James E. Braden

Managing Director

Mr. Braden, a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist, has spent most of his career working with privately owned companies and high net worth families. Prior to co-founding Brownlie & Braden, LLC, his experience included working with the accounting firm of Peat Marwick (now KPMG), as well as privately-held Lincoln Property Company, a national real estate developer based in Dallas. His expertise includes the areas of gift and estate taxation, business succession planning, charitable planning and related issues confronted by the wealthy family.

Mr. Braden is an active private equity investor and serves as a Managing Director and a principal of Cotton Creek Capital Management, LLC and Cotton Creek Capital Management II, LLC, the general partners of various private equity funds advised by the Firm. He currently serves on the board of managers of Terrace Energy, LLC and is a member of the board of directors of Waste Partners Environmental, Inc. and previously served as the chairman of the board of directors of Graco Holding, Inc.  Additionally, Mr. Braden manages BKB Capital, Ltd., a private investment vehicle.

Mr. Braden currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Dallas Foundation. He is a member of the Dallas Estate Planning Council and the Fort Worth Business & Estate Council as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and the North Texas Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

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