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 Nelson, to hear more of his passions, his history, and his exciting year so far…
What do you like most about your job?
I have the ability to bring happiness into the lives of others. I love building a relationship with a client, having candid conversations about what is important to them and helping put together a plan that works with their lives. We have the unique opportunity of getting deep with clients and finding out their passions & struggles. When a client leaves a meeting with clarity and a smile on their face, I know that I was able to bring them a sense of happiness.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
The first job that I ever had was as an umpire for local baseball leagues. I was able to start umping at the age of 13 and did this as a summer job all throughout high school. It was a great opportunity because the times were always on the evenings and weekends so I was able to have a second job throughout the summers. It also was a great way to instill time management as I was responsible for signing up for the games I wanted and making sure I was always there 15 minutes prior to game time!
What is one of your biggest goals for the next year?
My next big milestone will be obtaining the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation.
What are some of your brightest moments of 2019?
So far, 2019 has been incredible and there are three “stand out” moments! First, I travelled to Europe for the first time in my life and spent a week skiing in Lech, Austria with Tony, Christine, my girlfriend Maddie and clients Jake & Maureen Hoeschler. Second, I became a first time homeowner. Maddie and I moved into a wonderful home in Eden Prairie. Though we have had some homeowner “growing pains”, we love having a place that we can call our own! Third, Maddie and I got our first puppy together! He is a friendly, playful and smart Siberian husky named Arrow. He loves going for runs, playing with other dogs at the dog park, cuddles and naps.
Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?
Kindness is contagious.
Where did you attend High school? College?
I grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and attended Wayzata High School. Upon graduation from high school, I started as a full time student at the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management. In 2017, I graduated with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management and was active in the Greek Life community as recruitment chair and treasurer for my fraternity. Go Gophers!
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What is the last book you read?
Getting Things Done® by David Allen. It is a wonderful book on work-life management, how to alleviate stress and improve focus. Our whole team decided to read it during the second quarter and share our takeaways with one another.
What is your favorite part about working for Parr McKnight?
I am challenged everyday with unique situations so I am always learning. No two client situations are the same and no two days are the same so I love the feeling of working through each individual problem and finding a solution. Our team is a small family with many things that need to be done each day. This allows my entrepreneurial spirit to shine and I get to wear different hats on the team all the time!