Our Team


Kenneth W. Kroeker


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.


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


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


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


Nicholas J. Bedlan, CFA

Prior to joining Lawson Kroeker in 2015, Mr. Bedlan served as an analyst and portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, respectively. In addition to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation, Nick is also a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®). Clients benefit from his 15+ years of investment management experience.

Master of Security Analysis & Portfolio Management, Creighton University
B.S. Business Administration, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Chad C. Clauser


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


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


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.

Monica S. Davis

Monica S. Davis

Ms. Davis joined Lawson Kroeker in 2017. She facilitates integration of new accounts and provides ongoing account administration and client reporting.

B.S. Secondary Education, University of Nebraska