The WTSUG meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 was held from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Potomac Library of Montgomery County, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, MD 20854.


7:00pm – 7:15pm          Introductions and Opening

The group will give brief introductions to the group for any new attendees. Time will be made available for dealing with membership duesand any other minor administration items, but not to exceed 15 minutes intotal.

7:15pm – 7:45pm           Live in person: John Bartleman and Wouter Oosthuizen w/ TradeStation Technologies

John Bartleman, TradeStation’s VP of Product Management, will open the session and discuss TradeStation’s future developments and products, as well as take questions from the Washington DC TradeStation User’s Group.

John joined TradeStation in 1999 as the product manager for RadarScreen, and then worked on the merger with WindowOnWallStreet and managed the product.  He then became Director of Product Management for the TradeStation Platform team in 2002 working on many projects including the development and release of the Matrix window.

John has been Vice President of Product Management since 2008 and has overseen many changes in TradeStation including the acquisition and integration of the Grail Walk Forward Optimization product.

Prior to TradeStation, John worked for 5 years as a Research Systems Analystat Franklin Templeton.

7:45pm – 8:00pm           Break


8:00pm –                          After the break, Wouter Oosthuizen will brief the group about TradeStation’s integration with the Grail software.

Wouter Oosthuizen currently holds the position as Senior Software Engineer with TradeStation Technologies Inc. in Plantation,Florida.  Wouter joined TradeStation and moved with his family from South Africa to the USA in September 2010.

His previous work experience includes:

·        Completing his Masters degree in Computer Auditing, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

·        Qualifying as Chartered Accountant (South Africa) with Coopers &Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).  During his articles he was a member of the Computer Audit Services division and developed various Computer Assisted Audit Techniques and management information systems for major clients.

·        In 1994 he left the audit profession for atrading environment.

During the past 16 years he joined more than one Merchant/Investment Bank/Hedge Fund and amongst other:

·        Setup a Neural Network Futures Fund, developed and traded in real-time various quantitative trading systems on South AfricanFutures Exchange (SAFEX) futures and bonds,

·        performed duty as SAFEX Compliance officer,

·        established and managed a futures tradingdivision,

·        developed and implemented  directional trading systems on various derivative instruments on the CME, CBOT and Eurex,

·        developed portfolio risk and money management software,

·        researched and programmed a genetic driven statistical arbitrage model,

·        assisted in implementing the Sophis (France) risk management system for a South African Hedge Fund,

·        calculated daily Value-At-Risk and monitored fund compliance within risk limits.

In 2003 Wouter started developing “The Grail”system evaluation methodology.

In recent years, Wouter has spent most of his time further developing and refining the Grail system evaluation methodology, a revolutionary approach to designing new trading strategies and objectively evaluating the robustness of new/existing trading strategies.

In 2010 Wouter sold his South African based companyTechnovest(Pty) Ltd to TradeStation and moved to Florida to assist with the implementation of the Grail Genetic/Walk-Forward Optimizer (GGO/GWFO) and Computer Assisted Strategy Builder (CASB) into the TradeStation platform.

Coming up this Summer at WTSUG:
July 20 – Strategy Design 102 (Bruce DeVault)
August 24 – Trading ABC Patterns (Suri Duddella)
September 28 – Strategy Design 103(Bruce DeVault)