Tim Schmidt grew up in Hong Kong as the son of a teacher. He graduated from the Hong Kong International School and then returned to the United States. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated with a BA in Education. After college, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and became a teacher and coach. In 1986, Tim joined Thrivent Financial (formerly Aid Association for Lutherans) as a financial representative (FR). Within 5 years, Tim ranked among the top 5% of all representatives in the company. After 8 years in the FR role, Tim moved to Texas to take over the leadership of the North Texas – Oklahoma Regional Financial Organization.
In 1997, Tim moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to take over 4 merged firms for Thrivent. In that role, Tim achieved the GAMA Master Firm Award and ranked among the Top 250 firms in the world. From 2008 – 2017, Tim served as the Divisional Vice President and Managing Partner for the Two Rivers Region. Today, Tim works on the corporate strategic partnership to advance the mission and vision of Thrivent.
In January of 2011, Tim achieved a life-long dream and published a book, “What Really Works? Blending the 7 F’s for the Life You Imagine,” with his friend, Paul Batz. Faith | Family | Finances | Fitness | Friends | Fun | Future.
Tim is a past President of GAMA International. Other passions include serving on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Service, Ridgeview Hospital Foundation and the Ron Blue Institute Board of Directors.
Tim has a passion for travel, philanthropy, living a blended life, and the outdoors. In September, 2010, Tim and his son summited the 14,400 foot Mt. Rainier in Washington State. He and his wife, Jeannette, live in Waconia Minnesota and have two grown children and two grandkids. When asked about his life, Tim said, “pinch me, we are so grateful.”