Experience

As a Registered Investment Advisory Firm we have a combined 40 years of experience investing and advising in the markets. Our background is strongly rooted in the bond markets. Jim and Bob – having advised Fortune 500 corporations and institutional investors in credit risk management and capital markets.

  • Jim Etten
    Jim Etten President

    With 15 years of institutional experience Jim is passionate to bring his knowledge and guidance to the investors he serves. Prior to forming Copper River Jim had an extensive career working inside the financial markets.

    At ICD, a 50 billion dollar asset manager based in San Francisco, Jim provided investment advice on structured investment funds, direct fixed income instruments’ and separately managed accounts to fortune 100 companies in Canada, Asia-Pacific as well as in U.S.

    Prior to his tenure at ICD, Jim was Co-founder of a software firm in Denver that built custom fixed income trading systems for many of the world’s largest Banks and their clients to include Bank of America, U.S Bank, UBS, RBC and Comerica Bank.

    Jim began his career at Bank of America in Chicago in 1998, working in the institutional asset management group, where he was responsible for managing investment solutions to Corporations, Asset Managers, Prime Brokers and Hedge Funds.

    Jim attended University of St. Thomas and served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

  • Bob Brown
    Bob Brown Partner

    Bob has more than 25-years’ experience working for Financial Institutions in New York and  extensive experience in Credit Risk Management, the Capital Markets, Fixed Income Securities, Securities Clearance and Custody.

    During his 21 years at Bank of America, N.A., Bob was a Senior Vice President and the Industry Portfolio Manager for the Global Corporate & Investment Bank.  In this role he approved the Bank’s exposure to U.S. Banking, Broker Dealer, Asset Management and Alternative Investment sectors.  Prior to undertaking this position, he was the Credit Product Manager for the Securities & Commodities Group which underwrote all credit exposure to the Bank’s U.S. Broker Dealer, Commodities and Exchange Fund clientele.  Bob joined Bank of America through its acquisition of Security Pacific National Trust Company.

    Prior to working at Bank of America, Robert was employed at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) and Credit Lyonnais (now CALYON) in Corporate Banking, Credit Analyst and Risk Management functions.

    Bob received his B.S. in Business Administration/Finance at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his M.B.A. in Finance & International Business from the New York University Leonard Stern School of Business.