Aaron Dean Smaagaard, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Wealth Management Advisor

My Team

As a Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual, I am committed to helping my clients whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. I don't do it alone.

Together, we stand committed to providing the best customer service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.

Katie L Ristvedt

Katie L Ristvedt, ChFC®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 651-714-6829
Fax 651-344-0821

Katie Ristvedt has been with Aaron Smaagaard and Northwestern Mutual for 12 years. Katie runs the operations of Aaron's business while helping with the creation, proposal, and management of client financial plans. She also manages client investment accounts.

Katie holds her Life, Accident & Health and Series 6, 63, 65 and 7 licenses.

Katie can help you with the following:

  • Investment related questions, and
  • Operational requests such as placing trades, providing account values, processing check requests, IRA distributions, wire transfers, and gain/loss information.

Katie joined Aaron in 2007 after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Katie ensures clients' planning recommendations are seamlessly implemented and assists with any account or policy requests.

Katie is married to Paul, who works for Medtronic. They have two sons, Carter and Jack. Katie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, trips to the dog park with her black lab Lucky, 90's comedies, cooking, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Denise M Barry

Denise M Barry, ChFC®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor

Denise has been with Northwestern Mutual since December of 2014. Denise is an Associate Financial Representative as well as a fully registered representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC holding her series 6, 63, 7 and life, accident & health insurance licenses. 

Denise handles the risk management side of Aaron's business, and is likely the friendly person you will reach when you call the office. She also helps with investment execution.

Denise can help you with the following:

  • General policy questions and updates
  • Appointment requests and calendar coordination
  • Bank account, address and beneficiary changes
  • Premium and billing questions
  • Policy loans and loan repayment

Denise joined Aaron's team in 2014 after spending 6 years with ING/Voya. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She is dedicated to providing superior service to clients.

Denise resides in Cottage Grove. She is married to Jason and they have a son, Parker and a chocolate lab named Oscar. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, a good bonfire, and reading for leisure.


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