With years of experience helping money managers navigate the securities class action world, Matt Murray leads our sales team here at CCC. He also works closely with our operations staff to optimize the claim filing process and to contour our services to our clients’ needs. Since 2006, Matt has been working with over 500 institutional client firms, with assets under management exceeding $500 billion.
After receiving his B.A. from Villanova University, Matt worked in commercial and residential real estate in lending, financial analysis, and sales. He joined CCC in 2004 to broker Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses class action certificates, and today co-manages the sales staff with Brian Blockovich.
Dianne Hively, Chief Compliance Officer
Experienced in finance, compliance, marketing, consulting and accounting, Dianne helps CCC maintain an efficient and secure claims filing system and each year meet the stringent requirements for our SOC I certification. She also directs internal controls, oversees operations procedures and manages CCC’s voluminous vendor review requests.
Before joining CCC in 2011, Dianne worked at Brookfield Redding, an Asset Manager in Global REIT and Infrastructure Securities where she was Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President of Marketing. Before Brookfield Redding, Dianne was Chief Financial Officer of Pax Clearing. Dianne graduated from the University of Illinois in 1993 with a BS in Accountancy, and received her M.S. in Financial Markets in 2003 from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dianne holds NASD Series 3, 7, 24, and 27 licenses, and is a certified yoga instructor.
Dave Grondy, Data Operations Manager
Dave manages all retrieval, audit review and integration of incoming client trade data into CCC’s database—no matter the condition it’s in. Through CCC’s numerous bank trust partnerships, Dave has become the world’s leading expert in consolidating all bank trust software, both current and legacy, into one consistent stream of integrated history.
After studying at Chicago’s DePaul University, he became a bond arbitrage clerk on the Chicago Board of Trade. Dave’s responsibilities grew as he held senior technology management positions for commodity/securities firms such as Stotler & Co, Index Futures Group, and LaSalle St. Securities where he managed computer and network/market data operations for futures traders at the Chicago Board of Trade, Kansas City Board of Trade, and New York Futures Exchanges. He was a market data information integration manager at Automatic Data Processing's Brokerage Info Services Group. During the ten years before joining CCC in 2009, Dave worked for Dow Jones & Co. in global market news, information delivery, and integration.
Matt Liszka, Client Service Manager
Matt is often the first point of contact for our clients. From basic website questions to the more complicated aspects of class action settlement recovery, Matt’s expertise is an invaluable part of CCC’s service. Matt oversees all aspects of CCC’s customer service and CCC’s customer service staff.
Before joining CCC in January of 2012, Matt worked at Pax Clearing Corporation in many different management capacities, including: Operations Manager, Business Analyst, and Project Manager. At Merrill Lynch he served variously as an Operations Manager, Business Analyst, and Project Manager. Matt has also earned a Project Management Professional credential.
Chad Rautmann, Director of Operations
Chad oversees CCC’s claim filing processes. Chad manages the integration of all trade data produced by CCC’s proprietary systems and bank trust software programs.
Chad has a B.B.A. in Finance, Investments, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.B.A in Finance and Strategy, Execution, and Valuation from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Before joining CCC in 2008, Chad worked as an Assistant Treasury Manager at Pax Clearing Corporation and as a Senior Specialist at Merrill Lynch.
David Di Vito, Senior Data Analyst
David Di Vito started at CCC as an intern in 2010. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago in 2012 with a B.B.A. in Finance, Economics, and Information Systems, Dave joined CCC full time as a Data Analyst. Today he works on some of the more intricate parts of CCC’s business, including recognized loss projections and reconciliation, claim factoring, claim filing, and improving company functionality.
Brian Butler, Chief Information Officer
Brian Butler developed CCC’s proprietary software and databases. Brian oversees all aspects of CCC’s IT offering, including all databases, websites and monitoring and reporting portals. With the backbone of Brian’s software, CCC has successfully filed over 500,000 claims for more than 2,000,000 accounts and retrieved and processed more than $120,000,000 for class members flawlessly. Brian was instrumental in creating all of CCC’s software partner extracts, including all SunGard extracts – Charlotte, AddVantage and Global Plus.
Brian joined CCC in 2003 to develop and program the complex class action coupon databases used in all aspects of the Auction Houses Antitrust litigation, the Lloyds American Trust Fund Litigation, the Abrasive Grain Antitrust Litigation and the Linens Antitrust litigation. Using Brian’s software, the firm transacted and returned more than $60,000,000 dollars to harmed class members in these four litigations.
After studying English at the University of Illinois, Brian was an IT Instructor and consultant. He holds, and has taught, certifications in MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, CISSP, Network+, A+, and MCDBA.
William Tomczak, Chief Financial Officer
Bill oversees CCC’s financial accounting and reporting processes. Bill manages the reconciliation of all payments from claims administrators to CCC and all payments from CCC to CCC’s clients. Bill also oversees the online reporting of those claims to CCC’s 1,100+ clients.
Bill graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1994 and received his Masters in Financial Markets at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2002. Before joining CCC, Bill was a financial analyst at the Northern Trust Company, a regulator on The Chicago Board Options Exchange, a financial compliance officer at Merrill Lynch, and at Pax Clearing, where he served as a financial compliance officer. Bill joined CCC in 2008.
Frank Petersen, Senior Account Executive
Before joining CCC, Frank spent 26 years as a financial consultant with large wire house firms. He has worked with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and EF Hutton, among others. With his intimate knowledge of trading and trade data, he adds yet another bit of depth to the CCC sales roster.
Frank graduated from Northern Michigan University and did graduate studies at the University of Utah. He’s an avid golfer, runner, and tennis player, and a father of three.
Gerry Boschwitz, Senior Sales Associate
Gerry brings three decades in sales, management, and operations experience to the CCC team. Gerry’s interest in the securities markets and his longtime association with owner Jim Tharin led him to CCC in 2010.
Gerry graduated from Carleton College in 1981 with a degree in Political Science. Gerry has attended numerous sales and management training programs from a variety of resources like Dale Carnegie, Predictive Index, YPO and the Harvard Business School executive training programs.
James Tharin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Securities class action claim filing is a natural fit for James Tharin.
After graduating from Carleton College in 1981 with a degree in Political Science, Jim joined Merrill Lynch and then Shearson/American Express as a retail account executive. In 1985 Jim joined Fossett Corporation as a market making member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). During his time working with Steve Fossett, Jim worked the trading pits of the CBOE as Fossett Corporation's Vice President of Trading. Through his service on several key CBOE committees, he helped build the options industry into the massive derivatives market that we know today.
In 1993, Jim founded Certificate Clearing Corporation, and under his leadership the firm became the preeminent class action coupon market-maker in the United States. Over fifteen years, CCC recovered over $200 million dollars for harmed class members in 20 unique class action coupon settlements.
Jim has served as an expert witness in countless class action lawsuits and sat as a member of an advisory panel before the Federal Trade Commission. He has been cited in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Daily Law Bulletin, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Crain’s Business, among other outlets. Jim and his team pioneered many of the most effective methods to bring value to the class action claimant, often in settlements where they would have otherwise received nothing.
Jim’s dual expertise in trading and class actions made him uniquely qualified to found Chicago Clearing Corporation, in 2005, to help harmed investors recover funds in class action securities settlements. CCC has become the leading class action securities claim filing service, recovering funds for over 1,100 institutional investors who represent over 2 million individual accounts and manage assets in excess of $2 trillion. Since 2009, CCC has recovered over $130 million for harmed securities class action litigants. With a growing client list and over $1.2 billion in recognized loss pending, that’s just the beginning.
Brian Blockovich, President and General Counsel
Brian Blockovich joined CCC in 1995 and has served as President and General Counsel since 2002. He leads sales and business development at the firm, and oversees all legal matters. Brian has been instrumental in both the dramatic growth of CCC and the signing and satisfaction of its 1,100 clients and numerous partnerships.
Brian graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991 and from the Loyola University School of Law in 1994. He has testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee, and the White House Counsel of Economic Advisors. His comments on proposed amendments to Federal Rule 23 were published and presented at the National Institute on Class Actions. Along with Jim, Brian co-authored Coupons and the Class Action Fairness Act for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Brian is also a gifted improvisational comedian. During the 1990s, he performed with many influential improvisation teams (Monster Island and Rockstars of Siam, to name a few). Today, his photo hangs on the wall of Chicago’s famous IO Comedy Theater.