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Chris Haverkamp - CEO
Native to Northeast Kansas Mr. Haverkamp contributes his initial interest in the financial market to his father. Mr. Haverkamp and his father began hedging agriculture products, which were raised on their family farm, in the 1970's to help secure pricing structure for their operation. With a degree in Grain Science / Management from Kansas State University, Mr. Haverkamp has worked directly with and for several corporations in research, logistics, and origination of commodity products.
Among these are Continental Grain, Kansas Wheat Commission, National Livestock Association, Kice Industries, and Land 'O Lakes. Mr. Haverkamp is a regular guest analyst on both radio and television programs throughout the Midwest and also provides fundamental and technical research for Bloomberg, DTN, Dow Jones, The Wall St. Journal, CNN and CNBC as well as several other local and regional news syndicates. Mr. Haverkamp sat on the board of directors for the NIBA (National Introducing Brokers Association) in Chicago for five years and on the National Futures Association's nominating committee for one year. Mr. Haverkamp began trading in 1987 and founded Paragon in 1996 with the help of his wife, Tracey.
Mr. Haverkamp continues to provide consulting services for individual producers, livestock operations, grain processors, and individual investors as well as holding the title of CEO for Paragon.
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Tracey Haverkamp – CFO
Tracey Haverkamp a native to Northeast Kansas began her career in the commodities market in 1997. Tracey along with her husband, Chris, began Paragon Investments, Inc. with one goal in mind – Provide a professional, efficient brokerage firm, with personal service and integrity. Tracey graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Special Education and taught in Kansas’s public education system for five years before her career at Paragon.
Tracey handles all customer service and compliance issues at Paragon and also maintains the ISO 2000 quality control standards. If you have any questions regarding Paragon’s services, brokers, or online trading systems, Tracey will be happy to assist you.
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Eric’s interest in the commodity and Ag-Risk Industry was first derived during his childhood. Eric was raised on a small family farm in Northeast Kansas where his parents raised cattle and whose father also worked at the local grain elevator. This background provided him the first-hand experience of the daily rewards and risks that the typical agricultural producer faces. Eric earned a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Emporia State University and holds several designations, including the Series 3 (Commodity Brokerage License), Series 6, 63, 7 and 24(stock brokerage licenses). Eric spent 11 years working in the Financial Risk management sector as a part owner of an Insurance and Brokerage Company.
Eric provides advisory services for individual livestock and grain producers, grain merchandising activities and individual investors.