PanXchange was founded in 2011 by Julie Lerner, a veteran trader and entrepreneur who used her own experiences in the agricultural and energy markets to develop PanXchange’s trading platform.
PanXchange was originally designed to seek a more efficient process for locating physical sugar and simultaneous sale opportunities, as the old system of relying on phone calls, texts, and emails became antiquated. The market needed more negotiable deals, as well as a system that was easy and efficient for traders, anonymous, and without clearing. Julie quickly realized that her solution to these pain points in the sugar markets could be scaled to other commodities.
Now, PanXchange aggregates the negotiation and trade of all types of physical commodities into one web-based platform, offering instant price discovery and market access for increased operating efficiency and profit opportunities. Built by a trader for traders, PanXchange is a market structure solution developed by commodity specialists.
PanXchange has multiple offices throughout the country and the globe, with headquarters in the emerging technology center of Denver, Colorado. Julie and her team consistently mentor other Denver entrepreneurs, and they make sure to regularly take advantage of the city’s unrivaled access to outdoor activities.
Julie Lerner is the Founder and CEO of PanXchange. She holds two patents on the system, was selected as a Futures Industry Association Innovator and most recently, was selected as an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Denver Business Journal.
Ms. Lerner began her career with Cargill International and later became the senior trader for Cargill’s Latin American sugar markets, where she focused on the development of origination markets with successful financing programs and warehouse and distribution programs. She has also held several positions in trading and business development with companies such as XL Financial (weather derivatives) and Sempra Energy Trading (electricity).
She has deep experience in regional and international agricultural and energy markets. Geographically, her area of expertise covers US, Europe, Latin America and East Africa. She is an advisor to early stage companies and has a 360 degree perspective from entrepreneur to angel investor, and from smallholder farmers to Fortune 100 executives.
David Bradley is PanXchange’s CTO and has been with the company since June 2017.
David brings his experience to PanXchange from Deutche Bank UK where he was Chief IT Architect for their Credit Risk department. He also held roles at HSBC UK and Morgan Stanley UK in their technical design and development divisions. In addition, David was a Director while at Xpedite Systems EU, and cherished his experiences while working at an IT startup company in Silicon Valley, California.
Charlie Stephens is the Vice President, Commodity Market Development at PanXchange and has been with the company since May 2016.
Prior to joining PanXchange, Mr. Stephens worked on the natural gas liquids desk for MarkWest Energy handling propane and butane logistics for the vessel export market. Before moving to the export market, he handled pipe, truck, barge and rail logistics. Mr. Stephens began his career at Gavilon Trade Group, where he traded the southeast cross-country grain market and the New Orleans barge market. Charlie grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and acquired a bachelors in Agribusiness Finance from Texas Tech University and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
Before joining PanXchange Dayre Lashnits was Director of Data Sales, in Ags and Maritime, for Genscape, a leading provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets. Before Genscape, she was US Commodity Sales Manager for Euronext. Based in Chicago, Dayre was with Euronext from 2011 - 2016 and served as the sole representative for Euronext in the Americas. Dayre started her career in 2005 in the Corn Futures pit on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade as a runner and clerk. From there she went to Iowa Grain Company, where she held positions in Risk Management, Cash and Business Development. Prior to her role at Euronext, Dayre was Director of Finances for Iowa Grain’s proprietary trading group, IB and hedge fund, all of which focused on opportunities in the agriculture sector. Dayre attended the University of Kansas where she received a Bachelor of Arts.
PanXchange is changing the way physical commodities are traded, scaling our award-winning, patent-protected technology geographically and by commodity. We are a fast-paced and growing company, always searching for the best talent to add to our team.
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