I. Lawson Spence III
Lawson started in the investment business with Francis I. DuPont & Co. in 1969, and soon began to focus on institutional commodity risk management. He worked closely with major corporate clients, designing and implementing risk management strategies to reduce financial exposure to volatile commodity prices. He joined Shearson American Express in 1982, and continued in that same role when Shearson was acquired by Smith Barney in 1995. As part of that reorganization, Lawson was named National Metals Specialist for the firm, and served in that capacity for the next 5 years. He has also served as Foreign Exchange specialist, and has completed requirements for the Financial Planning Specialist designation. In 1998 he began to focus on advising institutional and affluent private clients on the benefits of including alternative investments in traditional portfolios. He is currently very active in using alternative investments to effectively diversify traditional equity and fixed-income portfolios, and whose clients include a company ranked in the top ten of the Fortune Magazine 2014 World’s Most Admired Companies.
Lawson is a past member of the Copper Club and the American Copper Council, a frequent speaker at regional and national trade meetings, and wrote several articles on Technical Analysis of futures markets in various publications. Lawson is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Systems Engineering.