Who we are

We have developed a reputation within our firm as trusted advocates in our local community, helping manage our clients' wealth with a high degree of integrity and honesty. A leading team within RBC Wealth Management, we hold a number of industry designations, licenses, and degrees, and have recently been named to several industry "top" lists, including Barron's magazine and the Financial Times.

Aaron M. Howe, AWM

Managing Director - Financial Advisor, Senior Consulting Group

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Aaron has been addressing the wealth management needs of families and individuals for over twenty years. Since joining RBC Wealth Management in 2001, he has become a top-ranking wealth advisor within the firm, with a reputation for knowledgeable client service built on trust and genuine interest in the well-being of his clients.

Having obtained his Accredited Wealth Management (AWM) designation in 2004, Aaron specializes in developing and implementing unique wealth management plans for high net-worth clients and their families. He believes in the power of collaboration, and frequently works with attorneys and tax advisors to ensure he provides his clients with suitable wealth management solutions.

Aaron’s extensive knowledge and expertise have time and again garnered recognition, both within RBC Wealth Management and the greater financial services industry. He has been a member of the RBC Wealth Management Chairman’s Council since 2009, and has thrice received recognition as a Top Advisor by Barron’s Magazine; he was named a Top 1,000 Advisor in 2012 and a Top 1,200 Advisor in 2014 and 2015. Additionally, Financial Times honored Aaron as a Top 400 Advisor in 2014 and 2018, and he was named to the Forbes/SHOOK Best-In-State Wealth Advisor list in 2018.

Aaron lives in Independence with his wife, Ali, two sons, Brodie and Ellis, and his Labradoodle, Shone. He enjoys an active and healthful lifestyle through his frequent involvement in sports activities with his sons as well as by regularly participating in weight training and Pilates. In his free time, Aaron enjoys traveling, cooking on his Big Green Egg, and spending time with friends and family.

Brandon W. Howe, CFP®

Associate Vice President, Senior Financial Associate

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Brandon has been working alongside his brother Aaron, serving Big Water Group's families for nearly 10 years.  He earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2013.  Brandon works with clients to help them achieve their life goals by creating tailored wealth management plans that include in-depth net worth assessments, retirement income analyses, and insurance reviews.  He plays an integral role in the research, analysis, and maintenance of the team's managed investment portfolios.

Brandon is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was an All-American wrestler for the Wolverines.  He lives in Medina with his wife, Holly, daughters Emelia and Gabrielle, and their long-haired dachshund, Lady Elizabeth.  In his free time, Brandon volunteers as a wrestling coach and serves on the board of the University of Michigan Club of the Twin Cities.  He also enjoys cooking on his Big Green Egg, spending time with his family and following high school and collegiate sports.

Allison F. Nelson, CFP®

Investment Associate

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Allison began her career with RBC Wealth Management in 2010 as an associate in Alternative Investment Operations.  She has been a member of Big Water Group since 2011.  As the team's relationship manager, Allison is primarily responsible for scheduling meetings and maintaining the team's client service standards.  She also manages larger projects such as coordinating appreciation events and seminars, and heading marketing campaigns.  Allison earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2016.  The multi-year CFP®program entails in-depth courses, training, and comprehensive examinations in all areas of financial planning including investments, taxes, insurance, estate, and retirement planning.

Allison is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she graduated from the university with a degree in music performance.  Allison lives in Plymouth with her husband, Brett, and enjoys singing, playing the piano, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Kristi L. Knutson

Registered Client Associate

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Kristi began working at RBC Wealth Management in 2015.  Prior to joining Big Water Group in 2016, she held various positions at the Minnetonka and Minneapolis branches.  Kristi performs many of the team's operational and administrative functions including servicing clients, processing account forms and paperwork, maintaining account records, and preparing client correspondence.  Kristi holds both the Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.

Kristi graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in international studies and marketing.  Her love of travel has taken her around the world, including a semester spent studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, however the North Shore of Lake Superior remains one of her favorite vacation destinations.  An Orono native, Kristi now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, and exploring the local restaurant scene.

Our sense of place

We are proud to take our name from the English translation of the Mdewakanton Lakota name for Minnetonka, the lake which our office overlooks: "Big Water."  This distinguished landmark inspires our wealth management practice in many ways. Lake Minnetonka has played an instrumental role in the development of its surrounding communities by providing an abundance of resources, a source of enjoyment, and a sense of security to thousands of families over numerous generations. Similarly, we work to ensure that our guidance enriches our clients' lives by granting them the financial resources to grow and sustain themselves, enjoy a lifestyle of their choosing, and provide them with security and protection in an ever-changing world.