Scott Bauer
CEO | Prosper Trading Academy
Scott Bauer is the CEO of Prosper Trading Company. He has more than 25 years of professional equity and index options experience including over fifteen years as a Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) market maker and a trader for Goldman Sachs.
Scott Bauer can be seen daily as a guest commentator on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, TD Ameritrade Network, CNN and many others. He is a frequent guest speaker at the College of Business at the Unversity of Illinois in Champaign, is on the Advisory Board of the Market Information lab at the U of I and a member of the Illini Leadership Council.
Scott Bauer graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois Business School, Urbana Champaign, in 1988 with a B.S., Finance. Bauer, (SIB), began as a clerk on the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1991 and started trading in April, 1992 in the Coca Cola and Bank of America equity options pit. Along with four partners, Bauer formed BOTTA Capital Management in 1995 and grew the trading company to over 100 traders on four Options Exchanges. 
Throughout his trading career, Scott Bauer has excelled in trading a variety of equity and index options. In 1997, Bauer was the only market maker on the CBOE to trade options. He has also traded such notable names as Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, EBay, U.S. Robotics, American International Group, Rambus and Bank America.
Most recently, Bauer traded S&P 500 options at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and was employed by Goldman, Sachs & Co. as Vice-President/Equities Division and traded in the S & P 500 options pit at the CBOE. During Bauer’s time on the floor of the CBOE he served on many committees including Arbitration and Market Performance.

In addition to his trading floor presence, Bauer has taught Options classes at The Options Institute at the CBOE and has written many Options instruction manuals. These manuals instruct everyone from the beginning options trader to the most experienced floor trader.
Along with family and friends, Scott founded the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation shortly after his wife Lauri passed away. The nonprofit was found in her honor to give help, healing and hope to children and their families that have suffered a sudden loss or crisis.  
Scott currently lives in Long Grove with his wife Amy. He has three children and three step-children. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys skiing and golfing and of course, the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs. 
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