NEW YORK, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GetLoci, the global platform offering non-custodial, self-minted assets backed by digital and traditional currencies, today announced three key executives, all formerly of highly-respected financial institutions:
- Sam Skinner, Chief Investment Officer
- Mike Diedrichs, Chief Operating Officer
- Maria Quartino, co-founder and economist
Skinner will lead GetLoci's institutional sales and business development teams. On the institutional side, GetLoci is building partnerships with liquidity providers and institutional market participants. Diedrichs leads the global build out of GetLoci's global market operations to ensure the integrity of DNX systems utilized by peers globally.
Quartino has been a founding advisor to GetLoci since 2017 and is now coming aboard full-time as the in-house economist. She works with global teams helping educate both financial institutions and retail users of money. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria works closely with co-founder Tomas Bravé as GetLoci's senior leaders in South America.
"Financial industry expertise is as critical, if not more, than technological firepower in bringing digital asset platforms to life," said J. Kirk Willard, Chief Executive Officer of GetLoci. "Sam, Mike, and Maria will be an instrumental in educating institutions that are curious about self-custodied digital assets, but have yet to make the leap."
Skinner joins GetLoci from Stifel Nicolaus & Company, where he spent six years as a Managing Director, launching and directing the firm's institutional options desk. Prior to joining Stifel, Skinner spent a decade at the global investment bank Jefferies, where he managed equity and derivatives sales for institutional clients.
Diedrichs comes to GetLoci from the international broker-dealer TP ICAP, where he was co-manager of the Structured Credit Desk. His nearly two-decade career has spanned trading desks at GFI Group and Tradition North America, and he is an advisor to a handful of startups in the blockchain space.
"We're not the first executives to move from brand-name institutions to a digital asset startup, and we certainly won't be the last," said Diedrichs. "That's a testament to the growing belief in these nascent technologies to accelerate the evolution of financial services."
Quartino is also currently a partner and board director at ARG Markets, a financial consultancy; and advises the board of Argentina's Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires on banking and financial matters. Her decade-plus of financial industry experience has included additional roles at firms including Wachovia Securities, Banco Ciudad and Qippu, a personal finance startup she founded.
About Loci Technologies
Loci Technologies is sponsored by Connect Financial and was founded in 2015 to enable people and institutions around the world to realize the benefits of holding USD denominated real assets in digital form. GetLoci enables instant, peer-to-peer transfers and exchanges of self-custodied Loci digital assets between individuals, institutions and merchants with no transaction fees, minimums or limits. Change the way you use money.
SOURCE Connect Financial, Inc.