Founder & CEO of KKM Financial
Mr. Kilburg is the Founder & CEO of KKM Financial, an Alternative Investment Advisory firm. He personally has more than fifteen years of market experience. Mr. Kilburg started his career at the CBOE located in Chicago, IL. At Mercury Trading, he was able to develop a solid foundation for the Equity options markets. After spending time learning Equity options from Mercury Founders Jon & Pete Najarian, he was offered an opportunity to walk across Van Buren street to the Bond option pits located at the CBOT. Fortunately for him, he was able to work with one of the premier firms, Ritchie Capital Markets Group. Joe Ritchie, the creator of the theoretical value of a Bond option, was the Founder of Ritchie Capital Markets. His son, Thane, was the managing Director at the time and Mr. Kilburg had the ability to learn from a team of veteran traders in all of the various fixed income pits located on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Furthermore, Mr. Kilburg was introduced to the volatility associated with Fixed Income as most investors know it can be sensational. This strong footing in the Fixed Income option world opened up the opportunity for him to gravitate towards the Bond Futures pits. He subsequently became a team member and an assistant Broker in the 30 Year Futures pit with the specialist group, JLS Group. As the 30 year Bond pit was the largest and most liquid Bond contract back in the 1990’s, it was a tremendous opportunity and became the starting point for his deep knowledge in Futures. Mr. Kilburg is regarded as one of the industry’s premier Futures Traders & is a member of the Futures Now team on CNBC. After time well spent with the JLS Group, Mr. Kilburg decided to launch a Floor operation of his own. In 1999, Mr. Kilburg began his floor operation in the 30 year Bond Future pit. After the benchmark was switched from the 30 year Bond to the 10 year Note in the early 2000’s, he transitioned into the 10 Year Note pit and became one of the larger market makers in the 10 year note pit. Having the ability to trade the entire curve via the various available spreads, Mr. Kilburg was afforded the opportunity to obtain vast experience in understanding risk management. Deep understanding of the Treasury Curve has proven applicable into various Futures markets and truly helps separate Mr. Kilburg from his peers. Risk management has proven to be a critical skill as Mr. Kilburg transitioned his Floor operations into a Registered Investment Advisory firm in 2012. As a SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm , KKM Financial is an industry leading Alternative Investment firm. Mr. Kilburg gained national recognition back in 2012 when calling for the 10 year note, on CNBC, to fall to historic lows under the 1.5% level. Since then, Mr. Kilburg has engaged in an exclusive contract as a CNBC Contributor and is regularly on-air sharing insight on the Markets. In addition, he is regularly featured on Yahoo Finance and speaks at a variety of conferences globally to share thoughts alongside other industry titans. Additionally, he is a four-year football scholarship student-athlete (under Lou Holtz) and a graduate from the Mendoza College of Business at The University of Notre Dame.
CIO-CCO / KKM Financial
Investment Adviser Representative
Prior to KKM Financial starting in 2012 as well as to previously starting Stutland Equities, LLC in 2005, Mr. Stutland has been involved in the markets for more than fifteen years. Back in the late 1990's while studying for his Masters degree, Brian Stutland became a trader with LETCO, one of the principal trading groups on the Chicago Board Options Exchange ("CBOE"), where he managed portfolio positions and made options markets for blue chip and Internet stocks. By 2001, he assumed a new role as an individual Market Maker the day before 9/11, where he subsequently traded options successfully on that day and the following extraordinary collapse of the market.
Mr. Stutland established his own floor trading business in 2002, trading an entire portfolio of stocks as a proprietary market making CBOE Member. After forming Stutland Equities, he pioneered the shift to electronic options trading, becoming one of the first Remote Market Makers on the CBOE. By 2006, he continued to trail blaze as one of the first traders to assume positions in VIX Volatility futures and options. Mr. Stutland continues his involvement in the markets as a principal of the firm and trader for Stutland Equities, along with acting as principal of the investment advisory firm, The Stutland Volatility Group, LLC, in which he is actively involved in client portfolio risk management and investments attempting to generate better risk adjusted returns.*
Since 2006, Stutland Equities has been able to take advantage of the market's high volatility during the collapse of the housing market and rising oil prices, carrying large option positions to generate favorable returns. Mr. Stutland's wide range of experience, which includes making investments ranging from blue chips to distressed companies and even to Exchange seats, along with his record of trading large options positions in turbulent markets, has made him a successful trader on the trading floors of the CBOE.
Since 2012, Mr. Stutland has been CIO/CCO of KKM Financial
Mr. Stutland is a frequent contributor of market commentary to the news media, social media and continues to write a blog with market updates given by he and his employees.
He graduated Cum Laude in 1997 from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and later received a M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999.