Gerard is a member of Geneva’s Board of Managers, a CME and IMM member, and traded on the CME floor as a selected market maker in the interest rate quadrant for over 25 yrs. He has served on several committees and boards at the CME throughout his career and helped launch the introduction of options on futures in the agricultural markets. In 1985, he founded GMS Trading Corp, which was one of the first trading groups to begin providing electronic market making for CME, helping drive the migration of trading to the screen in 2002. Gerard served as GMS Trading’s President until its expansion with Mercury Holdings, a principal trading firm, in 2007. In 2010 Mercury Holdings merged with Geneva Trading and merged each party’s technology to create a state of the art automated trading platform, providing liquidity for futures exchanges around the world.
The Shannon family resides in Lake Forest where they are active members in their church and community. Gerard is an avid fitness enthusiast who has competed in many triathlons and marathons. In his free time, he enjoys golf, fishing and spending time with his wife and three children at his second home in Marco Island, Florida.