Richard Brown

    • Media Contact:
      Brian Bellmont
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:CEO and Chairman
    • Organization:JNBA Financial Advisors
    • Area of Expertise:Wealth management, financial advising

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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Wealth management, financial advising
      Summary of expertise:
      As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Minneapolis-based JNBA Financial Advisors, Richard is responsible for the strategic guidance of the company and acts as the key decision-maker. He also leads the Family Office division, one of JNBA’s specialty groups, and works closely with high-net-worth families and professional athletes to serve as a fierce financial advocate. In his more than 20 years at the firm, Richard has helped guide JNBA to become one of the premier wealth management firms in the United States with assets under management growing from $90 million to nearly $1 billion.

      Richard writes, speaks and serves as a media resource on a broad range of topics tied to achieving financial, business and personal goals. Focus areas include comprehensive financial planning, wealth preservation, financial advocacy, board governance, the importance of assembling a trusted business-advising team, creating a legacy, philanthropy, negotiating, deal-making, the next generation of investors, ethics, professional athletes and more. For the past two decades, he has been an unwavering proponent of an independent business model that is now being practiced and recognized around the country.
      Blog/Web site:
      Books/articles published:
      Wall Street Journal, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Upsize Magazine
      “Voices: Richard Brown, On Next-Generation Advisers”
      “Finance fix-its: Cash flow”
      The ABCs of 401(k)s: Get the most out of your retirement plan”

      Barron’s – Top Financial Advisor and top Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in Minnesota – 2018
      Barron’s – Top 1,200 Advisors – 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
      Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors – 2017, 2016, 2015
      Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota – Torch Awards for Ethics Winner – 2015-2016
      Better Business Bureau – International Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist – 2016
      Financial Times – 300 Top Financial Advisors – 2016, 2015, 2014
      FIVE STAR Wealth Management Team – 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012
      Special Olympics of Minnesota – Outstanding Service Award – 2016
      Twin Cities Metro BA – Finalist for Inaugural Twin Cities Indie Business Awards – 2016
      Financial Planning New Generation Influencer Award – 2013
      Investment News Invest in Others Award - 2011

      President and Board Chair, Starkey Hearing Foundation
      Board Chair, Essentia Health Foundation
      Board Member, Chancellor’s Advisory Council, University of Minnesota Duluth
      Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota Duluth, Labovitz School of Business & Economics
      Dean’s Business Advisory Council, Labovitz School of Business & Economics, UMD (2010-present)
      NIFAP Study Group (2004-present)
      TD Ameritrade President’s Council (2014 – present)
      TD Ameritrade Advisory Board (2000-2013)
      Board Member, Special Olympics Minnesota (2005-2011)
      Founder, Michael King Scholarship
      Founder, Richard S. Brown Foundation

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      Prior media experience:
      Richard has served as a resource for numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX Business, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, InvestmentNews, Financial Planning, Minnesota Business, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Twin Cities Business and the Star Tribune.
      Educational background:
      University of Minnesota Duluth

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