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Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Norris Waalen
President

While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Norris found his passion through a college course that was ultimately a prelude to financial planning, before the term was coined. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from Luther College. Since then, he has accomplished his own CPA practice, Norris Waalen, LLC. While working within the auditing and accounting industry, he discovered how to incorporate financial planning with his clients. Hence, Runestone Wealth Advisors, LLC was born. His grandmother, who migrated from Norway, instilled in him the theme that “working for the common good will benefit our greater community, and in turn benefit all of us”. Therefore, he strongly lives by that motto which is why his strong desire to help others plan and implement strategies to realize their goals will ultimately better their families’ lives.

He has served on the board of directors of the Arthritis Foundation - North Center and his church as treasurer for two terms.

While away from his business, Norris enjoys spending time with his wife and three adult children and their families. He loves to travel and fish at the family cabin. Two of his favorite hobbies is woodworking and following the Badgers and Gophers.

Samantha Paul
Operations Manager

Samantha came to the company at the beginning of January 2017. She was born and raised in Hibbing, MN and moved here in 2013. She has an AAS degree in Multimedia specializing in Graphic Design from Hibbing Community College. Currently she is working towards an AS degree in Business at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She serves as a liaison for front and back operations, plays a large part in reporting for both the wealth management and tax aspects of the firm, and brings customer service to the firm, among many other duties.

Outside of the firm, she enjoys taking dance classes, figure skating, spending time with family, friends, and her fiance, and taking advantage of the warm summer.