Bobby Pelz Jr
Bobby, co-founder of McDonald Pelz (1983), has enjoyed a career brokering soybeans, corn and wheat. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board and the head of the soybean team. Bobby graduated from Hamilton College (BA) and did graduate work in Mandarin Language at Cornell University. He has been instrumental in expanding McDonald Pelz from two offices (Boulder and Kansas City) to the global presence the firm enjoys today. He has three grown sons and has been married for over 38 years.
Mick, co-founder of McDonald Pelz (1983), is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (1977). He started his career in the grain business with Bunge Corp. Mick then went on to work for A.C.L.I Soya, and then Farmers Export Company. In 1980, he moved to New York to work for David S. Van Vort Inc. as the head export soybean broker. Together with his partner, Mick has driven the expansion of McDonald Pelz from a two person company to the global force it is today. Mick has been married to his wife Kayla for 45 years, has 6 children and 6 grandchildren.
Jon, the C.E.O of Mcdonald Pelz, joined the firm in 1999. Jon received his degree (BS) from Kansas State in 1983, and went on to earn his M.B.A from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1989. Jon began his career in Agribusiness with Bartlett Grain in Kansas City (1986) and went on to work with Garnac Grain/Andre and Co. in both Kansas City and Lausanne, Switzerland (1988-95). Jon returned to Kansas City in 1997 where he worked for Farmland Industries until he left for McDonald Pelz. Jon is married (35 years ) and has two sons.
After growing up around the grain trading industry, Ian attended the University of Oregon to study history and business. He began his career in 2012 with Rand Financial services as a clerk on the Chicago Board of Trade floor, where he was promoted to broker and became a full member. From 2016-2018, Ian traded futures and options proprietarily full time registered as a Commodity Trading Advisor. In 2018, Ian joined the McDonald Pelz Derivatives team as Strategist, where he conducts brokerage & oversees research/information flow. Ian holds a Series 3 FINRA license. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing poker.
Stuart has over 30 years of experience in Agribusiness, previously holding positions as a trader and then as part of senior management with firms in Australia, the US and Switzerland. Since 2010, Stuart has been brokering Australian commodities in the domestic and container (CFR) markets with McDonald Pelz.
Fabricio has been with McDonald Pelz Brazil for 9 years. He handles activities in the wheat, meal, corn and soybean markets. Fabricio is graduate of York Country Day in Pennsylvania and has a degree in International Business at Paulista University in Sao Paulo. He was a Broker at America Corretora for 4 years and CEO at a Tatica4 Midia Agency for 6 years before joining McDonald Pelz Brazil.
Ricardo graduated with a degree in Business Administration and then went on to earn his MBA in the field of Finance, Ricardo has worked for 15 years as a trader/principal in the physical commodities industry, with activities mainly in the Sugar and Ethanol markets. He also worked for a Brazilian commodities hedge fund, with his focus centered on the grains and soft commodities. Ricardo joined McDonald Pelz team in 2018 as General Manager of the firm’s Brazilian offices.
Vlad is a Boulder native and University of Colorado graduate who has been with McDonald Pelz since August 2011. Shortly after joining the team, he moved to Sao Paulo and spent 5 years developing the Brazilian container market and eventually took over the Brazilian FOB Corn sector. He moved back to Boulder in 2016 and continues to work the Brazilian FOB Corn and US container business into Asia.
Alyssa has over 26 years of experience trading oilseeds, grains, vegetable oil, pulses and feedstuffs within the complicated and dynamic Chinese marketplace. She has experience handling import flows, exports from China and domestic trade within China. Alyssa spearheaded the firm’s efforts to establish a Chinese Mainland presence and today she operates of the company’s joint venture within China.
Paul joined McDonald Pelz in 2003 after a 25 year career in various commodities trading roles with ConAgra. Paul, located in the Minneapolis office, brokers Distillers Dried Grains (DDGS) with colleague Steve Johns. Paul graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in Economics in 1981.
Steve grew up in Canada and is now a dual citizen, residing in Minnesota for the past 20 years. He is a Minnesota State University graduate who joined McDonald and Pelz in January 2010. Steve has spent the last 10 years brokering Distillers Dried Grains (DDGS), primarily into the export channels.
Sergio graduated with a Business Administration degree in Sao Paulo, He started his activities in the commodities market in 1992 as a broker in the Brazilian export and domestic soybeans and corn markets. Sergio joined the firm in February 2010, as head of the domestic market for soybeans and corn.
Rich-E joined McDonald Pelz in 2021 as Director of Innovation and received a B.A. from Creighton University. She has over 10+ years of experience in the commodities trading industry. Extensive professional background working at multinational commodity groups and food companies as Gavilon Group, JBS and Leprino Foods. Rich-E is fluent in 3 languages (Spanish, English, Italian) and proficient in 2 others (French and Portuguese).