We are a registered investment advisor (RIA) based in Northern California. Our investment committee is made up of five professionals with expertise in portfolio management, financial planning, public accounting, investment banking, fundamental cash flow analysis, technical/behavioral analytics, proprietary trading, and macro economics. This diverse pool of talent allows the firm to benefit from a “committee-style” approach to research and valuation.  Click here for a timeline of the Firm’s history.

Investment Team

Founder & CEO


Craig Van Hulzen, Founder & CEO

Craig started the business in 1998 and oversees the investment process. He also provides technical and option advisory services to institutional money managers with approximately $6 billion in assets worldwide. Craig is a former risk management and expert witness to several state governments with regards to their pension funds. He has been featured in Business Week, Fortune Online, Pensions & Investment, Financial Planning and USA Today. Craig holds a B.A. in Business Finance from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Asset Management

jpearceJohn Pearce, Managing Director

John has worked with Van Hulzen Asset Management since February 2008. He co-founded the Iron Horse Funds and co-manages the Iron Horse Fund, serves on the Investment Committee and oversees the firm´s business development. Prior to joining Van Hulzen, John was a Director in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse Securities, where he specialized in intrinsic value analysis and worked with both large corporations and institutional clients. John holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Accounting from the College of Charleston.

stbrinkStefan ten Brink, Managing Director
Stefan joined Van Hulzen Asset Management in January 2011 from Petercam Asset Management in Amsterdam. He co-manages the Iron Horse Fund and oversees the global portfolio management process. Stefan has 20 years of investment advisory experience and co-managed the equity portfolio of the Ahold Pension Fund prior to joining Petercam. Stefan holds a degree in Logistics & Economics from Arnhem Business School and an MSc in Business Economics from Nijmegen University. Stefan is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).

Wealth Management


Chris Schreur, Senior Vice President

Chris joined Van Hulzen Asset Management in 2006. He serves on the Investment Committee as Chief Economist, manages the firm´s equity and fixed income portfolios, and heads up all trading activities. Previously, Chris was the Chief Bank Investment Officer at Los Alamos National Bank in Los Alamos, NM. Chris is an author and speaker in the Santa Fe / Los Alamos Community on financial topics. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Colorado College.

bradBrad Nicholson, CFP®, Senior Vice President
Brad joined Van Hulzen Asset Management in 2002. He manages all wealth management services and oversees the firm´s internal operations. He has been a portfolio manager for 5 years and is head of the mutual fund research team. Brad is a Certified Financial Planner and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Christian Heritage College, where he was a Student Athlete Academic All-American.

Client Service & Support

In addition to the above investment committee members, Van Hulzen has a five person team in charge of client service, operations and support:

  • Julie Bracken, Director of Client Service
  • Rhett Beal, Equity Reseach, Trading, Accounting & Data Management
  • Amber Adams, Client Service, Jackson, CA
  • Brenda Steward, Office Manager, El Dorado Hills, CA

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