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Eric has been in the financial services industry since he graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1990. He takes pride in utilizing his experience to help families plan for a financially strong tomorrow. Eric and Ken Kramer have built Munkeby Kramer into a reputable firm and continue to bring sound, leading-edge financial planning to the families they serve.
Upon earning a degree in entrepreneurship, Eric was set on running his own business one day. Because his father was working in financial services at the time of his graduation, he found himself immersed in the industry, building financial plans and executing investment research. Today, he is passionate about putting his clients first and taking care of their most pressing needs.
Born in the Minneapolis area, Eric credits his family, friends and educational background for instilling strong values that have guided him throughout his career. Away from work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and loves coaching his children, camping, hiking and canoeing. Every August they spend a week at the lake, camping and making fond memories together. Eric is very passionate about his family and enjoying life’s many milestones together.
Ken grew up in the Minneapolis area and went on to study economics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. A former Marine, Ken credits his military training for providing him with leadership skills and self-direction, attributes that have served him well at Munkeby Kramer. Ken and Eric Munkeby have built Munkeby Kramer into a reputable firm and continue to bring sound, leading-edge financial planning to the families they serve. The greatest reward for Ken is being able to tell a client they can successfully retire after working with them to meet their goals.
Ken and his wife, Suzanne, currently live in Minnetonka with their two children and two dogs. Together, they enjoy exploring the North Shore, hiking, camping and attending Minnesota Twins ballgames.
What most taught you about money I attended a private high school and was responsible for paying my share of the tuition. I did work-study and worked at a local restaurant to help pay my way. It helped me learn the value of money at an early age.
What is your passion I enjoy many different things, but music has always been a passion of mine. In my younger days I played in drums in an alternative rock band that played some of our own original material, as well as covering other artists. We played at the 7th Street Entry/First Avenue, Uptown Bar & Grill and other venues around the Twin Cities.
Alex grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and went on to graduate with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He has been a part of the Munkeby Kramer team since 2007, where he started as an intern with family friends, Eric and Ken. Alex prides himself on getting to know his clients’ values to provide comprehensive financial solutions unique to each clients needs. Through diligent analysis and years of experience, Alex can turn the complex into simple, understandable terms.
Alex and his wife, Lindsay, currently live in Blaine with their three children and golden retriever. When not at work, Alex enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and being outdoors as much as possible.
What most taught you about money My mom was a great influence on how I manage money. I have a tendency to want nicer things; she taught me I had to save up a little extra to get exactly what I wanted.
What would you like to be expert at I have always admired the beauty in woodworking. My grandfather had a special talent for making beautiful things by hand.
Favorite book Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner is a much different way to look at the world. I have always been a geek at heart.
Alex was adopted from Bogotà, Colombia, and is Eric’s sister. Alex has always enjoyed working with family. Before joining Munkeby Kramer full time she was a barista at her sister’s coffee shop and occasional part-time employee at Munkeby Financial. Her strong sense of organization, practical thinking and incredible work ethic make Alex an integral part of Munkeby Kramer. When you call, email, or stop in, you will likely talk with Alex, and she will take care of whatever you need.
What most taught you about money Even as a kid I was very frugal, and though my father was a founder of Munkeby Financial, my mom was the one to make sure I got set up with my first checking and savings accounts.
Fun places you have traveled I lived on a Navajo reservation in Arizona for nearly a year. I thoroughly enjoyed hiking and exploring canyons and ruins, mountain biking on red rock, and camping out under the stars – you can’t do that in Minnesota.
Latest obsession Podcasts, especially the true-crime genre.