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Eileen Winter, James Schmitz, Chris Wayne, Steve Laraway, Jennifer Lesmeister, Bill Bateman and Kimberly Foster.

September 2018 – This past June we gathered in Bill Bateman’s backyard for a team photo to celebrate Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc. 18 years in business. The only thing missing from this photo is Brandy – Bill’s golden Labrador Retriever.

August 2018 – So this happened . . . our office’s front yard is in a state of disarray and 33rd street road reconstruction is happening NOW. Please call us at 320-253-2490 if you are planning to stop by our office at 1219 33rd Street South, St. Cloud, MN. We will provide you with the best route to get to us.

Wayne Family - Elliot, Katie, Chris and Isaac

June 2018 - Chris Wayne receives District Award of Merit. Laraway Financial Advisors Vice President and Partner Chris Wayne honored with Boy Scouts of America Central Minnesota Council District Award of Merit. This award recognizes professional Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at a district level. Chris has been a lifelong active member of Boy Scouts of American since growing up in River Falls, Wisconsin and through his volunteerism seeks to “lead by example.” Wayne is currently District Chair and has had many past positions including Boy Scout, Cubmaster, Pack Committee Chair, Unit Committee Chair, Eagle Scout and Recruiter for Eagle Alumni Association of the Central Minnesota Council. Chris has two boys with wife Katie. As a family they enjoy nature through camping and fishing near Luck, Wisconsin.

June 2018 – Nick Germscheid, a Bethel University college student, interned at Laraway Financial Advisors during the summer. Nick spent his time with advisors and staff helping and learning about stock analytics, investments, workflows and processes. He shared his technology skills, marketing and social media expertise with the firm. With an office comprised of multiple generations, he added a Generation Z perspective. The crew here is thankful Nick chose our firm to intern. Nick made an impact.

Charitable committee members: Steve Laraway, Dale Miller (Committee Chair), Kimberly Foster, & James Schmitz.

April 2018 CommunityGiving E-Newsletter
Spring into Philanthropy Excerpt
. . . Central Minnesota Community Foundation Board Chair, Steve Laraway, recently established a corporate advised fund for his company, Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc. and he is pleased with how it is working for his team. Steve Laraway stated, “We had worked with funds in the past and saw the efficiency of their usage and wanted something like that for our organization. Having a corporate advised fund has exceeded our expectations. Our corporate advised fund allows us to centralize our charitable giving and we can make contributions to the fund whenever we want. We formed an internal charitable committee to make granting decisions which been great for our team. It makes a lot of sense for us and we think it would make sense for a lot of other organizations in our community."

Interested in learning more about corporate advised funds and the philanthropic impact your business can make? Contact your local community foundation staff today or email

November 30, 2017 - Chris Wayne and James Schmitz (pictured) gave back to our community at The Sheridan Story. The Sheridan Story works to combat hunger in our community by providing food for students to take home each weekend of the school year. Their job was to pack the food for the students to take home.

For more information on the Sheridan Story click here


November 9, 2017 - 4th Annual Women’s Day Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Joe Schmit “Silent Impact”. Joe Schmit (pictured above) is an author, award-winning sports broadcaster with KSTP-TV, community leader, and popular keynote speaker. “We make our biggest impressions when we are not trying to be impressive.” Joe spoke at our luncheon to the delight of many.

Steve Laraway

Eileen Winter, Elf, Arvis Stubbs, Elf, & Dale Miller

December 22, 2016 – For the last 18 years, Arvis Stubbs, has donated, and taken in donations of hats, socks, and gloves, giving them as gifts to homeless people around St. Cloud. Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc. team joyfully joined in her effort.

James Schmitz, Andrew Walesch, Holly Hoffman, Steve Laraway, Kimberly Foster, Eileen Winter and Chris Wayne

November 10, 2017 – 3rd Annual Women’s Day Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Holly Hoffman “Never Give Up – The Survivor Way”. Born and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show Survivor Nicaragua. Singer and pianist Andrew Walesch entertained during the meal.