Our Team

Frank V. Lawson Jr


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Frank V. Lawson Jr., CFA

Mr. Lawson was a Senior Trust Officer with the First National Bank of Omaha prior to co-founding Lawson Kroeker Investment Management in 1986. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the firm, providing valuable insights and observations about the firm’s investment strategies. Lawson Kroeker clients benefit from his vast experience in the investment management industry.

B.A. in Economics from Harvard University

Kenneth W. Kroeker

 
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Kenneth W. Kroeker, CFA

Mr. Kroeker spent seventeen years at the Omaha National Bank (now U.S. Bancorp), the last nine years he was chairman of the trust department before founding Lawson Kroeker Investment Management in 1986. Mr. Kroeker continues to generate investment ideas over all strategies. Lawson Kroeker clients benefit from his 40+ years of investment management experience.

B.A. Education, University of Nebraska (Kearney)
M.A. Finance, University of Nebraska

Thomas J. Sudyka, Jr.


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Thomas J. Sudyka, Jr., CFA

Mr. Sudyka began his career as a portfolio manager with several large Midwest-based investment management companies. He served as a managing director and founding partner of BPI Global Asset Management prior to joining Lawson Kroeker in 1999. His investment decisions are guided by his 30+ years of investment management experience.

M.B.A. Finance, University of Nebraska
B.A. Finance, Creighton University

Bruce H. Van Kooten


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Bruce H. Van Kooten, CFA

Mr. Van Kooten was a portfolio manager and analyst with several Omaha-based investment management companies before moving to Wells Fargo Private Client Services as vice president and senior investment manager. He brought his talents to the Lawson Kroeker firm in 2006, and clients benefit from his 35+ years of investment management experience.

B.A. Economics and Finance, Iowa State University

Patrick J. Riordan

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Patrick J. Riordan

Mr. Riordan spent nearly 30 years with Merrill Lynch servicing institutional clients before joining Lawson Kroeker in 2012. He currently serves as the Director of Client Relations and Business Development. He brings nearly three decades of experience in the investment industry to the clients of the firm.

B.S. Business Administration, Creighton University

Nicholas J. Bedlan

 
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Nicholas J. Bedlan, CFP

Mr. Bedlan served as portfolio manager and analyst at a couple major financial institutions prior to joining Lawson Kroeker in 2015. Clients benefit from his 13 years of investment management experience.

B.S. Business Administration, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Chad C. Clauser


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Chad C. Clauser, CFA

Chad joined Lawson Kroeker in April 2015. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior analyst at a local investment advisor and a vice president at a New York investment bank. Chad earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2009 and is a member of the CFA Society of Nebraska. Lawson Kroeker clients benefit from his 10+ years of investment experience.

B.S. Finance, University of Nebraska

Christine E. Walker


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Christine E. Walker

Ms. Walker brings 25+ years of experience in the investment management industry. She oversees operations and serves as business manager. She joined Lawson Kroeker in 2006.

B.S. Business Administration, University of Nebraska (Omaha)

Edie L. Basch


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Edie L. Basch

Ms. Basch has been an integral part of the operations of Lawson Kroeker since its founding in 1986. She provides ongoing client account administration and support.

Kathleen A. Wetjen


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Kathleen A. Wetjen

Ms. Wetjen joined Lawson Kroeker in 1998. She facilitates integration of new accounts and provides ongoing account administration and client reporting.