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Walter E. Pickup, CFP®



Husband, Father, Advisor, Sports Fan, Golfer, and Learner

About Walter:

Walter has had the privilege of building relationship with clients for over 25 years.  He joined Focus Financial in 1997 after starting his career at another investment firm.  He spends most of his day meeting with clients and is grateful to have such a capable team at Pickup and Associates.  Walter has seen incredible innovation in technology over the course of his career, and is committed to taking advantage of the best technology available in the industry and making those tools available to clients.   

Walter attended high school in the Chicago suburbs.  As a teenager, he worked at an Auto Body shop and started to develop an appreciation for classic cars.  After high school, Walter continued his studies at Northwestern College in Iowa and at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  He left the sunshine of southern California in 1990 and has called Minnesota home ever since.  His life experiences include a variety of church leadership roles as well as more than 24 years of service as a firefighter. 

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Dylan Aeikens



Family Man, Faith-Filled, Driven, Small-Town Farm Kid, Traveler, Golfer, and Basketballer.

"Believes In What He’s Doing."

About Dylan:

As an advisor at Pickup and Associates, Dylan is also committed to helping clients achieve their financial goals. The team specializes in helping clients make prudent, informed decisions regarding the complex financial issues they face. Whether it's generating retirement income, managing an investment portfolio, or deciding how to fund a college education, Dylan understands the options available and helps clients implement the strategies that work best in their situation.

Dylan grew up on a farm in western Minnesota. He earned a degree in Business Finance from Bethel University in St. Paul. While attending Bethel, Dylan played basketball and spent a semester studying in Europe. Upon graduation, he entered the Financial Planning industry. He is grateful for his roots in the farming community and the experiences he has had over the years that help him relate to a wide range of people.

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Stacy Kronberg

Office Manager


Boy Mom, Wife, Sister, Sport Lover, and Traveler.

“You are not on this journey alone; He is with you!”

About Stacy:

Stacy joined the team in April 2012. She is the voice you hear when you call our office. She is responsible for meeting follow-up, communications, and event planning. Stacy is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a degree in Aviation Management.

Stacy and her husband Jason live in Apple Valley with their 3 boys, Tanner, Ryler, and Cody. During her time away from the office Stacy enjoys watching her boys in their athletic pursuits and traveling West to visit her family.

Stacy is not registered with Royal Alliance.

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Darlene Pickup

Operations Manager


Wife, Mom, Dog Lover, Golfer, and Reader

"A good day is a day when I learn something new."

About Darlene:

Darlene manages the operations of the team and focuses on technology, meeting preparation, and special projects.  She has her B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University and, since joining the team in 2018, has been busy applying her business experience gained in pre-sales consulting to the practice.   

Darlene is not registered with Royal Alliance.

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Brian Connelly, CFP®



Teacher, Investor, Husband, Father, Coach, Planner

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." Vince Lombardi

About Brian:

Brian joined the team in March 2022 as a Financial Advisor.  He grew up as one of 5 children in Hastings, Minnesota as the child of two teachers. Brian attended college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and shortly after graduating in 2001,  entered the Financial Services industry. He is grateful to his parents for installing in him a love of learning and a gift to be able to educate others, especially in the areas of financial planning and investing.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching basketball, football and baseball for his sons, Colin, Carter and Jonathan. Brian, his wife Bethany, and their three boys, live in Chanhassen, MN. 

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