Professional

Kent Kramer works alongside clients to help them identify, progress toward, and achieve their most meaningful financial and related goals. Drawing on his varied experiences as a communicator, elected official, financial adviser, and portfolio manager, Kent uses his unique abilities to describe our clients’ financial goals and connect them with strategies that will lead toward success. Kent provides leadership within the firm as a member of the Investment Committee.

Kent enjoys speaking and writing on various topics. Along with internal publications, his articles and interviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Physician’s Money Digest, Iowa Medicine, The Des Moines Register, Investment News and other forums. Kent graduated from the University of Iowa with High Distinction in Finance in 1984 and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. He has served as a State Representative in the Iowa Legislature (Vice-Chair, Ways & Means Committee on taxation) and on the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Board of Governors.

Personal

What I like the best about my role at Foster Group is how it brings together so many of the experiences and responsibilities that I have been given. While I have tremendous respect for, and pay close attention to, the technical, number-crunching aspects of finance, experience has taught me that it is the more human elements of communication, understanding, wisdom, and decision-making that usually lead to success. I have observed this while communicating a message across cultures in an international mission organization, working in the legislature to find policy answers that are fair to all citizens, and in managing personal wealth for individuals and institutions. The challenge of taking complex ideas and making them clear and applicable to an individual’s ‘real life’ in a way that improves confidence and quality of life is rewarding in any context.

The other major positive about the Foster Group approach is the way our organization places priority on family and community engagement. My wife, Kim, and I have four great daughters (and now two sons-in-law) who all keep us happily engaged in their lives and pursuits. In addition, we remain very involved in our local church—through teaching and leading (me) or music (everybody!). Plus, we enjoy bicycling, golf and being outside, including our annual two-week family trip to the mountains of Colorado. I can’t find enough time to read my ever-growing book list and, of course, we follow the Iowa Hawkeyes as loyal alumni and parents of Hawks!