Charles D. McVean is Chairman and CEO of McVean Trading & Investments, LLC of Memphis, TN.
McVean graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University. He began his trading career in the grain industry, first with Cook Industries of Memphis, TN, and then with the Louis Dreyfus Corporation of New York City, both major international grain-trading firms.
Returning to Memphis in 1974, McVean joined REFCO Inc., one of the largest commodity brokerage/research firms in the world, and focused his attention on cattle trading. He went on to become one of three principals of the firm. In 1986, McVean Trading and Investments, LLC began business in Memphis, Tennessee with McVean as Chairman and CEO. The company conducts extensive research in livestock and meats, grains and oilseeds, and global macroeconomics. McVean Trading manages investments for clients worldwide, and maintains foreign consultants in Beijing, China; Osaka, Japan; and Geneva, Switzerland.
As a successful commodity futures broker and trader, Charles McVean has focused more than 30 years of experience in the meat, grain, and financial markets towards establishing a distinctive organization. Today, McVean Trading is best known as one of the more prominent traders of cattle futures in the United States.
McVean’s commitment to education remains a cornerstone of his civic outreach. For over thirty years, he has sponsored the McVean Guest Lecture Series in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Peer Power Foundation, whose revolutionary system for improving public education is now operating in ten regional schools. He was instrumental in the creation of the McVean Learning Center at Christ Methodist Day School in Memphis, in honor of his mother, who was the school’s Founding Director and Headmistress from 1958 to 1974. McVean was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Memphis City Council in 2007 for his work with inner city schools and he is a member of Memphis City Schools’ Hall of Fame.
Charles McVean and his wife, Kay, have four children - Katherine, Courtney, Dow, and Gwen - and eleven grandchildren, all of whom reside in Memphis.