Management Team

Rosenthal Collins Group Management Team

Meet the people who inspire, conduct and manage the day-to-day business of Rosenthal Collins Group. Our founders, Leslie Rosenthal and J. Robert Collins, work hand-in-hand with our experienced executives to deliver the products and services our customers need in the ever-changing global futures marketplace.

Across the board, our team has witnessed first-hand how the futures industry has evolved—from the trading floor to electronic trading, from brokerage firms to exchanges and regulators—and uses that experience to guide Rosenthal Collins Group on a daily basis.

Leslie Rosenthal

Founder & Principal

J. Robert Collins

Founder & Principal

Scott Gordon

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Richard J. Horgan

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

George Recchia

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

S. Brian Adams

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Michael Phillips

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer

Richard Mackey

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Patricia Donahue

Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Regulatory Counsel

Michael Conti

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Keith E. Turner

Senior Vice President, Accounting and Finance

Leslie Rosenthal

Founder & Principal

Unless you do something to change with the times, you become non-existent.”

Beginning with his start as a trading floor runner, Leslie Rosenthal has made the futures industry his life’s work. He learned the ropes on his way up in the brokerage business and as a floor trader, ultimately founding his own brokerage firm in 1970 and serving two terms as chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade in the 1980s.

Les brings an exceptional breadth of knowledge to his continued hands-on role at Rosenthal Collins Group. As an industry leader, Les was an early and vocal proponent of introducing financial futures contracts as well as electronic trading. An icon in the futures community, he was in the inaugural class of the Futures Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Futures Industry Association (FIA).

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Chairman, Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chairman, Board of Trade Clearing Corporation
  • Director, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Director, MidAmerica Commodity Exchange
  • Founding Member, National Futures Association

J. Robert Collins

Founder & Principal

With Rosenthal Collins Group, you get experience that works.”

J. Robert Collins has the futures brokerage business in his blood. His father, John F. Collins, co-founded the brokerage firm Greene and Collins at the Chicago Board of Trade in 1923. Bob joined the family business in 1961 and led it through two successful mergers into what is now Rosenthal Collins Group.

With more than 50 years in the futures brokerage business, Bob actively provides keen operational experience and insightful strategic vision to the executive management team.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • President, MidAmerica Commodity Exchange
  • Director, Chicago Board of Trade
  • Governor, Board of Trade Clearing Corporation


Scott Gordon

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

We approach the business with a ‘try harder’ mentality.”

Scott Gordon brings vast experience in the global futures industry—as a trader, broker, brokerage executive and exchange official—to his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Rosenthal Collins Group. Indeed, he began his career with Rosenthal & Co. in 1974, later moving to Dellsher Investment Company, where he held various trading and management positions.

In 2004, Scott returned to his industry roots, joining Rosenthal Collins Group as President and Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed the firm’s Chairman in 2007. Prior to his return, Scott was President and Chief Operating Officer of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Futures, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd.

As Chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from 1998 to 2002, Scott guided the exchange through the development and execution of a strategic plan that transformed it from a mutual membership organization to a for-profit stock corporation, the first U.S. financial exchange to take this step. He served as a director of the exchange from 1982 to 2004.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Chairman, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Director, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Member, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Member, Chicago Board of Trade
  • Member, Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Founding Board Member, OneChicago
  • Trustee, Institute for Financial Markets
  • Board and Executive Committee, National Futures Association

Civic Affiliations

  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Econ Illinois
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, cum laude, Union College


Maureen C. Downs

President

We do what we say and say what we do.”

Maureen Downs brings decades of trading and business development experience to her role as President of Rosenthal Collins Group. She joined the firm in 1998 as Senior Vice President of Business Development, spearheading the firm’s entry into electronic trading. Two years later, Maureen was promoted to Executive Vice President and assumed operational responsibility for the firm’s foreign exchange and equity trading subsidiaries. In 2007, she was named President.  She is a   member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is responsible for sales, marketing and business expansion activities.

Maureen began her futures industry career in 1986 as a founding partner of Downs Capital, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago. When that firm affiliated with a major independent futures brokerage firm, Maureen served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to entering the futures industry, Maureen leveraged her business, law and accounting expertise in corporate finance for Fortune 100 companies as well as leading accounting and law firms.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Director, National Futures Association
  • Director, Futures Industry Association
  • Chair, Special Committee on Governance, National Futures Association
  • Chair, Compliance and Risk Committee, National Futures Association
  • Chair, Audit Committee, Futures Industry Association
  • Member, Special Committee on Retail Foreign Exchange, National Futures Association
  • Member, FCM Committee, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Member, FCM Committee, Chicago Board of Trade
  • Member, FCM Committee, National Futures Association
  • Member, Business Owners Industry Advisory Council, Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Education and Professional Certification

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern University Law School
  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar
  • Practiced as a Certified Public Accountant


Richard J. Horgan

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

We work together and resolve problems as a team. We treat people as people.”

Richard Horgan has spent his career on the financial side of the commodity futures business. After more than 20 years in the audit department at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Rich joined Rosenthal Collins Group in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer. In that role, he is responsible for the accounting, treasury, risk management and human resources departments.  During his tenure, he has witnessed a 10-fold increase in customer equity, expanded the firm’s risk management oversight, enhanced its analytical tools, reduced timeframes for margin collections and developed a monthly profitability analysis.

Rich began his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the audit department, ultimately rising to Senior Director, with daily management responsibilities. At the exchange, he was instrumental in developing a risk-based capital requirements model that was adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Education and Professional Certification

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Business Administration, Northern Illinois University
  • Certified Public Accountant


George Recchia

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

We are in the customer service business.”

George Recchia presides over all trading floor operations, 24-hour electronic trading and execution services, back-office clearing and computer operations, telecommunications, exchange-clearing relationships, and physical facilities. He also established the firm’s disaster recovery plans and oversaw the build-out of its disaster recovery facility.

George began his career as a runner for Collins Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade floor, ultimately rising to Director of Trading Floor Operations. In that role, he directly supervised all administrative, trading floor and clearing operations in Chicago and New York. When Collins Commodities merged with Rosenthal & Co. in 1988, George was responsible for merging the two trading floor and brokerage execution operations. In 1990, he introduced the firm’s first electronic order routing network and two years later, Rosenthal Collins Group was among the first to interface directly to the CME Globex platform.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Member, Chicago Board of Trade

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition, cum laude, Chicago Conservatory College


S. Brian Adams

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

We don’t say ‘not me.’ We get in a room and solve problems.”

Brian Adams brings diverse experience in financial services to his role as Chief Information Officer of Rosenthal Collins Group, where he is responsible for all aspects of technology development and implementation.

He joined the firm after serving as Vice President of Strategic Solutions with Cargill Investor Services, where he managed all software development and database activities along with U.S. client solutions. Some of the new services he and his team developed included implementing a Financial Information eXchange (FIX) Protocol interface to global markets, risk management platforms and strong client integration techniques.

In addition to his futures brokerage experience, Brian has held a number of roles at financial services consulting firms. At Booz Allen & Hamilton, his area of expertise was performance focus management for large multi-national banks and corporations based on technology-focused analysis and IT strategy. At Plural.com, Brian created financial services software for investment banks, professional services organizations, and dotcoms.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Member, Futures Industry Association, Market Technology Division Board
  • Speaker, Futures Industry Association Events

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bradley University


Michael Phillips

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer

Our owners and leaders inspire loyalty, and it is catching.”

Michael Phillips joined Rosenthal Collins Group in 2008 to provide oversight on various aspects of operational risk management, including enterprise security, business contingency planning, project management and risk technologies. He brings vast experience in security with government banking systems and trading to these efforts.

Before joining Rosenthal Collins Group, Mike owned Luminant Group LLC, a security consulting firm specializing in Information Assurance Program development, analysis of security governance and IT controls. He also was a consultant for Emerald Technology, leading projects to implement secure e-business solutions.

In the banking world, Mike was Information Security Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and chaired the IT risk management committee. He also was a Director at UBS and oversaw development and integration of the information security program throughout the Americas. Also at UBS, he managed the international systems integration function through several mergers and acquisitions and was an integral leader in the global deployment of the firm’s proprietary derivatives trading platform.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Member, Information Systems Security
  • Member, FBI Infragard
  • Member, Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force (CECTF)
  • Member, High Tech Crime Consortium (HTCC)
  • Member, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2
  • Member, ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association)
  • Member, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)

Civic Affiliations

  • Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago

Education and Professional Certification

  • Certification in Information Technology, DeVry Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Northwestern University
  • Master of Business Administration, Northwestern University
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)2
  • Certification, NSA—INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM)
  • Certification, ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundation


Richard Mackey

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Innovation, teamwork, and customer service are part of the RCG fabric.”

Richard Mackey brings over 20 years of trading and management experience in the financial futures and commodity markets to his role as Senior Vice President of Risk for Rosenthal Collins Group. Mr. Mackey began his career trading soybeans at the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange and later became a broker in the Chicago Board of Trade’s Ten-Year Note pit, where he executed orders for institutional customers and investment banks. In 2002, Mr. Mackey left the trading floor to join Rosenthal Collins Group as a fixed income trader. In 2006, he transitioned to RCG’s Risk Department, where he developed enhanced risk analytics and new firm leading risk technology.

With the rise of around-the-clock trading, Mr. Mackey led the RCG Risk Department’s transition to 24-hour market risk monitoring. He has created enhanced risk reporting for RCG’s senior management and played a critical role in the design and development of RCG RiskHunter. RCG RiskHunter was designed to “hunt” out and highlight trading patterns or behaviors that deviate from a client’s or trader’s historical trading behavior and is based on Complex Event Processing (CEP) technology. RCG RiskHunter was launched in January 2009 and is for the exclusive use of the RCG Risk Department.

Education and Professional Certification

  • Bachelor of Science, DePaul University
  • Series 3, 4, 7 and 24 licenses


Patricia Donahue

Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Regulatory Counsel

Our executives are hands-on on a daily basis.”

With more than 25 years as a futures industry regulator and in-house counsel, Patricia Donahue joined Rosenthal Collins Group as Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel in 2010. She oversees all compliance and regulatory matters for the firm.

Patricia began her futures industry career as a trial attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement in Chicago, where she brought injunctive cases in federal district court and administrative actions before the CFTC. She later became a senior trial attorney with the National Futures Association (NFA), where she prosecuted enforcement and registration cases before the NFA Hearing and Registration Committees.

Following her regulatory career, Patricia joined Refco, Inc. as Associate General Counsel, later becoming Vice President and Senior Compliance Counsel at Man Financial.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Member, FIA’s Law and Compliance Division and serves on its Executive Committee
  • Member, Hearing Committee, National Futures Association

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bowling Green University
  • Juris Doctor, DePaul College of Law


Michael Conti

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

We’re an industry incubator, and have an eye for talent.”

Michael Conti joined Rosenthal Collins Group in 2010 as Associate General Counsel and now, as Chief Legal Officer, oversees all litigation matters.

Mike came to the firm following several years as a market regulation attorney for the CME Group, where he capitalized on his vast knowledge of current and historical rules, policies and procedures at the National Futures Association, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the futures exchanges. At the CME, Mike was a prosecutor for the enforcement group, managed the arbitration programs, trained employees regarding rules and acted as counsel to the Chicago-based arbitration committee panels.

When he was in private practice, Mike focused on litigation, compliance and contract negotiation for firms and individuals within the futures industry.

Civic Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees, Econ Illinois
  • Board of Trustees, Have a Heart for Sickle Cell

Education-

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois
  • Juris Doctor, Northern Illinois University


Keith E. Turner

Senior Vice President, Accounting and Finance

We have seen many changes over the years in our industry but one thing that has never changed is our integrity.”

Keith E. Turner was promoted in October 2012 to Senior Vice President, Accounting and Finance, reporting directly to the CFO. His responsibilities include assisting the CFO in all accounting and finance initiatives, including supervision over all accounting and treasury management staff, documentation of policies and procedures, monitoring and enhancement of internal controls, financial reporting, tax compliance, working with regulatory and outside auditors, and assistance with financial budgeting and forecasting.

Prior to taking this position Mr. Turner joined Rosenthal Global Securities in January 2009 as an accounting / operations manager, where he worked on enhancements in financial reporting and operational software efficiencies in our broker/dealer subsidiary.

Mr. Turner brings over 25 years of futures industry experience in financial reporting, operations management, staff training, internal control and financial analysis. He served as CFO for First American Discount Corporation from 1995 to 2000, servicing primarily retail and institutional customers. He also served as CFO at Fortis Clearing Corporation from 2001 to 2006, servicing primarily local and professional traders. Mr. Turner began his career in public accounting performing audits of FCMs and Broker/Dealers.

Industry Accomplishments (Past & Present)

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accounts
  • Member, Illinois CPA Society

Education and Professional Certification

  • Bachelor of Accounting, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant