Chief Executive Officer of KielStrand Capital
Jim currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Burford Capital Ltd, a London-listed finance firm that is the world's largest focused on law.
Prior to his retirement in 2016 as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, Jim spent 32 years in the investment banking business, including senior roles at Goldman Sachs, ABN AMRO and PaineWebber. Through much of his career, Jim worked with the management and boards of diversified financial services companies in providing advice on strategy, mergers, restructurings and raising capital.
Jim currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of alpha-En Corporation, a publicly-traded provider of lithium metal technology in Yonkers, NY and as a Trustee of the MFS Mutual Funds, Boston MA, the oldest and one of the largest mutual fund complexes in the US. He previously served on the Boards of Recombinetics Inc., a privately-held agricultural bio-technology company in St. Paul, MN; Modular Space Corporation, a privately-held supplier of modular structures in Berwyn, PA; and of Lebenthal Holdings, a privately-held broker-dealer and asset manager in New York, NY. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, NY; as Chair of the Investment Committee of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY; and as Treasurer of his Yale College Class. He has previously been active on the Parents Association Boards at Bucknell University and Carleton College.
Jim holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Theresa Beach Kilman
President of KielStrand Capital
Theresa serves on the Board Executive Committee of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY; she also co-chaired this cultural and educational organization’s annual gala. Theresa recently completed ten years of service on Westchester Community Foundation’s Board of Advisors including her four years as Board Chair. In addition, she is a member of The Thursday Club, a philanthropic organization based in Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY. Theresa previously co-chaired the Nomination/Governance Committee and was a Board member of the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY where she now serves on its Advisory Board. Theresa has previously been active as Co-Founder and Co-President of the Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and on the Parents Association Boards at Bucknell University, Carleton College and the Hackley School.
Theresa is also a partner in and photographer for JT Carr Creative. She is a regular photographic contributor to the Grown + Flown website and blog. Theresa began her career as a commercial lending officer at the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation.
Theresa holds an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Marketing from Miami University.