Eric Meyer

President - HighGround Dairy

Eric Meyer

President - HighGround Dairy

HighGround Dairy President, Eric Meyer, is a seasoned dairy risk management and procurement professional with more than 17 years of experience including tenure at Downes-O’Neill LLC, Sara Lee Corporation, FCStone & Winona Foods.

Eric’s extensive hedging and procurement experience for both small boutique firms and large multi-national corporations gives him a unique insight into the dairy market.  He has a long tenure of creating insightful educational programs and content, heading the creation of eDairy, the industry’s first online source for dairy market news and the Downes-O’Neill Outlook Conference, an annual event that still exists today.

Mike Burke

CEO - HighGround Trading LLC

Mike Burke

CEO - HighGround Trading LLC

Michael T. Burke is CEO of HighGround Trading LLC and one of its founding partners. He has been involved in senior management positions within the futures industry for over 30 years. Prior to forming HighGround Trading, he served as the Executive Vice President of the Introducing Broker Division of MF Global, Inc, COO and SVP of the Introducing Brokers Division at R.J. O’Brien and as the General Manager of Iowa Grain Company.

He is a 1985 graduate of St Mary’s University in Winona, MN and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mike has served five terms on the National Introducing Broker Association (“NIBA”) Board of Directors. He is currently the Vice President of the NIBA and formerly held the position of Secretary. He is a past member of the CBOT and CME FCM Committees, the BOTCC Clearing Corporation Operations Task Force, and also served on the NFA/FIA Best Practices Committee.

Rick Gallwas

President - HighGround Trading LLC

Rick Gallwas

President - HighGround Trading LLC

Rick Gallwas is the President of HighGround Trading LLC and one of the founding partners. He brings 25 years of experience in building innovative products to meet the needs of investors through online platforms, value added broker assisted and managed futures products. Prior to forming HighGround, he was the President of RJO Futures and an owner and COO of Zap Futures which was sold to R.J. O’Brien. He was also a Full Member of the CBOT, operating as a filling broker in the grain complex.

Chris Hess

Director of Trading Operations

Chris Hess

Director of Trading Operations

Chris Hess serves as an Account & Trade Desk Manager for HighGround Dairy. Raised on a farm in Michigan, Chris brings years of cash side experience to the business. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Saginaw Valley State University and is also a member at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange handling HighGround’s dairy spot and futures order flow on the trading floor.

Alyssa Badger

Director of Global Operations

Alyssa Badger

Director of Global Operations

Alyssa started her career at the Board of Trade managing a firm that had a primary focus in grains. The nucleus of her position centered around order entry and research development; from there, Alyssa’s enthusiasm for commodities continued to grow and expand. This enthusiasm led her to move to West Texas and assist in hedging for the largest originator of U.S. cotton to textile mills worldwide. Alyssa has now settled back in Chicago as the Director of Operations and Manages HighGround’s Market Intelligence. Alyssa’s background with risk management as well as working closely with New Zealand dairy company’s provide HighGround a unique perspective that adds value to our customers.

Austin Benthem

Vice President

Austin Benthem

Vice President

Austin brings a wealth of dairy industry experience to HighGround, originating in Michigan growing up and working on his family’s 2,500 cow dairy farm. During his professional career, Austin has built a solid reputation through his tenure at California Dairies Incorporated, Michigan Milk Producers Association and most recently, Hoogwegt US.

Austin obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Chemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has also earned a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Curtis Bosma

Senior Risk Management Advisor

Curtis Bosma

Senior Risk Management Advisor

Curtis was raised on his family’s dairy farm in Tipton, California. In 2007, his family started another dairy farm in Northwest Illinois. Having these two farms in his family has helped Curtis develop an understanding of the economic differences between California and the Midwest for dairy inputs, outputs, and the milk marketing orders. Prior to joining HighGround, Curtis interned at a dairy brokerage firm where he assisted traders on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He graduated from Calvin College earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics.

Lucas Fuess

Director of Dairy Market Intelligence

Lucas Fuess

Director of Dairy Market Intelligence

Lucas has spent his entire life in the dairy industry, beginning with growing up on a 200 cow dairy farm in upstate New York and, most recently, joins HighGround Dairy after 6 ½ years at Glanbia Nutritionals

In this newly created position, Lucas will be responsible for leading HighGround’s market intelligence and analysis division, ensuring that the team delivers maximum value to their global customer base. Lucas will be a primary contributor to HighGround Dairy’s published content and will provide the team with a fresh perspective on the markets.

Lucas graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Agriculture Education, and International Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; he has also earned a Master of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Florence Lau

Dairy Market Analyst

Becca Kelm

Relationship Specialist

Becca Kelm

Relationship Specialist

As our Relationship Specialist at HighGround Dairy, Becca was brought on to help the team maintain and develop strong, trusted relationships with our valued customers. Becca’s passion for learning and taking on new challenges, with a desire to serve clients in the best way possible, has been a needed asset for the HighGround team as maintaining customer satisfaction within all facets of our business is the nucleus of our success model. Alongside providing outstanding, dedicated client care, Becca is also responsible for aiding the sales team with developing and executing strategies for future success.

Christian Moreno

Trade Desk Manager