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About Focus Forward Financial Group

Our team of Thrivent Financial Advisors offers a full range of services and holistic guidance, such as retirement planning, investments, insurance and wealth management. While we work with clients in all stages of life, we're uniquely qualified to help those going through a job transition. Why? Because it's our passion. A job change can be a vulnerable period for you, your family and your finances without a reliable support system. We focus on educating our clients on the best path forward to help you cover immediate needs, guide you through the necessary transitions of IRAs, pensions and 401(k)s, and help set you up for future success with whatever endeavors lie on your horizon. We're proud to serve as reliable guides, through periods of smooth sailing and during challenging, turbulent times. We draw from our industry expertise and personal experiences to help you weather temporary setbacks, shore up your safety net and maintain a course to reach lifelong goals.

Golden Valley Office

Bradley Markwell

Bradley Markwell

FIC

I was going through a job transition 12 years ago when we had our second son. The added expenses of a new baby, combined with income loss, made for challenging times. This shed light on the fact that people going through job transitions don’t always pay attention to their assets when they’re so focused on finding their next job. This personal experience ignited my passion for helping people in the job transition community navigate their unique financial situations. From education on 401(k) rollovers and maximizing lower tax brackets, to tax-efficient accumulation and distribution strategies, I offer first-hand experience and expertise to help people prepare financially for a job change. I started my career with Thrivent in 2002 and created the Focus Forward Financial Group to help bring hope, clarity and organization to the ever-changing financial needs of the people we serve.

Title

Financial Advisor

State(s) Licensed
FL , MN , WI
Location

Golden Valley Office

Website
https://connect.thrivent.com/brad-markwell
Phone
763-746-3104
Jerry Sunde

Jerry Sunde

MBA, CFP®, FIC, CIMA®, BFA™

I firmly believe having a solid, well-thought plan better prepares anyone to adjust in case of life-changing events. I joined this team because I'm passionate about helping people build robust strategies and guide them through good times and bad. I serve as a financial professional working with clients, as well as in an operational role for the team. In my operational role, I oversee financial plans and investments, including retirement income planning, asset allocation strategies, tax efficiency strategies and estate wealth transfer strategies that are tailored to each client. I'm also adept at integrating investment solutions, along with complex financial planning strategies for high net-worth households and aligning asset management strategies with client goals. I joined Thrivent in 2019, bringing with me years of experience working in several Fortune 500 companies where I held a variety of financial planning and analysis roles, as well as a corporate investor relations position. In my free time, you'll find me with my wife, Brooke, our two children, Minka and Sawyer, spending time enjoying all the great activities Minnesota has to offer.

Title

Wealth Advisor

State(s) Licensed
AZ , FL , MN , MT , NE , NV , TX , WI
Website
https://connect.thrivent.com/jerry-sunde
Phone
763-294-7717
    Leslee Nestingen

    Leslee Nestingen

    Being part of Focus Forward Financial Group is an energizing opportunity for me after 32 years in other roles at Thrivent.  I have held positions in Sales Support, Health Marketing, Fraternal/Marketing Communications & Training, product introductions, and as AVP of Member Relationships. I am motivated by Thrivent’s purpose to help people achieve financial clarity, enabling lives full of meaning and gratitude.  Our Focus Forward Financial Group is dedicated to helping our clients look ‘forward,’ as we specialize in helping people navigate their future financial situations. My own family has been impacted by premature deaths for two successive generations, so I understand the need for advice to look forward with financial clarity. I am grateful to be the member of our team whose days are filled with client interactions, and each of us is committed to providing our members with the exceptional service they deserve. Because I respect the expertise of our financial professionals and care about the well-being of our clients, my work is a joy rather than just a job!

    Title

    Office Professional

      Theresa Janechek

      Theresa Janechek

      Theresa has a driving passion to help others by utilizing her talents and gifts in a positive and impactful way. That is why working for the Focus Forward Financial Group to help show people why Thrivent is different is a great fit. Owning her own business in the past makes her uniquely qualified to help the team manage their marketing, development and growth. She enjoys helping the team provide exceptional service to clients while working as efficiently as possible.

      Theresa has lived in Woodbury with her husband Jeff for over 26 years. She enjoys volunteering, long drives, playing cribbage, traveling to see her favorite musicians, watching football and spending time with family and friends.

      Title

      Marketing Coordinator

        Skip Nelson

        Skip Nelson

        Title

        Associate

        State(s) Licensed
        MN
        Website
        https://connect.thrivent.com/skip-nelson
        Phone
        763-746-3138