Leadership Team

North Star is led by a talented and dedicated team of experienced professionals. With their combined guidance and expertise, our firm adheres to successful, client-centric best practices.

Meet our leadership team:

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


Ed Deutschlander is CEO at North Star Resource Group, one of the nation’s largest and oldest privately-held independent financial advising firms. Since joining North Star in 1993, Ed rose in the field of Recruiting before joining the leadership team in 2000 and becoming CEO in January of 2016. 

For more on Ed, read his full biography here.


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


Phil Richards, Executive Chairman and Founder at North Star, got his start in the financial services industry in 1962 before acquiring North Star Resource Group in Minneapolis, MN in 1969. Phil served as CEO of North Star from 1969 through 2015 before transitioning into his current role.

For more on Phil, read his full biography here.


David Vasos, CFP® 
President and Chief Financial Officer


Dave Vasos is President and Chief Financial Officer of North Star Consultants, Inc. and a Vice President of CRI Securities, LLC. He joined North Star in 1981. Dave holds an MBA in Finance and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) Practitioner.

For more on Dave, read his full biography here.


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


Diane Yohn, Chief Operating Officer, got her start in the financial services industry in 1979. Previously serving in multiple leadership positions ranging from Manager of Field Operations to Executive Vice President, Diane became COO in 2016.

 For more on Diane, read her full biography here.


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


Gary Schwartz is Executive Vice President at North Star. With 42 years in the financial services industry, Gary joined North Star in 2013 with extensive experience in leadership and advisor coaching. He previously held the role of Senior Vice President of Advisor Growth & Development.

For more on Gary, read his full biography here. 


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


Shaun McDuffee is a Senior Vice President at North Star, where he has been advising physicians and their families since 1990. One of the original founders of North Star’s Medical Division, Shaun also leads one of North Star’s largest divisions of financial advisors.

For more on Shaun, read his full biography here.


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

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