Partner and Portfolio Manager
Who We Are
Lawson Kroeker Investment Management, founded in Omaha, Nebraska is a third-generation wealth management firm that helps a select group of high-net worth clients achieve their life goals by providing investment advice and building custom investment solutions.
Lawson Kroeker provides a broad, thoughtful, prudent, and ongoing financial roadmap tailored to each client. We focus on and understand each client’s risk tolerance and needs—whether growth, capital preservation, tax mitigation, or special situations.
We also help clients with trust and estate management and philanthropy services.
Our disciplined and repeatable investment management process focuses on owning a small group of individual businesses’ stocks and bonds and holding them for a long time. We believe this makes our approach tax friendly. We further believe that our discipline regarding price and business quality benefits clients’ portfolios in the long run.
We are fiduciaries, so we are required by law to manage our client’s money for their benefit.
Our clients often come to us through client referrals and introductions from Omaha-based professionals such as accountants, lawyers, and bankers. Many come to us through community, school, and religious activities.
We are proud that our clients stay with us even when they move away from Nebraska, and our client’s adult children often stay with us for several generations.
Unlike many other firms, investors speak directly with our investment managers. This means you are talking with the person actually making your portfolio decisions, not someone who is outsourcing the responsibility to third party mutual fund managers. And because we manage money directly, without the use of outside managers, investors typically pay lower fees, which may mean higher returns over the long-term.
Lawson Kroeker mindfully focuses on your needs, goals and risk tolerance. Our thoughtful investment process seeks to carefully select securities, producing concentrated portfolios in attractive businesses to help you build and preserve wealth.
Your long-term success derives in great measure from what we believe is our disciplined, deliberate, and diligent process—we work hard to pay fair prices (and not overpay) when we buy securities for your individual portfolio.
Being an independent firm means we listen and think about what investments are appropriate for you. We are not beholden to parent company directives or approved lists. We ourselves own the same stocks that we purchase for clients.
Our founders, Frank Lawson and Ken Kroeker believed a thoughtful, disciplined, and independent firm would serve clients best. Today, in our third generation, we still believe these foundational principles are a cornerstone to your success. Our team remains true to focused, patient long-term investing and wealth management solutions providing you with a roadmap to building and preserving wealth.
Ken Kroeker co-founded Lawson Kroeker Investment Management. Although Mr. Kroeker has retired from day-to-day activities, he continues to be resource to the current team drawing from his 50+ years of investment management experience.
When he started, Ken said it would be a permanent firm. “Frank and I owned stock in the company, and we’ve sold that to Tom Sudyka and Bruce Van Kooten, both of whom had a strong history with Lawson Kroeker. And they’ve selected a few to sell it to as they move it forward—instead of selling out the business to another investor.”
“When we look at a stock, we really are in it for the long-term. Everybody says they’re long-term, but they aren’t. We say we are, and we are. There are some stocks I’ve owned for 20 years. When you look for an idea to invest your time and energy in, you want something that can last indefinitely … and that’s what we offer.” – Ken Kroeker
Prior to founding Lawson Kroeker, Mr. Kroeker spent seventeen years at the Omaha National Bank (now U.S. Bancorp), the last nine years of which he was Trust Investment Chair. He holds a B.A. Education, University of Nebraska (Kearney), and an M.A. Finance, University of Nebraska.
Frank V. Lawson, Jr.
Frank V. Lawson, Jr., was the company co-founder and a great inspiration to our team. His knowledge, integrity and excellence impacted each of us. Frank offered his uncommon wisdom in the fields of investments, and of life, with great generosity.
Today, we confidently continue his work. We warmly encourage you to sit down in our office and learn more about Frank—and to find out how his philosophies are still a cornerstone of our work every day.
Over the Years
Ken Lawson and Frank Kroeker form Lawson Kroeker
Bob Tredway joins Lawson Kroeker
$90 million Assets Under Management (AUM)
Tom Sudyka joins Lawson Kroeker
$244 million Assets Under Management (AUM)
Bruce Van Kooten joins Lawson Kroeker
$343 million Assets Under Management (AUM)
$390 million Assets Under Management (AUM)
L/K Ltd Partnership #1 converts to LK Balanced Fund (LKBLX)
Pat Riordan joins Lawson Kroeker
Chad Clauser joins Lawson Kroeker
Frank Lawson passes away
Ken Kroeker retires
Lawson Kroedker merges with Red Cedar Management; Adam Yale joins LK; $584 million Assets Under Management (AUM)
On December 31, 2022, Lawson Kroeker Investment Management merged with Red Cedar Capital, LLC of Omaha, NE. The combined entity operates under the Lawson Kroeker name. The merger continues to build upon the founders’ vision of leading an autonomous, objective and enduring firm for the benefit of its clients.
The combined firm bolsters the team’s investment management depth and experience, provides continuity and consistency in managing portfolios, and strengthens our aligned focus on creating customized balanced portfolios for our clients. Lawson Kroeker’s deep bench of investment professionals continue to employ a fundamentals-based, tax-aware, business fundamentals-based investment style.
We believe our clients will be beneficiaries of our combined research, judgment and abilities from day one, and over the long-term as well.
Investing in Omaha
Lawson Kroeker is deeply dedicated to Omaha. Since our founding in 1986, we’ve developed strong relationships with many families and institutions. The firm has also historically supported community groups and philanthropic efforts in and around Omaha. Some of our commitments, both in time and financially, have focused on higher education, the arts, and non-profit organizations, such as:
- Archdiocese of Omaha
- Bellevue University Investment Committee
- Creighton Heider College of Business
- Jewish Federation of Omaha
- Methodist Health Systems
- NorthStar Foundation
- Omaha Public Schools Facility Task Forces
- St. Cecilia Cathedral Educational Endowment
- Westside Community Schools Board of Education
Investing Aligned With You
Lawson Kroeker is invested in each client’s success. We provide personized wealth and investment management solutions custom tailored for you, based on our thoughtful, disciplined, and independent philosophy.
We own what we recommend to clients. When you succeed, we succeed. This means our investment goals are aligned with you.
Because we buy stocks and/or bonds for our clients, and don’t invest with outside managers or pay high distribution costs, we believe our fees are very competitive. Our fees are clear and transparent because we believe you should know what you are paying for.