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Steve Laraway, J.D., CPA®, CFP®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor/CEO/President/Partner

Steve shapes the culture of excellence at Laraway Financial Advisors, modeling positivity and optimism gained over 36 years of financial service. He guides the day-to-day operation, mentors a team of nine advisors, and sets the strategic direction for the company’s growth and stability.

Before following his entrepreneurial leanings to launch Laraway Financial Advisors in 2001, Steve was President of Bremer Trust for nine years. Today, his successful financial services firm has over $225 million in assets and many clients whom Steve calls friends.

“People don’t care how much you know ‘til they know how much you care,” says Steve.

Of all Steve does, enjoys, and values in life, he counts stewardship as the key to success. Steve sits on the boards of the St. Cloud City Council (Ward 2), CentraCare Health System, Central Minnesota Boy Scouts and Central MN Community Foundation. He’s a member of St. Cloud Opportunities, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary International.

Steve’s been lauded as well:

  • Trustee of the Year, Minnesota Hospital Association, 2013
  • Professional Award in Philanthropy, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award – New Ulm Cathedral High School, 2011
  • Silver Antelope Award, Boy Scouts of America – Central Minnesota Council, 2011

Steve has a B.A. in Business and Accounting from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and a Law degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee.

As a young man in New Ulm, Steve mowed lawns. However, his dream job is general manager of a sports franchise––not surprisingly, the Twins or Vikings. A “sports junkie” of all sports, Steve’s attended nine Final Fours and five U.S. Opens. He’s also collected 30 autographed baseballs, including Harmon Killebrew and Ernie Banks, and a nearly complete 1965 Tops set of 598 (minus five) baseball cards.

Inspired by the bucket list he’d created at age 25, Steve took a Swirl wine class five years ago from certified wine educator and sommelier Kent Benson, built a state-of-the-art wine cellar, and began amassing his 400-bottle wine collection. Cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir are favorites.

Steve and his wife Peggy also enjoy “Up North” trips to outdoor rock concerts at Moondance Jam in Walker, and weekends at the lake near Remer are always memorable, especially when Steve concocts his signature BBQ ribs and brisket for family. The couple has four grown children and one grandson.

The couple loves to travel––when they can synchronize schedules; Peggy is a busy hospital nurse. One memorable trip to England, Scotland and Ireland prompted an interest in Steve’s English and Irish ancestry.

Something no one knows about Steve . . . When he was 27, Steve performed CPR on a woman who’d stopped breathing in a St. Paul restaurant near the bank where he worked. Steve had completed CPR training only one week prior to the emergency!