook.

Kourtland

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I am a twin, I am a self-taught piano player, and I love fast cars.

Anthony

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I’ve never broken a bone, and I’ve also been to 4 different countries.

Cameron

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I just got married this year. I got to travel to Yosemite, Glacier national park, and Greece all in the last two years. I have been trading and following stocks since I was 16.

Gregory

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

I am really passionate about the outdoors. I love skateboarding, biking, and swimming. These activities help me stay active and fit. They also help me to get away from the everyday routine, reset my brain and think clearly.

Ricardo

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023

Neke

  • Trader Support Specialist
  • Trader Support
  • Joined 2023
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