Craig Thrasher, CFA
Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst

Research Experience Start Date: 2004

KAR Start Date: 2008

Sector Coverage: International small cap, emerging markets small cap portfolios

Craig Manages: International Small Cap, International Small-Mid Cap, Emerging Markets Small Cap, Global Small Cap

Education: M.B.A. , University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business B.S., Business and Public Administration, concentration in Finance, University of Arizona

Prior Work Experience:
Equity Analyst – Kirr, Marbach & Company

What Do You Enjoy Most About Your Job:
What Craig enjoys most about investing is that it involves solving a wide range of very complex problems. When you do your work on an investment, you conduct a lot of research and analysis and then you form a hypothesis about the investment you are either going to make or not make. When you do this over a number of companies over a number of years you get to test your investment hypotheses over time. Through this process, you get to learn a lot and Craig finds that to be very fascinating and rewarding.

What Do You Enjoy Most About Working at KAR:
One of the best things about working at KAR for Craig, is that the firm’s investment philosophy is the same as his own personal investment philosophy. There are a lot of different ways to approach investing, but he believes that if you are going to excel you really need to believe in what you are doing. Craig spends a lot of time studying and thinking about investing and really does believe that the most important aspect of any investment decision is the quality of the business. There aren’t a lot of other firms out there that place as much emphasis on business quality as we do here at KAR and that makes it very satisfying to come to work every day.

What Are You Involved in Outside of Work:
Outside of work, Craig really enjoys traveling. He has traveled to over 40 countries outside of the U.S. and enjoys visiting new places, observing different cultures and seeing how people live throughout the world.

Another thing that he finds fulfilling outside of work is participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Craig has been a Big Brother for over seven years and his little brother and he have been able to do things together that he’s not sure he would have had a chance to do if it were not for the program. Some of the things they have done together include taking him to see snow for the first time, teaching him to ride a bike and to swim. It has been very rewarding for Craig to be a part of these activities with him.