Experienced Instructors and Coaches
Because successful students have great mentors.
At Investools, the team supporting you has extensive experience. Many carry some of the most prestigious market designations in the financial services industry – such as Charted Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®)‡ and Chartered Market Technician (CMT).
Our instructors are veteran traders and educators, and our coaches have mentored thousands of students, based on a deep understanding of how the market works. Meet a few of our accomplished instructors and coaches below.
Meet some of our workshop instructors and coaches.
Before Michael Atkinson began actively trading in 1997, he ran an office for a major brokerage firm and taught investment classes at a local college. He then decided to transition full-time into trading and teaching students about investing. He took a coaching position at Investools in 2005 and now focuses his trading on the equity markets, and is also active in the foreign exchange and derivatives markets. Michael teaches both the Forex and Automated Investing Courses.
An active trader since 1999, Brett Crowther has established himself as a strong technician with a stable fundamental foundation and a love for forex, futures and advanced options strategies. Brett has taught his balance of fundamentals and technicals to literally thousands of students in the live and online Advanced Options, Futures and Forex workshops. He stresses the importance of risk management, believing that even the best system in the world can fail with poor money management, while good money management can help even a mediocre system to yield success.
Michael Follett has been investing professionally since 1998, when he worked with one of the world's largest money managers as a retirement specialist, equities broker and bond trader. He then worked as a registered options principal for Morgan Stanley, expanding his knowledge and realizing the power of the derivatives markets. Mike came to Investools in 2003 as a coach and an instructor. He teaches the live and online Advanced Options and High Probability Trading classes, and coaches students on how to apply his personal credo for trading: consistency, correct money management and diversification.
Among our most accomplished instructors, Dave Johnson has over 30 years of experience as an investment professional. He was a professional money manager and has applied computer-based technical analysis since 1991. Dave came to Investools in 2004 and founded our first weekly investing webcast, the Active Investor Talk. Today, he often co-hosts the weekly Wall Street Wrap-Up webcast with thinkorswim co-founder Tom Sosnoff. Dave also continues to share his vast experience in several live workshops, including Advanced Technical Analysis, Advanced Options and Basic Options.
In 1994, Michael Kealy began his professional trading career helping clients invest in mutual funds and a wide range of stocks and options. In 2002, he joined Investools as a coach, where he has enjoyed “helping people to achieve better investing results” in a community of “phenomenal traders and instructors.” Michael has led our 3- and 4-day live workshops, and has contributed to the development of curriculum at Investools, including the Advanced Fundamental Analysis course.
Darren Kimoto decided in 2003 that it was impossible to create wealth while working for someone else and became an avid investor in the stocks, options and futures markets. He has authored several custom indicators that many active traders have used, and his specialty is forecasting market trends with effective technical analysis. He is currently a senior instructor for Investools and has taught tens of thousands of students in the Investing Foundation, Basic Options, Advanced Options, and Advanced Technical Analysis workshops.
Linda McCoy has earned the Chartered Market Technician designation, is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds an MBA from UCLA. She began teaching in 2007 to offer her extensive experience to Investools students, following 18 years as Vice President in several major corporations, including Visa International, Bank of America and Security Pacific Corporation. She has personally completed every course Investools offers and teaches the Investing Foundation, Basic Options, Advanced Options and Advanced Technical Analysis workshops.