Executive Team

Kevin Kinzie
Chief Executive Officer, Octavus Group, LLC/LoCorr Funds

Kevin Kinzie is the CEO and founder of Octavus Group. Octavus was founded in 2003 to fill a growing market opportunity in alternative investments and has since distributed nearly $1 billion in this space. More recently in 2010, Kevin founded and is the CEO of LoCorr Funds. LoCorr was founded to create a family of alternative investment products designed to produce returns that have low correlation to traditional investments.  In addition to Octavus/LoCorr, Kevin’s 25 years of experience in financial services includes founding a real estate finance company, LendSource, Inc. Previously, Kevin served as President and CEO of Richard Leahy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lincoln Financial Corporation, guiding the Company into the bank marketplace offering investment products to bank customers, during which time sales grew to over $700 million and employees to about 450. Kevin previously was a leading money raiser for a Minneapolis based mutual fund/hedge fund company.  Kevin holds a BS in business and marketing from the University of Colorado. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 31, and 63 licenses and the CLU designation.

Jon C. Essen
Chief Investment Officer, Octavus Group, LLC/LoCorr Funds

Jon Essen joined Octavus Group/LoCorr Funds as its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer in 2008.  Jon has been COO of LoCorr Fund Management since its inception 2010 and Portfolio Manager of the Funds since inception in 2011. Jon has about 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Prior to LoCorr, he worked as EVP and CFO of a mezzanine finance company based in St. Paul, MN.  Prior to that, Jon worked at Jundt Associates from 1998 to 2002 as its CFO, Director of Operations and Director of Compliance. Jundt Associates was an investment management firm, based in Minneapolis, MN, that offered its services through mutual funds, hedge funds and private accounts. Jon also worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Norwest Investment Services (currently Wells Fargo Investments) from 1997 to 1998, and at Voyageur Funds, an asset management company based in Minneapolis, MN, from 1994 to 1997, serving as its Reporting and Control Supervisor. Jon graduated from Minnesota State Mankato (formerly Mankato State University) with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a CPA (inactive) and holds the FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 28, and 63 licenses.

Ruxandra Risko
Senior Vice President, National Accounts

Ruxandra Risko joined LoCorr Funds in Feb 2011 to lead the national accounts efforts of the firm. Her goal is to build distribution across national account relationships by cultivating existing nationwide partnerships and expanding into new platforms as well as new channels of distribution. Ruxandra brings over 20 years of experience in the asset management business, specifically in distribution. Prior to joining LoCorr, Ruxandra was responsible for managing the nationwide relationships with the major distribution partners at Oppenheimer Funds. Her specific responsibilities included oversight of product approval, all aspects of relationship management and financial arrangements with firms distributing Oppenheimer products. Ruxandra holds a BS in Finance and International Business as well as a MBA in Finance from New York University.  

Kris Jaenicke
Senior Vice President, Eastern Division Sales Director

Kris Jaenicke leads our distribution efforts in the firm’s eastern division and is responsible for that team’s delivery of the LoCorr product suite to that region of the country. Kris is also instrumental to the firms branding and positioning in the industry, working with marketing to developing materials for the education of advisors and investors. Prior to his new role, Kris was regional vice president, primarily responsible for the distribution of alternative investment products through financial advisors in the Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania territories. Focused exclusively on the distribution of alternative investments for the past decade, Kris offers advisors expertise in the sector, as well as more than 20 years of experience in a sales capacity within financial services. He was previously 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, an award recognizing field sales professionals who have demonstrated a commitment of excellence in their careers. Kris has a BA in Finance from the University of Iowa. He serves on the board of Hudson Community Chapel and is active in mission work. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses.