Derek Kirk Brown

Financial Advisor


I take customer service very seriously. So does my staff. Together, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of our clients.

If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.

Tara J Krause

Tara J Krause

Office 612-758-7677

Tara implements the investment components of Derek's clients financial plans.  She establishes investment accounts, transfers assets, places trades and establishes systematic contributions.  She is an integral part of the continued service and maintenance of Derek's clients investments.

Tara holds her series 6, 63, Life, Accident and Health licenses.

Tara received my Bachelor’s from Winona State University.  She has a basset hound name Daisy and enjoys running, biking,  traveling, going to Minnesota games (Wild, Twins, Vikings, etc), being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Tim Sanford

Tim Sanford

Associate Financial Representative
Office 218-623-6000

Tim Sanford is originally from Elk River, Minnesota and is an Associate Financial Representative to Derek Brown. He just recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Planning. The Financial Planning program at UMD combines real world application and an intense curriculum to prepare students for a career in the financial services industry. Tim joined Northwestern Mutual in January of 2017 originally as a financial representative intern before transitioning into his new role. Having the ability to help people as well as challenge himself are the main reasons why Tim got into the financial planning industry.


In his free time, Tim is very active. He enjoys competing in competitive golf tournaments, playing in hockey and softball leagues, and pretty much any other game that gets him moving. He also likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, and cheer on the Detroit Red Wings.

Samuel S Rutherford

Samuel S Rutherford

Investment Assistant
Office 612-758-7659

Sam is a member of Derek’s investment team. He has a background in Financial Planning, and carries two bachelor degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Sam is Series 7, Series 66, and MN Life, Accident & Health and Variable Annuities licensed.

In his free time, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on classic cars and tractors, bowling in tournaments, going for walks, watching new movies, collecting unique watches, and disc golfing.


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