Jim McDonald


Jim’s role as one of the partners here at Channel Financial includes treating client relationships with a high degree of respect, maintaining a highly ethical & trustworthy staff of financial professionals, and guiding individuals in how to achieve their financial goals. Essentially, he takes on a role similar to being a Chief Retirement Officer (CRO) for the organizations he works for by creating & monitoring comprehensive retirement programs for their team so they can focus on their primary operations. Our clients desire better outcomes for their employees with less effort, less risk, and at a fair cost.

Jim began his financial career with Citicorp in 1984 which is the same year Purple Rain was released (movie & album) and, the first Apple Macintosh computer was introduced. He worked with other large organizations including American Express, US Bank, & RBC Wealth. Jim’s path with the retirement plan space began in 1989, the same year the ‘world wide web’ was invented and the Berlin Wall was torn down.

Jim had the privilege to grow up in the shadow of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. From there he went on to attend the University of South Dakota, not only as ‘a’ Coyote but, as ‘the’ Charlie Coyote. Over the years, has spent considerable amount of time on west & east coasts with his Midwest roots firmly planted. Minnesota is now definitely called home. Outside the office (with emphasis on outdoors), you might find Jim on a bicycle, a golf course, on a boat or in the water, or playing hockey with other old guys. Currently, he’s living in the Twin Cities with his wonderful fiancé, Kristi.

Phone: (877) 333-7535

Email: jmcdonald@channelfinancial.com

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Dakota
  • Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from University of St. Thomas
  • holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 26 and 65 registrations through Triad Advisors, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and DALBAR Registered Fiduciary™

Areas of Expertise

  • Retirement Plan Consulting