Mike Wharton, President of McVean Trading & Investments, LLC, was personally recruited by Charles McVean in 1982 to augment the livestock research efforts at REFCO, Inc. He has been with McVean Trading & Investments, LLC since its inception and over the last ten years has become one of the leading authorities on the livestock and grain markets. He is also the Managing Member of Wharton Asset Management, LLC, a commodity-trading advisor registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”). Originally from Nebraska, Mike literally grew up in the cattle business. His late father retired as a vice president of Spencer Beef Packers and was a forty-year veteran in the beef industry. Mike has excelled both as a trader and as an analyst. His detailed supply/demand analyses by region of the highly segmented livestock industry, as well as his in-depth knowledge of and contacts in the international grain/oilseed markets, are essential components of McVean Trading & Investments, LLC's success.