Elgethun Capital Management

Our Team

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John A. Barker

CFA, President & Owner

John is responsible for relationship management, portfolio management, and research. He moved to Sioux Falls and partnered with Terry Elgethun in 2011. In 2012, he purchased ECM and became President and CEO. Before ECM, John lived in New York City and worked as a research analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Before RBS, he worked for Pitney Bowes in Stamford, Connecticut. John obtained his BS in Finance from the University of South Dakota (USD) where he also captained the USD football team and won a conference championship. He received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2010. John is a Trustee and Board member at the University of South Dakota Foundation and serves on the USD Investment Committee. He is married to Jenna Barker and they have three children, Bryn, Samuel, and Grace. John’s passions include his faith and church, Central Church, where he serves as a trustee and elder, his wife and children, engaging in community growth and outreach opportunities, reading, learning, curiosity/questions, exercising, fishing, athletics, and his work.

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Jose A. Vizcarrondo

CFA, Head of family office

Jose has over 30 years of experience in investments and family business management. The last twelve years he served as CEO of the Arellano Family Group, where he managed all aspects of a private diversified investment group, including several operating companies in media, agriculture, and real estate. In addition to managing the Arellano Group, he founded and operated San Juan Asset Management, an independent advisor focusing on global equities. Jose’s investment career includes managing equity and fixed income portfolios for global financial institutions such as Citigroup, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (BlackRock), and ING. He was Head of Portfolio Management for ING Bank in Geneva, Switzerland, and member of the ING Global Investment Committee for private clients. He also served as Senior Portfolio Manager for Merrill Lynch Banque Suisse in Geneva, Switzerland. Jose is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a major in Finance, and a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. His international experience, as well as his bi-lingual abilities, make him well suited to accommodate the needs of a wide variety of clients. Jose, his wife Joni, and their six children live in Sioux Falls.

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Renae J. Elgersma


Renae Elgersma loves helping our clients with their day to day account needs. She is also responsible for office management and ensuring our systems run smoothly. Renae has over 12 years of experience with project & marketing coordination from her work in the real estate industry. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Renae is married to Justin and they have 3 daughters. Together they enjoy all the great parks around Sioux Falls, biking, and family game or movie nights.


Austin J. Wagner

Associate Portfolio Manager

Austin joined Elgethun Capital in 2017 and is responsible for investment research and client services. He obtained his MBA and BBA in Finance (Economics minor) from the University of South Dakota (USD). Austin has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of the required work experience. He volunteers for Junior Achievement and is an assistant varsity football coach for O’Gorman High School.


Patrick R. Baird

Financial advisor

Patrick joined Elgethun Capital in 2017 and is responsible for investment research and client services. He obtained his MBA and BBA in Finance from the University of South Dakota (USD). Patrick lives in Sioux Falls.