Commodities Futures and Options Brokerage

Meet the Paragon Brokers



AJ Jones

AJ Jones is one of Paragon's most experienced brokers and has been in the commodity futures business for more than 20 years. AJ's expertise is clearly defined in the agricultural sector as he aggressively helps producers in both livestock and grain hedging. AJ's contacts in the meatpacking industry and grain export business have helped him maintain a pulse on the cash market which help him translate this information to the futures markets. AJ also has extensive knowledge in the financial sector where he assists in financial planning and risk management of affluent investors. To schedule a conference with AJ, please contact his email address ([email protected]) or phone him directly at 620-765-4911.


Alex Breitinger

With a love for geopolitics, mathematics, and the natural sciences, Alex has been naturally intrigued by trading commodity futures. He considers the interplay of these factors on a daily basis and uses his multifaceted background to provide this information to the clients and brokers at Paragon.

Alex graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePauw University with degrees in Chemistry and History. While at DePauw, Alex received two of the nation's most prestigious science scholarships, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the NOAA Hollings Scholarship. Well-versed in German and Spanish, Alex brings an international dimension to our company as he has worked and studied across the globe from China to Germany.

Before venturing into the world of commodities, Alex carried out analytical research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the governmental organization that oversees the National Weather Service.

You can reach Alex at [email protected] or on the phone at 941-708-8987.

Brad Keller

Brad is a Series 3 licensed broker and is the Branch Manger in Humphrey, NE. To visit with Brad, contact him at 888-452-8751 or via email at [email protected]



Brian Holder

Brian Holder grew up in Silver Lake, Kansas where he still resides with his wife and four children. Brian attended Kansas State University where he studied business management and finance. Brian has over 20 years of experience in business marketing and management. His knowledge of technical trading led him to Paragon where he has incorporated his skills in management and trading to successfully help producers hedge their risk and develop effective marketing strategies.

To reach Brian, call 785-338-9600 or e-mail him at [email protected].


Darin VanVactor

Darin VanVactor was raised in the farming community of Stanberry, MO. He worked his way through college including time as a farm hand. After receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University, Darin went to work in the corporate risk management industry for 10 years.

Weary from the corporate world, Darin sought to help others in the agricultural sector and opted to settle his family in his wife’s hometown of Silver Lake, KS. This move brought him to Paragon where he is now a Series 3 licensed commodities broker. Armed with his risk management experience, Darin is looking forward to creating custom solutions utilizing futures, options, and hedging strategies to improve his clients bottom line.

To visit with Darin, contact him at 785.338.9602, or via email at [email protected]


Derrick Hermesch

Derrick Hermesch grew up on a small farm outside of Goff, KS. Graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological & Agricultural Engineering, he worked for a consulting engineering firm in Kansas City where he established his skills for working with clients and proactively looking out for their best interests. Over time, he developed a passion for studying the markets - combining that with a desire to resume an active role in the agricultural world led him to Paragon.  He is currently a Risk Management Consultant & Investment Advisor in his role at Paragon and has been since 2011.

To visit with Derrick, contact him at 785-338-9605, or via email at [email protected]


Jamey Kohake 

For more than 15 years, Jamey Kohake has advised grain and livestock producers on price trends, cash grain analysis and marketing strategies. His technical and fundamental analysis is highly regarded and can be heard on several national radio programs and seen in multiple print publications. To visit with Jamey, please e-mail [email protected] or call 785-338-4111.


Kody Wintercheidt

Kody Winterscheidt was raised on a farm in Northeast Kansas, where he grew up surrounded by production agriculture. Kody was always intrigued by the ever changing world of agriculture and its many ups and downs. A desire in the commodity markets and risk management soon developed. His interests in agriculture found him at Kansas State University, where he attained a degree in Agriculture. Kody currently holds his Series 3 (Commodity Brokerage License). His understanding of the agriculture industry and education help give him a personalized, progressive approach to the markets. He is currently working to expand Paragon's grain merchandising abilities as well as, advisory services to individual grain and livestock producers looking to hedge their production and manage risk.

To visit with Kody, please contact his email [email protected] or directly at 785-338-9601.

Linda Kruikshank

Linda is a Series 3 licensed broker and Branch Manager of the Arcadia, NE office. She can be reached at 308-872-9426 or [email protected].


Matt Kramer

Growing up on a family farm in Northeast Kansas is how Matt developed his interest in the commodity markets. Matt holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Through study and hands-on experience Matt is proficient in developing the hedging strategies that allow producers to maximize their return on their operation while also reducing price risks. Matt is one of Paragon’s most experienced brokers, with a Series 3 (Commodity Brokerage License) and over 10 years of trading experience. If you are a producer looking to manage your risk or a speculator looking for professional investment advice, Matt is here to help you succeed.

To visit with Matt, please contact his e-mail ([email protected]) or phone him directly at 785-338-4112.

Paul Nolte

Paul is a Series 3 licensed broker and Branch Manager of the Higginsville, MO office. He can be reached at 660-202-1114.


Ryan Broxterman

Ryan Broxterman was raised on a farm in Northeast Kansas. Growing up on the farm Ryan developed his interest in the futures markets. Wanting to pursue a career as a commodity broker he obtained a degree from Kansas State University in the field of Agricultural Economics. As a student at Kansas State Ryan gained extensive knowledge of the futures markets and different hedging strategies. Along with the education Ryan received from Kansas State University he has 10 years of personal experience trading the markets. Whether you are a speculator looking to invest in the market or a hedger looking to manage your risk, Ryan can help you achieve your goals.

To reach Ryan, call him at 785-338-4110 or e-mail [email protected]

Paul Nolte

Paul is a Series 3 licensed broker and Branch Manager of the Higginsville, MO office. He can be reached at 660-584-8151.


Walt Breitinger

Four decades of experience, along with a perpetual love of commodities trading, has earned Walt Breitinger a role as your personal broker and coach.

Walt began trading soybeans and silver in 1970 while completing his education at Valparaiso University. He gained considerable insight and experience as a licensed broker for 40 years working directly under Harold Heinold in the 1970's, as a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, and as Vice President of Commodity Investments at A.G. Edwards & Sons from 1982-2009.

For over 18 years, Walt taught his method of options on futures trading at Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, and for multiple farm groups and conventions. His comments on the markets have been featured on radio, TV, and dozens of newspapers including Barron's and USA Today. When Walt isn't watching the markets, he enjoys whitewater kayaking and soccer.

You can reach Walt at 800-411-3888 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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