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Jim Bower - Bower Trading


James Bower is Owner and President of Bower Trading, Inc., a full service commodities futures and options brokerage firm specializing in trading the global agricultural markets with an emphasis on meeting each client’s unique needs and requirements. James has more than 40 years of experience in the commodities and futures business.

Bower Trading, located in Lafayette, Indiana, is nationally recognized as a leader in the futures and options industry with expanded emphasis into the global marketplace. James founded Bower Trading in 1988.

In 1971 he graduated Cum Laude from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York where he was a Midshipman. Additionally while there he received the Gulf Oil Award for academics and was the captain of the varsity basketball team.

James taught at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Northwestern Michigan from 1973 to 1975, earning the designation of Head of the Deck Officer Training Program.

In 1975 James began his career as a manager of Conti Carriers and Terminals, and later, as an account executive for Conti Commodity Services. Bower was recognized as the youngest account executive to earn the ranking of the top ten world-wide producers for two consecutive years. (Profits for the customer.)

In 1984 James joined Shearson Lehman as a Vice President of their commodities division where he oversaw office operations and provided customer service to a wide range of agri-business clientele. At Shearson he began his marketing efforts through the use of the media by initiating national television exposure for the commodities division. He became a senior market analyst on agri-business networks such as AgDay Television and an oft-quoted expert on agricultural market globalization in The Wall Street Journal.

James has deep interest and expertise in the globalization of the commodities market especially in Brazil where he has built a network of contacts who can then help formulate better analysis of what is truly occurring in that region of the world at critical times.

James is an avid equestrian, a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and is a active rider in the Non-Pro circuit.

James is married to his wife Vicki and has four children, David, Ali, Evan, and Adam, and is a member of the Saint Alphonsus church in Zionsville where he resides.