Our Team

How We Work With You

Ceres is led by professionals with a depth of experience across commodity, energy and logistics industries and an understanding of what is important to our customers – Collaboration, Precision, Value. From our storage and port facilities to our trading desks and everything in between, we build long-term partnerships across all product segments: agriculture, energy & industrial products, and logistics. We actively partner with our customers and strategic partners to focus on adding value add and delivering the right solutions.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Henry Ford

Board of Directors

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Robert Day

President & CEO, Board Member

Robert Day joined Ceres in February of 2015 as Vice President of Trading and Risk Management and was promoted to interim and then full-time President & CEO in June and November of 2016, respectively. Prior to that he worked for Cargill, Inc. from 1993 – 2012 and then ED&F Man from 2012 – 2015. While at ED&F Man Mr. Day held the position of Managing Director Asia, based in Singapore and also supported the build-out of their capital markets business in North LATAM. While at Cargill Mr. Day held the positions of Commercial Director Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain, Greater China & Korea 2009 – 2012 (Shenzhen & Shanghai); Managing Director & Commercial Director, Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain Mexico 2004 – 2008 (Mexico City), Project Team Leader & Analyst, Cargill Strategy & Business Development 2000 – 2004 (Minneapolis, MN), and a variety of merchandizing and trading roles in the U.S. and Mexico from 1993 – 1999. Mr. Day has an MBA from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.

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Harvey Joel

Board Member

Mr. Joel has over 30 years of experience in a range of corporate leadership roles and is currently the Principal of an Infrastructure and Supply Chain Advisory that offers a variety of services to assist clients to build, implement and optimize supply chain, logistics and transportation solutions. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Joel was Vice President, Logistics for Canadian National Railway. In that role, he led and was accountable for a diverse group of transportation and supply chain services designed to interface with rail and deliver complete supply chain solutions. This group of businesses included warehousing, transloads, bulk commodity distribution terminals, auto handling distribution and accessorization facilities, marine terminals, ships, custom brokerage, freight forwarding and truck brokerage. Prior to joining CN, Mr. Joel held a number of Senior Management positions at Norbord Industries including strategic planning, business development, operations improvement, sales, marketing and logistics. Mr. Joel has a MBA and a HBA in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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James Vanasek

Board Member

Mr. James Vanasek is a Principal at VN Capital Management, LLC. Prior to forming VN Capital, Mr. Vanasek spent the previous three and a half years working at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Initially, Mr. Vanasek provided restructuring advice during the Asian economic crisis and his work with the Indonesian car company, PT Astra International, helped JPMorgan win Finance Asia’s Restructuring Deal of the Year Award. Upon returning to New York in 1999, he focused on providing leveraged finance to U.S. and Latin American companies in JPMorgan’s Financial Sponsor Coverage and Global Syndicated Finance groups. He is a Director of American Locker Group Inc.and a member of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Vanasek earned a B.A. degree from Yale University, a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, and an M.B.A. degree from Columbia Business School.

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David Rotenberg

Board Member

David Rotenberg is a Principal at Bixby Bridge Capital, LLC (“Bixby”), a private investor and lender founded in 1992 and headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and certain affiliates of Bixby are investors with Ceres’s largest shareholder, VN Capital Fund C, LP. Mr. Rotenberg’s investment portfolio includes commercial real estate, operating businesses, private equity, and secured financings. He also serves as Bixby’s in-house legal counsel and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Prior to joining Bixby in 2007, Mr. Rotenberg practiced law in Chicago. He received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2004 and graduated with honors from Vassar College in 1999.

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Harold Wolkin

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Wolkin is an accomplished investment banker and financial analyst with over 40 years of experience. He retired in 2011 from the position of Executive Vice President and Head of Investment Banking with Dundee Capital Markets. Mr. Wolkin also served with BMO Capital Markets for 25 years, holding the position of Managing Director, Diversified Industries. Since 2011, Mr. Wolkin has continued to serve as an independent director on a number of public and private company boards, and non-for-profit organizations. He was a past President of the CFA Society of Toronto, a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute since 1980 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Wolkin received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from York University and a Masters of Arts in Economics and Finance from the University of Toronto. Mr. Wolkin is also a graduate and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Executive Team

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Robert Day

President & CEO, Board Member

Robert Day joined Ceres in February of 2015 as Vice President of Trading and Risk Management and was promoted to interim and then full-time President & CEO in June and November of 2016, respectively. Prior to that he worked for Cargill, Inc. from 1993 – 2012 and then ED&F Man from 2012 – 2015. While at ED&F Man Mr. Day held the position of Managing Director Asia, based in Singapore and also supported the build-out of their capital markets business in North LATAM. While at Cargill Mr. Day held the positions of Commercial Director Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain, Greater China & Korea 2009 – 2012 (Shenzhen & Shanghai); Managing Director & Commercial Director, Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain Mexico 2004 – 2008 (Mexico City), Project Team Leader & Analyst, Cargill Strategy & Business Development 2000 – 2004 (Minneapolis, MN), and a variety of merchandizing and trading roles in the U.S. and Mexico from 1993 – 1999. Mr. Day has an MBA from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.

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Jay Bierley

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jay Bierley joined Ceres on April 22, 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Bierley was with Bunge where he worked across North America and Asia in regional and global CFO and financial leadership roles for 18 years. He brings a depth of industry experience across key business areas with over 25 years of financial and operational leadership experience across the agribusiness and food value chain with extensive experience working globally in grain origination, processing, trading, merchandising, and distribution. He has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

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Carlos Paz

Vice President and Commercial Director

Carlos Paz has over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of trading, merchandizing and management roles across North America, Latin America and Europe, working for companies such as Continental Grain, Cargill, and most recently Freepoint Commodities. Mr. Paz holds bachelor’s degrees in General Business Management and Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

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Glen Goldman

Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Glen Goldman joined Ceres on May 22, 2018 as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary.  Prior to joining Ceres, Glen spent 20 years practicing law at Cargill, Incorporated, one of the world’s largest global businesses. While at Cargill, Glen served as senior counsel to a variety of core Cargill businesses, providing strategic legal counseling on a broad array of complex commercial legal matters. Glen began his legal career as an associate in a large Minneapolis law firm, focusing primarily on litigation matters.  He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BA from Macalester College.

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Pat Gathman

Vice President, Operations

Pat Gathman joined Ceres on May 29, 2019 as Agriculture Operations Director and was promoted to Vice President of Operations on July 1, 2021. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Gathman was with Bunge and Cargill across the US and Brazil in facility operational roles. He brings a depth of industry experience across key business areas with over 25 years of operational leadership experience across the oilseed processing and grain agribusiness. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University.

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Dusty Clevenger

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Dusty Clevenger started his career in oilseed merchandising before moving into business development and senior leadership roles at Archer Daniels Midland, Gavilon and Agspring. He has successfully built teams and businesses across North and South America, Europe and Australia in collaboration with private equity partners. Dusty joined Ceres in the fall of 2018 and was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Business Development on July 1, 2021. He holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from the University of Nebraska.