Advisory Team

John Lugano

John Lugano is a Founding Partner of LPS Partners and Director of Fixed Income Trading at LPS Capital. John has over 24 years of experience trading High Yield and Distress Debt products. John was formally Head of Distressed Trading at BGC Partners. Prior to this, he headed up distressed trading areas at both Chapdelaine Corp Securities and Tullett Prebon. Seeing a need for a boutique interdealer broker, Lugano co-founded LPS Partners in 2013.

John has served on the board of Ascension School, The Epiphany School, The Friends of Sean Lugano and The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.B.A from The Hagan School of Business of Iona College.

Thomas Ryan

Thomas Ryan has over 29 years of experience in the commodities industry. He began his career as a clerk on the Comex Exchange working for Rudolff Wolff in the gold and silver pits in 1995. He went up for Membership on the Comex Exchange and traded his own account at the age of 25.  After five years of trading precious metals, Thomas became a member on the Nymex exchange and began trading Natural Gas as well. Having been a successful trader for over 15 years and trading several products, Thomas left the trading floor and began trading his for his own account. Seeing a growing need for brokerage in the futures and over-the-counter markets, Thomas co-founded LPS Partners in 2013 where he runs LPS Futures.

He holds a B.B.A from The Hagan School of Business of Iona College.

James Fortescue

Mr. Fortescue is a founding partner and CEO of Piton Investment Management. He also serves as Portfolio Manager of the ClearShares Ultra-Short Maturity ETF (NYSE: OPER) and Managing Partner of Legacy One Financial Advisors. He has twenty-two years of experience building, operating, managing companies, investment portfolios, and relationships in the financial services space.

Mr. Fortescue most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (“Annaly”). He began his career at Annaly in 1995 and served there until 2014 in various roles including Head of Liabilities, Chief of Staff, Managing Director, Executive Vice President, and was a member of Annaly’s Executive, Operations, and Risk Committees. Mr. Fortescue was also a director of RCap Securities, a FINRA regulated broker-dealer, and Shannon Funding LLC, a warehouse lending company. Mr. Fortescue has served on multiple industry panels including a Financial Stability Board panel in front of the G-20 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a Markets Stability panel in front of the US Treasury Department, and the Risk Management Association Securities Lending and Borrowing Legal & Regulatory Round Table. Mr. Fortescue serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of Don Bosco Prep High School and serves on the board of Halo Investing, Inc. Mr. Fortescue received his B.S. in Finance from Siena College and attended the New York Institute of Finance for intense mortgage-backed securities studies.

Shawn McLoughlin

Mr. McLoughlin has over 30 years of experience building and operating businesses in the financial services industry most recently serving as the CEO, Americas of BGC Financial. Prior to BGC, Shawn was CEO of Ticonderoga Securities and earlier served as CEO of the Americas for Collins Stewart Inc. Shawn has served on the boards of Freedom Brokers Canada, Advanced Markets FX and The Global Executive Committee of BGC Partners

with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from SUNY.