Advisory Board

Christopher J. Pizinger


Carlisle Brake & Friction

Mr. Pizinger graduated in 1988 from St. John’s University with a BS in Biology and Natural Science, and received his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona in 1990. After graduation he held various Executive Management roles at H. B. Fuller Company before going on to co-found and develop a supply chain management eEnablement firm, Stratyc LLC. He became CEO of MINNCOR Industries, a manufacturing and contract service business, and through Deer Park Ventures was recruited by a financial backer to develop a private equity group focused on leveraged buyouts of manufacturing firms in the Midwest. His executive consulting expertise eventually landed him his current position of Director at Carlisle Brake & Friction (CBF), a leading solutions provider of high performance and severe duty brake, clutch and transmission applications to OEM and aftermarket customers in the mining, construction, military, agricultural, motorsports, industrial and aerospace markets. In addition to being on the PGYB Advisory Board, Chris is a Corporate Member of the Town and Country Club, Board of Managers for the Minnesota Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Leadership Six Sigma Black Belt, and Volunteer Coach for the Highland Central Hockey Association. He is a past Board Member at MINNCOR Industries, the Executive Group (Twin Cities CEO Forum), and the Minnesota Correctional Education Foundation. He and his wife Kimberly currently live in St. Paul, MN with their two children.

Stephen E. Kairies, CLU, ChFC

Founder/CFO, Access Financial Services, Inc.

Principal, Octagon Financial Group

Following graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and service as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mr. Kairies entered the financial services industry in 1972. Steve is Founder/CFO of Access Financial Services, Inc. (AFS). He is also a principal of Octagon Financial Group, a partnership of four specialized financial service companies. Steve assists his clients in reaching their maximum wealth potential through a non-traditional approach to financial planning. He has extensive background and knowledge in financial, estate, business continuation, retirement planning and related taxation. He has received the professional designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He is a Registered Representative with FSC Securities Corporation and, through his firm, AFS, provides services as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). Steve’s advice is often sought by other financial service professionals to develop plans and strategies for their clients. He is a Life Member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters, a past president of the Minneapolis Association of Life Underwriters, and has served on the Minneapolis CLU/ChFC Board. An active member of the community, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of Summit Academy OIC, in addition to his Advisory role at the PGYB. He and his wife, Pam, live in Bloomington, MN. They have three grown children, all of whom work at AFS.