William M. Gruzynski

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William M. Gruzynski
Occupation CAIA futures instructor and head futures mentor
Employer The Chicago School of Trading LLC
Website www.thechicagoschooloftrading.com

William M. Gruzynski is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) futures instructor and head futures mentor at The Chicago School of Trading LLC.[1]He is also vice chairman of the Chicago Floor Trader Alumni Association.[2]


Gruzynski has been actively involved in the futures industry since 1974. He began his futures industry career at the Chicago Board of Trade as a runner and then a grain analyst. He later moved to Rosenthal Collins LLC and ran the firm's Chicago Mercantile Exchange operation until 1980, when he became an independent trader and broker.

He held a membership on the International Monetary Market (IMM), a division of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where he traded in gold, T-Bills, Eurodollars and foreign currencies. He later held a membership on the Index and Options Market (IOM), a division of the CME, trading in the S&P 500 Stock Index Futures and various commodity options markets. He executed trades on behalf of some of the largest hedge funds, commodity trading advisors (CTAs), and investment institutions in the world.

He has served on numerous exchange committees, including: arbitration, business conduct, floor practices, IOM new products, commodity trade reconstruction, pit oversight, as well as various pit committees, including Vice-Chairman of the S&P 500 pit committee and IOM divisional vice-chairman. He also served as a director of the Commodity Futures Political Fund.

He is the founder of the Emerald Group of Companies which specializes in the financial sector, and includes Emerald Market Systems, a company delivering technological innovations for the financial industry, Emerald Asset Management, and Emerald Strategies LLC that concentrate on alternative investment solutions including hedge funds and managed futures programs for high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors.

He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) a professional designation exclusively for alternative investment specialists. He is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, which established the industry’s first and only specialized educational standards covering real estate, private equity, commodities, hedge funds and managed futures.


He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Illinois.


  1. About Us. The Chicago School of Trading.
  2. Officers. Chicago Floor Trader Alumni Association.