After a successful career as one of the top producers at a noteworthy trading company, JR followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Totem Steel in 1998.

In the years since its founding, JR has led Totem from a small start-up with limited capital, to a robust international steel and wood products trading company with access to capital in excess of $100M.

In February of 2015 JR entered into a partnership with TATA International to continue the growth of the steel business. Not content just building a successful business; JR continues to give back through his leadership as an Officer of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and now World Presidents Organization (WPO), as well as serving on a number of boards of charitable organizations. Totem, together with The Meyers Foundation is a significant contributor to local charities and a recognized leader among local companies in giving back to the community.