Cultivating trust since 1908 while developing solutions for the decades to come

Who we are

North Star Resource Group is an independent financial services firm helping our clients start and stay the path to financial security. We are committed to your complete financial wellness, whatever life may bring.

Our name is derived from the unique organizational structure of resources in our firm. Our financial professionals have immediate access to numerous subject-matter specialists on everything from life insurance to investments to employee benefits.

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What we do

Our financial professionals are here to help you manage risk and opportunity so you can achieve your financial goals through all of life’s stages. With our comprehensive insurance and planning services, we can help you fund your retirement, become a savvy investor, protect your income with insurance, and much more!

As an independent organization, our financial professionals are not tied to one specific line of products.

Our financial professionals can make their recommendations based on their assessment of what’s best for each client, and each professional delivers a broad range of wealth management services unique to the interests of their client’s situation and goals.

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Our history

Our roots trace back to 1908, when a small office with a handful of financial advisors opened in downtown St. Paul, Minn. Since our founder and executive chairperson, Phil Richards, acquired North Star in 1969, we have been on a steady path of growth and diversification to serve our clients better.


A small office opens in downtown St. Paul, Minn.


Phil Richards acquired North Star.


We aligned with CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services, Inc. to provide even better service to our clients.


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Giving back

In 2004, established the Scott Richards North Star Foundation to maximize charitable donations, promising to donate 10% of annual revenue a year, totaling $6.3 million to date. Through this commitment, we have joined in the mission of hundreds of nonprofits around the world, including establishing two endowed chairs for Alzheimer’s research at Temple University, partnering with BestPrep for financial literacy for students, and hosting an annual bike giveaway with our teams.

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Our culture

Our 340 financial professionals and team members come from a variety of backgrounds and work across the U.S., but our shared values and a client-first mission bind us like family.

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Awards and recognition

Year after year, we elevate our standards for service and social responsibility, so you can be confident in our commitment to continually improve when you work with us.

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