Our profile and values set us apart in the crowded field of wealth management advisors

Who We Are

KKRA was founded in 1983 as a fee-only investment advisory firm with a dedication to our clients first and foremost. Throughout decades of independent investment experience and many complex situations, we have built a familiarity with multiple environments, approaches and alternative techniques.

By concentrating our expertise on defining clients’ optimal blend of return and risk, we design customized strategies to protect and build your wealth while actively maintaining and adjusting as markets and financial lives evolve.

Partners

Our founding partners are committed to spending the time it takes to understand, support and guide clients in order to build trust, confidence and wealth — by molding their diverse financial experiences to each client’s personal circumstances.

Michael Kunath

Mike is a founding partner, portfolio manager and principal of KKRA. Leveraging his 40+ years of experience in investments, Mike holds responsibility for defining the investment framework of the firm, participates on the Investment Committee and manages balanced, fixed income and stock portfolios for our clients. Prior to starting KKRA, Mike was a founding partner of Sirach Partners, Vice President of Institutional Sales for both Piper Jaffray, Vice President and Principal of Herron Northwest and cut his teeth early in his career in the investment department of Peoples National Bank.

A retired army Captain who was raised and schooled abroad, Mike settled in Seattle, where he earned both a BA and an MBA from Seattle University, co-founding the Associations for both the Graduate School of Business Students and the Graduate School of Business Alumni while there. He has continued his diligent contribution to the broader Seattle-area community through a myriad of charities, playing a leading role in organizations such as the Celebrity Waiter’s Luncheon, Gilda’s Club, the YWCA and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center.

Mike enjoys the challenges of a good golf game, hunting, adventure travel and puzzling out the Hocus Focus in the daily Seattle Times. As a lifelong tree lover and avid gardner, he relishes time to research and photograph new species and the opportunity to plan, plant and grow an oasis in his yard.

Ned Karren

Ned is one of the founding partners of KKRA, establishing the firm with Mike Kunath and Bruce Rinne in 1983. He is a portfolio manager and holds primary responsibility for the Growth Equity Strategy.

Prior to KKRA, Ned was President of Seafirst Investment Advisors in Seattle, where he worked with Bruce Rinne. Ned is a graduate of Brigham Young University and earned his MBA in Finance from Northwestern University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

An active community volunteer, Ned is also a member of the BYU Management Society and the Seattle Society of Financial Analysts. When not chasing down his grandchildren with his wife, Marilyn, Ned can be found hitting the slopes of Whistler or planning his next skiing adventures.

Bruce Rinne

Bruce, a founding KKRA partner, is a portfolio manager, focusing on managing fixed income, cash and balanced portfolios for our clients. He prides himself on his deep connection with clients and the level of service KKRA provides. Prior to forming KKRA, Bruce worked with Ned Karren as a senior portfolio manager at Seafirst Investment Advisors, where he began his career in investment management.

A University of Washington graduate with local ties, Bruce enjoys the many offerings of the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons. When he wants to escape the securities markets, he likes to head to his woodshop and focus his attentions on creating…sometimes a complex piece of furniture, and others a simple kitchen tool. In either case, he says, “There is something about a sharp spinning blade or the keen edge of a chisel that demands complete attention!”

Jeffrey Atkin

Jeff is a managing partner and portfolio manager of KKRA. Utilizing his extensive experience in equity research and analysis, he manages stock and balanced portfolios for our clients. Prior to joining KKRA in 1986, Jeff was a founding partner of Cable, Howse & Ragen in Seattle and served as Vice President of Research at Foster & Marshall and Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood.

A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Jeff has called the PNW home for many years. He is a Past President and member of the CFA Society of Seattle, Past Chairman of the Washington Athletic Club and currently serves on investment committees for several community boards. An active member of the community and supporter of the arts, Jeff serves as a trustee of the Tacoma Art Museum and co-chairs its Collection Committee, is a Past President of the Board of Pilchuck Glass School and is Past President of the Board of Trustees of PONCHO.

Jeff and his wife Brenda enjoy traveling and discovering new artists and museums, and are avid attendees of the symphony and local theatres. He and Brenda also enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and supporting the community they have long-enjoyed being part of.

Team

The KKRA team brings over 30 years of competitive achievement in cash, stock, bond and balanced portfolio management and a strong, diversified team of professionals to each and every interaction. We are honored to have these talented and valuable team members as part of our family.

LeAna Alvarado-Smith, Director of Operations & Compliance

LeAna began her career with KKRA in 1996 and has since been actively involved with every aspect of the firm's operations, from trading to reporting, and she now oversees the firm’s operations and compliance departments. She puts her MBA from Seattle University to great use for our clients by streamlining processes, testing new technology and formulating and implementing policies and procedures.

A Seattle native, LeAna is active in her community; serving on several boards and projects, including bringing a beautiful neighborhood outdoor fitness center and sports court to fruition. She, along with her husband and two sons, enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest by getting outdoors to play and watch sports year-round, supporting their neighborhood and spending dedicated family time together.

Kara E. Gerhart, Director of Client Relations

Kara became part of our family in 2010, bringing a wealth of client service expertise. Prior to joining KKRA, she led client servicing for top brokerage teams. Her personalized service and attention to detail allow her to find solutions that are tailored directly to each client's needs.

While Kara called the east coast home for many years, she and her husband now enjoy the active, outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, kayaking and camping. Kara is an active community member through her regular volunteer work with PAWS, and was recognized as PAWS "Outstanding Volunteer" in 2013.

Beth Keith, Director of Reporting Analytics

Beth, who has over 30 years of experience within the Seattle investment community, joined us in 2008. Using her proficiency in data analysis and reporting, Beth manages our custom financial and performance reporting services. 

A Northwest native, Beth resides in Seattle with her husband, artist & author Doug Keith. Together, they enjoy geo-caching around the sound, singing and playing in his band and perusing the local music and art scene. 

Kathy Kuzeja, Director of Portfolio Administration

Kathy has been with KKRA since 1997 and manages the daily aspects of portfolio administration including trading, settlement and reconciliation. She also serves as the primary liaison between custodians, brokers and portfolio managers.

A native of the area, Kathy enjoys kayaking around local islands, snowshoeing mountain trails as well as the beauty and talent of the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Washington University.