Archives: Ag Service Team members

10 Aug 2020

Ron Lawson

A 5th generation Northern Californian, Ron has been involved in agriculture his entire life having grown up on his family’s dairy farm and cattle ranch. With nearly 50 years of experience, Ron has run the ag-gambit – from the garlic fields to the head of a cotton trading desk.

Ron’s experience in the Ag business started shortly after graduating from the University of California Davis in a B.S. in Livestock Production Management, where he was a Field Representative with McCormick Schilling. He eventually left McCormick moving to Gilroy, CA to manage the Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, CA and was one of the founding fathers of the internationally renowned Gilroy Garlic Festival. In 1982, Ron left the Garlic fields for Wall Street, starting in the San Jose office of Merrill Lynch as a Commodities and Futures Specialist and later transferred to the firm’s L.A. office, joining the Cotton trading desk in 1986 and later establishing and managing Merrill Lynch Futures’ Pacific Coast Futures Center eventually overseeing the firm’s 126 Commodity Brokers and Futures trading in the 17 western states. In early 2000, Ron accepted a position as the Head of the Cotton Trading Desk of Prudential Financial who later merged with non-commodity trading bank, Wachovia. The business got bigger than imagined, prompting Ron to establish LOGIC Advisors, a commodity research company, and SFO Commodities, a commodity futures & options trading firm and eventually merging with RCM Ag Services in 2020.

With more than four decades of vertical integration in worldwide agribusiness, from feedlots and furrows in the field, to the Futures trading pits of Wall Street and beyond, Ron has developed a unique understanding of both agricultural business, and the business of agriculture. His varied interests and scope of comprehension in the complexities of the practical, financial, and technological requirements for the process of taking agricultural conception to consumption, has resulted in a participation within a widely differentiated array of activities and investments. Ron’s expertise in the Ag business is nearly unmatched, and is now one of the most sought after cotton experts in the field and regularly puts out research with partner Bill O’Neill, Lawson/O’Neill Global Institutional Commodity Advisors consumed by banks, hedge funds, commodity companies, and large speculative traders around the globe.

01 May 2020
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Bert Farrish

Bert Farrish is an agricultural executive and leader on a global scale. His experience ranges from U.S. grain operations and trading, global grain export, grain processing, production agriculture, food, technology and bioenergy. Bert has served as President of Columbia Grain, Inc., CEO of LifeLine Foods, CEO of Everton Energy, and CEO of Big River Rice and Grain. Bert served at USDA during the George W. Bush administration as Deputy Administrator of Commodity Operations, FSA. He oversaw the U.S. Warehouse Act, various commodity programs, and CCC operations. He was raised on a cotton and soybean farm in the Mississippi Delta and graduated from Mississippi State University. Bert and his wife Lana live in Franklin, TN where he enjoys time with his grandchildren.

13 Dec 2019

Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard is a 30+ year veteran in the commodities trading space. Brian began his career as an assistant in the Soybean pit in the early ‘80s, and moved on to wood products in 1994. Brian’s current role for RCM Ag Services is to serve as a Risk Analyst, specializing in the wood products sector. His customer base spans a large spectrum ranging from wood producers to home builders with all different types of risk management needs. Brian also assists with risk management within the currency and fuel sectors. Brian recently received an MA in Pastoral Studies at University of St. Mary of the Lake, and uses that to work with churches in low income neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area.

14 Nov 2019

Jeff Malec

Mr. Malec has spent 20 years in the futures markets since his days as a clerk in the bond futures pits, and serves as the managing member for multiple commodity based hedge fund products. Prior to RCM, Mr. Malec was the founder and CEO of Attain Capital Management, which merged with RCM after 13 years assisting clients with alternative investments. He is the great grandson of Harley Davidson founder Walter S. Davidson, and a former board member of the National Futures Association. He holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA) designation, and has authored hundreds of white papers covering alternative investments.

14 Nov 2019

Jeff Eizenberg

Jeff Eizenberg is the Managing Director for RCM Ag Services and former partner of Attain Capital Management. Jeff has been focused on commodity market risk management for the past 19 years and is the currently leading RCM AG Services Farm Management team across the nation. Jeff is extremely passionate about local-level education and partnerships as a foundation to providing customized marketing plans for every producer. Jeff holds a BA degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, is an avid adventure sports participant, and most of all enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters as a husband, dad, and youth lacrosse coach.

14 Nov 2019

Brady Lawrence

Brady Lawrence is an Agriculture Specialist that focuses on the implementation of RCM Ag Services farm management software and customer relationship management. Brady is a key member of the team supporting our branch offices across the country to streamline both their farm management and operations. Brady became an AP of RCM after earning his Series 3 in 2016 and worked part-time throughout his college years.  He then joined the team full time following graduation in May 2018 where he was initially involved with the research and distribution of his Dad, Jody Lawrence’s newsletter, before expanding his role in December 2018.  Brady graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.B.A in Economics in May of 2018 and holds his Series 3.

14 Nov 2019

Tracy Christie

Tracy has been with RCM since the start, with an understanding of what it takes to keep business flowing no matter the circumstances. Mrs. Christie currently works to keep the office running smoothly as an Administrative Director. Tracy works as a liaison between new customers, their brokers, CTAs, and FCMs. Tracy would describe opening up a new account like a dance, balancing, and choreographing the paperwork from one point to the next.

14 Nov 2019

Jeremey Frost

Jeremey Frost is a 20-year veteran in the risk management space, owner of Fearless Grain Marketing, and is also a Risk Manager with RCM. Since Fearless Grain Marketing “kicked off,” Jeremey has held true to his number one value in his work – ‘Helping the Farmer Be Successful.’ He works closely with direct to end users to capture a higher bid for the farmer. Jeremey put his heart and soul into working for the farmer and is constantly looking for more efficiency, productivity, and success for his customers. Jeremey created the Mock Trading Character Neutrol Nick and Covered Cal, which are utilized by Ed Usset, University of Minnesota.

His main focus is to provide the farmer risk management options through a variety of means while utilizing solid knowledge on grain marketing, negotiation in basis with spread understanding, option hedging along with several methodologies to assist famers in making decisions that make sense. Jeremey is happily married to Sherry for 17 years, with three wonderful children: Sebastian, Dani, and Christian. Jeremey absolutely loves spending time with his family. His values surround his customers being successful. He believes strongly in trust, honesty, integrity, and passion for success.

14 Nov 2019

Victor Gano

Victor is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in Business Administration. He is owner-operator of a large farm in northwest Kansas and understands the issues facing farmers in marketing crops. A commodity trader since 1987 and a broker since 2011, he has experienced both the highs and lows of commodity prices. When not trading commodities or farming he enjoys hiking the mountains surrounding Phoenix, AZ.