Brooks Brown is profiled. While at McVean Trading, he began to trade and befriended an older trader named Martin Hilby, who previously mentored McVean founder Charlie McVean. Brown took some of Hilby's ideas and melded them with some of the newer indicators that are out there and came up with a few proprietary indicators. Those indicators formed the basis of Brown's technical approach, which has produced stellar returns in proprietary trading for McVean and form the basis for his commodity trading advisor (CTA), Cypress Capital Management. Brown earned double digit returns trading proprietary money in 2006, 2007 and 2008 trading grains, meats and softs before launching his CTA in 2009.