Jonathan Markowitz

Advisory Board

Jonathan Markowitz has been active in commodity and equity trading for over 30 years. He started his career as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, trading U.S. Treasury Bonds. Markowitz has also traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he served on the Financial Options, Foreign Currency, Market Data and Membership Committees and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Some highlights of Markowitz’s trading career were trading U.S. Bonds during the stagflation years 1982-1984 and trading S&P 500s during the stock market crashes of 1987 and 1989. After trading independently for two years, Mr. Markowitz joined SMW Trading Co. Inc., a proprietary trading firm and Futures Commission Merchant. As a partner and member of the senior management team Markowitz worked on systematic risk and strategic initiatives which have included developing programs to control risk at the company and at the trader level and investment rules that balanced opportunity, potential losses (volatility controls) and cash flow. As a member of the strategic planning committee, Markowitz tackled market development, company expansion, and trader compensation structures.

Markowitz was also in charge of developing new trading arenas, including products listed on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and trained many traders in the art of commodity options trading. In 2010, after 32 years of trading and being an integral part of the U.S. commodity markets, the principals of SMW retired. Mr. Markowitz joined Kottke Associates, as a partner, where he was the portfolio manager for the firm’s mutual fund and helped develop new arbitrage opportunities in corn and cattle. Markowitz retired from Kottke in 2013 and is an entrepreneur, trader, manager of agricultural properties, and a consultant to privately held companies where he helps them balance growth, risk, and general management skills. In 1995, Jonathan became a member of Vistage International, an organization dedicated to improving the lives and skills of CEOs. His Vistage experience has helped him balance leadership, commodity trading, and risk, which has been known to have a dysfunctional relationship. On September 11, 2001, Jonathan was in the north tower of the World Trade Center on the 85th floor and showed great leadership and courage as he led his friends and colleagues from SMW’s New York branch safely out of the building.

Education: Tulane University Law School – Cum Laude; Washington University – B.A.

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