President / Senior Portfolio Manager
J.D. Hurd began his study of technical analysis at Shearson Loeb Rhodes in 1982. At the time, Mr. Hurd managed 35 index option portfolios for high net worth clients using technical analysis with discretion. In 1985, he turned his attention to the management of stock portfolios again with an emphasis in technical analysis. In 1988, Mr. Hurd left Shearson to join Craig-Hallum, Inc., a prominent Minneapolis stock investment boutique, to hone his skills in the investment of small-cap growth companies. In 1993, J.D. assisted in the formation of Summit Capital Group, an institutional research and sales organization that specialized in emerging and small growth companies. In 1998, Mr. Hurd joined Miller, Johnson & Kuehn, a regional stock brokerage to become the Director of Equity Sales and Senior Technical Analyst. In October of 2000, J.D. resigned his role in corporate management to focus solely on micro and small-cap portfolio management. He then managed approximately 140 small-cap portfolios with discretion at Hurd Growth Advisors under the Prudential Securities umbrella. In July of 2003, he left Prudential Securities to start Rocket Capital Management, LLC.
Ben J. Scheibe
Senior Vice President
Ben joined Rocket in 2018 as Sr. Vice President tasked with managing client relations. This is Ben's second stint working with JD as he held a similar role in the late 90's. Ben has extensive knowledge of market dynamics using both technical analysis and fundamental tools. Ben is a 1995 graduate of Bethel University with a B.A. in Finance and Economics.
Grant Larson, CFA
Sr. Research Analyst / Operations Associate
Grant joined Rocket Capital Management in 2017 having previously spent three years as a portfolio analyst with Whitebox Advisors, a hedge fund with a focus on credit, credit arbitrage and relative value strategies. Prior to that, he was a demand planner for Michael Foods, responsible for building and maintaining statistical models to forecast demand for retail food products. With Rocket, Grant is a key component of the investment process, particularly in conducting deep-dive fundamental research. He is also charged with managing key operational and compliance functions of the firm. Grant graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2014 with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Math, and is a CFA® charterholder.