The Chicago-based commodities broker looks both backwards and forwards on its centenary
A century after the company opened for business as a small
butter and egg merchant, RJ O’Brien &
Associates celebrates this year its 100th birthday
as the last surviving founder member of the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange and the world’s largest independent
A family-owned and family-run business, RJO is proud of
qualities one might associate with a by-gone era – a
long-term view, conservative growth plans and a genuine desire
to look after customers and employees.
Yet it would be wrong to think of RJO as an anachronism. The
firm is proud of the strides it has made in technology over
recent decades and is currently in the midst of a
diversification strategy that has seen the firm move into new
regions, markets and asset classes.
The firm is keen to explore new opportunities but Gerry
Corcoran, the Chairman and Chief Executive of RJ
O’Brien Associates, told FOW the firm has and will
continue to do so mindful of its existing strengths.
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