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Jun 1993Present

CEO Elect

North Star Resource Group

North Star Resource Group offers securities and investment advisory services through CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services, Inc. Members FINRA/SIPC. CRI Securities, LLC is affiliated with Securian Financial Services, Inc. and North Star Resource Group. North Star Resource Group is not affiliated with Securian Financial Services, Inc. North Star Resource Group is independently owned and operated. North Star Resource Group, 2701 University Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414-3233.Phone: 612-617-6000. 216494 D.O.F.U. 8/10

Ed is recognized as one of the premier recruiters in the financial services industry. Ed created his own consulting firm in 1998 at the age of 27 and has been hired by some of the largest insurance companies in the world to help them better their recruitment and training programs. Some of Ed’s clients include Met Life, John Hancock, Farmers Insurance, Mass Mutual, New England Financial, Thrivant Financial, Minnesota Life, American National, and New York Life. Ed has been asked to present internationally and has literally educated tens of thousands of managers and advisors in the financial services industry giving over 100 professional presentations. Along with speaking in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou Ed has recently presented to thousands at the APLIC convention in Thailand. North Star's training program is featured in two New York Times Best Sellers, What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell and Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door by Harvey Mackay.

Ed was the first recipient of the North Star Resource Group’s Medal of Honor which recognizes servant leadership, selflessness, service and integrity. Ed was recognized as Minnesota Life Insurance Company’s Recruiter of the Year every year he was eligible and since that time under his guidance and tutelage he has trained the last two recipients of that prestigious award. Ed has been a keynote speaker at LIMRA (Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association) International’s Officer Round Table meeting which consists of the Senior Vice Presidents of the largest Life Insurance Companies in North America. Ed has won numerous management awards from GAMA International and in 2002 was the only person in the industry of the 5,000 members eligible to receive the Career Development Award Platinum level. Ed holds the CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and CLF (Chartered Leadership Fellow) designations and was at the time the youngest person to achieve the CLF designation awarded by the American College.


Sep 1989May 1993


Macalester College

Ed is a 1993 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota where he played two varsity sports and served as Captain of his college football team. He was also the only senior to be a starter at two Varsity sports his senior year.