James River Capital Corp. is a privately owned company, which specializes in the provision of investment advisory services. Commonly referred to as James River Capital, the company offers a variety of services including investment management, advisory, and commodity trading among other investment services in the United States.
The Richmond-based company was founded in 1986 and was then known as KP Futures Management Corp. In its early years, the company operated as the alternative investment arm of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. However, the entry of Paul Saunders and Kevin Brandt in 1995 signaled a period of drastic changes in the company’s management structure and business operations. Paul Saunders and Kevin Brandt acquired KP Futures Management from Kidder, Peabody & Co at the same time as Paine Webber acquired Kidder. In 1995, KP Futures Management Corp. rebranded into James River Capital Corp.
Today, James River is registered with SEC in the United States as an Investment Advisor. Additionally, the company is registered with the CFTC as a Commodity Pool Operator as well as a Commodity Trading Advisor. James River has more than $570 million worth of assets under its management.
James River Capital has a team of highly qualified and extensively experienced professionals at its helm. Chief among them is Paul Saunders, who doubles up as the Principal and Founder of the company and its affiliates. Saunders also serves as the portfolio manager, James River’s funds of hedge funds. Presently, he acts as the Chief Executive Officer of both James River Financial Corp. and James River Capital Corp.
Paul Saunders graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. He later joined the University of Chicago, where he attained an M.B.A in 1979. Immediately after graduation, Saunders started working at the Corporate Finance Department of Warburg Paribas Becker and later in the Commodity Department. He then joined Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he served as the Director of Commodity Funds and Managed Accounts. From 1986, he became the president of President of KP Futures Management Corp. until 1995, when it rebranded into James River Corporation.
James River Capital is well-known for its valuable advice on matters of management. The company advises that the job of managers is not just to lead the team; they should always be available to offer much-needed support. According to James River, the biggest obstacle to the smooth running of organizations is the withdrawal of team members. One way of ensuring that members do not hold back is to make them feel appreciated.
To bring everyone on board, managers should encourage everyone in a team or departmental meeting to contribute. The managers should also moderate discussions in meeting to prevent the most talkative members from dominating the session. Learn more: https://vimeo.com/272365860