Meet Our Amazing Team

What makes us different? Beyond being a group of talented, intelligent, and amazing people, we genuinely care about each other, our customers, and the products we stand behind. Take a moment and learn about the humans behind Traders Reserve.

John Hutchinson

Co-Founder and CEO

As a life-long, serial entrepreneur whose first business was delivering the morning paper in Syracuse, NY, I started Traders Reserve with my partner to take something I loved (trading and investing) and turn it into a business.

Ten years later, the people – our customers, our team – have become a second family to me and always will be. That makes this company more fun to run than any other company I know of.

About John
John is a graduate of Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan and lives in suburban Detroit with his partner-in-crime, Liz and their watchdog, Gordie, a Yorkie-poo who thinks he’s a Doberman.

For amusement, he lets Liz pour the wine.

David Durham


A 30-year veteran of the direct response business, Dave launched and built multiple business units for Phillips International (InvestorPlace Media).

Phillips was primarily a newsletter publishing business, but in 1989, Dave started their trade magazine and conference business in the technology and defense markets and built it up to $30 million in sales within 5 years.

From there, he moved back into the consumer financial marketplace within Phillips to take over and rebuild their mutual fund newsletter publishing business from 2 fledgling services into 5 major products that produced $20 million in sales.

Dave was asked by Tom Phillips, founder and owner of Phillips International, to create a franchise within the company that would test the use of traditional direct response marketing in an online environment.

Dave launched ChangeWave Investing in fewer than 3 years with a $24 million dollar business that had grown to include 6 additional publications, a thriving research business and a prolific content generation machine.

Dave concluded his time at Phillips by identifying the move of individual investors into active trading and made the push within the company to introduce active trading services, options trading services, and utilize video in both marketing and delivery of product for is changing customer base.

Suzanne Snider

Marketing Director

I have spent the past 17 years as a marketer mostly for entrepreneurial companies, so I could also be classified as a chaser of shiny objects, inventor of ethical bribes, calmer of chaos, or herder of cats… you decide. 

Since the Financial Industry is a somewhat small world, John Hutchinson and I crossed paths over 10 years ago and quickly developed a friendship.  In the summer of 2021, our paths finally merged instead of crossed and I joined the Traders Reserve team.

About Suzanne

Suzanne is a graduate of the California State University of Long Beach, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.  She’s a Southern California native, who in 2014 spent 6 months traveling through Central America where she met her husband and decided to settle down in a “third-world country” of all places, but hey, she does live in a UNESCO World Heritage site, so there’s that.  Six and half years later, they now have 2 kids who speak better Spanish than she does.

Kara Turner

Marketing Coordinator

After a few marketing positions with smaller, locally owned companies; I strived for something bigger and better. I met John Hutchinson a little over 2 years ago and began working at Traders Reserve in 2019. What started as a part-time opportunity, has developed into an incredible growth experience that continues to push me. I love our close-knit team and all our amazing customers that I’ve had the chance to meet along the way.  

About Kara

Kara graduated from Central Michigan University in 2011 and has 2 Bachelor’s Degrees: One in Marketing and One in Art/Photography/Media Design. She resides outside of Baltimore with her college sweetheart, their 2 rambunctious wee ones, and 2 yappy corgi’s.

Kara enjoys hot yoga, reading, riding MTB with her partner, traveling & going on adventures; especially if it involves an adrenaline kick like jumping out of airplanes.

Emily Norris

Managing Editor

Publisher Dave Durham took a chance on a scrappy college grad who’d never traded a stock or heard of an option, giving me my start in the world of financial publishing. That was over 15 years ago. Ours paths diverged and then crossed again when he asked me to come abord the startup he and John Hutchinson founded.  

I couldn’t think of better people to work for or analyst to work with (Michael Shulman and I also go way back).

Today, I’m known as an analyst wrangler and editor extraordinaire. And I cherish the community we’ve built here at Trader’s Reserve. 

About Emily

Emily is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned her master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs. She has worked in financial publishing as a writer and editor for numerous well-respected firms over the past 15 years. 

Emily recently gave up the beach life (where she developed a love of remote work long before the pandemic struck) and moved back to her hometown in upstate New York to be closer to family. She lives in a small town where she enjoys spending time on the beautiful Finger Lakes. 

Thomas Griffin

Technical Engineer

After a long and distinguished military career traveling the world, Thomas settled down in the Pacific Northwest. He continued growing his programming skills outside the military at the University of Washington Research Center. After having his son, he decided to leave the daily commute and work for himself lending his skills to many businesses across the US. Thomas eventually found a home with Traders Reserve, where he is happier than ever.

When not working, Thomas splits his time by being on the board of several nonprofits, spending time with his family, and coaching his son’s baseball team.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from George Washington University. He served 11 years in the US Navy and Marine Corps as a Corpsman (8404).

Mike Walton

"Mr Customer Care Extraordinaire"

According to Leslie. Ok that’s not really my nickname and she does not call me that. She does call me other things, most of which are not printable. For those of you that call the support line, no I am not Michael Shulman and I have no idea if I will ever attend an IBL (the two questions I get asked the most). Six awesome years at TR (and counting). 


Born and raised in New Jersey (Exit 4) but now split my time between the Lone Star and Sunshine states. When not providing outstanding customer care, I’m usually spending time with my family. Sounds boring right? Ok, I do ride my motorcycle, shoot guns and drink bourbon.  Yeah that’s better!


Cell Number: Just kidding! Only Linda W gets that.

Leslie Sharp

Customer Support

Born and raised in the south (a few miles outside of New Orleans), and a high school teacher by college degree, I think I’m the company’s only coonass. So it was only fitting that John appropriately knicked-named me Hurricane. Whether it’s enjoying a breakfast daiquiris on the morning team call or I have to take a day because of the weather phenomenon itself, I’m one of the two faces of Customer Care.


Being on the TR front lines for the last seven years has been a blast. My favorite part though is the live events. I love the “work vacations” because it’s where I get to put names to faces & develop relationships on a more personal level. The two places you can find me at these events are the sign in table and the hotel bar. 


I’m a Pisces, a dog person by nature and have three daughters. My philanthropies tend to be local animal rescues.  If I ever win the Powerball I’m buying a ton of property, building a huge home/farm and rescuing all the puppies. My favorite food is boiled seafood (any kind), and my favorite holiday is Mardi Gras. I’m in the “second phase” of my adult life so laissez les bons temps rouler!!

Ian Cooper


Ian Cooper has helped traders grow and protect their wealth since 1999.

Over the last 22 years, he’s taught thousands of investors how to trade news flow and herd mentality using a unique blend of technical and fundamental analysis.  In fact, Cooper created the ADD News Flow Strategy, which allows us to trade the anticipation, dissemination, and the death of news flow by exploiting herd mentality.


Cooper was among the few analysts to spot the financial crisis of 2008, the top of subprime and Alt-A, the death of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and New Century Financial, and even the Dow’s collapse to 6,500, as well as its recovery.  He even called for gold to rally well above $1.500 when it traded under $600. 

At the moment, Cooper makes use of technical, fundamental and news analysis, to help individual investors grow their wealth. He’s a firm believer that hard work and thorough research will lead to investment success.

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