Sean O’Brien | Managing Director, Bank of America
Sean is responsible for equity sales and trading within Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management. In this role, he directly manages the equity block trading desk. This trading desk is responsible for executing large orders for Financial Advisors with the end goal of limiting market impact while achieving optimal pricing results. In order to obtain these results, the desk intelligently pursues natural liquidity by discreetly and when possible, executing private client order flows with those of large institutions. Additionally, Sean is monitoring performance results and pricing efficiency of orders sent through the Merrill Lynch electronic execution systems.
Sean spent the 20 years of his career as a NYSE Market Maker with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Specialist. This experience enables him to deliver a unique perspective of the markets to financial advisors. He has witnessed firsthand the vast changes in market structure and has a keen sense of algorithmic trading. As a trader, Sean has used technical analysis as well as deep relationships with the Merrill Lynch institutional traders and sector specialist to attain greater market color.
In addition to being a market maker on the floor of the NYSE, for the last two years Sean was responsible for corporate relationships with close to 600 public NYSE listed companies. This experience has afforded him the knowledge of how to advise executives with respect to the design of trading plans as we address their potential concerns.
David Lanka, CEP | Director, Bank of America
Dave is an Equity Plan Specialist in the Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions group at Bank of America. In order to assist companies in finding the appropriate solutions for their corporate stock plans, Dave leverages over 30 years of experience in sales, relationship management, plan administration services and consulting for equity compensation and retirement plans.
Dave holds a BA in Economics with a concentration in Finance from Rutgers University, and in 2003, he earned the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) designation. In addition, he holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations. Dave voluntarily served on the Technical Oversight Board for multiple GPS: Guidance | Procedures | Systems research projects conducted by the Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) on topics including Global Stock Plans, Performance Awards, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and Participant Education and Communication. He also is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) New York/New Jersey chapter board.