LOGIC founders Bill O’Neill and Ron Lawson are well-respected commodity professionals with long track records on the street. With many of Wall Street’s traditional investment houses exiting the commodity markets, LOGIC has filled the research void with a uniquely unbiased and responsive consulting service.
Born in Garden City, New York, Bill graduated from Villanova University with a BS in economics. Subsequently, he received his MBA from Hofstra University.
He was destined for a career in financial markets, and commodities in particular, as his interest was developed during his formative years when his father was Senior Vice President of Continental Grain Company. Bill started with Conti Commodities in 1975 where he was a research analyst of both agricultural and industrial commodities. In 1981, he joined Rudolf Wolff, a prominent London metals firm, as Vice President of Research with an emphasis on gold as well as base metals. Rudolf Wolff was subsequently purchased by Australia's Elders Finance group where Bill was appointed Vice President and Director of Commodity Research. In 1987, Mr. O'Neill joined Merrill Lynch where he was First President/Managing Director of Commodity Research. At its height, commodities provided over $200 million in annual revenues to Merrill. He remained with ML until 2002 when the firm exited commodities and started LOGIC Advisors LLC in partnership with another former Merrill employee, Ronald Lawson.
Bill has made over 500 appearances on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and the major networks and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week and Barrons. He has also served as a Director of the American Copper Council as well as a consultant to the New York Federal Reserve and the CIA.
He currently lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey and his hobbies include British memorabilia, mystery novels and a passionate love of the New York Rangers hockey team.
A 5th generation Northern Californian, Ron has been involved in agriculture his entire life.
Opting not to return to work on his Family’s dairy farm and cattle ranch, upon graduation from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Livestock Production Management, Ron took a Field Representative position with McCormick Schilling. His duties included overseeing the contracting, planting, growing, and harvesting of approximately 75,000 acres of row crops, from the Mexican border north, into Oregon. Ron left McCormick to manage the Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California, a diversified vegetable and produce company, with notoriety as being the world’s largest Garlic farm. While in Gilroy, Ron was one of the founding fathers, of the internationally renowned, Gilroy Garlic Festival.
In 1982, Ron left the Garlic fields for Wall Street, starting in the San Jose office of Merrill Lynch, as a Commodities and Futures Specialist. Early successes in this position, prompted his transfer to the firm’s Los Angeles office, joining the Cotton trading desk in 1986. The branch’s business grew as Ron established, and subsequently managed, Merrill Lynch Futures’ Pacific Coast Futures Center. A subsequent promotion to Resident Manager of the Western Region resulted in his overseeing the firm’s 126 Commodity Brokers and Futures trading, in the 17 western states, which in turn, preceded Ron’s move back home to Northern California, in the summer of 1996.
Upon Merrill’s exit of the brokered commodity business in early 2000, Ron was offered, and accepted, the position as the head of the Cotton Trading Desk of Prudential Financial. By the spring of 2004, upon Prudential’s merger with Wachovia, a non commodity trading Bank, the trading desk’s futures and derivatives business was larger than Wachovia professed it could handle. This prompted the establishment of both LOGIC Advisors, as well as Steadfast Futures & Options.