Professional Bio

James J. Kragenbring, CFA

James J. Kragenbring is the Founder, President, and Chief Investment Officer of Aquifer Capital and the President of its fund management affiliate, Aquifer Fund Management.

Jim has been active in the investment management industry since 1997 as an analyst, strategist, and portfolio manager.  Over the course of the last twenty years Jim has successfully managed portfolios for a diverse group of clients, including some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated endowments, foundations, pension plans, insurance companies, and multinational corporations.  In the process, he has participated in the development and management of a broad range of investment programs ranging from traditional long-only strategies in equity and fixed income to emerging alternative investment strategies such as absolute return, portable alpha, beta overlay, and liability-driven investing.

Jim is a summa cum laude graduate of the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO), where he studied finance, economics, and mathematics.  He is also a CFA Charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Minnesota, and Beta Gamma Sigma.  Jim is also a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO), where he earned a master’s degree in theological studies, with Highest Honors.

In addition to his professional activities, Jim remains active in his community by serving on the Board of Trustees of Bethlehem College and Seminary (Minneapolis, MN), on the Foundation Board at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), and on the Legacy Council at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO).  Jim also serves as the Chairman of Onyx Companies (Phoenix, AZ), a veteran-owned construction technology company dedicated to activating America’s veterans to lead our country forward.  When not busy with professional or charitable endeavors, Jim enjoys studying philosophy and theology, traveling, cycling, collecting art, and watching Saint Louis Cardinals baseball.