Staff Bios

Meet the professionals of Acuvest Brokers.

Renée Wilson
Managing Member

Renée Wilson began her career in the futures industry in 1979 at Heinold Commodities in New York City as a Sales Assistant.  Since then, she has held management positions at major brokerage firms involving futures trading, marketing, sales, and customer service. At Rudolf Wolff Futures and successor firm, Elders Futures, she established and ran the IB Services Division providing futures execution, clearing and related facilities to professional clientele from 1981 to 1988. She then established and ran New York branch offices for two Chicago based commodity clearing firms until 1992. At Salomon Smith Barney and successor firm Citigroup Global Markets, she was a Senior Vice President responsible for running a successful futures profit center within the firm from 1992 until 2006.  The profit center, which she established, serviced traders in the global marketplace. Throughout the years, Renée and her team have developed and maintained relationships with Fund Managers, Trading Advisors, sophisticated investors and professional traders. Their expertise is in providing services to such professionals in markets ranging from financial futures to tangible commodities.  Renée holds Series 3 and Series 30 registrations.

Michele Drella
Operations and Client Services

Michele Drella began her career in finance in 1984 at Drexel Burnham Lambert as a Sales Assistant. In 1986 Michele joined the futures desk as a Trading Assistant where she supported a broker focused on hedging and trading strategies for institutional accounts, including banks and oil and gas companies. In 1990 Michele joined Bear Stearns as a Trading Assistant on the institutional/international trading desk supporting a broker with trading and research. From 2000 to 2004, Michele provided clearing related services for a broker-dealer focused primarily on fixed income before being promoted to Client Services Manager at their “sister” hedge fund where she worked until 2009. During the last 4 years, she was busy pursuing entrepreneurial interests in other fields until joining Acuvest in February 2014.

Raymond J. Smith

Mr. Smith has over 40 years of experience in all facets of the futures business.  This experience was gained through working with a number of firms such as Hayden Stone, Drexel Burnham, Bache, Paine Webber, Smith Barney, Citigroup, and now Acuvest Brokers.  Ray Smith contributes to the Acuvest team with an overall knowledge of the technical, fundamental, and psychological aspects of futures trading including risk management and asset allocation.  Mr. Smith holds the Series 3  registration.

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