Valorie Knudsen serves as Chief Financial Officer of Cote Family Companies where she is responsible for the oversight of financial and risk management and all accounting functions. Knudsen has 25 years of experience in accounting and finance, holding top-level finance management positions in companies including Carlson Companies (including Carlson Travel), NRG Energy, Inc. and Opus Corporation. Her industry experience includes hospitality and travel, independent power generation, real estate development, property management, and manufacturing.
Knudsen is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive license) with over seven years of experience in public accounting, including three years with Grant Thornton in Minneapolis. Knudsen is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI), Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), and of the Minnesota State Society of CPA’s. She was recently a board member of HIRED, a non-profit organization in Minneapolis and is currently treasurer and a board member for Bridges of Hope, a non-profit in the Brainerd area dedicated to assisting families in need.
Knudsen graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota.