Robert J. O’Brien Jr. – Chief Executive Officer
Robert J. O’Brien, Jr., the Advisor’s Chairman and CEO, has been registered as an associated person with the Advisor since May 8, 2002. Mr. O’Brien is one of the Advisor’s trading principals, heads the executive management committee, and is also primarily responsible for all trading-related decisions made by the Advisor with respect to the Long / Short Agricultural Program, including the development of all trading models, money management, and portfolio selection. From May 2000 to July, 2007, Mr. O’Brien was an associated person and President of R.J. O’Brien Associates, Inc. (“RJO Inc”), a registered futures commission merchant (“FCM”), with which he had been associated since 1970. Mr. O’Brien holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Thomas W. Senft – President & Chief Operating Officer
Thomas W. Senft is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the executive management committee. Mr. Senft is responsible for the CTA’s operations and risk management. In 1980 Mr. Senft was hired by the Chicago Board of Trade and worked in its Office of Investigations and Audits. In 1981, Mr. Senft was hired to open and run Goodman-Manaster Co.’s Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) operations. In 1985 Rudolf Wolff & Co. hired Mr. Senft as an Executive Vice President to build its Chicago futures operations. In 1987, Mr. Senft opened a new futures commission merchant, Spike Trading LLC, for which he was a Principal and served as President. During his time at Spike, Mr. Senft traded on the floors of the CME and the CBOT. In 1998 Mr. Senft left Spike Trading purchased a membership on the CME and traded for his personal account. In 2002, Mr. Senft and Christopher McNulty opened Trinity Capital Markets LLC, a proprietary trading company where Mr. Senft served as a member of the LLC and Co-CEO. In 2006, Mr. Senft became sole owner of Trinity. Since Trinity, Mr. Senft has continued to trade and work as a consultant, until he began his employment at County Cork in August, 2011. Mr. Senft received a BS in Finance from Indiana University in 1980.
Mark de Souza – Portfolio Manager
Mark de Souza is the Portfolio Manager for the Fusion Equities Program. Prior to joining the company in June, 2012, Mr. de Souza was a partner at BdS Quant, LLC, a firm specializing in designing automated trading systems and multi-black box execution. In 1985, Mr. de Souza became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade specializing in institutional order execution in the interest rate quadrant. Moving to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a member in 1992 when the yield curve shifted, he continued to specialize in institutional execution as a Partner in International Futures and Options Associates, a firm with over 150 employees on three exchanges. In 2005, Mr. de Souza worked in the U.A.E. establishing capital relationships for a number of U.S. based fund managers. Mr. de Souza has been a partner in a CME based FCM and a FINRA registered broker dealer. Currently a member of the CME, Mr. de Souza has held Licenses in Series 3, 7, 24, 62, 63, and 65.
Tom Beall – Portfolio Manager
Mr. Beall has over 40 years experience in the cattle industry that includes market analysis, risk management, procurement, marketing and feedlot business management. Tommy started his career in 1970 and served 22 years as the Director of Market Research for Cattle-Fax, a private cattle market information, data collection, market research and analysis company. Tommy joined ContiBeef, the cattle feeding business owned by Conti Group Companies (formerly Continental Grain Company) in 1992 as the corporate Marketing Manager, responsible for company cattle ownership and risk management. ContiBeef grew from six feedlots with 325,000 head of capacity in 1992 to over 450,000 head in 2005. In May 2005, ContiBeef merged their cattle feeding business with four feedlots owned by Smithfield Foods to become Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding with 10 feedlots and a combined capacity of over 800,000 head of cattle. Tommy served as the Director of Economic Analysis and Trade Execution for Five Rivers prior to starting his private consulting business in 2006.
Beall Consulting Group, Inc was formed in March 2006 to provide professional price and cost risk management services, market analysis, commodity trade execution and business consulting to select corporate cattle industry, packing and retail clients. Prior to moving to Colorado, Tommy was raised in New Mexico where he attained a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University. Tommy is a current holder of Series 3 and Series 30 registration.
Kevin Bost – Portfolio Manager
Mr. Bost has over 30 years experience in the cattle and hog business that includes market analysis/forecasting, risk management, and procurement. Kevin started his career in 1981 as a commodities and securities broker with Thompson McKinnon Securities, then worked for a private hog finishing contractor from 1982 – 1987 and for BBS Commodities from 1984 – 1987. In 1987 he became an Economist for the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington D.C., responsible for all pork market analysis, supply, demand, and price forecasting. From 1990 – 2002 Kevin was Director of Procurement Strategy, Topco Associates, in Skokie, Illinois. Here he was responsible for all red meat and poultry forward pricing and risk management activities for roughly 50 supermarket chains and distributors. From 2002 – 2005 he was Director of Supply Chain Management, Wendy’s International, Dublin, Ohio. Here he was responsible for beef, pork, produce, and French fry programs for the entire chain of roughly 6,500 restaurants. In 2005, Kevin founded and is the sole proprietor of Procurement Strategies Inc, a private consultant providing forecasting and risk management services to selected restaurant companies, meat processors, and supermarket chains. Kevin is professionally associated with Tommy Beall, Branislav Cobanov, and Briana Tarullo. Kevin holds the Series 3 registration.
Ronald L. Anderson – Portfolio Manager
Mr. Anderson was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Continental Grain Company’s World Oilseed Processing Division until its sale in October 1993. He has been involved directly in the development, operation and eventual disposal/sale of oilseed crushing plants in the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Australia, and Argentina. Over the last 40 years, he has managed processing plants in the U.S., South America, Italy, the U.K., and Australia both at the plant level and as Division Manager. Earlier during this period, he worked 7 years in corporate planning positions, doing feasibility studies related to building or acquiring oilseed crushing plants in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Italy, England, Germany, China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Canada and United States. He managed the World Protein Trading Desk in Geneva during the mid 1980’s and the ContiStaley Export Company from 1987-89, a joint venture export company that marketed corn gluten feed and soybean meal throughout Europe and Latin America. Since 1994 he has been consulting for several international grain and processing companies in the U.S., South America, Mexico, Australia and Europe. He was consultant for the SDSP soybean crushing plant in Volga, SD, for the MBP Biodiesel plant in Alexandria, S.D which is now running and for the KSA 3000 mt soybean crushing complex in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, now operating. In addition, he has set up and managed commodity funds specializing in CBOT commodities. Specifically, he managed the Kottke Grain Managers Crush trading program from 1994 through 2004 with 100 million dollars under management.
William C. Bauman – Portfolio Manager
Mr. Bauman is a 30+ year a veteran of the futures industry who has been a (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) member/floor broker/floor trader continuously since the mid seventies. A native of Mt. Vernon, IA Mr. Bauman moved to Chicago after studying business at Western Illinois University and at the University of Iowa. He began his futures career as a desk clerk for Dean Witter at the CME in 1974 were Mr. Bauman began learning the fundamentals of trading and brokerage execution. In 1974 William joined Refco as part of its CME livestock desk and became a Refco livestock analyst. Shortly after this time Mr. Bauman became a member of the International Monetary Market (IMM) and began trading currencies and gold while keeping most of his previous responsibilities with Refco. In 1978 Mr. Bauman joined Conti Commodities as a Livestock analyst and remained a member at the CME. In 1987 William joined CSA as a CME full member specializing in the meat complex working as a market analyst and a floor broker in the live cattle pit. Mr. Bauman left CSA (then Gerald) to join RJ O’Brien in 1994 in where he handles customer business and floor execution for his customers and the company until present.
Jerry Nolan – Business Development
Jerry was a previous member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He was a Vice-President in the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Stanley where he consulted with and executed trades for Primary Dealers, International Banks, and Hedge Funds, specializing in Technical Analysis, Option Valuation and Designing Hedge Strategies.
Mr. Nolan has a BS in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University, Chicago.
Jerry holds Series 7 and Series 3 licenses.