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Walter E. Pickup, CFP®



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

About Walter:

Walter has had the privilege of building relationship with clients for over 30years.  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, CFP®



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

"Believes In What He’s Doing."

About Dylan:

As a Partner and Advisor at Pickup & Associates, Dylan is committed to helping clients pursue their financial goals. His team specializes in helping clients make prudent, informed decisions regarding the complex financial issues they face. Whether generating retirement income, managing an investment portfolio, or deciding to fund a college education, Dylan understands the myriad of options available and helps clients implement the strategies that work best in their situation.  

Dylan grew up on a farm in western Minnesota. While attending Bethel, Dylan played basketball and spent a semester studying in Europe. Upon graduation, he entered the Financial Planning industry. He and his wife Charise have two children, Meredith and Winston. Dylan 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.  

In his free time, Dylan enjoys golfing, traveling, and bonfires with family and friends.  

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Stacy Kronberg



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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Karen Aamodt



Wife, Mother, Boater, Griller, Walker, and a DIYer

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams". Eleanor Roosevelt

About Karen:

Karen joined the team in April 2023.  Karen, Office Manager, will be your first contact when you arrive or call into the office. Karen will handle scheduling appointments, phone calls, and administrative tasks.   

Karen grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. She graduated from Normandale Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business, and Anoka Technical College with an optical degree. Karen, her husband Paul, daughter Lydia, step daughter Mikayla and Goldendoodle named Vada live in Prior Lake, MN. Karen and Paul are small business owners of a lawn service that Karen had started in 1996.  Karen’s activities are time on the lake paddleboarding, gardening, and relaxing on the deck with her dog. Karen enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. 

Karen is not registered with Royal Alliance.

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Jake Meyer



Golfer, Adventurous, Faith-Driven, Motivated, Dog Lover

"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."

About Jake:

Jake grew up farm in western Minnesota and has spent many springs and falls assisting in the field. Jake attended Bethel University and graduated with a degree in Finance and Analytics & Analysis. 

In his spare time, Jake enjoys golfing, playing basketball, wake surfing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and anything that involves the outdoors and sports. Jake is thankful for his background as it has instilled a highly motivated and results driven mentality.

Jake is not registered with Royal Alliance.

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Darlene Pickup



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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