Jim Karel headshot


President - Portfolio Manager

James F. Karel is president of Karel Capital, Inc., which is registered with the State of Washington as a Registered Investment Advisor.

Prior to founding Karel Capital, Inc., Jim worked with national brokerage firms in the areas of portfolio management, investment advising, office management, and marketing. He also directed a national training center where he was responsible for the training and development of thousands of New York Stock Exchange registered representatives.

Jim is the co-founder of the Karel-Holderreed Biotechnology Stock Index, the first stock index of biotechnology companies. He previously hosted an investment program for Public Broadcasting Systems and wrote a regular column, “Investment Insights,” for San Mateo Times newspaper. He has been an acknowledged investment industry resource to San Francisco’s ABC-TV affiliate and has been quoted in such publications as USA Today, Barron's, New York Times, Technology Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angeles Times. Jim was previously on the Investment Advisory Board for the San Mateo Community College Foundation and served on the Opera Plus Development Board in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He served as Board President for Mobius Science Center in Spokane, WA.

Jim received a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ancient History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976.


Portfolio Associate

Cole A. Thompson joined Karel Capital Inc. in 2022 as an Investment Adviser Representative. As Portfolio Associate, Cole supports the management of investment accounts and client relationships.

As a fourth-generation Spokanite, Cole attended St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School, and Gonzaga Preparatory High School before completing his Bachelors of Science degree in Physics at the University of Idaho.


Office Manager

Heidi graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with degrees in Administration and Information Processing. After college, she worked in the insurance business for more than three years before joining Karel Capital, Inc. in 2009 as office manager.