James Darenkamp Director of Finance
James joins Propeller with over fifteen years of experience in Finance, primarily focused on FP&A, investor relations, and market analysis in the technology and beverage space.
Following the completion of a rotational Finance Leadership Development Program within the aerospace/defense industry, James moved into roles in Program Finance and FP&A, where he supported government contracts. He then landed an opportunity at Qualcomm, where he joined the Technology Licensing division. During his time there, James served as the liaison to Investor Relations and managed a team of analysts who were responsible for wireless device revenue modeling.
After spending a significant amount of his career in Corporate Finance roles, he decided to follow his passion and transition to beverage start-ups in both the alcohol and non-alcohol space.
He led Business Operations for a craft gin and vodka distillery in San Diego, developing and bringing their canned cocktail line to market. Most recently, James co-founded an RTD coffee start-up and played a pivotal role in the launch of their oat milk latte products sold in both retail and ecommerce.
Originally from San Diego, California, James now calls Austin home. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Finance. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, playing guitar, watching live music, and spending time with family.