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Executive Team

Kevin Kinzie

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Kevin KinzieKevin Kinzie is the founder and CEO of Octavus Group, the parent company of LoCorr Fund Management. He is responsible for strategic oversight of the Firm and its day-to-day management. In addition, he is Chairman of the LoCorr Funds Board and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Before founding LoCorr, Kevin founded LendSource, a real estate finance company. He also served as President and CEO of Richard Leahy Corporation, a subsidiary of Lincoln Financial Corporation, and was a leading money raiser for a Minneapolis-based mutual fund/hedge fund company.

Kevin received a B.S. in Business and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds FINRA series 6, 7, 24, 31, and 63 licenses and a Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designation. Kevin has more than 35 years of experience in financial services.

Jon C. Essen

Chief Financial Officer, Portfolio Manager

Picture of Jon EssenJon Essen is Chief Financial Officer of LoCorr Fund Management, Portfolio Manager of the Funds, and is a trustee on the LoCorr Funds Board. He is responsible for all financial matters for LoCorr Funds and its affiliates. In addition, he is actively involved in the Firm’s due diligence efforts and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Before joining LoCorr in 2008, Jon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a mezzanine finance company based in St. Paul, MN. Previously, Jon was Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations, and Director of Compliance at Jundt Associates, a Senior Financial Analyst at Norwest Investment Services (now Wells Fargo Investments) and the Reporting and Control Manager at Voyageur Funds.

Jon received a B.S. in Business Administration from Minnesota State Mankato (formerly Mankato State University). He holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 28, 63, and 99 licenses and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (inactive). Jon has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Sean Katof, CFA, CAIA

Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager

Picture of Sean KatofSean Katof is Chief Investment Officer of LoCorr Fund Management and Portfolio Manager of the Funds. He leads the Firm’s research team and is responsible for new manager due diligence, sub-adviser and fund monitoring, fund construction, and is involved in new product development efforts. He is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Before joining LoCorr Funds in 2015, Sean served as Director of Capital Markets at Slocum, an institutional consulting firm. Previously, he served as Portfolio Manager at Devenir Investment Advisors, where he managed the Industry Leaders Core Equity portfolio, and was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at INVESCO Funds Group.

Sean received his B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Sean has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Bob Sarna

Chief Operating Officer

Picture of Bob SarnaBob Sarna is the Chief Operating Officer of LoCorr Funds. He is responsible for the company’s daily operations and its Information Technology (IT) infrastructure.

Before joining LoCorr in 2011, Bob was President and CEO of LendSource, Inc., a multi-state mortgage banking entity. Previously, he served as a Managing Director of Access Financial, a Cargill subsidiary, and held other executive positions in the mortgage banking industry.

Bob attended Ohlone College in Northern California, where he studied Real Estate Economics, Law, and Finance. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Brian Hull

Chief Compliance Officer

Picture of Brian HullBrian Hull is the Chief Compliance Officer of LoCorr Fund Management. He is responsible for regulatory oversight of the LoCorr Funds.

Brian joined LoCorr through its acquisition of Steben & Company in 2019. He had been with Steben & Company since July 1997 and had held several positions in the Firm’s compliance and operations departments. Previously, he was a Registered Representative and a General Securities Principal of Tiger Investment Group, Inc., where he served as Chief Compliance Officer.

Brian attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and majored in Accounting. He holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 28, and 63 licenses and is a General Securities and Financial and Operations Principal. He has over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Ruxandra Risko

Executive Vice President

Picture of Ruxandra RiskoRuxandra Risko serves as Executive Vice President of LoCorr Fund Management. She is responsible for leading National Accounts, Institutional Relations, and Marketing. Ruxandra leads efforts to expand distribution across platforms by cultivating new and existing partnerships as well as new distribution channels. She also oversees marketing and public relations initiatives at the firm.

Before joining LoCorr Funds in 2011, Ruxandra was responsible for managing national relationships with major distribution partners at OppenheimerFunds, including oversight of product approval, relationship management, and financial arrangements with firms distributing OppenheimerFunds products.

Ruxandra holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. She has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Elizabeth Clapp-Carey

Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution

- Elizabeth Clapp-CareyLiz Clapp-Carey serves as Head of Distribution for LoCorr Funds, where she is responsible for all distribution efforts, including external and internal sales. In this role, she leads the Firm’s distribution teams and sales efforts for the U.S. and is pivotal in positioning LoCorr’s expertise in low-correlating strategies within the financial industry.

Before joining LoCorr, Liz served as Senior Vice President, Head of Intermediary Distribution at Alger Management. She managed the intermediary sales team, including Regional Marketing Managers and Regional Marketing Associates calling on broker-dealers and advisors, as well as National Accounts, the RFP team and the Defined Contribution Investment (DCIO) team. Previously, she was Head of National Accounts at Evergreen Investments and Deutsche Asset Management and held various positions at Columbia Funds.

Liz graduated with a B.S. in business administration from Merrimack College in Massachusetts. She holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, 24, and 26 licenses and has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation. She has over 36 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Kris Jaenicke

Senior Vice President, Eastern Division Sales Director

Picture of Kris JaenickeKris Jaenicke leads distribution efforts in LoCorr Fund’s Eastern Division and is responsible for the team’s delivery of LoCorr’s product suite in that region. He is also responsible for distributing alternative investment products through financial advisors in Ohio, Kentucky, and western Pennsylvania.

Before joining LoCorr Funds in 2012, Kris was a Senior Regional Vice President for Dividend Capital, Scudder Investments, and MFS Funds. Kris is an accomplished speaker and expert on low-correlating strategies. He was awarded the Sequoia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, recognizing field sales professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their careers.

Kris has a B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa. He holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, and 63 licenses, as well as Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) designations. In addition, Kris serves on the board of Hudson Community Chapel and is active in mission work. He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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