Below we have curated a collection of high quality podcasts and articles designed to provide clarity, insights and enlightenment on topics that our clients are talking about. When you become a client, you become a part of our work family so we always will keep you updated on what is going on with our team through our Employee Spotlight.


  • Forbes 2022 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors

    Tony Parr and Brian McKnight have been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best- In-State Wealth Advisors in 2022. The Forbes ranking algorithm is based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion.

  • Tony's Top Reads for June 2022

    Every few months, I compile a list of articles or videos that had an impact on the way I see the world, think about the future, or relate to others. In Tony’s Top Reads, I like to share a pu-pu platter of articles (and one video) that brought me clarity, perspective, or joy. I don’t always send things that I agree with 100%. To me it’s important to have an open mind and to challenge your own beliefs. MORE WISDOM, LESS TIME.

  • Spring Newsletter

    Tidbits about Life, Health and Wealth.

* Wells Fargo Investment Institute Inc. is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo, N.A. a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Video Shorts

Bite size nuggets of wisdom to help you succeed with life and finances.

Financial Planning: Helping You See the Big Picture

Financial planning is a process that can help you reach your financial goals by evaluating your whole financial picture.

Putting Together the Retirement Income Puzzle

What key pieces will make up your retirement income puzzle?

What Would Happen to Your Estate

Estate planning documents can help you manage your estate.

Record Government Spending Boosts Tax Free Income

Record government spending for COVID-19 could lead to higher tax rates, boosting the appeal of tax-free income.

Above the Noise Financial Podcast

Above the Noise Financial Podcast

A podcast by the Parr McKnight Wealth Management Group bringing a multi-generational perspective to the most important issues.

John Rudi
Partner, CFP®

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 was your first job in this industry?

My first official job was working as a lifeguard at Shoreview community center in the North Metro.

What keeps you in the business?

Meaningful relationships and meaningful work.

What things do you need to be successful in your job? And what are the deal killers?

To be successful in this job, you need an insatiable curiosity about other people and an intense desire to help solve problems and help clients get around obstacles to meeting their goals.

Favorite part of working for The Parr McKnight Wealth Management Group?

We have a culture that puts clients first and supports personal and professional development. These two values create “win, win, wins” for all involved

If you had unlimited funds to invest in a retail franchise, which one would it be and why?

Toppers pizza. They make the best pizza hands down for a delivery chain. They also have a fun brand.

If you are a seasoned veteran, what advice would you give to those new in the industry?

Outwork others and stay focused on what you can control and is important.

If you are new to the industry, what advice would you give to those more seasoned?

There’s more happening around you then you realize and can see. Many seasoned colleagues take an “if I can’t see it, it isn’t happening” approach that’s outdated and needs to die.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?

A Bible, a multipurpose pocketknife tool, and iodine tablets to clean drinking water. One could re-start civilization with these things. A Bible for reflection and wisdom, a multipurpose pocketknife tool to make life easier, and iodine tablets to ensure proper hydration which is critical to sustaining life.

What is one interesting fact that not many people know about you?

I’m not a fan of scary movies. I like to have fun be entertained at the movies.

What is your motto / personal mantra?

It’s gonna be great.

What is a unique skill that you have?

Bringing light and levity to dark and serious circumstances.

How do you like your eggs?


What is your favorite local activity?

Giving to church

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Ooooo… I’d have the power to help people feel the love around them more profoundly.

What hobby outside of work are you really passionate about and why?

Reading. The ability to improve and educate oneself with reading is, in many ways, the key to standing on the shoulders of those who’ve come before us and taking their advancements even further into the future.

Describe yourself in three words.

Fun. Smart. Profound.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Oooo… A tiger. It’s the only cat that loves water. I love water. It’s orange. My favorite color is orange.

When you retire, you want to enjoy…

To quote Thomas Jefferson, I want to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.:-)

John with family selfie John and wife on boat John and family playing chess

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