CIH Continues Expansion With Three New Additions

CHICAGO, Aug. 9, 2019 – Chicago based Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC (“CIH”), a leader in risk management in the commodity markets, continues its growth by adding Greg Brandhorst, Dustin Baker, and Caitlyn Grudzinski. All three will leverage extensive experience to continue enhancing CIH’s risk management service across all critical areas of the company: client service & software development, business development, and education & research.

Greg Brandhorst will be responsible for introducing CIH’s industry leading risk management service to beef producers, dairies, and other agribusiness in his new role as Business Development Manager. Brandhorst was most recently a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager responsible for sourcing loans for agricultural entities in the Pacific Northwest at Rabo AgriFinance.  Brandhorst spent nearly 30 years as a cattle buyer for Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. and legacy IBP Inc before his time at Rabo AgriFinance. His extensive experience and knowledge of the industry is a significant addition to our business development team.

Dustin Baker joins CIH’s education and research department to continue to expand CIH’s education programing and contribute to research topics relevant to all facets of CIH’s customer base. Baker previously worked for the National Pork Producers Council where he served as the Director of Economic and Domestic Production.  Baker was a critical liaison between policy makers and producers analyzing, reaching, and monitoring hog and pork production and related industries to make recommendations.  His ability to synthesize complex data and topics and present objective recommendations makes Baker an ideal fit with the CIH team.

CIH welcomes Caitlyn Grudzinski as a Client Service and Product Manager at CIH. She recently obtained an MBA with a concentration in analytic finance and strategic management from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Grudzinski worked as a Market Risk Associate at Goldman Sachs prior to pursuing her MBA, where she developed programs and tools to quantify and stress risk across multiple asset classes and instruments for the bank. Her ability to understand risk, develop solutions to quantify risk in various market environments and communicate the results to multiple stakeholders will create an environment for team success at her new role.

CIH CFO Patrick Gregory said: “We continue to grow by adding incredible talent to our already outstanding staff.  As the company continues to enhance the existing products and services and push into new markets, we’ve been able to add industry leaders as well as rising stars to ensure we maintain our growth and innovation.  Greg, Dustin, and Caitlyn share CIH’s core value to deliver an industry leading service based on education, objective decision making, and technology.”

About CIH

CIH is a technology-based risk management firm that provides education and customized price risk management services to businesses affected by volatility in the agriculture commodities markets. We help our clients make better decisions and confidently implement superior, long-term margin management strategies that allow them to sustain and grow their businesses.

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