Ken joined Mitchell Capital in February 1990. Today, he serves clients as president of the firm, working with U.S. Treasury securities, Federal Agency securities, state and local tax-exempt securities and corporate bonds. “I know that at Mitchell Capital, we do the homework, we do the analysis and we do the research to be prudent investors,” Ken says. “We’re not given to speculations and that’s important.” Furthermore, he revels in the economic analysis he does each day. “I’ve studied economic history and my job affords me a ringside seat. I really enjoy furthering that understanding of what’s going on economically.”
After Ken earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Missouri, he began his career in finance at Central Bank in Jefferson City, Missouri. “It was a great learning ground for me,” Ken says. He had always been passionate about security analysis and eagerly earned his Chartered Financial Analyst certification. “I’d wanted to be a security analyst since my freshman year in college, and I wanted to do this with the best scientific method I knew.”
Ken met Fred Mitchell, the founder of Mitchell Capital Management, when the firm was still small. “Fred was seeking someone with bond expertise, and that was my first position. Fred has been my mentor ever since.” During his time at Mitchell Capital, Ken’s responsibilities have included fixed income security analysis and portfolio management, as well as institutional tax-exempt clients and individual taxable accounts. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the Economic Club of KC and the KC CFA Society.
Ken and his wife have one daughter and one son, both in high school. He is an active volunteer in his son’s Boy Scout troop. In leadership as Committee Chair, Ken oversees all parent volunteers. “It’s very similar to running a business,” he smiles. Ken also enjoys playing tennis and spending time on the family ranch in Lebanon, Missouri.
By the Numbers
190: Scouts Ken oversees as Committee Chair for the third-largest Boy Scout troop in the nation.