Company

BlazePortfolio® develops streamlined, user-friendly trade management solutions for investment managers, RIA's, wealth managers, broker dealers, family offices, and industry partners. 

 
Our cloud platform, ATOM Align, delivers comprehensive modeling, trade compliance, and real-time electronic executions for investment professionals. The cloud-based platform seamlessly integrates with the leading portfolio management systems, back-office outsourcing providers, and custodians for optimized workflow and flexible execution. BlazePortfolio provides a fully hosted platform that empowers investment professionals with enhanced portfolio visibility and robust tools designed to turn ideas into action.  Formed in 2005, Chicago-based BlazePortfolio offers integrated solutions for investment professionals of all sizes. 
Bryson Pouw Founder / CEO

Bryson Pouw is the Founder and CEO of Blaze Portfolio.  Bryson has been using, implementing and developing trading solutions for more than 20 years. With extensive experience implementing trading platforms with hundreds of RIA’s and investment managers, Bryson saw an opportunity to build better technology for advisors. In 2010, he launched ATOM Align, a comprehensive web-based OMS and rebalancing platform. Bryson continues to drive innovation and lead the expansion of the Blaze Portfolio product and service offerings by working closely with clients and partners as the industry evolves.

Prior to founding Blaze Portfolio, Bryson was a partner with Fascet LLC, a New York–based technology and business process consulting firm for global financial services organizations. He also served as a senior consultant with Advent Software, where he worked on numerous large-scale technology projects for leading firms in the investment industry. Bryson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jerry Langland DevOps Manager and Software Architect

Jerry Langland is the DevOps Manager and Software Architect for Blaze Portfolio, with responsibility for the software architecture and cloud infrastructure.  His expertise in the design, implementation and management of trading, portfolio and risk management software applications. Jerry has more than 30 years of experience as a software architect and programmer and has designed, developed and managed multiple large scale data acquisition, distribution and analytical financial systems.

Jerry has worked with many leading financial technology companies including Envestnet, Inc., Private Client Resources, LLC, Harvest Investments, Ltd and Insignis, Inc. Prior to working in financial services Jerry was an Experimental Particle Physicist looking for the Higgs boson (God Particle) at Fermilab in Chicago, CERN in Switzerland and Brookhaven in New York.

Jerry has his Ph.D with dissertation in Experimental High Energy Physics from the University of Iowa, a M.S in Physics from the University of Iowa, and B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.  He’s also an accomplished author.

Joe Tabak Director of Operations

Joe serves as the Director of Operations at Blaze Portfolio. He is responsible for system implementations, client relationship management, internal process improvements and business continuity. Since joining Blaze in 2015, Joe has overhauled the client on-boarding experience to provide users with the most proactive and insightful introduction to the ATOM Align platform. In addition to maintaining strong client relationships, Joe helps align development priorities and build specifications to meet client needs.

Prior to joining Blaze Portfolio, Joe was an operations expert in the manufacturing industry helping companies deploy ERP computer systems. Joe holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Craig Stevenson Vice President of Sales

Craig Stevenson is the Vice President of Sales at Blaze Portfolio, with responsibility for sales initiatives and new channel partnerships.  Prior to joining Blaze Portfolio Craig worked in business development and sales for several companies in the investment industry including; RedBlack Software, Tamarac, Inc and ByAllAccounts.

Craig has been selling technology solutions to RIAs for over fifteen years and has worked with hundreds of advisory firms. His strengths are his extensive knowledge of investment advisor workflows, financial data, business process management, and SaaS technology. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delaware. In his free time, Craig like to sail and spend time outdoors.

Shane Higginbotham Product Manager

Shane is Blaze Portfolio’s technology driven Product Manager, overseeing the development of Blaze Portfolio’s flagship product, ATOM Align. He has years of technical project management experience, with hundreds of software, web and mobile application projects under his belt. Shane is currently spearheading the creation of the next generation of Blaze Portfolio products.

Previous to Blaze, Shane architected web applications and managed software development teams at various financial institutions. Shane is an alumni of DePaul University, from which he holds a BS in Information Technology and a MS in IT Project Management.

Drew LaBelle Implementation Analyst

Drew LaBelle is an Implementation Analyst at Blaze Portfolio. His primary responsibilities include client onboarding, support center management, and continuous system improvements. Drew knows that to deliver an exceptional client experience it requires stepping into a client’s shoes, looking at the experience from the client’s perspective, and then becoming an internal advocate for the client.

Prior to joining Blaze Portfolio, Drew was a Client Solutions Consultant and Data Analyst with Morningstar where he worked with Morningstar Direct clients and internal stakeholders to ensure data accuracy.  Drew holds a BS in Finance from Illinois State University and continues to work towards his CFA designation. 

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