Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan

February 14, 2020

Paul Saunders, James River, and The Path to Success


James River Capital Corp. (“James River”) is head quartered in Richmond, Virginia. In 1995, James River became an independent investment firm after separating from its parent branches, KP Futures Management Corp and Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. (“Kidder”). Founders Paul Saunders and Kevin Brandt acquired James River from Kidder and registered the firm as an Investment Advisor with SEC. Additionally, James River is registered as a Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator with the CFTC.

Paul Saunders has been the Chief Executive Officer of James River since 1995. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. and from the University of Chicago with an M.B.A. Before he mastered investment and trading, Saunders worked in investment banking at Warburg Paribas Becker and A.G. Becker. Saunders became the President of KP Futures Management Corp. until he acquired and developed the firm into James River Capital Corp. He is a successful entrepreneur, a family man, and passionate about supporting charitable causes, including his own charity organization, the Saunders Family Foundation.

Saunders suggests that seeking leadership opportunities, a commitment to excellence, and strong listening skills are among the principles he followed to achieve success. Saunders paved his way to becoming CEO by working hard to exceed his superiors’ expectations. By assuming the attitude of a leader, Saunders carried himself with the confidence and charisma required to spearhead James River. Saunders also recommends becoming an expert in your line of work while remaining open to constructive criticism. Don’t be afraid to teach your coworkers how to improve their performance–in the process, you may make influential contacts for future business prospects. It’s never a bad idea to make your superior or coworker feel important.