Robert brings over 20 years of experience in commodity market analysis and insight; a demonstrated track record in price forecasting and market opinions; and in particular, expertise in managing fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange and basis (techniques, strategy and tactics around managing soft commodity price risk) and in operation risk (policy, process, reporting, etc).
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (double major in Marketing and Applied Finance), a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business (International Business), Robert has been involved in grains, cotton and oilseeds at Farmarco since 1996, and is currently Managing Director.
While Rob grew up in family broad acre farming and grazing operations, he started his commodity price risk management career in the sugar industry where he was part of a small team that managed sugar pricing, foreign exchange, corporate borrowings and money market operations within the National Pool.
Rob is also a Director of ‘Cotton Compass’, an analytical publication focused on Australia and S.E. Asia, past president of Queensland Agricultural Merchants Inc. and a Director of Grain Trade Australia.
Recent speaking engagements have included:
David brings over 30 years of experience, having been involved in the milling industry since 1979, and the grain industry since 1988. He is highly experienced, not only in the marketing of grains, but also in milling and technical quality. David also has experience in organic grains in Australia.
David has held a range of industry positions, and has a range of experience along the east coast of Australia and New Zealand. David joined Farmarco in May 2005 and, as a Client Service Manager, is responsible for the broking of grains, oilseeds and pulses in southern New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. David is a licensed derivatives advisor and broker.
Ken is responsible for the cash broking of commodities for Farmarco in Northern New South Wales and Queensland. He brings to Farmarco close to 30 years of experience, as both a hedger and cash broker. This has included working with producers, traders and end users for commodities such as wheat, barley, sorghum, cottonseed, corn, sunflowers and cotton.
Ken has gained valuable market knowledge and experience over these years which he brings to Farmarco as a cash commodity broker. Due to his many years of experience, Ken has long-established relationships in trading and also maintains a strong technical knowledge relating to contractual issues. Ken is a licensed derivatives advisor and broker.
Sara is a Company Representative and draws on over 10 years of experience, having been with Farmarco since 2001. As well as her compliance roles, Sara is responsible for all of the company’s accounting procedures. She has previous experience in the insurance and superannuation industry.
Sara is currently the Administration Officer and Compliance Officer at Farmarco and plays an important support role to the business.
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