Management Team

JR Meyers – President / Chief Executive Officer

After a successful career as one of the top producers at a noteworthy trading company in Portland, OR, JR followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Totem Steel, in 1998.

In the years since its founding, JR has led Totem from a small start-up with limited capital, to a robust international steel and wood products trading company with access to capital in excess of $100M.

Through JR’s deep relationships with customers and suppliers, many dating back decades, Totem is recognized as a leader in the Steel Industry.

Not content just building a successful business, JR continues to give back through his leadership as an Officer of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), as well as serving on a number of boards of charitable organizations.

Totem, together with The Meyers Foundation, is a significant contributor to local charities and a recognized leader among local companies in giving back to the community.

B.S. ­ Biology, cum laude, Seattle Pacific University

Kevin O’Donnell – Senior Vice President, Sales and Trading

  • Twenty-five years experience in international steel trading in various management and sales functions. Involved in the recent development of the futures market and hedging for the steel industry.
  • Three years as a partner in Rockwood Risk Management L.P. which had a joint venture with the Global Commodities Group of Fortis Bank N.V. of London and also represented Sempra Metals Ltd. as exclusive Introductory Broker for North America for swaps and financial derivatives for the steel industry.
  • Two years at Enron Industrial Markets as lead trader responsible for the physical trading book. Also, worked closely with the structured finance team to introduce financial derivatives and price risk management to the steel industry
    Fifteen years as vice president and general manager for steel trading and sales for ThyssenKrupp Steel Group N.A.
  • Five years as manager of the steel division for Mitsubishi International Corp.
  • Joined Totem in 2005

B.A. in International Economics from Cornell University

National Commodities Futures Examination Series 3

Jim Kotchik – Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Extensive experience in senior and mid-level management positions covering finance and accounting, human resources, information technology and general administration, including:

  • Seven years as SVP and CFO of multiple operating companies in sports and entertainment industry (Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Arena Corporation, et al)
  • Three years as VP and CFO of United Grain Corporation (wheat export company, wholly-owned by Mitsui & Co., Tokyo)
  • Thirteen years as Group Controller for major segment of Tektronix, Inc. (high tech manufacturing)
  • Seven years with Price Waterhouse & Co. (audit manager with diverse client base of public and private companies in the Pacific Northwest)
  • Joined Totem in 2005

B.S. in Accounting from University of Oregon

M.B.A. in Decision Sciences from University of Oregon

Certified Public Accountant – State of Oregon


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