Who We Are

 

With an entrepreneurial background and several years of professional trading experience, Mike recognized a tremendous opportunity in the digital asset markets. As a result, he launched GCG in May of 2017 with a mission to provide clients an easy way to get exposure to digital assets.

Mike first learned about digital assets while he was a professional foreign exchange (FX) Prop Trader at a Tier 1 proprietary trading firm in Chicago, IL. Utilizing over a decade of trading experience, Mike knew it was essential to move quickly in this emerging asset class and surround himself with industry professionals. Consequently, he has assembled a team with over 40 years of investment management, risk management, and trading experience. Looking towards the future, GCG plans to continually innovate its trading strategies and grow its AUM.

The Team

Michael Groff

Managing Member

Mike has 10+ years of combined trading experience across a variety of asset classes.  FX, Equities, Fixed Income, Commodities & Digital Assets.

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Mike has over ten years of combined trading experience across a variety of asset classes; FX, Equities, Fixed Income, Commodities & Digital Assets. He has experience in a variety of trading styles, which include, day, flow, swing, trend, algorithmic, and arbitrage trading. Mike is also well versed in cryptocurrency mining, having founded two cryptocurreny mining related companies, Supplybit.io and RepairBit, with a combined annual revenue of $40M+.

 

Mike was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, his parents were blue collar entrepreneurs, which inspired him to start first business at the age of 12. While at UD, he held the COO position in the Flyer FOREX Fund, a leveraged currency portfolio managed by a student-run proprietary trading group with over 40 members. In addition, he was the Macroeconomic Team Leader for the Davis Center for Portfolio Management, a student run equity fund which managed $15.3MM of the UD’s endowment. He was 1 of 12 students at the University of Dayton (UD) to receive a Certificate in Alternative Investments.  Mike also founded the Hanley Center Alumni Association, and currently sits on the Advisory Board for MMSpire Trading Company.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship, and Finance with a Certificate in Alternative Investments for the University of Dayton.

Wesley Decatur

Advisory Board

Wes is currently the CFO of Supplybit, a cryptocurrency mining company. Prior to Supplybit, he spent 10+ years in Private Equity and Investment Banking.

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Wes is currently the CFO of Supplybit, LLC, a cryptocurrency company that owns and operates cryptocurrency miners as well as provides turnkey mining solutions for individuals and institutions. Prior to Supplybit, he worked in both Private Equity and Investment Banking for over ten years. As a Vice President of Dresner Partners, a middle-market investment bank, his clientele was across a breadth of industries including technology, industrials, food & beverage, healthcare, as well as consumer retail. Additionally, Wes spent 2+ years with Periculum Capital, an Indianapolis-based investment bank, and 3+ years with Westbridge Investments, a Hong-Kong based Private Equity fund.

Wes received an MBA with a Focus in Finance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton. He has passed Level II of the CFA and has his FINRA Series 63, 79, and 82 Licenses.

Jonathan Markowitz

Advisory Board

Jonathan Markowitz has been active in commodity and equity trading for over 30 years.  He started his career as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Jonathan has been active in commodity and equity trading for over 30 years. He started his career as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, trading U.S. Treasury Bonds. Jonathan has also traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he served on the Financial Options, Foreign Currency, Market Data and Membership Committees and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Some highlights of Jonathan’s trading career were trading U.S. Bonds during the stagflation years 1982-1984 and trading S&P 500s during the stock market crashes of 1987 and 1989. After trading independently for two years, Jonathan joined SMW Trading Co. Inc., a proprietary trading firm and Futures Commission Merchant. As a partner and member of the senior management team, Jonathan worked on systematic risk and strategic initiatives including developing programs to control risk both at the company and at the trader level as well as investment rules for balancing opportunities, potential losses (volatility controls) and cash flow. As a member of the strategic planning committee, Jonathan tackled market development, company expansion, and trader compensation structures.

Jonathan was also in charge of developing new trading arenas, including products listed on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and trained many traders in the art of commodity options trading. In 2010, after 32 years of trading and being an integral part of the U.S. commodity markets, the principals of SMW retired. Jonathan joined Kottke Associates, as a partner, where he was the portfolio manager for the firm’s mutual fund and helped develop new arbitrage opportunities in corn and cattle.

Jonathan retired from Kottke in 2013 and is an entrepreneur, trader, manager of agricultural properties, and a consultant to privately held companies where he helps them balance growth, risk, and general management skills. In 1995, Jonathan became a member of Vistage International, an organization dedicated to improving the lives and skills of CEOs. His Vistage experience has helped him balance leadership, commodity trading, and risk, which has been known to have a dysfunctional relationship. On September 11, 2001, Jonathan was in the north tower of the World Trade Center on the 85th floor and showed great leadership and courage as he led his friends and colleagues from SMW’s New York branch safely out of the building.

Education: Tulane University Law School – Cum Laude; Washington University – B.A.

Phillip Schuholz

Principal

Phil has been investing in financial markets and real estate for over 4 years.  He is currently a Private Equity Associate in Chicago, IL.

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Phil was born and raised in Cincinnati OH, where he was brought up in a family of entrepreneurs who own restaurants and a commercial real estate firm. Phil received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School (UPenn) where he studied Finance and Real Estate. Phil has gained valuable experience by working for a futures trading shop during his time at UPenn. Phil has been investing in financial markets (i.e., equities, commodities, futures, and foreign exchange) and real estate for over 4 years. Phil is currently a Private Equity Associate in Chicago, IL.

Phil received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania.

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