Lars Knudsen leads the team at Hightower Bellevue. He founded his RIA practice 30 years ago on the basis of his belief in wealth stewardship. This vision continues to guide his team today.
Born and raised in Alaska, Lars is a third-generation entrepreneur. His interest in finance dates back to his boyhood days as a golf caddy. His godfather, also a successful business owner, said that if Lars saved a hundred dollars, he would match it with another hundred and help him invest it in stocks of Lars’s own choosing. His curiosity sparked, the young man accepted the challenge and quickly got into the habit of tracking his stocks’ performance in the daily newspaper and watching his investment grow.
Due to his early experience investing and lifelong exposure to his family’s business endeavors, Lars knew as a young man that he wanted to pursue a career in business and finance. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Accounting and Finance, he worked as an accountant before establishing his own financial planning business, which merged with national CPA firm Moss Adams after 14 years of independent success. He later founded Triad Wealth Stewardship, now known as Hightower Bellevue, to deliver a personalized, custom approach to financial planning and family wealth stewardship to clients.
The term stewardship means to care and be responsible for assets or resources, and reflects the thoughtful, dedicated approach Lars and his team take to serving clients and their families. He and the team derive tremendous pride and purpose from helping clients bring their personal beliefs, family values and wealth into balance. To Lars, there is no more fulfilling challenge than interpreting the “big picture” of macroeconomic trends, current events and history to create financial plans that can make a genuine difference in the lives of his clients.
Lars is also active as a board member and an active contributor to several charitable organizations.
Lars is happily married to his wife Lise and has five children Erik, Nina, Alex, Kiki and Christian (who has passed).
Lars and Lise enjoy traveling, reading, hiking spending time in the sun, skiing and horse back riding.
Together they are blessed to dedicate their extra time expressing their faith in helping make a difference in the community around them in youth in crisis and homelessness.