Our Story

Stratamarkets originated from the world’s leading Price Reporting Agencies - firms that specialize in tracking prices in opaque, physical commodity markets. In 2020, we identified a need for price transparency in global tree nut markets. We launched our initial price data service for the almond market in 2021 followed by services for the walnut market in 2022 and the pecan market in 2023. We plan to launch additional services for tree nut markets in 2024.

Who We Are

As an independent data provider, our mission is to provide accurate, impartial price data and market intelligence to help companies improve how they sell, buy, trade, broker, benchmark performance, and value assets. Stratamarkets is staffed and advised by a diverse group of professionals based in the United States and Europe, all of whom bring deep expertise working in a range of commodity markets. You can learn more about our core team here.

Michael Easterbrook

Founder & Managing Director

Prior to starting Stratamarkets to provide companies in the global almond & walnut markets with impartial price data and market intelligence, Michael served as Vice President of Business Development for Argus Media and before that as Director of Product Management for S&P Global Platts, both leading providers of commodity price benchmarks. He holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Columbia University, and an MBA from Rice University. Michael lives in the U.S. (Katy, Texas) when he’s not on the road in California. 

Gareth Carpenter

Editorial Director, Europe, Middle East and Asia

Gareth leads market reporting activities for Stratamarkets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining Stratamarkets, he served as associate editorial director, European power and gas and international coal at S&P Global Platts, specializing in physical and financial derivatives reporting and product development. Before joining Platts, Gareth reported on the pharmaceutical, healthcare and insurance industries. He holds a degree from Cardiff University. He lives in Europe (Lecce, Italy). 

Isaac Zarecki

Market Reporter

Isaac is responsible for helping with price and news coverage of the global almond and walnut markets. Isaac got his start in agricultural markets at the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, where he managed the association’s public relations program prior to joining Stratamarkets. He started his reporting career as the editor of the Hot Springs Star in South Dakota. Isaac holds a degree in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in the U.S. (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin).

Danielle Furfaro

Market Reporter

Danielle focuses on the pecan and walnut markets and heads up reporting on the West Coast. Prior to joining Stratamarkets, she was the Transportation Reporter at the New York Post. Before that, she covered arts and entertainment, business, and various city and county governments at the Albany Times Union. She holds a Master’s Degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Roman Pogoreltsev

Chief Technology Officer

Roman is responsible for driving product vision and technology strategy at Stratamarkets. He has worked at the leading edge of data and analytics during his professional career, most recently as Senior Data Analyst at Energy Aspects, and prior to that as Team Lead Data Engineer at Argus Media. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Financial Management from Moscow State University of Food Production and Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. Roman lives in the United States (Katy, Texas).

Our Advisory Board

Neil Bradford

& Company, he co-founded his own technology research business, Fletcher Research, which he sold to Forrester Research in 1999, where he had executive roles both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Neil then moved into energy data and was CEO of Argus Media until 2017 and most recently was CEO of FE, a provider of investment data to the wealth management industries. Neil is currently CEO of General Index, a price data provider for the energy industry.

Larry Neal

ability to quickly grasp new companies, understand their multitude of customer sectors and economics, formulate compelling strategic plans, upgrade teams where required, and quite simply, deliver results. A relentless customer orientation. Built companies ranging from $150 MM to $750+ MM in revenues. As a corporate officer of a Fortune 500, created strong alignment with shareholder/owner/corporate goals, and exceptional communication of plans with the organization. Consistently recognized for bringing a unique blend of strategic insight with operational excellence.

Larry has a demonstrated, consistent track record of delivering stellar results in the Information & Internet-based, Media, and Software sectors, having built business units for S&P Global, ADP, Dow Jones, and Advent Software. His blue-chip underpinning comes from General Electric and IBM.

Gauri Potdar

and commodity markets, having served in business development, strategy, financial structuring, research and trading analytics roles during her career.

Gauri most recently helped manage global exchange relationships and intellectual property licensing at S&P Global Platts in her role as the Director of Strategic Alliances.  Gauri previously worked for Element Markets in roles of increasing responsibility, serving as a Vice President of Business Development in her final two years with the company, where she helped to build the biogas business and develop their strategy to participate in the renewable fuels markets. Gauri began her career as a Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

Gauri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Economics from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and is a CFA Charterholder.

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