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Rocket Capital Management

Our Team

J.D. Hurd
President / Senior Portfolio Manager
J.D. Hurd has impressive industry experience in the field of technical analysis. He specializes in small-cap growth investments.

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.


Phone: (952) 476-1062

Jim has over 30 years of investment experience. He started his career as an Investment Advisor for Merrill Lynch In 1991. He then went to the Chicago Board of Options in 1994 and took a position with Lakota Trading Group as a derivatives trader. In this role, Jim provided stock option markets to the general public in over 50 securities. After a successful experience in Chicago, Jim took a derivatives Trader/Risk management position in 1999 with Arbitrade/Deephaven in Minneapolis. Jim managed multiple traders and was responsible for over 100 securities/derivative positions. In 2005, Jim’s group was bought by CitiGroup. He retired from CitiGroup as a Director in 2014. In 2019, Jim came out of retirement to join Rocket Capital as a Portfolio/Operations Manager.


Phone: (952) 476-0271

Jim Nelson
Portfolio / Operations Manager
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