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Our mission is to provide quality strategies customized to your needs. Our goal is to be your primary source of financial advice. To this end, we concentrate our efforts on developing long-term relationships through a commitment to quality client service.

  • John Kim

    John Kim

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

    Financial Advisor

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    • MN
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    With over 40 years of financial services experience, John offers high-net-worth individuals and families investment expertise and customized wealth management planning. With clients he emphasizes asset allocation and total portfolio management with a focus on retirement income planning. He provides multi-generational wealth planning, estate planning, education funding and structures for charitable giving.

    John earned a M.B.A. in quantitative methods and finance from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in mathematics from Macalester College. John lives in Eden Prairie, MN with his wife Sue. They also enjoy spending time at their home in Carlsbad, CA.

      • University of Chicago , M.B.A. in Quantitative Methods and Finance
      • Macalester College, B.A. in Mathematics
      • Senior Portfolio Manager
      80 South 8th Street
      Suite 2900
      Minneapolis, MN 55402
      john.kim@ubs.com
      John Kim
      80 South 8th Street,Minneapolis,MN,55402
    • Christy LaCourse

      Christianna LaCourse

      Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

      Financial Advisor

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      • MI
      • MN
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      • NV
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      • VA
      • WA
      • WI

      Christy began her career in the financial services industry in the mid 1990's. After taking time at home to raise her children, she returned to UBS to work alongside her father John Kim. She offers individuals and families peace of mind and financial security by providing a disciplined approach to investing, creating customized solutions that fit their needs. Her clients benefit from a goals based planning approach which addresses their current and future needs, while creating a systematic plan that continuously monitors market behaviors and personal developments to ensure they are on the path to achieving their goals.

      Christy earned a M.B.A. in finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and her B.A. from Arizona State University. She currently lives in Excelsior with her husband Mike and their four children.

        • University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, M.B.A. in Finance
        • Arizona State University, B.A.
          80 South 8th Street
          Suite 2900
          Minneapolis, MN 55402
          christy.lacourse@ubs.com
          Christianna LaCourse
          80 South 8th Street,Minneapolis,MN,55402
        • Nancy Hopp

          Nancy Hopp

          Senior Client Associate

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          • MI
          • MN
          • NJ
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          • WI

                80 South 8th Street
                Suite 2900
                Minneapolis, MN 55402
                nancy.hopp@ubs.com
                Nancy Hopp
                80 South 8th Street,Minneapolis,MN,55402
              • Mark Specker

                Mark Specker

                Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

                Financial Advisor

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                • GA
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                Mark Specker uses more than 20 years of experience as an equities analyst and investment banker to lead the team's portfolio management practice and is instrumental with business succession planning.

                Mark  began his financial service career in 1997 following ten years as program director at Gartner, a technology consulting firm.  Mark was a managing director and head of large-cap technology research at SoundView, an investment bank, for seven years.  During this time, Mark was a publishing stock analyst and was frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, National Public Radio and other media.  He then joined WR Hambrecht as managing director, capital markets, and left after three years to be global head of Thomson Reuters proprietary research. Mark is one of our lead business succession/exit planning specialists with a Certified Exit Planning designation (CEPA).

                Mark and his wife, Kristi, and two children live in Minneapolis.  He has an AB from Columbia University in New York City.

                • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams, 2024The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in January, based on information from a 12 month period ending March of the prior year.

                    681 East Lake Street
                    Wayzata, MN 55391
                    mark.specker@ubs.com
                    Mark Specker
                    681 East Lake Street,Wayzata,MN,55391

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