Leadership

Joel Smolen is the managing Partner of Axion Capital Partners, LLC. He has been creating value for clients and investors for over forty years. He is the General Partner of the Axion Fund, LP. Joel has sat on the Board of several biotech companies.

Joel was a pioneer in the metallurgy and emerging electronics industry, and consulted and worked with Intel, Apple, IBM, AMD, and National Semiconductor in the 70’s and 80’s. He founded and was CEO of Applied Molecular Technology Corporation (AMTEC), which was sold to Boliden AB, a European metals company, with 5000 employees.

Joel was founder and CEO of MicroMetallics Corporation (MICTROMET), which was sold to Glencore an international mining, oil and industrial minerals company. Glencore had sales of 170 billion dollars in 2015, and over 150,000 employees worldwide.

Joel was also Senior Vice President of LMC Corporation, now part of Sims Metal Management (SMS.NYSE), a worldwide secondary metals company, with over 5000 employees.

Joel is an Army veteran, serving as a Medic oversees during the Vietnam era.

Joel lives with his wife, Bonnie, and has five children. An avid outdoorsman and photographer, Joel has lead 14 mountaineering and photography treks in Nepal and Asia, and has lead an expedition to the Arctic Circle.

Robin Kaukonen (Add photo which I will give to you)

Robin has over 25 years of trading and market experience. Most recently she was a Managing Director, Execution Services for Trading Partners, an outsourced trading desk for hedge funds and mutual fund firms.

Robin was a Director at ITG, where she covered West Coast institutional accounts as a high-touch and electronic sales trader.

She worked at Lehman Brothers for 12 years as a high-touch equity sales trader. She provided clients with dynamic executions and timely market information.

She started her finance career in equity research at Lehman Brothers analyzing technology companies.

Robin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Industrial Management. Her current industry licenses include: Series 65, 63 and 7. She served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Traders Association in 2013.

Robin lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband, a retired psychologist and a professional musician, and their twin boys.


Joel Smolen
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager