John Rudi, Partner
Welcome to our Employee Spotlight!
We have an incredible group of talented, fun, and dedicated employees here at Parr McKnight. Our Spotlight focuses on our people who contribute to the success of our firm. This month we are sitting down with John, to hear more of his passions, his history, and his exciting year so far…
What do you like most about your job?
Talking with clients.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a lifeguard. It was a cool job that comprised long periods of watching with a period to jump in the pool. The exciting part was you never knew when you were going to get wet. In some ways, investing is like that too.
What is one of your biggest goals for the next year?
Finish step 1 of kondoizing our home (see KonKari Method)… that is really getting rid of the “stuff” in our house that does not spark joy or serve some important purpose.
What are some of your brightest moments of 2019?
Our kids are young. Seeing our youngest walk was one moment. Another was going sledding down the “big hill” with our oldest for the first time. Lastly, getting away on a cruise last February during a “deep chill” in MN with my wife was definitely a highlight.
Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?
From my dad, asking the question “by doing that, what are you trying to accomplish?” From my mom, you can have whatever you want, just not all you want.
Popcorn with my butter.
What is the last book you read?
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
What is your favorite part about working for Parr McKnight?
The People – our team and clients are a pleasure and provide me with meaningful relationships outside of my personal life.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Enjoying peace, quiet, and coffee before everyone else gets up.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
I’m proud of my family, my kids, and my partnership with Tony and Brian.
What three words would you use to describe your role?
Engage, Encourage, Implement
What are your biggest professional challenges?
Picking the right topics and issues to take a stand on with my family, friends, teammates, and clients. In other words, when to give people a thoughtful no.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
What advice would you give to recent new entrants?
Finish your education as soon as possible. Marry early.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“It’s gonna be great!”
Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
An astronaut on the space station. It would be fun to see earth from up there.
What’s your favorite line from a film?
Attitude reflects leadership, Captain. ~Remember the Titans.
How do you balance your career at Parr McKnight and family?
Very thoughtfully. It’s best not to stress about balance as it leads to more stress which is itself unbalancing.
What are 3 words to describe Parr McKnight?
Super Duper Helpful (1, 2, 3) with Planning Your Life (1,2,3)
If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn't it your first choice?
Being a chef. Didn’t do it because I didn’t like the hours I would have had to work.
What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
That I enjoyed reading, writing, and talking with great people. That hopefully I’m worthy of being called “great” among great people.