Leadership Team

The North Star leadership team is comprised of dedicated and accomplished leaders well-known in the financial services industry. Combining their experience with leadership, our leaders guide the North Star family.. With a focus on serving our clients, the senior management team adheres to strict best practices in leading our talented advisors and team members.

Edward G. Deutschlander, CLU, CLF - Chief Executive Officer

Deutschlander_Ed_2013_Web.JPGEd Deutschlander is the CEO at North Star Resource Group which is one of the nation’s largest and oldest privately-held independent financial advising firms. North Star has over $6 Billion of client assets* entrusted to them and their origins trace back to 1908 in the Twin Cities community.

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Phillip C. Richards, CFP®, CLU, RHU - Executive Chairman and Founder

Richards_Phil_2001_Web.JPGPhillip C. Richards, CFP®, CLU, RHU is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the affiliated companies that comprise North Star Resource Group. North Star represents a fully integrated array of financial services and products for individuals and businesses of all sizes and has over 120,000 clients with offices in 22 states with client assets under management exceeding $6 billion dollars.

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David Vasos, CFP® - President and Chief Financial Officer

Vasos_Dave_2012_Web.jpgDave Vasos is President and Chief Financial Officer for North Star Consultants, Inc. and a Vice President of CRI Securities, LLC, a securities broker/dealer and registered investment advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Dave is also a Registered Representative and a Registered Principal of that company.

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Diane Yohn, CLU, RHU, FLMI, CLF - Chief Operating Officer

Diane-Yohn-2016.jpgDiane Yohn, CLU, RHU, FLMI, CLF got her start in the financial services industry in 1979. Since her start at North Star in 1988, Diane has served in multiple leadership positions ranging from Manager of Field Operations to her most recent role of Executive Vice President, which she occupied from 2009-2015.

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Gary H. Schwartz, CLU, ChFC, CRPC - Executive Vice President

Schwartz_Gary_2010_Web.jpgGary Schwartz is the Executive Vice President for North Star Resource Group. He provides professional consulting services to associates on developing teams and composite practices, succession planning and overall executive leadership.

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P. Shaun McDuffee, ChFC, CEPA, AEP, CLU - Senior Vice President

McDuffee-Shaun-2007-Web.jpgShaun McDuffee is a Senior Vice President at North Star Resource Group, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is one of seven officers responsible for shaping the company's direction. With the help of Shaun's leadership, North Star has become one of the largest independent financial services firms in the country. (GAMA, 2013).

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Mark Bonnett - Senior Vice President

Bonnett-Mark-2016-Web.jpgMark Bonnett is a partner and senior vice president with Minneapolis–based North Star Resource Group. He has been affiliated with the firm since 1998. In his role with the executive leadership team, he provides strategic direction for the firm, as well as oversees branch offices in the Southwestern United States. 

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Phil, Ed, Dave, Diane, Gary, Shaun and Mark are Registered Representatives and Investment Advisor Representatives of Securian Financial Services, Inc. and CRI Securities, LLC.