Advisory Board

Klemme, Diane - headshotDiana Klemme

Diana is Vice President and Director of the Grain Division of Grain Service Corporation, a risk management and consulting services firm based in Atlanta, GA. Diana leads an experienced staff that develops merchandising and risk-management programs for GSC's nationwide agricultural clients. She also oversees the firm's nationally-known agricultural workshops on hedging, merchandising, producer strategies, and general risk management, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

A native of Indianapolis Indiana, Diana has extensive experience in agricultural merchandising. She worked in the cash grain industry through the 70's and 80’s, including with Continental Grain Company, Central States Grain, and Demeter Inc. She has been with Grain Service since 1986.

Diana is a well-known author of articles on agricultural risk management, and is a leading and long-time advocate of issues affecting the grain industry.

Diana.RydbeckDiana Rydbeck

Diana Rydbeck joined Typhon Capital Management in July 2009 and is jointly responsible for operations, investor relations, and business development. Diana is a graduate of the University of Florida and prior to joining Typhon, has worked with several startups and a CPA firm.

Diana is a member of the Commodity Customer Coalition Operations Team.



Malec, Jeff - headshotJeff Malec

A veteran of the futures industry since 1997, Mr. Malec holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA) designation, and has authored hundreds of white papers covering managed futures. He co-founded brokerage firm Attain Capital Management in 2002, and is the chief investment officer for affiliate Attain Portfolio Advisors, a registered Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor. Outside of Attain, Mr. Malec is active in the industry, sitting on the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association and Commodity Customer Coalition.

Kevin J.P. O'Hara

Kevin J.P. O’Hara is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School, Chairman of the Kevin J. P. O'Hara Family (Charitable) Foundation, and a private equity and real estate investor.  He currently sits on the board of directors of ITG (NYSE listed: ITG), Fippex Operations LLC, and Pivot Point Consulting; and is a member of the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc.

Mr. O’Hara was CEO of Trading/Exchanges Division of Gulf Finance House (Bahrain/UAE) in 2008-2009.  He served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) Holdings, Inc. in 2006-07.  (CBOT was acquired by CME in 2007.)   He served as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Archipelago Holdings, Inc., where he was employee no. 11, from 1999 to 2006 and served as Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel of NYSE Group, Inc. in 2006.  (Archipelago was acquired by NYSE in 2006.)

Prior to joining Archipelago, Mr. O’Hara worked in Romania and Lithuania from 1995 to 1999 on capital market infrastructure development for private consulting firms Financial Markets International and Pragma Corporation.  From 1991 to 1995, Mr. O’Hara worked as a civil prosecutor in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as Special Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.  From 1988 to 1991, he practiced law at the Chicago firm of (McGuire Woods) Ross & Hardies.

Mr. O’Hara has sat on several charitable boards of trustees.  Mr. O'Hara earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Osmanski, Susan - headshotSusan Osmanski

Susan Osmanski has been actively involved in the commodity futures industry for the last 25 years. She began her career working in fund management and was responsible for the administration of 18 affiliated public and private commodity funds. In 1993 Mrs. Osmanski used her extensive fund experience to enter private consulting for CFTC and NFA member firms. After several years of assisting CTAs and CPOs, she expanded her services to include supporting IBs and FCMs with their regulatory needs. During the early 2000s Susan was asked to set up the futures department for a leading trust company. Osmanski’s work in this area helped set many precedents and facilitated the broad participation of retirement asset investment within the commodity futures space.

Mrs. Osmanski was an originating member of the Commodity Customer Coalition (CCC) and was instrumental in the organizations successful crusade to recover every day commodity customer’s money following MF Global’s collapse. Susan has also worked with exchanges and regulatory bodies in developing materials and reporting systems, some of which are still in use today. Throughout her career she has authored a number of articles for industry publications, participated in numerous conferences as a speaker, and has been asked to be a panel participant on a variety of occasions.

Andrew Strasman

Since 1990, Andrew has been a commodities customer, broker, proprietary trader, and most recently, a Commodities Trading Advisor (CTA). He has been either directly or indirectly affected from firm issues at Stotler, Refco, Sentinel and MF Global, so cares very deeply about the CCC's stated mission. He is pleased to offer whatever assistance he can in reaching these goals.

Andrew studied Finance at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver and has passed the Canadian Securities Course, the Canadian Futures Exam as well as the FINRA Series 3, 7 and 63 exams.

Currently, Andrew is an Independent Trader and also co-founded "Traders Fulcrum", a Chicago-based networking group of Traders, Fund Managers and other Industry professionals with over 900 members.

Tenenbaum, J. Samuel - headshotJ. Samuel Tenenbaum

Sam Tenenbaum is an expert in the field of litigation and has practiced in courts throughout the United States as well as in foreign jurisdictions. He is of counsel to the Chicago firm of Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. He is also a Commissioner on the National Commission on Uniform State Laws. He was a visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University School of Law in the Spring of 2005 and a visiting Professor at Hebrew University (Jerusalem) School of Law in the Spring 2011.


Needham, John - headshotJohn Needham

As president of Needham Consulting, Ltd., and a Chicago-based consultant in exchange-traded and OTC derivatives, John P. Needham specializes in post-clearing processing for exchange-traded and OTC derivatives contracts. He has worked with many of the major vendors of post-trade processing systems, along with large and small FCMs, broker dealers, clearinghouses and SDRs. He has expertise in listed futures contracts, cleared credit swaps and interest rate swaps, and us currently deploying applications that support portfolio margining of cleared swaps with regulated futures, across multiple vendor systems as well as in-house systems. Needham lives in Aurora, IL with his wife and two sons.



IMG_MNMarc Nagel

Marc Nagel is General Counsel for Dorman Trading LLC, a clearing FCM. For the past 10 years he has been the Chief Operating officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Dorman.  Prior to joining Dorman in 2004, Mr. Nagel, a licensed attorney and CPA, traded futures and options on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) floor and arbitraged interest rates electronically at the CBOT. At various times, he has served as a member of the COM Committee, chair of the IDEM Committee, chair of the Feds Funds Pit Committee, and member of the Floor Conduct Committee at the CBOT. At Dorman, Mr. Nagel has been responsible for all compliance matters in addition to operational issues and exchange relationships. He has also been responsible for developing new market initiatives for Dorman.  He is on the Futures Commission Merchant Advisory Committee of the National Futures Association and the Nominating Committee of National Futures Association. In addition Mr. Nagel serves on the advisory boards of the Commodity Customer Coalition and the CTA Expo.

Mr. Nagel has served on the Futures and Derivatives Conference Advisory Board of the IIT- Chicago Kent College of Law for the past 4 years and been a speaker at the Conference the past three years.

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