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Outstanding Volunteers Recognized by Northwestern Mutual with $280,000 in Grants
Annual Community Service Award celebrates volunteers with grants to local nonprofits

MILWAUKEE, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A successful career is not only defined by what is contributed in the office, but the difference one makes in the community. Many Northwestern Mutual financial representatives embody this definition of success by spending their free time reading to children, running for a cause and working hard to improve the community in which they live and work.

To recognize this commitment, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, presents its Community Service Award each year. Exemplary volunteer work is recognized by the company through $280,000 in grants on behalf of its financial representatives.

This year, 16 financial representatives across the nation were each honored with a $15,000 grant to a nonprofit of their choice. Additionally, one winner in each of the four regions was recognized as most exceptional and received $25,000 for his or her organization.

To hear the stories about this year's most exceptional winners, watch their YouTube videos at

"We encourage everyone to pursue their passions, both at the office and outside of work," said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "Our Community Service Award acknowledges our network of financial professionals who spend their free time working to improve communities and better the lives of others."

Since 1995, the foundation has donated more than $4.8 million to nonprofits on behalf of its representatives. This year's Community Service Award winners were announced at the company's regional meetings, with grants presented to nonprofits at local events throughout the country. For more information about Northwestern Mutual, visit

2016 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners

Most Exceptional



Office Location

Mitchell Barnes CLU, ChFC, CAP

DREAM Foundation Inc.

Louisville, Kentucky

Laurie A. Z. Bitter, CLU, ChFC, CFP

Ecker Center for Mental Health

Elgin, Illinois

Allen Snyder III, CLU, ChFC

Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition

Boston, Massachusetts

Walter Zimmerman Jr.

Sertoma Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona

Community Service Awards

Brian Boyd, ChFC

Make-A-Wish Northeastern CA & Northern NV

Sacramento, California

David Capo, CLU, ChFC, CASL

Junior Achievement Greater New Orleans

Metairie, Louisiana

Gregory Constantino, CLTC

Special Olympics New York (SONY)

Fairport, New York

Bill Harder

The Meyer Center for Special Children

Greenville, South Carolina

Daniel Jenkins, CLU, AEP

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nathan Karges, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

Sammy's Superheroes

Columbus, Nebraska

Kevin Kaveney

Citizen Soldier Connection

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Deana Lehman

American Diabetes Association

Denver, Colorado

Paul Ludacka, CLU, ChFC, CFP

Open Door Mission

Omaha, Nebraska

L. Aaron Mendelson, CLU

Friends of Veritas Preparatory Charter School

Springfield, Massachusetts

James Newlon, CLU

Mid-Cities Care Corps

Bedford, Texas

James Smith, CLU, ChFC, CFP

Developmental Services Center

Mahomet, Illinois

About Northwestern Mutual Foundation 
The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $290 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $238.5 billion in assets, $27.9 billion in revenues and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.3 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual is recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2016.
Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries.

Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, Iife insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC).

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