Eric Leese

President of Leese Group

Eric Leese brings decades of trading and business development to the group as his role as President of the Leese Trading Group.Eric started his career in 1987 at Drexel Burnham Lambert in Chicago.After spending time mastering both the back office and trading floor procedures, Eric moved into a broker role at E.D.& F. Man in 1992 and became a Full Member of the CBOT specializing in Agricultural Commodities .Over the years the Leese Group was formed and has spent over 19 years providing Clearing, Execution, Research and dedicated customer service to hundreds of clients.In 2011 the group moved the business to Rosenthal Collins Group and are happy to call this their home.

Series 3 and 30 licenses

Jim Sullivan

Executive Vice-President of Leese Group

Jim Sullivan started his career at the Kansas City Board of Trade in 1980. By 1985 he was a full member of the exchange through 2011. Jim not only developed business as a broker specializing in the Fundamentals of the Agricultural markets, he also served in various capacities in the leadership of the KCBT as well. Jim moved to Chicago in 2012 in his new capacity as Executive Vice President of the Leese Trading Group, a division of Rosenthal Collins where he continues his role as a lead broker and Head of the Research Department.

Series 3 license

Peter Blodgett

Executive Vice-President of Leese Group

Peter Blodgett started his commodities career in Chicago over 30 years ago. His many responsibilities have included sales & trading as well as developing customized risk management strategies for an long list of institutional clients.Peter joined Man Financial in 2005 as Executive Vice President of the Agricultural/OTC Derivatives group.The Ag/OTC group worked very closely with the Leese Groups back office and floor execution team. This long association with the Leese Trading Group is why Pete officially joined the team in 2013. It was a seamless fit!

Series 3 license

Ken Ashley

Vice-President Marketing & Education of Leese Trading Group

Ken caught the commodity bug early, spending his teens as running on the floor of the now silent Board of Trade.He retuned each summer as he completed his degree at Illinois State University in Bloomington IL.Eager to begin he carrier upon graduation so begin the climb from runner, to phone clerk then moving “upstairs” to begin a love affair with the newly traded Natural Gas contracts.Ken build a book of institutional clients that at its peak generated six million dollars annually.Ken has always felt that hedge education is lacking in our industry and he strives to bring clarity to a seemingly chaotic world.Ken friendship with Eric dates back almost 20 years and when offered a position with his old friend was eager to join.

Series 3 license

Matt McCarron

Systems Integration Manager

Matthew McCarron is a Vice President, overseeing the trading desk. Before joining the Leese Group in 2018, Matthew was an independent trader at the CME, and at Aon Risk Services, where he was on the global excess casualty team. He holds a BA from New York University.

Series 3 license

Stacy Haber

Trading Desk Manager

Stacy was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Rushville, a small town located in West Central Illinois. His career started with Cargill Investor Services in the back office. He moved to the execution desk and worked closely with trading floor personnel, retail and institutional clients. He has been involved in the Futures Industry for more than 19 years working at several trading desks. Stacy began his career with Leese Trading Group in 2019

Series 3 license