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Roque Martinez, '20SPS, Executive Technology Management

Associate; Chief Technology Officer, SmartStream Reference Data Utility

Rocky Martinez, '20SPS, Executive Technology Management, is the Chief Technology Officer of SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU). He has been a vital member of several leadership teams at financial technology software and telecommunications companies, advancing to CTO after holding roles such as Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Board Member, and mentor across for-profit and non-profit institutions.

Martinez specializes in leading digital change and innovation, focusing on identifying opportunities to take advantage of new products and services. When he is not creating new products and services for RDU, Martinez serves as an Associate for Columbia University's Technology Management Master's program, working with future leaders and entrepreneurs.

He is currently developing new services to assist financial services firms with adapting to and taking advantage of digital disruption, enabling them to reduce the amount of effort and time necessary to move from trade to settlement. Much of Martinez's work originated from his Columbia master's project on machine learning and financial services. His project addressed the ability to use machine learning to predict the validity of trade reference data. He's also been featured in and published articles on the subject.


  • Leading Disruptive Change in a Digital Economy
  • Tech Management Capstone
  • Blockchain, AI, and IT


  • Executive M.S., Columbia University
  • B.S., Fordham University