Management and Compensation

SVOG has operated as a California non-profit tax-exempt public benefit corporation since 2009, as defined by the IRS code section 501(c)(3) and the State of California.  The corporation is managed by 5 - 9 Directors who also act as Operational Officers; other volunteers contribute their time as necessary from time to time to meet the objectives and mission of the non-profit corporation.  All Directors, Operational Officers, and volunteer workers are voluntary and non-compensated.   

As of July 21, 2021, the Board of Directors and their operational roles are:

Dennis Wong


Dennis Wong is a full-time trader and retired Fortune 500 executive. He has a BSEE from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara.  His background has been in systems design, product management, marketing, and business & corporate strategy. He started trading equities in 2002 and options in 2005. His favorite strategy was the butterfly but has since moved to trading directionally during the long bull market and short term bear markets. Dennis is a high volume, technical momentum trader and is experienced with both directional and theta decay trading.


Jonathan Wong

Vice-President and Guest Speaker Co-ordinator

Jonathan Wong has a degree in business administration from San Francisco State University and over 25 years of experience in IT management, data center and technology development, implementations, and operations. He has deployed and integrated critical technology solutions around the world for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA and several commercial enterprises including Solectron, Alta Vista, Rational Software, IBM, MetLife, Opsware, and HP. He began trading stocks in 2000 and started actively trading in options in 2020.

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” -- Peter Drucker 


Warren Wong


Warren Wong is SaaS marketing professional by day. By night, he can be found tweaking his portfolio, training jiu jitsu and rocking the DJ booth. Warren began investing in precious metals in 2007 and options trading in 2010. He has a religious studies and a finance degree from Santa Clara University.

Warren likes the axiom, "Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy." -- Warren Buffett

Nathan Nakagawa


Nate has chosen not to provide a bio.


Spencer V Preston

Director at Large, Web Master

Spencer Preston attended San Diego State College where he majored in physics and became interested in computers. He subsequently spent over 40 years in the computer industry in a variety of roles and with several different companies. He began trading stocks in 1999 and became interested in options and option strategies in 2006, and developed a keen interest in iron condors beginning in 2009.

“The well of Providence is deep, it’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.” – Mary Webb


Robert Schmidt

Director at Large

Robert Schmidt graduated from UC Berkeley  with a BS double major in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Materials Science Engineering. He has used his experience as a trainer to teach other stock and option traders and frequently was a keynote speaker both before and after he helped co-found SVOG.  Rob started trading in 2004 as an InvesTools student and has subsequently studied under Rance Masheck, Charles Cottle, Dan Sheridan, David Elliott, John Person, Bill Poulos and Jake Bernstein.