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Military Veteran Success Stories

Hear success stories directly from military veterans who have become financial representatives.

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Becoming a successful financial representative demands a unique combination of time, energy and personal drive – skills you have gained from your military service. Hear what other military veterans have to say about the transition from the military to a career as a Northwestern Mutual financial representative:


  • John Luis Alcantara, CLTC
    Wealth Management Advisor
    The Alcantara Financial Group
    3833 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 600
    Las Vegas, NV  89169-0928
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    U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, CA

    “Northwestern Mutual understands and embraces the values instilled by the military, so if you’ve served, you have the skills to be successful here.”

    Read how John is using military concepts to build a team of skilled experts that thrives on helping clients overcome obstacles and turn negatives into positives.

  • John Byczek
    Managing Director
    15380 N. Florida Avenue, #102
    Tampa, FL 33613-1257
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    U.S. Army, Tampa, FL

    "The core of what I do is help people. It’s what drives me every day, and it’s a good feeling to know that I’m making a difference in people’s lives."

    Learn how Northwestern Mutual helped John hold onto his financial representative position after being deployed as a reservist following 9/11.

  • David Deegan
    MBA, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®
    Financial Advisor
    1 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 4600
    Chicago, IL 60606-2841
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    U.S. Navy, Chicago, IL

    "The military taught me discipline and how to face and overcome challenges. Those skills have been invaluable to me as a financial representative.”

    Read why after spending time in technical sales, David realized he wanted a fulfilling career – and why becoming a Northwestern Mutual representative fit the bill.

  • Eric Kala
    CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
    Wealth Management Advisor
    17802 W. Interstate 10, Suite 114
    San Antonio, TX 78257-2508
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    U.S. Air Force, San Antonio, TX

    “If you bring the work ethic you had in the military to this career, there is no limit to the success you can achieve...”

    Find out why the values he gained during his service also benefit him in his career at Northwestern Mutual.

  • Robert Nuño
    MAM, CLTC
    Wealth Management Advisor
    201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 703
    Coral Gables, FL 33134-5108
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    U.S. Army, Coral Gables, FL

    “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."

    Find out more about Nuño's work helping units to be able to operate and survive on contaminated battlegrounds and being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

  • Mark Perrault
    MBA, CLTC
    Wealth Management Advisor
    2 N. Cascade Avenue, Suite 900
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1628
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    U.S. Air Force, Colorado Springs, CO

    "The independence, flexibility and opportunity to really take control of your career are tremendous motivating factors to becoming a successful financial representative.”

    Read how Mark’s military contacts helped him gain clients early on.

  • Jeffrey Salazar
    CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, REBC®
    Financial Advisor
    277 Bendix Rd, Suite 450
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452-1362
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    U.S. Navy, Norfolk, VA

    “Northwestern Mutual understands military veterans and can guide you through each step of your career. You'll have the support and assistance you need to develop into a successful representative."

    Read how Jeff's desire to serve others is making the future brighter for his clients and his community."

  • Roberto Valles
    Financial Representative
    400 Interstate N. Parkway, Suite 600
    Atlanta, GA 30339-5022
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    U.S. Navy, Naval Air Station, Atlanta

    “I'm proud to serve the community by helping clients achieve financial well-being so they can live the best life possible. Northwestern Mutual gives me the right platform to do that - to really help people."

    Learn how Roberto continues a proud tradition of service and commitment in his work as a financial representative. See how his passion for financial education is helping clients live the best life possible.

  • Richard Worrell
    CLU®, CLTC, CFP®
    Managing Partner
    6235 Morrison Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC 28211-3508
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    U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC

    “I have the opportunity to make an impact on people's lives by helping them achieve life-long financial security. I've been fortunate enough to help many people in my community protect their families' futures.

    Learn how Richard's leadership experience in the military positioned him for success as a financial representative and managing partner at Northwestern Mutual.