Bruce was raised on a farm in north central Iowa and attended Iowa State University in Ames. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics, he worked five years at a Bank Trust Department in Fort Dodge. In 1982, Bruce and his wife left Fort Dodge and began work in the Trust Investment Department of The First National Bank of Omaha, where he began to hone his investment skills working under Frank Lawson.
He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1987.
In 1988, Bruce left First National and began work in the Research and Portfolio Management areas of KPM Investment Management (a Mutual of Omaha subsidiary), writing research and managing individual and institutional portfolios. He remained at KPM for eleven years.
In 2000, Bruce moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked with a friend from his First National days at Norwest Bank, NA. Following Norwest’s merger and name change to Wells Fargo, Bruce worked as Senior Portfolio Manager for Wells Fargo Private Asset Management.
In April of 2006, Bruce was called back to Omaha to become a partner in Lawson Kroeker Investment Management, where he was reunited with Frank Lawson and Tom Sudyka (from his KPM days) and reacquainted with Ken Kroeker, whom he had known from the 1980s.
Bruce brings to Lawson Kroeker more than 42 years of investment and Portfolio Management experience, a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and membership in the local CFA® society.
Bruce Van Kooten, CFA®, Partner and Portfolio Manager
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