Meet The Team

Peter Friedman

CEO and Founder

Peter has nearly twenty years of experience advising and recruiting industry leaders in quantitative trading and software development in the quant job placement field. Peter has a keen eye for emerging talent and identifying the few candidates that can have a material impact on an organization or project. Before founding Integra Advisors, Peter was the Chief Talent Officer at Teza Technologies, a proprietary trading firm, and investment advisor. As a member of Teza’s management team, Peter was responsible for creating a highly efficient recruiting process, growing a transparent and collaborative culture, and helping develop and pursue the company’s overall growth strategy. Prior to Teza, Peter founded Peter Friedman Associates (PFA), a boutique recruiting firm that focused on components of automated trading including research, statistics, and technology. As a testament to the services provided, PFA retained clients for more than ten years. Peter sits on the board of two charitable organizations; The Valerie Fund and Willa's Wish. A graduate of Colgate University, Peter lives in Short Hills, NJ with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.

Kelly Florentino

Partner

Kelly has over ten years of recruiting experience in the financial services space, with the last seven focused specifically on quantitative trading and technology. Previously Kelly was the Director of Recruiting at Teza Technologies, a proprietary trading firm, and investment advisor. At Teza, Kelly ran all aspects of recruiting, while also working internally to help foster communication and to grow a more collaborative culture.Prior to Teza, Kelly worked for Peter Friedman Associates (PFA) for three years where she was responsible for research, candidate development, and developing market intelligence.Kelly received a MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a BA from Brown University, where she also played on the Women’s Ice Hockey team.  She currently resides in Chatham, NJ with her husband, Patrick, and three children.

James McCarthy

Developer

James graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Penn State in May 2016 and joined Integra in September of the same year. He began his career with Integra as a Recruiting Consultant and has since transitioned to a role in Software Development. Outside of the office, James enjoys discovering new music, reading, and writing code. During football season, you will most likely find him shouting at a TV as if the New York Jets’ coaching staff can hear him.

Robert Liebowitz

Consultant

Robert joined Integra in 2017 after graduating from NYU with a BS in Economics. While pursuing his degree, Robert got his start in recruiting with internships at Correlation One and Solomon Page’s Financial Services Division. He now lives in Hoboken, NJ and looks forward to learning along side his talented and experienced team.

Julia Fisher

Consultant

 Julia graduated from Binghamton University with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law, and joined the Integra team in June 2018. During her time at Binghamton, Julia hosted a weekly radio show, which gave her the opportunity to interact with listeners seeking advice, through which she discovered her passion for listening and providing sound guidance. After doing further research, and with input from family members working in the recruiting space, Julia decided to pursue a career in recruiting, where she can utilize her skills to help provide direction to people in their search for the next step in their careers.  When she isn’t learning and working at Integra, Julia enjoys going to the movies, walking her dog, and discovering new places to eat with friends.

Emma Begley

Consultant

Upon completing her B.S. in Retailing and Consumer Sciences through the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of Arizona, Emma moved to Jersey City and joined the Integra team in June 2018. Through past internship and work experience with Dillard’s Inc., Emma found her passion for building and maintaining relationships through customer service. In her time outside of the office, Emma enjoys baking, going to SoulCycle, and exploring all the fun places in and around New York City.