Meet Our Team
Christ Swift is a Nashville native, and attended Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State Universities. Mr. Swift spent several years in the lending industry before he became fascinated with the facilitation of trade in commodities. In 1991, Mr. Swift went to work as a retail commodity broker with J.C. Bradford & Co. until 2000, when the company sold, and a portion of the brokers went to Rosenthal Collins Group. For fourteen years, Mr. Swift wore multiple hats in the Nashville branch office. As of the end of 2014, Mr. Swift changed his affiliation from Branch Manager to form Swift Trading Company, a GIB currently clearing through ADMIS. Today, Mr. Swift focuses on helping guide his clients through the rigors of inherent price risk associated with livestock production. He authors two daily commentaries in addition to offering brokerage services.
Chris Winward has roots in agriculture that run deep. Early on, Chris developed a passion for agriculture which led to a move from his home state of Pennsylvania to study at Oklahoma State University, where he competed on the rodeo team and majored in Animal Science. Before graduating, Chris traveled overseas and took an International Agriculture course in Italy. This led to the development of a specific interest in international markets and ultimately a career in commodity trading. After college, Chris moved to Nashville and joined the trade desk at Swift Trading. He eventually became a partner with the firm and currently is Branch Manager of the Delray Beach, Florida office. An avid fisherman and musician, Chris' interests have taken him as far away as Canada and Australia. He spent 6 years as a Media Analyst for Homeland Security and deployed on multiple hurricane relief efforts.
Douglas Kitchen is a 48 year veteran of the Futures Industry who started in the business as a Commodity Broker in 1970 and rose to become Partner in Charge of a major commodity brokerage firm headquartered in Nashville TN. He was born and raised on his father’s ranch in northeast Kansas and holds a degree in Animal Husbandry and a minor in Business from Kansas State University. He has been a member of the K-State Dean of Agriculture’s advisory council since 2008.
Doug was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association, the industries self regulatory organization, in 1984 and served on that Board for 26 years. He served on NFA’s Executive Committee for over 20 years and was Vice Chairman of the Board when he stepped down in 2010.
In 2000, Doug was asked to sit as an advisor to the Board of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and in 2004 accepted a seat on the Pool Board. The Pool ultimately changed its name to Viterra and Doug was the Lead Director of Viterra when he stepped down in 2010.
He is currently affiliated with Swift Trading and is still active in recruiting and training commodity brokers.
Shawn is a Finance graduate from Belmont University in Nashville,TN. Originally from Hendersonville Tn, Shawn started in Nashville as a Acquisitions Associate with the Blue Mountain Investment Group LLC. The newest addition to the team, Shawn utilizes his entrepreneurial spirit and client relations background in investment business to ensure that Swift Trading remains organized and efficient. Shawn's emphasis at Swift Trading is in business development and marketing.