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CowsCompass Hedging is an introducing brokerage firm offering traditional risk management for agricultural producers through commodity hedging, but with a customized, personal approach. Our company is driven by our values and the relationships we have and continue to build with our clients. We clear all our trades through R.J. O'Brien. Our allied company, Compass Ag Solutions, provides expanded consulting, risk management and analysis services.

Our staff has a vested interest in the cattle industry, and a unique perspective to risk management. At Compass Hedging, we believe that:

  • You cannot manage what you cannot measure.
  • Knowing one's position is primary to any risk management plan.
  • A successful risk management strategy must align with the overall goals of each individual company.
  • "Risk management" refers to the actual process of identifying the right amount of risk for each firm in relation to their goals and restraints and is not simply a justification to trade.
  • A hedge plan takes the customer's business model to the market place - not the opposite.
  • Our goal is to get the right information to the right people at the right time to make the right decision.

 


 

Jason Kraft, Owner/Principal and Risk Management Consultant

Jason had the unique privilege of growing up on a fourth generation farm and feedlot operation in northern Colorado. Jason attended Colorado State University where he played football and received a B.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis in Agriculture Economics. Upon graduation, he joined the team of analysts at Cattle‐Fax where he expanded his knowledge of the cattle industry. Soon an opportunity to join the Risk Management team at RJ O'Brien became available and Jason made a transition that eventually evolved into a risk management position for CattleHedging.com and management of the Fort Collins office. Jason transitioned this branch into Compass Hedging in July of 2012 and grew the company to include Compass Ag Solutions in July of 2012 as well. Jason and his wife, Cheri, live on a farm north of Fort Collins, Colo. where they raise their four kids, Kyli, Tyler, Mataya and Clay.


 

Brandon McEndaffer, Branch Office Manager - Sterling and Risk Management Consultant

Brandon grew up on a dryland farm in New Raymer, Colorado and has been involved in farming and cattle his entire life. He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from Colorado State University ‐ one in Agriculture Economics and the second in Business Administration with a concentration in Investment Analysis. He graduated with Honors in 2009. Brandon has also worked in the cattle industry in marketing, customer service and ranch consulting capacities. He has traveled much of the Midwest and understands first‐hand the varying dynamics that impact agriculture operations in the region. Brandon resides in Fort Collins.

 


 

Bryan Vasseur, COO / Business and Risk Management consultant

Bryan is from south-central Oklahoma where he grew up involved in stocker cattle, cow-calf and wheat farming operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University's Neeley School of Business and is a graduate of Texas Christian University's Ranch Management Program.  Bryan began his professional career as a manager in the Ranch Division of National Farms Inc. where he managed a commercial stocker-feeder cattle operation with locations in the Kansas Flinthills and Osage of Oklahoma.  From there, Bryan joined Cattle-Fax as an analyst and worked specifically with Colorado and Western Nebraska feeders as well as ranch operations in the southern portion of the U.S.  This experience provided an opportunity with the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program where he worked as an Instructor and Director of the Institute of Ranch Management for five years.  Bryan returned to production in 2006 as Associate Director of Agribusiness and Livestock Operations for Bass Companies where he managed the stocker-feeder cattle and farming businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  More recently, Bryan served as Chief Operating Officer for Peyton Holdings Corp. where he led a diversified group of companies involved in agribusiness, energy and real estate in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida and California.  Bryan brings extensive experience in agribusiness and energy from various regions and understands the strategies behind them that result in success. He and his wife Heidi live in Fort Collins, Colorado with their two sons Joseph and Wil. 


 

Amy Harris, Comptroller

Amy is a fourth generation Fort Collins native, having grown up on the family farm. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked in the business sector for many years as an accountant, bookkeeper, tax preparer, controller and human resource (HR) manager. Her strong experience in these areas has gained invaluable experience in all areas of business accounting, applicable software, reporting and HR management. An avid horsewoman, she has a passion for family, the outdoors and agriculture, and she is raising her kids Madisen and Malik with involvement in ag through 4-H and other endeavors. Amy is proud to be involved in an industry that feeds the world.

 


 

Tess Self, Office Manager

Tess, a native of California, came to Colorado to attend Colorado State University where she studied Animal Science and Agriculture Business. Tess has been handling data, reports and various office and support functions in the Fort Collins office, where her background with cattle and the industry has been a plus. She is responsible for all "back‐office" functions for Compass Ag Solutions, including new accounts and payments, as well as client support services.

 

 

 


 

Megan Kozey, Customer Service Manager

Megan grew up in a small town down in the southwest corner of Colorado. Growing up on a small ranch she has always had a passion for agriculture. Megan attended Colorado State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Animal Science and Ag Business. She started her professional career with JBS Five Rivers in Feed Department management working at their Yuma then Kuner yards. Her quick progression lead to a position at the JBS Riverina Beef feedyard in Leeton, New South Wales, Australia. During her two year assignment there she served in a management role focusing on improving efficiencies, increasing employee morale and developing strategic relationships. After returning to the US Megan spent time working with seedstock producers, feedyards and cow-calf operations gaining experience and further developing industry connections. Megan currently resides in Windsor.


 

Josh Schuler, Compliance Manager and Director of Managed Futures

Josh, an Indiana native, worked directly in agriculture during high school and college. He earned two degrees from the University of Southern Indiana - an undergrad degree in History and a graduate degree in Business. He parlayed his studies into successful leadership and consulting roles covering several industries, both for-profit and non-for-profit. He became involved in markets almost by accident, hearing about "trading" from a friend. For the past 8+ years Josh has actively participated in markets as an independent trader. He has also educated others to see consistent market success. Josh and his wife, Laura reside in Fort Collins, Colo. where they raise their three kids, Kenan, Elijah, and Eden.

 


 

Britt Pratt, Branch Office Manager - Merino

Britt grew up on a ranch and a feedyard in New Raymer and Merino, Co., and she has been involved with cattle her entire life. She graduated college from Colorado Christian University in 2009 with an Elementary Education Degree. She quickly realized teaching was not the direction she wanted to go. She came back to the family business the same year and managed the office operations for McEndaffer Cattle Co. In May of 2011 Britt went to work for Dan May and LaVaca Cattle Co. in Littleton, Co. and it was there she discovered her love for the markets. Shortly after she became McEndaffer Cattle Co. risk manager. Britt is also familiar with farming, cattle buying, corn buying and distillers grains. She loves to travel to cattle sales all over the country. Britt and her husband Morgan, along with their son, Walker live a mile from their family's Feedyard in Merino, Co.

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