Your Professional Staff

FOUNDERS

Co-Founded Envoi, LLC in 2006

Past Experience
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Tonkawa, Inc.
Education
  • Carleton College, B.A., Economics
  • Carlson School of Management, M.B.A., Finance, Security Analysis & Portfolio Management

Co-Founded Envoi, LLC in 2006

Past Experience
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Ford Motor Company
Education
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Finance
  • Carlson School of Management, M.B.A., Marketing

Co-Founded Envoi, LLC in 2006

Past Experience
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Oppenheimer & Co., Lehman Brothers
Education
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Economics

CLIENT ADVISORY

John Benson, JD, CPA, CFP® | Senior Director

Joined Envoi in 2017

Past Experience
  • Tonkawa, Inc.
  • Greycoach Properties, Inc.
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
Education
  • North Dakota State University, B.S., Accounting
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Peter Braxton | Director

Joined Envoi in 2017

Past Experience
  • DOM Capital Group, LLC
  • Credit Suisse USA, LLC
Education
  • Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Biology
  • Washington University in St Louis, M.B.A.

Elizabeth Gustafson | Director

Joined Envoi in 2014

Past Experience
  • Merrill Lynch - Private Banking & Investment Group
  • Morgan Stanley
Education
  • Northwestern University, B.A., English
  • Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University M.B.A., Finance & Marketing
Community Involvement
  • Children’s Minnesota, Legacy Advisor Leadership Committee

Betsy Sylvester | Vice President

Joined Envoi in 2017

Past Experience
  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
Education
  • Carleton College, B.A., Sociology/Anthropology
  • University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, M.B.A., Finance & Economics
Community Involvement
  • Chair, Carleton College Alumni Annual Fund Board of Directors

Kyle Drake, CFA, CAIA | Associate

Joined Envoi in 2010

Education
  • Carleton College, B.A., Mathematics
Community Involvement
  • Board member, CAIA Association in Minnesota

INVESTMENT RESEARCH & REPORTING

J.J. Kirby, CFA, CAIA | Director

Joined Envoi in 2014

Past Experience
  • Minnesota State Board of Investment
Education
  • University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, B.A., Finance & Marketing
  • University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, M.B.A.
Community Involvement
  • Investment Committee Member, Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota

Erich Hartwig, CFA | Associate

Joined Envoi in 2011

Education
  • Bethel University, Economics and Finance

JT Paine | Investment Analyst

Joined Envoi in 2017

Education
  • St. Olaf College, B.A., Economics

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Brad Brunell | Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer

Joined Envoi in 2010

Past Experience
  • Castlelake
  • Carlson Companies/Tonkawa Family Office
  • SUPERVALU
  • Metris Companies
  • KPMG
Education
  • Villanova University, B.S., Accountancy
  • Carlson School of Management, M.B.A., Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant (Inactive)

Sara Leonard | Administrative Assistant

Joined Envoi in 2018

Past Experience
  • Carlson Holdings, Inc.
  • Highland Bank
Education
  • Nettleton Junior College