Renae J. Bakken
With more than two decades of professional business experience, Renae Bakken has developed the skills necessary for estate planning, such as discussing options for long term goals and implementing the proper legal tools for a secure post-retirement future. Having been raised in a small farming community in northern Minnesota, she has strong core values and a solid work ethic. She also has wonderful interpersonal skills, allowing communication at a very relaxed and comfortable level.
Renae is known for her dependability and has a cheerful, outgoing and warm personality with a strong family and church life. One of her core values is to support and uplift others. Her greatest joy is to know that through her efforts she has helped to enrich the lives of others. Insurance Licensed.
John Foldenaur has 19 years of insurance experience acting as independent insurance broker. He is able to offer our clients an experienced voice in relating to customer service issues, claims problems, premium and billing concerns. John feels it is his responsibility to be the eyes and ears of the entire insurance industry for our clients. This allows us to offer a huge array of products with 113 “A” Rated insurance carriers. By doing so, our clients enjoy the most effective and cost efficient insurance portfolio available. John is married with 3 children and lives in a suburb of Minneapolis.
Luke was born and raised in Minnesota. He grew up on the eastern shore of White Bear Lake and attended Mahtomedi High School. Luke went on to study finance at Minnesota State University in Mankato. It was there where he found his passion in helping families with their financial planning while working for a local bank in the area. Over the last 10 years, he has enjoyed success in different financial planning roles including banking, insurance, brokerage and investments. Luke currently lives in Minneapolis and when he is not working, he enjoys being outdoors on a lake or in the north woods. Insurance licensed.
Mark Kuhne has been helping people with their finances and wealth management since 1985. Mark left the banking sector as a Community Bank President to help clients understand and manage their estate. A father of four children, Mark is married to Kristin. He was born in Moorhead, Minnesota. His activities include travel, photography, golf, fishing/hunting, and scuba diving. As an artist Mark paints mostly with oils and has won several awards. Insurance Licensed.
Craig was born and raised in Wisconsin. Craig was raised in the Fond Du Lac area and attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He has been a part of the financial industry for over 25 years and has helped 100’s of families with their financial planning. He is driven to help people accomplish their goals. Craig now lives in Mukwonago, WI and has 3 very active children. He enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and attending sporting events. Insurance Licensed.
Clifton Ross has years of operations, accounting and business management background with a tremendous passion for helping and developing others. As one of our team leaders, Clifton has been a part of Guardian Resources from the very beginning. His leadership skills shine not only as a leader with Guardian Resources, but also in his volunteer efforts with the Juvenal Detention Center and numerous youth groups. Along with his wife and 3 children, Clifton is also very focused on helping others in need. Insurance Licensed.
Richard has a true passion for people and helping wherever he can. While growing up, he saw first hand how damaging probate and the lack of proper planning could be to a family. Through this, a passion and desire to help others protect and preserve their estates and set up a legacy for future generations has become paramount to him.
As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he adopted the core values, “Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do”, and has made them a part of his daily life. Richard finds it gratifying to be a part of a company culture that has the same core values and beliefs.
Born in Chicago, IL, Richard now resides in Hudson, WI with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of the University of Dubuque and his hobbies include aviation, photography, running and travel. In his spare time he enjoys time with his family and going to church. Insurance Licensed.
Michael E. Warta
Michael grew up on a small farm in Embarrass, Wisconsin along with his twin brother and 2 older sisters. He was a very successful track athlete and holds several records at Clintonville High School. He went on to become a 5-time NCAA All-American while on the track team at UW-Stevens Point, which is where he received his undergraduate degree.
Michael attended Lynchburg College to receive his master’s degree and served as a Track and Field coach. He volunteered as a bible school teacher throughout high school and college. Michael also taught at the college level for 12 years. Michael currently lives in Appleton, Wisconsin where he spends his free time with his nieces and nephew. He also enjoys trout fishing, camping and participating in track sports. Insurance Licensed.