Principal Team Members

"You Can't Do Anything About The Weather, But You Can Make Money From It."
Jim Roemer

Jim Roemer

President, Best Weather, Inc. | Co-Founder - ClimatePredict

Jim Roemer, the founder of Best Weather, Inc., is one of the few meteorologists working today with a multi-dimensional understanding of commodity trading, market analysis, and long-range weather forecasting.

With insights drawn from his in-depth knowledge of technical analysis, trading and crop production cycles, and commodity markets psychology, Jim provides advice to thousands of farmers and futures traders—in addition to large institutional investors, major grain companies, energy producers, and hedge funds.

Serving clients on five continents, Jim has over thirty years of experience as a commodity research analyst and weather forecaster. He is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and an associate of the National Futures Association (NFA).

Some of his most recent weather market calls have been:

  • Being one of the first to predict the infamous 2012 U.S. grain belt drought and grain price rise
  • The subsequent fall in grain prices through 2016 forecasting 2-3 year rebound in global grain production
  • The explosion in natural gas prices during the severe U.S. winter of 2013-2014
  • The hot U.S. summer of 2016 and price rise in natural gas
  • The record warm fall in the U.S. and an accompanying collapse in natural gas prices in 2016
  • The precipitous rise in heating oil prices in early 2015 due to frozen rivers and lakes during the severe Northeast winter and record snows
  • The first to forecast hurricane Sandy and subsequent rise in gasoline prices in October; 2012
  • Predicting El Nino would curtail global sugar and Robusta coffee production in 2015-2016 which led to more than a 50% rise in sugar and coffee prices.

Jim can be seen sharing his meteorological expertise as a guest on Bloomberg and CNBC and in interviews in Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. He also provides weather fundamentals to thousands of subscribers for and as a contributing writer.

Splitting his time between Sarasota, FL, and Vermont, Jim has a deep passion for and concern about the environment and climate change.

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Corporate Adviser/Strategist

Martina holds a Ph.D. in Finance with a focus on International Finance and an MBA with a focus on International Marketing, both from Florida Atlantic University. She provides investment research, strategic consulting, and marketing support services to Best Weather’s team. Martina has over 20 years of experience in the field of financial analysis and research, real estate investment and sales, as well as financial education. Besides having been involved in the marketing and financial analysis of multi-million dollar commercial and residential real estate projects, she has worked in financial management and sales for an aviation company and given multiple corporate training seminars in finance. In 2000, Martina joined the College of Business faculty at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the topics of corporate finance, international finance, and real estate. In addition to publishing numerous articles in refereed journals in the fields of education, investments, international finance, and real estate, she has earned multiple distance learning, face to face teaching, and research awards. She is a Hall of Fame member and All American at Florida Atlantic University and Broward Community College as their former #1 tennis player and was a world ranked professional tennis player in the late 1980’s.

Martina was selected to ‘Who’s Who in American Women” for her diverse background in athletics and scholarly accolades and service to students.

 Doug Stewart, Ph.D.

Doug Stewart, Ph.D.

Co-Founder; Designer of Climatech

Dr. Douglas Stewart, C.C.M. holds graduate degrees in meteorology from M.I.T. (S.M) and the University of Miami (Ph.D). He has more than 35 of years experience developing computer models and analyzing geophysical data sets in support of meteorological and applied climate studies, and has over 15 years of experience in developing web-based software. He has developed web tools to project commodity and equity prices. During the late 1990’s, he and his colleagues at Climatological Consulting Corporation developed a Web tool for calculating the fair market value of HDD and CDD weather derivatives and conducted several workshops on pricing weather derivatives.

In addition to developing CLIMATECH’s tool, he has developed a sophisticated weather risk analysis tool that assesses, monitors, and projects non-catastropic day-to-day and week-to-week weather risk applicable to a wide variety of weather-sensitive industries. Doug’s work on developing long-range forecasts of monthly-to-season climate anomalies will be incorporated into this weather risk tool to extend its range of applicability. His concern over the global impacts of climate change motivates his vision to promote resilience to adverse weather, while recognizing that this adaptation is not the ultimate solution for keeping the planet habitable.

Doug lives in southeast Florida and spends his free time on other interests, including sailing, boat building, skiing, hiking, and camping. He enjoys working on challenging projects, with strong commitments to their completion.

Scott Mathews

Scott Mathews


Scott Mathews is de facto “editor in chief” for Weather Wealth, Climatelligence, and Jim Roemer’s numerous articles appearing on such websites as Seeking Alpha,,,TalkMarkets, and others.

Scott contributes special features on, as well. He is a futures industry professional, and registered with the National Futures Association as a broker and branch manager (Series 3 and 30).

Carol Livingston

Carol Livingston

International Media and Marketing Architect

Carol Livingston is Best Weather’s international media and marketing maven. She was Asia political columnist for The Montreal Gazette, Southeast Asia correspondent for Infrastructure Finance, and now contributes occasional articles to Best Weather. In her journalism career, Carol also wrote for the Economist Country Reports, Associated Press, United Press International, Agence France Presse, Tatler, The European, and other outlets. Carol consulted to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, and other international agencies.

Perry Johnson

Perry Johnson

Designer, Web Architect, Photographer/Editor

Perry Johnson honed his photography and design skills at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Toulouse, France. In addition he holds a B.A in Economics and Political Science from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs,

He has worked in marketing for over over 30 years as both a freelancer and within the structure of major agencies including Leo Burnett, Wieden+Kennedy and is the principle at Imagica, a maketing communications firm specializing in business-to-business, real estate, finance and consumer products marketing.

As a Platinum Member of Nikon Professional Services, Perry was a recipient of one of Nikon’s very first digital cameras (Nikon D #311) but had to convince clients including Food & Wine Magazine, Target, American Express Financial Services and others to accept images captured in a digital format. A task that took many companies years to accept.

Perry strongly feels his experience gives him a unique perspective on what makes compelling content and how these elements have and will change over the course of time.