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Meet Team IJʿ

Unmasking Team IJʿ

With everyone practicing proper social distancing and masking up, we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you to our people behind the masks! When you work with IJʿ, you’re on a first-name basis whether you choose to interact and transact over the phone, via email, or through our digital payments platform, .

We like to think of ourselves as being an extension of your team working together to protect your bottom line and grow your profits. If you’d like to mask up IJʿ-style, tell us a little about yourself and your FX needs so we can reach out and mail you a ‘Cover Your FX’ mask. We’ll be adding more team members over the next few weeks!

Toral Unmasked
7-Year Team Member

Toral–Head of Revenue Operations

What brought you to IJʿ?

A part-time job.

…and what keeps you on the team?

I love the flexibility IJʿ affords their employees. And I have a great team of co-workers.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

Bringing actionable intelligence to the table every day from detailed company-wide data analysis.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

One of my hidden talents is drawing henna tattoos. This passion started when I was very young and we used to go to weddings in India. It is customary for the families to celebrate with henna art and I used to love watching the artists draw on my hands. For my sister’s wedding in Mexico, family members applied henna tattoos to guests to replicate the celebrations in India. Since then, it has been a tradition for me to take henna to the beach and I free-hand designs on all the kids and some adults!

JP Unmasked
12-Year Team Member

JP – CEO

What brought you to IJʿ?

A plane

…and what keeps you on the team?

First, the team; second the team; and third, the team.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

It was a long summer day; the thermometer was flirting with the three-digit zone when the IJʿ brainiacs team sat to design a flexible FX hedging product that could be (a) operational and (b) beat other existing market offers. Enter Window Forwards with no window limit. Six years now, and competition still can’t match our level of flexibility!

What are you reading right now?

My favorite board game is “Spot It!” It’s quick, is fun, it gets all the family together, and there are several ways to play it. I often carry a set of cards when dining out with the family and always on road trips.

Marc
2-Year Team Member

Marc–Sales Director

What brought you to IJʿ?

I wanted to be a part of a company that cares for their employees while doing business the right way. Whenever I came across IJʿ, I always felt that those two factors were always aligned!

…and what keeps you on the team?

The people!! And that’s saying something since I was onboarded virtually and have only met maybe 3 people in the business! I love the open communication and the friendly atmosphere that IJʿ has! Can’t wait to meet everyone (in person), whenever that may be!

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

A number of our clients come to us for various reasons but one of the biggest reasons they stay with us is due to some of the long-term hedging strategies we customize for them. By doing exactly that, we were able to save one of my clients from 3% currency movement out of their favor, resulting in a savings of at least $15,000 in the span of two weeks!!

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

Hoi An, Vietnam is and always will be one of my favorite places I’ve visited! Full of culture, amazing people and titled as the food capital of Vietnam – It’s a must-visit!

John Doyle
16-Year Team Member

John–VP, Trading & Dealing

What brought you to IJʿ?

Family culture and the chance to help make a start-up into a full-fledged company.

…and what keeps you on the team?

The people. We are a diverse group of interesting, fun-loving, and trustworthy people. Sometimes, I spend more time with my co-workers than my family, so I better enjoy them!

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

I think getting through 2020 safely and profitably is a great win! I thought working remotely would create difficult challenges but everyone stepped up! We are thriving and in some respects, the team is even closer, more connected now.

Who inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

Greg Salvaggio, one of the original founders of IJʿ. Greg taught me all I know about foreign exchange and trading and always pushed me to learn more. He also taught me a few things about fine wine!

Juan Unmasked
13-Year Team Member

Juan–Senior FX Trader & Strategist

What brought you to IJʿ?

I always wanted to be involved in international relations one way or the other but doing this combined it with my appreciation for markets and interacting with a lot of people. FX is as global as it gets!

…and what keeps you on the team?

We are a unified front in the DC office while holding family-like bonds with the rest of our American presence. Every year has been one of growth for me at IJʿ and I realize how lucky I am to be in the frontlines of what affects international business.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

There have been a lot of small and big victories at IJʿ throughout my time, but I am particularly happy for our opportunity to be involved in FX forecasting and to be able to say we have been ranked as most accurate globally by Bloomberg. Our analysis and insights aim to help our clients be more aware, better prepared, and expertly well-served.

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

It’s a wonder of the world: The Iguazu Falls where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet. My description or feelings can do it no justice.

Min Unmasked
5-Year Team Member

John, Chief Economist

What brought you to IJʿ?

A consulting role

…and what keeps you on the team?

Teamwork!

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

Managing the risk ‘marlin fishing’ expedition

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

Squash and wine

Malone Unmasked
12-Year Team Member

Matt, Dealer

What brought you to IJʿ?

Fellow William and Mary alumni, Greg Kimball, the co-founder of IJʿ.

…and what keeps you on the team?

Great team to work with and the company has always supported my career as an artist.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

Was able to recognize a client’s email had been compromised and prevented a 50K wire from being sent to a fraudulent bank account thanks to calling the client to re-confirm new banking information.

What are you reading right now?

The Nude: A Study In Ideal Form by Kenneth Clark

Nikola
6-Year Team Member

Nikola, Operation Specialist

What brought you to IJʿ?

I heard there was an opportunity available and applied.

…and what keeps you on the team?

Job security, people in my team, and our company’s culture

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

Fast responses to my fellow employees with their questions and concerns.

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

My favorite place I have visited is Honolulu, Hawaii.

Will Masked
6-Year Team Member

Will, Director of Operations

What brought you to IJʿ?

Headhunter poached me from a similar company. What I had to offer and what IJʿ was looking for was a perfect match.

…and what keeps you on the team?

The work hard, play hard environment. When we win, we win together and IJʿ knows how to celebrate.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

Few years back IJʿ switched banking partners which was a critical, positive change for the business. Internal teams were impacted as well as the entire client base. I oversaw the transition and it couldn’t have gone smoother. I was still somewhat new to the organization and felt like I officially earned my stripes.

What are your favorite video/board games and why?

I’ve loved card and board games since I was a kid and I am still a kid in that sense. I’m always down for a game night. Monopoly, Catan, and Stratego are a few of my favorites. We need to revive our backgammon and chess lunchbreaks at IJʿ.

Peter Unmasked
7-Year Team Member

Peter, Director, Dealing & Hedging Specialist

What brought you to IJʿ?

Very good questions. I guess after 12 years in FX I needed a change.

…and what keeps you on the team?

It’s a very down-to-earth group of people. Everyone has the goal of a happy client in mind and we all work towards giving the best possible service. This limits my frustrations.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

My favorite success stories are when we confirm with our clients any changes or new banking for a vendor. Sometimes a client’s emails are hacked and it is always such a relief to our clients when I verbally confirm each change and push them to confirm with their vendor as well that the banking change is indeed legit. Sometimes they find it was not and we can prevent them from sending thousands of dollars. The largest such wire I have stopped was just over $150,000!

 What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

That’s a hard one but it is between Angkor Wat Cambodia and Rome Italy. I love old historic cities!

Audra Evans
5-Year Team Member

Audra – Head of Marketing

What brought you to IJʿ?

The opportunity to start the ‘official’ Marketing department and work with such a diverse team of experts

…and what keeps you on the team?

I love the fact that even remotely I get to work with nearly everyone across the organization whether it’s for an internal or external project and I enjoy getting to know the individuals.

Share one of your IJʿ ‘wins

This year we’ve started rolling out more IJʿ content relative to FX, the economy, and general business. We’ve had all this expertise bottled up and it’s amazing to finally get it flowing into the hands of our prospects and clients.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

One of my hidden talents is face painting which I do on a volunteer basis and to raise money for charity, I’m better with face paint than makeup 😉

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