Northwestern Mutual

Mark Haywood

Learn how Mark brings financial planning and education to those who need it – and has a lot of fun in the process. 


Mark Haywood was working as financial analyst for a multinational corporation, supporting projects like the international space station. As a true “people person,” Mark was getting burnt out by the repetitive and lonely nature of that work. While considering a career change, he discussed his personal financial situation with a Northwestern Mutual financial representative whom his father recommended. That meeting led to a discussion about working as a financial representative. Mark found the opportunity incredibly intriguing, and he joined Northwestern Mutual in July 2012.

In His Own Words

Making a Difference

I think the African-American community is a very underserved market for financial planning and education. My dad always told me that Northwestern Mutual was a different type of company – when you needed Northwestern Mutual, they were there for you. I want to expose more of the African-American community to this great company. I want to let them know that this outstanding financial institution is here to serve them and their families.

To bring financial planning education to the African-American community, I started out by giving financial planning seminars and workshops at my church and other churches. As my business started growing, I started attending larger conferences and functions specifically for networking, where there would be entrepreneurs and business owners whom I could help

Career Rewards/Challenges

I needed a different career, in which I would still be involved in finance but that would give me the opportunity to serve and minister to people in a direct capacity. I am a people person; I enjoy going to see people daily and getting to know them. That’s why this career is a lot of fun for me – from going out to dinner with clients to meeting their kids – it’s fun working with my clients to discover an ideal financial solution! Of course, the career isn’t without its difficult days and hardships; it takes a lot of hard work and persistence – but it’s worth it.

Career Advice

When you are building a practice and working for yourself, your success is driven by your own actions. If you don’t do something today, you may not feel the impact immediately, but you will feel it down the road.

Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself – do you want a job or a career? There is dignity in both. If you are looking for a job, this is not for you. If you want to lead a business where you get to carve out your own destiny and get to determine whom you work with and how you work with them, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Learn More About Mark Haywood

To learn more about Mark Haywood, visit his website.