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Terry Ruffolo, Director of Media Relations, 312-265-9213, Resource People



Director of Research

In his capacity at Zacks, Sheraz leads the 60-analyst equity research team covering over 1,000 stocks, including the entire S&P 500. He oversees the creation of all content on the home page as well as the various subscription services. He also manages the Zacks Focus List and Top 10 portfolios.

Prior to his elevation to the DOR position in 2009, Sheraz was a distinguished research analyst at Zacks for seven years, with a coverage focus on the oil sector. He started his equity research career at Goldman Sachs in New York as a research associate. Sheraz has an MBA degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.


John J. Blank, PhD

Chief Equity Strategist

Before joining Zacks, Dr. Blank served as Deputy Chief Economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC); SVP and Chief Sector/Industry equity strategist for Decision Economics, running their flagship office in Boston; and CEO of Media Derivatives, a start-up financial exchange that was CFTC approved in 2010. In Chicago for a number of years, he worked at CME Group, where he published a twice-a-month Fundamental Business Drivers in-depth economics piece; as industry economist for J.P. Morgan Chase in its Bank One Capital Markets group; and as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He also helped establish an international economics practice for Ernst & Young LLP in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

He earned his PhD. in economics from M.I.T. in 1995, and a B.A. with honors and distinction in Mathematics for the Social Sciences and Economics at Northwestern University in 1988. He taught macroeconomics for two years at M.I.T. While serving on the faculty for one year at the University of California-Santa Cruz, he taught undergraduate math and econ courses, and a master’s level course in international trade and development. He has published investing and global economics articles in a number of Institutional Investor journals, in the Blackwell Companion to the Economics of Housing, and a book, “Markets for Credit: The State of Play in 2005”.


Kevin Cook

Senior Equity Strategist

Kevin's focus includes global-macro fundamental analysis and technical trading of stocks, indexes, commodities, and options. The bulk of his markets experience was gained as an interbank currency trader for nine years, starting with the introduction of the euro in 1999. In 2011, he joined to further expand his equity analysis, research, and trading skills. Prior to joining Zacks, he worked with as an options strategist for their subscription service OptionsProfits. Kevin has also developed options education for the retail arm of the Chicago options powerhouse PEAK6, where he applied his special focus on the keys to success in short-term trading and the dynamics of probability and risk. His published analysis of heavy put option activity in big banks, before the financial crisis implosion, alerted investors to the inherent weakness that was being preyed upon. Kevin is experienced in working with the media and is available for comment on a wide range of financial issues and trends.

Jared Levy

Senior Stock Strategist

Jared joined Zacks in 2012.

Jared has spent his entire career immersed in the finance and derivative industries,?over 16 years now. ?Jared began his career as a retail stock broker, managing money for high net worth clients.

After creating his own stock and options-trading indicator and strategy, Jared assumed his next role as a pit trader on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in the mid 1990?s.

In the late 90?s he became a member of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and was one of the largest volume traders of the QQQ options in the world. After leaving the floor in 2002 Levy traded distressed assets and consulted for Thomson Financial on their options trading platform.

In 2005 he won an Emmy for his daily market video digest "TraderCast"

From 2004-2008, he was Chief Option Strategist for Wizetrade. In 2008 he became the Senior Derivatives Specialist for PEAK6 Investments on the CME in Chicago, one of the world?s leading option market making firms until 2011.

Jared's first book entitled ?Your Options?Handbook? was released in April 2011 by Wiley Publishing.

Brian Bolan

Stock Strategist

Brian Bolan has been an investment professional for more 15 years holding roles in equity research, investment banking and private equity investment and analysis. Having concentrated most of his career in equity research covering internet names prior to joining Zacks, Brian earned a number of merit awards.

Brian was a research analyst for several small brokerage firms and was the Director of Research for Jackson Securities. Starting his career in the investment banking division of NatCity Investments, Brian was exposed to public and corporate finance before moving to research. While with Madison Securities, Mr. Bolan expanded his background into the world of private equity while maintaining research of portfolio companies.

Eric Dutram

ETF Strategist

In addition to developing the ETF portion of the website, Eric also focuses on writing articles and coordinating strategy for these increasingly popular investment tools. Prior to joining Zacks, Eric worked as an ETF Analyst and Head of Editorial at ETF Database where he was in charge of all content and day-to-day operations of the website. Eric received a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University, graduating cum laude with a double major in Accounting and Finance and a History minor.

Neena Mishra, CFA

ETF Research Director

Prior to this position, Neena worked with Zacks for three years as a Senior Financial Services Analyst. Prior to that she spent about 15 years of with the Reserve Bank of India, the Indian equivalent of the Federal Reserve Board, supervising banks and managing the country?s foreign exchange reserves. She returned to Zacks in November 2011 after working as the Director of Equity Research with Forisk Consulting for 1 years. Neena has a Master of Science (Physics) from Lucknow University, Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers and MBA University of Georgia (specialization in finance & investments).

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