Chris Verbracken

Director of Technology

Years at Punch:

<1

Years of Professional Experience:

12

Personal Interests:
  • Family Time
  • Fantasy Football
  • Playing Board Games
  • Watching the Packers

Chris Verbracken joins our team as Director of Technology. Chris has spent the last decade helping customers transform their business processes through the use of technology. Over the years, Chris has led dozens of successful implementations with customers big and small, and he holds over 20 professional certifications. He looks forward to leveraging his experience to help take the firm to the next level in our use of technology, with the aim of improving both employee and client experiences. Chris will also serve as the firm’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), ensuring our systems and data are secure. He will also work with our Chief Compliance Officer to ensure we are compliant with accountabilities set forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Chris has a B.A. and M.A. in Theological Studies. He resides in Ramsey with his wife and three daughters, and in his free time he enjoys watching football (Go Packers!) and playing board games.

Todd Spicer, JD, IACCP®, CAMS, CFE

Chief Compliance Officer

Years at Punch:

<1

Years in the Industry:

13

Personal Interests:
  • Coaching
  • Family
  • Reading
  • Traveling

Todd joined the Punch team in June 2023 after several years serving as the Chief Compliance Officer for other large local firms. Todd has an extensive legal and regulatory compliance background in the financial services industry. He is a skilled compliance professional with a focus on developing, implementing, and maintaining robust compliance programs. Above all, Todd enjoys collaboratively working with his colleagues to ensure processes and procedures are pragmatic and effectively implemented.

Todd received his BS in Business Management and Administration and a minor in Economics from Bradley University and his JD from Hamline University School of Law. Todd maintains several compliance certifications, including the Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional designation, the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designation, and the Certified Fraud Examiner designation. Todd is an avid sports fan, and when not cheering on his local professional teams, he can likely be found on a field in Mendota Heights coaching or cheering on his four children with his wife or playing at home with his two dogs and two cats.

Matthew Peterson

Systems Reconciliation Analyst

Years at Punch:

< 1

Years in Data and Project Management:

< 1

Personal Interests:
  • Pickleball
  • Soccer
  • Working Out

Matthew joined our team in May 2023 as a Systems Reconciliation Analyst. He will be diligently monitoring our data across several platforms to ensure effective data management and integrity.

Prior to starting at Punch, Matthew worked for a local golf company in sales and support, and he also worked as an assistant golf professional. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. in Finance. He is currently taking a Google Data Analytics course. He lives in Spring Lake Park and loves living an active and healthy lifestyle. He frequents the gym and plays soccer multiple times a week. If you can’t find him at the gym or soccer field, chances are he is playing pickleball or golf.

Cory Kiner, CPA

Senior Advisor & Chief Financial Officer

Years at Punch:

1

Years of Professional Experience:

20

Personal Interests:
  • Tennis
  • Reading
  • Photography
  • Travel

Cory is an expert in taxation with a particular interest in developing multi-year tax strategies for individuals, families, businesses, and trusts. Cory joined the Punch team in November 2022, but is no stranger to the organization having collaborated with Punch and many of its clients for more than 15 years from his prior firm. Recognizing tax is only one component of wealth planning, Cory takes great pride in working with clients and their tax preparers to consider tax frameworks that supplement and elevate clients’ overall financial and family goals.

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Cory earned BA degrees in Government/International Affairs and Spanish from Augustana College. He also holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cory passed the CPA exam in May 2003 as a candidate of high distinction. Prior to joining Punch, Cory was a partner at a Minneapolis CPA firm specializing in tax planning and preparation for high-net-worth individuals, businesses, and trusts.

Cory and his family reside in Bloomington, Minnesota. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, reading, photography, and traveling to discover new places.

Carrie Jensen

Front Office Coordinator

Years at Punch:

1

Years of Professional Experience:

26

Personal Interests:
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Yoga
  • Traveling
  • Family Time

Carrie Jensen joined Punch & Associates this fall as the firm’s Front Office Coordinator. Previously she taught second grade for 20 years and spent the last five years of her career serving as an Administrative Assistant. Carrie is looking forward to supporting the team at Punch & Associates and getting to know our clients.

Carrie graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Psychology. Later she earned her Master of Arts in Education from Saint Mary’s University. She grew up in Minneapolis and now lives in Minnetonka with her husband and daughter. In her free time Carrie enjoys paddle boarding, yoga, traveling, and spending time together with family and friends.

Alicia Tompkins

Senior Systems Analyst

Years at Punch:

1

Years in the Industry:

13

Personal Interests:
  • Attending Sons' Sporting Events
  • Family Time
  • Gardening

Alicia Tompkins joined Punch & Associates in July 2022 as a Senior Systems Analyst. She brings over a decade of operations and accounting experience in the financial services industry to our team.

Alicia graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University and an A.A.S. in Financial Accounting from Rasmussen College. Alicia ensures our data systems run smoothly and accurately. She lives in Edina with her husband and their two boys. Between kids’ sports and activities she enjoys flower gardening and spending time outside with the family.

Linnea Åkesson

Associate Research Analyst

Years at Punch:

1

Years in the Industry:

1

Personal Interests:
  • Traveling
  • Yoga

Linnea joined Punch & Associates as an Associate Research Analyst on the Investment team after interning the fall of 2020 and summer of 2021.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Accounting. At the University, she participated in the David. S. Kidwell Funds Enterprise as a Fixed Income Analyst specializing in the Consumer Discretionary sector. When Linnea isn’t studying for her CFA® designation exam, she enjoys a good game of squash, visiting her family in Sweden, and yoga.

 

 

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Austin Van Bemmel

Client Specialist, Wealth Strategies Group

Years at Punch:

1

Years in the Industry:

9

Personal Interests:
  • Family
  • Boating
  • Fishing

Austin joined the Punch & Associates in March 2022. He was previously the Director of Operations for an independent wealth advisory firm where he assisted with trading, financial planning, and wealth and business operations. Additionally, Austin brings trust experience to the Punch team having previously worked at a trust company. He assists with account opening, maintenance, and money movement. Austin likes to see the full picture for a client so he can best understand how to help in any situation.

Austin graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a double major in Public Accounting and Business Administration. After a couple of years in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Austin and his wife
made the move to Minnesota and currently reside in Edina with their two young daughters. Outside of the office, Austin likes spending time with his family outdoors, fully enjoying Minnesota summers fishing and boating at the cabin in northern Minnesota. You can also find Austin rooting on the Twins and Vikings throughout the season despite their continual disappointment!

Laura Hebzynski

Senior Systems Analyst

Years at Punch:

2

Years in Data and Project Management:

9

Personal Interests:
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Coaching

Laura joined Punch & Associates in January 2022 as a Systems Analyst. She brings over seven years of professional experience in data validation, research, and analysis. She will be using her skills to work closely with our Wealth Strategies Group to effectively manage data across several platforms. Laura will maintain client and account information, facilitate internal processes to support the Administrative Group, and monitor reconciliation status for all accounts.

Laura graduated with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. In her free time, she enjoys biking, swimming, and coaching.

Anthony Perala, CFA

Research Analyst

Years at Punch:

2

Years in the Industry:

9

Personal Interests:
  • Traveling
  • Hiking
  • Reading
  • Baseball

Anthony knew the right opportunity to pursue his passion for small and microcap equity investing was out there but it required a little patience. After seven years honing his research skills for two different fixed income asset managers, he joined Punch & Associates as a Research Analyst.

Anthony graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a B.A. in Economics and Villanova University with a M.S. in Finance. He lives in Plymouth with his wife and son. He is very thankful he doesn’t have to juggle chasing around a toddler and studying for the CFA exams, having become a CFA® charterholder in 2018. He enjoys traveling and hiking with his family, reading, and baseball.

 

 

 

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