About Us  

To learn more about our professional staff, please click on a name below.

Ross Carstens
Rich Albaugh
Callie Carstens

Bob Codner
Sherri Ryan


We believe the commodity markets are an excellent means of portfolio diversification. Look beyond the securities market and experience the commodity markets. CSI has the people and expertise to help.

We have a consulting staff that can help you reach your long-term goals, or simply execute one-time trades.

We have a knowledgeable staff with many years of futures and options experience.

We understand the mechanics of hedging and speculating and will work to maximize your returns.


Direct-to-the-floor execution on futures and options with access to all major commodity exchanges and fast report of fills. Immediate access to the Global electronic markets.

Worldwide fundamental information and precise technical analysis.

Toll-free number from anywhere in the continental U.S.

Secure internet access for clients to review their accounts and submit trades.

Individually managed accounts.


If you have price risk, CSI can create a marketing program for you including:

A true full-service consulting program including individualized strategies and plan execution.

Hedging and/or trading strategies.

One-on-one contact with a CSI specialist who will help guide your plan to meet your goals.

Pricing assistance for cash, futures, and options.


CSI has an independent network of more than 20 professional Introducing Brokers. By combining the volume of our national network of IBs, we command superior service and favorable rates from one of the top FCM's in the industry. And, because we're also in the retail commodity business, we are uniquely qualified to understand the needs of our professional broker associates.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Research information delivered via satellite, Internet, or E-mail
  • Audio satellite reports from the research department and direct from the floor
  • Access to excellent floor service with locations near every pit at all major exchanges
  • State of the art trading platforms for direct order entry into the major US commodity pits as well as the global electronic system
  • Seamless back office operation with prompt follow-up to errors and problems
  • Compliance and audit assistance
  • Fast new account processing and setup including electronic account opening privileges for individual or sole proprietorship accounts

Ross Carstens

Ross Carstens, President, Owner:

It is with sadness and sorrow that we said goodbye on May 8, 2012, to Ross Cartsens, the President and owner of CSI. Ross was an individual of many passions including commodity trading, farming, outdoor sports including hunting and fishing, and riding motorcycles. Ross is survived by his daughter, Callie, who is following in his footsteps. Callie is licensed as an Associated Person and has taken on the ownership of CSI. Ross was respected by those he worked with and those customers he handled and is greatly missed. The staff at CSI remains the same and joins Callie as support personnel to serve its IB's and customers and looks forward to continued success.

Rich Albaugh

Rich Albaugh:

Rich was born and raised on a grain farm in Central Iowa. He has an Ag Business Degree but got his education managing cooperative elevators in Iowa.

Rich was in the cash grain business for 10 years, and has been registered as a commodity broker for the past 25 years.

Rich carries a large clientele of ag customers, but also has experience trading with softs and financials. His trading has become more technical the last few years, but he still respects fundamental analysis.

E-Mail: ralbaugh@commodityservices.com

Callie Carstens

Callie Carstens:

Callie has undertaken the ownership of CSI and was named the President after the death of her father. She graduated from Central College in Pella, IA in 2008 with a degree in English and a minor in business management and philosophy. She is currently working with the other brokers on servicing customers as well as assisting affiliated offices with new accounts, compliance and day-to-day operations.

E-mail: callie@commodityservices.com

Robert J. Codner

Robert J. Codner:

Bob was raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa. He has an Associate Degree in Animal Science. Bob has been a livestock specialist since 1974 spending most of his time consulting and communicating with cattle feedlots across agricultural America. His clients include some of the largest commercial feeders in the country. He has conducted numerous marketing seminars for the National Cattleman's Association, and is a member of the Texas Cattle Feeder Association and Kansas Livestock Association.

Bob has been registered as a commodity broker since 1980.

Sherri Ryan

Sherri Ryan:

Sherri was raised on a farm in Marshall County, Iowa., and attended Drake University in Des Moines. She began working with a securities and commodities firm in 1962 placing security and commodity orders as well as logging all executed orders and activity.

In 1992 she joined the CSI staff working as Compliance Officer and Operations and Audit Supervisor for the home office as well as numerous other branch and affiliated offices throughout the country. In the early 1980’s she conducted compliance workshops on various regulatory issues involving the newly traded options on futures. She was instrumental in developing an audit program used by the company to provide backroom assistance and compliance with all commodity regulatory issues.

E-Mail: sryan@commodityservices.com

Return to the top of the page