Agricultural Commodities Trading, Operations Consultant and Expert Witness

Technical Consultant #2014


Expertise

  • Agricultural commodity trading
  • Agricultural commodity supply chain management
  • Agricultural commodity marine transportation
  • Biofuels operations and trading

Expert Witness Experience

Provided legal services for the following entities:

  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • District Court, Hildalgo County
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • Court of Common Pleas, Hamilton County, Ohio
  • District Court, Bonneville County
  • NGFA Arbitration Case
  • District Court of Lincoln County, Nebraska:
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana:
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Orange

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President, 2005 - Present

  • Providing consulting services for agricultural commodity trading companies, biofuels companies and dry bulk maritime companies.
  • Expert witness services relating to commodity trading, operations, and supply chain management.
  • International seminar speaker on grain and biofuels co-products contracting and purchasing.
  • Consulting services for all phases of ethanol and biodiesel plant construction contracts, sourcing and off-take contracting.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities, LLC, Wilton, CT, Vice President - Export Operations, 1973 - 2005

  • Progressed from trading trainee to Vice President for all North American export grain operations and contract execution, working in various locations.
  • Oversaw all supply chain management and elevator operations in North America.
  • Responsible for all Latin America grain marketing.
  • Processed all dispute resolution.

Vice-President, Export Operations

  • Responsible for all LDC elevator operations.
  • Oversaw all supply chain management for North American commodities.
  • Handled all laker freight trading.
  • Project leader for implementation of computerized trading system.
  • Managed Latin American marketing with sales in excess of $400 million annually.
  • Third-country warehousing operations, with specific projects in Haiti, West Africa, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic.

Director of Logistics and Operations

  • Responsible for all North American logistics for all commodities and all freight and grain contract execution.

Projects

  • CIF Nola Corn and Soybean Merchant: Traded soybean and corn barge positions and traded barge freight positions.
  • North American Oilseeds Merchant: Responsible for all North American oilseeds trading risk positions in excess of $2 billion.

Honors & Publications

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • National Grain and Feed Association - Executive Committee, Board of Directors

(Waterborne Commerce Committee Chairman, Trade Rules Committee, Biofuels Committee)

  • National Waterways Conference, Inc., Board of Directors
  • North American Export Grain Association - Contracts Committee, Arbitrator
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association - Member
  • Canadian Chamber of Maritime Commerce - Board of Directors
  • Inland Waterway User Board
  • Jones Act Reform Coalition - Finance Chairman
  • Faculty - NGFA Trade Rules Seminar
  • Faculty - Northern Crops Institute
  • ASTM International - D02 Petroleum
  • Testimony before both House and Senate Committees on maritime issues

Publications

  • Distiller's Grains: "Building Your Dream House of Trading", Distillers Quarterly
  • NGFA Arbitration Decision

Education

  • M.B.A. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • B.A. Microbiology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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