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University of Wyoming alumnus Kris Thorvaldson earned his marketing degree from the College of Business in 1993 with a minor in management. A graduate of Rawlins High School, he returned to his hometown to serve as an independent financial advisor with LPL Financial.
“UW was the perfect fit for me, as my experience in Laramie allowed me to be independent, yet I never felt alone,” he says. “UW’s College of Business consistently scored in the 90 th percentile in national business exams, and I knew I was getting a great education and a solid foundation to be successful. And my UW degree and experience gave me the confidence to explore new opportunities, which eventually led to running my own business and making my community a better place.”
LPL Financial is the nation’s largest independent broker. As a financial adviser since 2003, Thorvaldson’s goal is to provide local, personal, professional and independent advice and service to the people of Rawlins and Carbon County.
In addition to his professional role, he serves on the UW Alumni Association Board, is a past president of the Rawlins Outlaw Booster Club and Rawlins Lions Club, currently serves as the Eyeglass Chairman for the Rawlins Lions Club, was a board member and past president of the Rawlins/Carbon County Airport Board, and has held the chaplain position for the Rawlins Elks Lodge 609.
Thorvaldson and his wife, Wendy (also from Rawlins), have two daughters. They enjoy camping, golfing and running together. He has helped coach youth soccer and volunteers to help with Rawlins cross county and track and field.
He remembers his time at UW fondly and recommends the university to future generations. “I think there is a special camaraderie among the people of Wyoming and UW,” Thorvaldson says. “As Wyoming’s only four-year institution, UW is very unique and special to everybody in Wyoming, and I think the young people who attend UW will feel that connection right away.”
He says, “Family/friendship, strength, tradition, loyalty, honor and fun are the words that come to mind on what it means to be a UW Cowboy.”
Kris Thorvaldson was A featured speaker at the event on November 7, 2019
Rawlins | Jeffrey Memorial Community Center