As a part of my series about strong female finance leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Donna (Grotegut) Heidkamp. Donna has served as executive director of RJO Futures since October 2010. RJO Futures is the private client division of R.J. O’Brien & Associates, the nation’s oldest and largest independent futures brokerage firm. In 2004, she started a branch of RJO Futures and before that worked in all facets of the business, including as an order clerk, trading desk manager and broker for RJO Futures. She has an M.S. degree in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University. In 1995, she completed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Agricultural Broker Training Program. Her interest in the futures industry stemmed from strong family ties to production agriculture in Hereford, Texas.
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