Introducing Chris Haworth, President at Born TechnologyJessica Darmoni
Born Technology is a team of experts at the center of markets and technology. We are committed to finding better ways to tackle the toughest technology challenges facing institutional trading firms today. We are dedicated, innovative and experienced in capital markets as well as financial technology.
This summer we would like to introduce you to the people at Born Technology. They are building and supporting the reliable, flexible and unprecedented solutions that connect you to the marketplace. We invite you to learn more about our team and specialists. This week we are highlighting Chris Haworth, our President.
1.What is your name, title and responsibilities at Born Technology?
My name is Chris Haworth and I am the President of Born Technology. I am responsible for the day to day operations at the company and ultimately ensure that we are adding maximum value to our customers. We strive to provide an outstanding experience when working with Born. Whether it is the sales process, on-boarding, day to day operations or billing. We work tirelessly to make sure all our touch points with our customers are the highest of quality.
2. What was your first job?
Little League Umpire. At the age of 13, my older brother and I were privileged to become Little League umpires in Wheaton, IL. The program was run by a former MLB umpire, Jack White. He was an amazing man with a passion for the game and for teaching kids. As you can imagine, it wasn’t the easiest job as you were the authority on the field and you had to deal with adult coaches. Jack really instilled a sense of ‘be decisive and authoritative.’
3. How did you get into the derivatives industry?
Back in the day, I used to do nightly downloads of daily market data over a 9600 modem onto our Apple IIe. It would take 30 to 45 minutes to download all the daily data, just hoping that no one would pick up the phone and interrupt the download. Once downloaded, my father could sit and do his technical analysis. Later, in high school and college, during breaks, I was a clerk on the CME floor in the back month Euros.
4. How has the industry changed since you started in it?
Tech, tech, tech… The rate of technological advances is ever increasing. These technologies are enabling not only faster execution, but the ability to process huge amounts of data and make faster, more intelligent trading decisions.
5. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
Buy low, sell high. Only traders truly know that simple is not always easy.
6. Do you have any siblings and where do you fit in to the chronological order?
I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. I am second oldest.
7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
That’s a tough question. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled a bit both domestically and internationally. While I do love London, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney, I would have to say that Hawaii is one of my favorite places.
8. Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have a miniature poodle named Sokka after the character on the cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. It was our family’s favorite cartoon to watch together when we adopted him. He is the most spoiled dog you’ll ever see. He follows my wife around all over and the moment she sits down, he just sits there and looks up at her and within moments she picks him up and puts him in her lap.
9. If you could go to coffee with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
If I could go to coffee with anyone living, it would be the Dalai Lama.