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Three generations in the front yard

No matter what your age, or where you are on your planning journey, we can help steer you down the right path toward retirement. We will work with you to build the foundation of your plan. Over time, as life or market circumstances change, we will work with you to adjust your plan where and when needed. When it comes to retirement planning, it's never too early to start.

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Pursuing your goals together

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.

  • James Shafer

    James Shafer

    Managing Director–Wealth Management

    Financial Advisor

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    James has been at UBS since 2005 and is the senior partner of Shafer Block Wealth Management. He attributes his success to his personal touch, listening skills and experience. He strives to build lasting relationships through learning what his clients are trying to accomplish.

    James leads the team in translating clients’ goals, their definition of risk and their personality into a financial plan that will survive the test of time. We focus on cost, risk and tax efficiency. He also brings a deep knowledge of corporate compensation plans, which has helped clients achieve their goals.

    James is a graduate of the University of Minnesota–Duluth with a degree in finance and economics. In his free time, he is an avid fisherman and golfer. But most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his son Ethan.

    • University of Minnesota–Duluth, Degree in Finance and Economics
    • Senior Portfolio Manager
    • Corporate Stock Benefit Consultant
    681 East Lake Street
    Wayzata, MN 55391
  • Michael Block

    Michael Block

    First Vice President–Wealth Management

    Financial Advisor

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    Michael works very closely with his clients, their family and advisors to simplify the complexity of cash flow management, tax-efficient investment oversight, estate planning, legacy preservation, and personalized charitable giving strategies. He believes success is not measured by returns on investment, but by results of planning.

    Michael earned a B.S. in political science with an emphasis on international relations and global economics from the University of Minnesota. He holds the Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM designation, having completed an advanced education in comprehensive wealth management.

    In 2011, Michael transitioned his practice to UBS from a family-owned boutique wealth manager in order to gain access to the firm’s vast resources, tools and services for his clients.

    Michael lives in Chanhassen, MN with his wife, Colleen. When not in the office, Michael spends time with family and friends and enjoys boating, fishing, traveling, and volunteering for local community and charitable organizations. He is a car fanatic and an adventurous foodie who can be found trying new foods and local restaurants.

      • University of Minnesota, B.S.
      • Senior Portfolio Manager
      • Accredited Wealth Management Advisor℠
      681 East Lake Street
      Wayzata, MN 55391
    • Mark Bacigalupo

      Mark Bacigalupo, CFP

      Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

      Financial Advisor

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      Mark is a graduate of Montana State University and joined Piper Jaffray (now UBS) in 1991. He has been assisting clients in achieving their purpose in life ever since, thereby fulfilling his purpose.

      Mark and his wife Anne have been married for more than 30 years. They have three beautiful daughters, several sons-in-law and six granddaughters. He and Anne live in Blaine, MN. They love to travel and spend time with family and friends. Mark is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys volunteering with a few charitable organizations.

        • Montana State University
        • Portfolio Manager
        • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
        444 Cedar Street
        Suite 2200
        St Paul, MN 55101
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        Alexander Cowan

        Financial Advisor

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        Alex joined the financial services industry as an intern in college and earned his Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation after graduation. He believes achieving the best client outcomes requires planning to and managing through retirement by utilizing a comprehensive planning process. Once a personalized plan is created, he emphasizes the need for estate planning, optimizing sources of income, managing assets to match client goals, and navigating their health care options; which reflect the intersection of health and wealth.

        As a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Alex earned a B.S. in business and marketing education. Prior to joining the team, he worked at Merrill Lynch providing personalized service and planning to high net worth private clients. Alex focuses on serving corporate executives, successful business owners and families with multigenerational wealth planning needs

        Alex lives in Southwest Minneapolis with his wife Jill. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and supporting Minnesota Wild and UMD.

            • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠
            681 East Lake Street
            Wayzata, MN 55391
          • Morgan Cisneros

            Morgan Cisneros

            Team Administrator

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            Morgan focuses on delivering personalized client service to meet the expectations and goals of each client. She ensures the smooth day-to-day business functions of the team and coordinates client hospitality events. In addition to providing client relationship management, Morgan supports the development of the team business plan and coordinates with branch management on business- and team-related matters.

            Morgan received her B.A. in Public Policy from The University of Chicago. Since joining the industry in 2012, she has earned her Series 6, 63, 65, and 7 securities licenses.

            Morgan and her husband Keigan live in Wisconsin with their children. They enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors.

              • The University of Chicago, BA in Public Policy
                17775 West Bluemound Road
                Brookfield, WI 53045
              • Marguerite Harvieux

                Marguerite Harvieux

                Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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                Marguerite supports the team in client portfolio implementation, compliance and risk management. She joined UBS in 2007 after holding positions in conference services and institutional sales at Piper Jaffray. She holds her Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. With years of experience in client service, Marguerite strives to be readily accessible for clients and always anticipating their needs.

                Marguerite is a regular platelet donor and has donated over 21 gallons. She also volunteers with Serving our Troops in St. Paul and Shannon Open for Cystic Fibrosis. A passionate traveler, Marguerite travels yearly with her two nieces. She and her husband Patrick live in St. Paul, MN and enjoy entertaining friends and family.

                    • Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™
                    681 East Lake Street
                    Wayzata, MN 55391

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                  For needs that go beyond your own—to help you improve the lives of others

                  What will your legacy be?
                  It’s never too early to plan ahead. A Legacy strategy can help you gain more control over your financial future and what you leave behind, so you can move forward with confidence.

                  Learn more at ubs.com/wealthway.

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