Team

Kenneth J. Brusda, CFA®, CFP®
Chairman
 

Kenneth J. Brusda, CFA®, CFP®, is Chairman/Managing Director and a founding principal of North Star Asset Management. Prior to founding NSAM, Ken spent over 22 years in trust investments with Associated Bank. As a Vice President and Trust Investment Officer, he managed the Regional Bank Funds and Equity Income Funds since their inceptions in the early 1980’s. Ken also served as past Chairman of the Associated Bank Asset/Liability Committee. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder, a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) certificant, and a member of the CFA Institute and the Financial Planning Association. Ken graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BBA Degree in Finance and earned an MBA in Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Michael D. Flesch 
President and
Managing Director

Michael D. Flesch is President/Managing Director and a founding principal of North Star Asset Management. Prior to founding NSAM, Mike was with Associated Bank since 1980 where he had been a Vice President and Trust Investment Officer. In this capacity, Mike co-managed the Common Stock Funds. He also managed Associated Bank’s investment portfolio and served on its Asset/Liability Committee from 1985 to 1996. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a BBA Degree in Finance.

Eric F. Richter, CFA®
Managing Director

Eric F. Richter, CFA®, is a Managing Director and a founding principal of North Star Asset Management. Prior to founding NSAM, Eric was with Associated Bank since 1988 where he had been an Assistant Vice President and Trust Investment Officer. During this time, he co-managed the Common Stock Funds. Eric is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Eric received his BBA Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 with a double major in Finance and Management. In 1988, he received his MBA Degree in Finance, Investments and Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

David W. Risgaard, CFA®
Managing Director

David W. Risgaard, CFA® is a Managing Director and founding principal of North Star Asset Management. Prior to founding NSAM, Dave was with Associated Bank since 1990 where he had been a Trust Investment Officer. In this capacity, Dave co-managed the Capital Appreciation Funds and managed the Telecommunication Funds. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Dave graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. He received a BBA Degree in Finance and Management and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Geoffry A. Penn, CFA®
Managing Director

Geoffry A. Penn, CFA®, is a Managing Director and a founding principal of North Star Asset Management. Geoff had been a Trust Investment Officer at Associated Bank from 1990 to 1996. While at Associated Bank, Geoff managed the Bond Funds and co-managed the Capital Appreciation Funds. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Geoff is a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA Degree in Finance, Investments and Banking.

Bradley C. Buchanan, CFA®
Managing Director

Bradley C. Buchanan, CFA®, is a Managing Director, joined NSAM in November 1997 after spending nearly four years in trust investments with Associated Bank as an investment analyst and portfolio manager. In his position as Trust Investment Officer, he co-managed Associated Bank’s Regional Bank Funds and Intermediate-Term Bond Funds. Brad is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Brad is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a BBA Degree in Finance.

Robert S. Huntley, CFA®, CPA
Managing Director

Robert S. Huntley, CFA®, CPA, is a Managing Director, joined NSAM in March 2000. Over the prior 15 years, he served as a Senior Auditor at Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson LLP, Vice President of Finance at Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. and as a consultant with Kobielak & Associates. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Bob is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a BBA Degree in Accounting.

Mark P. Reilly
 Managing Director
 

Mark P. Reilly, is a Managing Director, joined NSAM in December 2006 after spending the previous 11 years in the investment industry, most recently as a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at M&I Investment Management Corporation. He is currently a candidate for Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) certification. Mark graduated from Michigan State University in 1994 with a BA Degree in Economics.

David L. Hackfort CFA®
Vice President
and Portfolio Manager

David L. Hackfort, CFA®,  Vice President and Portfolio Manager, joined NSAM in June 2007. Dave graduated Cum Laude in January 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a BBA Degree in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®), a member of the CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Milwaukee.

Benjamin D. Van Handel
Investment Analyst
 

Benjamin D. Van Handel, Investment Analyst, joined NSAM in June 2013. Ben graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2013 with a BBA Degree in Finance and also earned the University’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Certificate in Investment Management. He is currently a candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.

Alex J. Brusda, CPA
Investment Analyst

Alex J. Brusda, CPA, Investment Analyst, joined NSAM in June 2015. Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA Degree in Accounting in 2008 and a Master of Accountancy Degree in 2009.  Prior to joining NSAM, Alex was an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP in Chicago where he had been employed for six years.  Alex is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is currently a candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) certification.

Renee L. Kaufert, IACCP
Operations Manager
and Securities Trader 

Renee L. Kaufert, IACCP ® , Operations Manager and Securities Trader, has over 35 years of experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining NSAM in July 1996, she served as Senior Registered Sales Assistant/Operations Manager with Dain Bosworth, Inc., where she had been employed since 1989. Renee held various securities-related positions with Piper Jaffray & Hopwood and Associated Bank since 1979. She passed the NASD securities examinations Series 7 and Series 63 in 1990 and earned her Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional® (IACCP®) designation in 2007. Renee supervises operations, compliance, and securities trading.

Susan C. Beaver, CFP
Senior Investment
Administrator

Susan C. Beaver, CFP® , Senior Investment Administrator, joined NSAM in July 1996. Her previous employment experience had been in administration and sales. Susan received a BFA Degree from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. As Senior Investment Administrator, she oversees portfolio reporting and manages client administration and communications. Susan is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) certificant and has served as President of the Financial Planning Association—Northeast Wisconsin Chapter.

Karen M. Jochman
Investment Administrator
  

Karen M. Jochman, Investment Administrator, joined NSAM in March 1999. Karen had previously been employed at Bank One where her 13 years of experience included responsibilities in operations and account administration. Karen’s primary responsibilities include portfolio reporting and securities trading as well as client administration. Karen also handles computer network installation, support and service.

Megan J. Batley
Investment Administrator
 

Megan J. Batley, Investment Administrator, joined NSAM in 2004. Megan’s responsibilities include portfolio reporting as well as client administration and communications. She also assists with securities training and compliance.

Lisa L. Conlon
Investment Administrator
 

Lisa L. Conlon, Investment Administrator, joined NSAM in September 2013. Lisa had previously been employed in the investment industry for over 11 years, primarily at Stifel Nicolaus & Company. Lisa’s responsibilities include portfolio reporting and client administration.

Heidi C. Kanieski
Investment Administrator
 

Heidi C. Kanieski, Investment Administrator, joined NSAM is August 2015. Her previous employment experience was 17 years in retail management. Heidi received a BFA from the University Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1990. Heidi’s responsibilities include portfolio reporting, litigation and client administration.

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