Meet Our Team

Mike McLaren
President / CEO

With over 30 years of experience in investment management, Mike serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BPS Capital. He is a partner of the firm and joined BPS Capital in 1987. Prior to joining BPS Capital, Mike worked as an institutional bond broker for M.H. Novick. He received his BS in Finance Business from the University of Illinois.

Gary Walen
Vice President / CFO

Gary has been at BPS Capital since 1987 and has over 30 years of experience in investment management. He is a partner of the firm and serves as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining BPS Capital, Gary worked in institutional fixed income sales at Dougherty, Strand, & Yost. He received his BA in Business Administration and Economics from Augsburg College.

Nate Purdy
Vice President of Business Development

Nate joined BPS Capital in 2008. He serves as the Vice President of Business Development and functions as the head of marketing. Prior to joining BPS Capital, Nate worked in sales for companies such as Verizon, Metro Sales, and Atari. He received his BSBA in Marketing from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Eric Swanson, CFA
Fixed Income Analyst / Portfolio Manager

Eric joined BPS Capital in 2011. He performs a dual role as both a Fixed Income Analyst as well as a Portfolio Manager. Eric is responsible for designing and building BPS Capital’s proprietary Interest Rate Risk report. He holds the Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Minnesota. He earned his BA in Economics and Finance from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Erin Swanson
Fixed Income Analyst

Erin is a Fixed Income Analyst, and has been at BPS Capital since 2012. Outside of BPS, she is also a professional skating instructor. She has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations, and will be eligible to apply for the CFA charter in July 2016. She graduated from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a BA in Mathematics.

Pat Knapp
Administrative Assistant

Pat has been with BPS Capital for over 25 years. She joined BPS in 1989 and functions as the office’s receptionist and administrative assistant. Prior to coming to BPS, she worked for twelve years as an executive assistant at First National Bank of Minneapolis. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her two children and attending the sporting events of her two grandchildren.

Tamara Pompilio
Operations Associate

Tamara is an Operations Associate at BPS Capital and has been working with the company since 2013. Prior to working for BPS Capital, Tamara worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a certified pharmacy technician. Outside of the office she is heavily involved in a number of local community charities and non-profits, and is also a mother of three children.

Jonathan Pederson
Operations Associate

Jonathan is the newest member of the team at BPS Capital. He has been working since 2014 as an Operations Associate. Jonathan has worked as a writer for several years, and enjoys writing part time. He is currently working on the second and third books in his children’s series.