INTEGRITY. KNOWLEDGE. EXPERIENCE.
Dejan Ilijevski, MS, MBA, is an evidence-based, fiduciary investment advisor with almost 20 years of experience in the trading/financial services industry. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry.
Dejan’s career began as a research chemist in Aerospace and Engineered Materials at AlliedSignal/UOP, where he was privileged to work on exciting and high-visibility projects, including: novel plastics additives formulations; metal-coating technology for catalyst adsorption; environmental reduction of nitrogen oxides; jet fuel catalytic combustion; and wastewater purification for the ISS. He subsequently designed and developed custom technology solutions for UOP’s enterprise-wide resource planning software.
When recruited by a start-up trading firm in Chicago, Dejan put his career in the sciences on hold in order to learn about capital markets. He soon found that his technical background provided a unique skill set and, by the end of his rookie year, Dejan routinely transacted over $1 Billion/day and more than 1% of the entire global daily US 10-yr Treasury note volume. He consistently earned the highest profits for the firm for many years.
Dejan continued to advance professionally in the trading arena, becoming Vice President/Director of Discretionary Trading Operations for a private, proprietary trading startup, playing a key role in transforming the firm from a manual, click-trading shop into one of the most prominent technology-based trading companies in Chicago.
After earning an MBA, Dejan left the trading industry to fulfill his longstanding goal of establishing an independent investment advisory firm based on integrity and transparency, built on the belief that “everyone deserves trusted, knowledgeable advice.”
Dejan also serves the wider community as an investor advocate, a proponent for financial literacy, and by sponsoring nonprofit initiatives.