Our Team

The CLP Team

Robert A. Bjork CFP®

Robert Bjork, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Birch Cove Group, Ltd., is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Registered Principal of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He started his career in the financial services industry in 1981, first as a solo practitioner and then in partnerships to best serve his clients.

Today, Robert’s practice revolves around diligent investment management and personal financial planning for high net worth individuals. He currently manages 80 active financial plans, including client and estate assets.

Robert is a lifelong Twin Cities resident. He lives in Plymouth with his wife Beth, a consulting physical therapist. Robert is actively involved in his church community, is a volunteer board member for nonprofits, an avid golfer, and enjoys spending time with his three adult children. He also enjoys reading and travel.

Robert’s LinkedIn profile

Sarah Bridges, PhD

Sarah Bridges, Ph.D., is a psychologist, executive coach and consultant, speaker, writer and thought leader on managing people. In her consulting practice she advises senior executives and organization leaders at a broad range of Fortune 500 clients, including United HealthGroup, McKesson Corporation, Northwest Airlines, Target, Ceridian, Alcoa, Boston Scientific, Cargill, Northrop Grumman, Ecolab, and Supervalu. Her work addresses issues of executive assessment, organization effectiveness, performance management, leadership development, succession planning, recruitment, and individual coaching, all with a keen focus on achieving observable results and a genuine return-on-investment for the company. She received her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Formerly an executive for a $1.7 billion Fortune 1000 company, and a practice leader for the assessment business at Personnel Decisions International, an innovator in the psychology and organizational consulting field, she draws on this “both sides of the desk” experience to focus on what works, not just what is possible. Born and raised in Northern California, Dr. Bridges lives with her family in Minneapolis

Sarah’s LinkedIn profile


Michael T. Brown

Michael Brown, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Birch Cove Group, Ltd., is a Registered Principal of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor Representative and an Investment Management Consultant. He began his career in 1985, and brings more than 25 years of experience to his work as a financial advisor.

Mike knows exactly what is required to recognize, address and ultimately solve business owners and executive’s financial challenges. He believes truly comprehensive wealth management requires a deep client relationship as well as a complete understanding of the client’s financial goals and dreams which has led him to help found CLP.

Mike also works with a network of professionals in a variety of disciplines, including income tax, trusts and estates, risk management and charitable giving, among others. His relationships with these specialists enable Mike to help clients find the most suitable approach to any challenge.

Mike, whose father was a pioneer in the financial planning industry, grew up in the Twin Cities. He lives there today with his wife, Lynn, and three children. Lynn is an active volunteer and non-profit board member. The family shares many interests, including sailing, skiing and golf.

Michael’s LinkedIn profile


Expert Network

Through partner relationships, we work with a select group of experts who deal in all manners that are pertinent to a successful transition and life for our clients.  Examples include outplacement services, portfolio life coaching, philanthropic consulting, personal technology assistance, and accounting, legal, and insurance experts.

See our Partner Resources here.