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Index Committee

  • John L. Jacobs


Mr. John L. Jacobs has served as a director of tZERO since September 2020. Mr.  Jacobs currently serves as Chairman of Alerian, Founder and CEO of Q3 Advisors, LLC, Board Member of ProCure Funds and US Bank LiFT Board, and Executive Director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy. And an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Mr. Jacobs previously served The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) in a variety of positions, starting his career with the firm in 1983. He most recently served as Senior Advisor and Principal Consultant to Nasdaq’s CEO and President, where he was responsible for reviewing potential opportunities in the index and data business, and supporting product and business development efforts. Prior to that, Mr. Jacobs served as Nasdaq’s Chief Marketing Officer and EVP for the Global Marketing Group and the EVP of the Global Information Services Group. As CMO, he led all aspects of the company’s brand, from strategy to execution, and carried out a transformation of the company’s image from a national brand in U.S. stocks, to a global leader for diversified financial services. Jacobs established and built the Global Index Group from the ground up, and created one of the largest ETF fund families in the world with the launch of Nasdaq’s Fund business, built on his creation of QQQ – the ETF tracking the Nasdaq-100 Index. Mr. Jacobs earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland. Mr. Jacobs is also a certified public accountant.

  • Joseph LaCorte, CFA

    Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor

Joseph is Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of S-Network Global Indexes. 

Prior to S-Network, Joseph served as a Managing Director of UBS, with responsibility for all facets of the firm’s global exchange traded fund (ETF) initiative. Prior to joining UBS, Joseph was a Managing Director and Senior Consultant of S-Network LLC, where he maintained responsibility for relationships with key clients, including State Street Bank & Trust, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Global Investors. Before joining S-Network, Joseph was a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the bank’s US index arbitrage and portfolio trading businesses. Joseph managed Deutsche Bank’s entry into the US ETF market, launching the first open-end 40-Act Fund to be listed on a US stock exchange. He also worked as part of the management teams at both Nomura and Kidder Peabody, with responsibility for managing those firms’ index arbitrage businesses. Joseph graduated with a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

  • Mike Keenan

    Managing Member, Stowe Partners, LLC.

Mike Keenan is a consulting geologist in private practice with 17 years experience in the natural resources field. His expertise lies in the economic analysis of energy-related natural resources, including uranium, coal, oil, and natural gas, along with the precious and base metals. In addition to private practice, he has served as a natural resources regulator at the State and local levels in California. Mr. Keenan founded Stowe Partners, LLC in 2006 to provide natural resource-based investment consulting to the money management industry. He is an active member of the Geological Society of America Coal Division and the American Geophysical Union. He earned a B.Sc. in Geology and an MPA from the California State University System.

Advisors to the Index Committee

  • Patrick Shaddow

    Director of Index Operations

Patrick is responsible for the development, production and maintenance of all S-Network indexes, including indexes that serve as the underlying for financial products holding over $23 billion in AUM. He is also responsible for the oversight of product-centered company IT. Patrick started at S-Network in 2007 and has engaged directly in every facet of the index business. He oversees development and production of domestic and international equity indexes as well as indexes that include 40-Act funds, futures and options.

Patrick has been responsible for the development of S-Network’s Benchmark Index Series and the Refinitiv/S-Network ESG Best Practices Indexes and Ratings, as well as a number of smart beta and thematic indexes. Patrick is a member of the IADB Sustainable Index Committee.

Prior to joining S-Network, Patrick worked as a Research Analyst for Dow Jones Indexes, where he was a member of the custom index quarterly review. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Rutgers University School of Business.