American Dream

The Annual Signature American Dream Event - Is the largest annual fundraiser of Econ Illinois, featuring fun: food, drinks, live auction, prizes, Outstanding Leadership recognition, and a featured speaker.

Announcing the 2017 American Dream Dinner Speaker and Outstanding Leadership Honoree

Thomas Petterfy

Thomas Peterffy

Thomas Peterffy is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. a global electronic brokerage firm with approximate market cap of $11 billion. Mr. Peterffy has been at the forefront of applying computer technology to automate trading and brokerage functions since he emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1965.

Prior to forming Interactive Brokers, Mr. Peterffy studied civil engineering in Hungary. In December 1965, at the age of 21, he immigrated to the United States. From 1966 to 1967 he worked as a draftsman for Madigan-Hyland and, from 1967 to 1968 as a computer programmer for Aranyi Associates. In 1969, he joined Mocatta Metals as a computer programmer and later became Director of Research and Trading. (learn more)

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Join us for a special fireside chat.

Thomas Peterffy will be joined by moderator William J. Brodsky, Executive Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), for this inspiring and insightful discussion.

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BMO Harris Bank is a proud sponsor of this event and Econ Illinois' Partner of the Year.


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