Gregory Hold: Public Speaker, CEO, Stand-Up Comic

Gregory Hold

Public Speaker, CEO, Stand-Up Comic



Gregory Hold is a financial industry CEO and public speaker focusing on the topics of trading regulation and compliance, anti-manipulative trading, broker-dealer management, market structure and technology. He draws from 20+ years of experience in the trading industry. Greg’s most recent engagement was as a featured speaker at the Trader’s Expo New York on compliance and regulation.  In his presentation, “Catching Market Manipulation in the Day Trading World - Regulatory Concerns and Challenges Ahead,” he covered best practices for compliance surveillance programs and insights from his 23 years of experience in broker-dealer management.


Greg founded the Hold Brothers family of companies in 1994. Prior to founding the firm, as a successful professional day trader, Greg honed a talent for high-speed trading and an acute knowledge of the unique needs of traders in an ever-changing marketplace. Since founding the firm, Greg has overseen the development of Hold Brothers proprietary Graybox™ software platform, grown the business to become, at one point, the largest day trading firm of American markets in China and propelled the firm to #152 on the Inc. 500 in 2000. The firm provides access to U.S. markets, with headquarters in New York City. Greg holds a B.A. from Rutgers in physics and economics, is currently working on his M.S. in Technology Management from Columbia University, and has completed several graduate courses in Computer Science at Fordham University. Greg has also obtained FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, 63 and 28 licenses.


Greg’s Speaking Topics:

  • Compliance and regulation – compliance is at the forefront of Hold Brothers Operations. Greg can speak to a wide range of topics including the future of regulation, anti-manipulative trading surveillance, compliance best practices, navigating the hostile regulatory landscape, market structure, and crisis management.

  • Software development and technology – Hold Brothers has survived a number of market restructurings due to staying ahead of the trading technology curve. Greg oversaw the development of Hold Brothers trading platform Graybox as well as back end risk management systems and compliance systems.  

  • Management practices – having managed disparate departments for 20+ years, Greg can touch on management frameworks that have helped him drive his businesses to success.  


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Gregory Hold

Public Speaker





1994 - Present



Hold Brothers Inc.

CEO, CHAIRMAN of the Board,& Principal Owner


Hold Brothers Capital LLC (

Hold Brothers Online Investment Services LLC, Hold Brothers Execution Services LLC

Guangzhou Qin Ca Consultancy (China)

Trenchant Financial Technologies Private Limited ( (India)

Trenchant Capital LLC

CHAIRMAN of the board & Principal OwneR


  • Brought company to Inc. 500 in 1999 and 2000, #152 and #151, $135,000,000 revenue, with no outside capital. 
  • Created Graybox software, with team of up to 25, 1999 to present- a high of 750 full time users in 2008. 
  • Personally, was a NYSE member and rang Opening Bell (TM) in 2006. 
  • Successful creation and operation of self clearing department for proprietary traders, since 2001 and customers 2006 to 2012, a high of 100,000+ trades/day.
  • Met cost competition demands by building offshore back office of a high of over 50 staff in India, including programmers, trade support, managers, accountants, news analysts, technicians.
  • Successfully manage disparate departments directly or through managers: Programming, Legal, Compliance, Self Clearing Operations, Accounting, Trade Support, Business Development, Proprietary Trading, Facilities, Technical Infrastructure and Human Resources.
  • Managed millions of dollars in legal budget, since inception, including inside and outside counsel and twenty-one arbitrations and lawsuits, and more litigations.
  • Became approximately, at one point, the largest day trading firm of American markets, in China, in a short time.
  • Successfully manage worldwide conglomerate of a high of more than 2000 full time, traders and 100 full time, non-trader staff.
  • Invented, founded first news trading squawk box, now












Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Dean’s List- 2 Semesters
  • Final rank in economics class, top 7%

Fordham University

Columbia University

Executive Master of Science in Technology Management

  • Executive Master of Science in Technology Management, in progress
  • GPA 3.82 








Founder and Owner of Manhattan Sailing Club



Ranked #150 in the Inc. 500 Awards

Ranked #152 in the Inc. 500 Awards



Security Licenses


Series 24, 63, 28, 55, 7