CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- R.J. O'Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States, today announced that Robert A. Keeley has joined the firm to assume the new role of Senior Vice President, Institutional Sales and Business Development. Keeley, 46, has more than 23 years of experience in institutional sales, futures brokerage and trading, and management.
Mark Sachs, RJO Senior Managing Director, Sales and Marketing, said: "Bringing Bob on board in this new position represents our most aggressive effort to date to expand our institutional presence in Chicago. He has a terrific track record, great relationships throughout the industry and a strong knowledge base that will enable us to focus specifically on expanding and strengthening our institutional offering."
Said Keeley: "RJO has an incredible value proposition for institutional brokers and sales teams. The relationship with the client is paramount, the new trading floor here is state-of-the-art, and the firm wants its brokers to share in the upside opportunities. My primary mission is to bring in talented, experienced, client-focused institutional brokers and sales teams."
Keeley will also supplement the efforts of RJO's Enterprise Solutions sales team, offering private label facilities management services to buy-side and sell-side firms in which futures are not the primary business. RJO delivers customized solutions to many of the world's largest financial services firms, enabling them to outsource a wide range of front-office execution capabilities and back-office operations, depending on the needs of the client.
Keeley most recently served as Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Business Development for Phillip Futures Inc.. He previously spent 10 years at Newedge USA (formerly Fimat USA), where he was Senior Vice President, Institutional Sales in the Institutional Relationship Management Group and First Vice President in the Institutional Sales Group.
From 1996 to 2000, Keeley was Second Vice President at Northern Trust, where he ran the Derivatives Operations team within the Securities Operations Group and co-led a team of more than 125 relationship managers and team leaders managing more than 1,000 investment manager relationships. He began his career at NationsBanc-CRT (Chicago Research and Trading) as an Energy and Commodities Manager and Asian Trading Supervisor.
Keeley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has served for two years as a Board member of the Wheaton Park District and is formerly co-President of an elementary school PTA.
About R.J. O'Brien
Celebrating its centennial year in 1914, RJO is the largest independent futures brokerage firm in the United States, serving institutional, commercial and individual clients globally, in addition to a network of 400 introducing brokers (IB). Clearing more than 100,000 client accounts, RJO services the industry's most expansive global network of IBs, a vast array of middle market firms and many of the world's largest financial, industrial and agricultural institutions. The firm offers state-of-the-art electronic trading and 24-hour trade execution on every futures exchange worldwide.
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