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albert lea, mn


Nick Austin joined the firm in 2009 with prior experience in Bank compliance operations and consumer lending. He accumulated experience within the record-keeping division, and later moved into the consulting practice where he served as the senior relationship manager for many of the firms largest and most complex clients. Today, Nick is a lead Consultant, with direct client responsibility for the overall design, investment management, and promotion of successful participant outcomes within defined contribution retirement plans. He also assists Plan Sponsors to implement group benefits programs (Health, Life, LTD, HSA) and implements communication and education services that unify the employee experience while reducing complexity for the Plan Sponsor.

education & certifications

Nick graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts in Managerial Economics, and has previously passed securities exams and insurance licenses:

  • Series 6 - Investment Company and Variable Contracts Representative

  • Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent

  • Series 65 - Uniform Investment Adviser

  • Life and Accident/Health Insurance

my idea of

living the dream

T.E. Lawrence said: “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” Make it Real!

dream job

this is my

I have many arrows in my quiver; information, ideas, experience, strategies, partners, and resources I can deliver. All of that is secondary to my true value which is in personal human relationships, compassionate conversations, and a deep desire to serve and exceed expectations. I find success every day in the steps that clients and participants take toward their own. It is manifest, and measurable, and incredibly rewarding.

this is how i

make it real

I love all of my adventures with my wife, kids and family. Second only to them, is my love of motorcycle travel. Riding a motorcycle long distances demands stamina, skill, and being 100% “in-the-moment”; all my other worries melt away into the rush of wind, the smell of grass, the heat of the sun, and the cool shower of sweet summer rains. The gravity of the mountains pulls on my soul and occasionally drags me across the plains, and there is no better way to arrive than by motorcycle!

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