Becoming a successful financial representative demands a unique combination of time, energy and personal drive – skills you have gained from your military service. Read what other military veterans have to say about the transition from the military to a career as a Northwestern Mutual financial representative:
John Byczek, Managing Director
Northwestern Mutual - North Tampa
John Byczek enlisted in the Army in 1982 and spent 16 years in a variety of roles – serving as an infantryman to a paratrooper to an intelligence officer. Upon leaving the Army, John pursued two tracks: He continued to serve in the Reserves and searched for a new career where he could continue to make a difference in people’s lives. That drive led to him becoming a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual.
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“The core of what I do is help people. It’s what drives me everyday, and it’s a good feeling to know that I’m making a difference in people’s lives.” – John Byczek, U.S. Army
David Deegan, MBA, CLU®, ChFC®, Financial Advisor
After joining the Navy right out of Junior College, David Deegan spent four years as an aircraft electrician servicing jets and helicopters. He began his college studies in engineering and spent some time in technical sales before realizing that he wanted more than just a job – he wanted a fulfilling career.
David Deegan talks about his career.
“The military taught me discipline and how to face and overcome challenges. Those skills have been invaluable to me as a financial representative.” – David Deegan, U.S. Navy
Eric Kala, CLU®, Financial Advisor
U.S. Air Force
San Antonio, TX
Eric Kala was halfway through college when the tragedy on September 11, 2001, struck. His devotion to serve his country drove him to leave school to enlist in the Air Force. As an avionics mission systems specialist, Eric spent four years working on bombers and cargo planes, keeping them ready to go whenever and wherever needed. He maintained and repaired radar and communications systems and flight controls, among other duties. When he left the Air Force, he went looking for a career in which he could find new ways of serving people.
Eric Kala talks about his career.
“If you bring the work ethic you had in the military to this career, there is no limit to the success you can achieve...”
– Eric Kala, U.S. Air Force
Robert Nuño, MAM, CLTC, Wealth Management Advisor
Coral Gables, FL
Upon completing his college studies on a ROTC scholarship, Robert Nuño spent four years in the U.S. Army as a specialist in Nuclear, Biology and Chemical Defense and Special Operations. The culmination of his military career was receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for his work in developing procedures for soldiers and units to be able to operate and survive on contaminated battlegrounds. Following his full-time military experience, he continued to serve the country in the U.S. Army Reserve while he launched his civilian career in financial services.
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“With this career, I am self-employed in the service of others while having the flexibility and ability to be well compensated for something I am passionate about.” – Robert Nuño, U.S. Army
Mark R Perrault, MBA, CLTC, Financial Representative
U.S. Air Force
Colorado Springs, CO
While majoring in business operations in college, Mark Perrault pursued a commitment to Air Force ROTC that led him to serving four years in the Air Force upon graduation. As a brand-new second lieutenant, Mark trained in Alabama and eventually was stationed in Spokane, Washington, where he quickly became the class’s “financial guy.” So when he settled into civilian life in a new city, it was a logical step to explore the opportunity to become a financial services professional and utilize his leadership skills.
Mark Perrault shares his thoughts on his career.
“The independence, flexibility and opportunity to really take control of your career are tremendous motivating factors to becoming a successful financial representative.” – Michael Perrault, U.S. Air Force
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