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Northwestern Mutual Honors Extraordinary Volunteers with $295,000 in Grants
Nonprofits throughout the country are awarded grants through annual Community Service Awards

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A truly remarkable career goes beyond work in the office, which is why Northwestern Mutual recognizes its financial professionals who invest in improving their communities through volunteerism. Through its Foundation, Northwestern Mutual is honoring the commitment of these individuals through its annual Community Service Awards program. The company will celebrate these dedicated volunteers with $295,000 in grants.

  • Twelve financial professionals across the nation have each been awarded a $15,000 grant to benefit a nonprofit for serving on a board or volunteering their time.
  • An additional winner in each of the four regions has been recognized as Most Exceptional and has received $25,000 for his or her organization.
  • Three of this year's winners are receiving an additional $5,000 for volunteering with an organization focused on childhood cancer given its alignment to the company's national philanthropic cause.

For an introduction to this year's Most Exceptional winners, watch their stories on YouTube: Chad Greer, Fred O'Connor, Nicholas Stamboulis, Scott Cohen.

"I'm proud of the time, passion and commitment our financial professionals dedicate to bettering their communities," said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "It's clear that when we come together, we can accomplish anything we set out to do. Our Community Service Awards program shines a light on a group of inspirational individuals who know what it means to genuinely make a difference."

Since 1995, the Foundation has donated more than $5 million to nonprofits on behalf of its financial professionals. This year's Community Service Award winners were announced at the company's regional sales meetings, with grants presented to nonprofits at local events throughout the country.

2017 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award Winners

Most Exceptional Winners



Office Location

Chad Greer, CLU®

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Fred O'Connor, CFP®, RICP®


Big Shoulders Fund

Northbrook, Illinois

Nicholas Stamboulis

Lea's Foundation for Leukemia Research

West Hartford, Connecticut

Scott Cohen, CFP®, CLU®

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times)

Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Winners



Office Location

Bill Hunkler, CLU®, ChFC®

Barnesville St. Vincent De Paul

Barnesville, Ohio

Dimitrios Kiniris, CLU®, ChFC®

Junior Achievement of Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Drew Besonson

Orchards Children's Services

Troy, Michigan

Douglas Moffat

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Garry Burry, CLTC

WHAS Crusade for Children

Louisville, Kentucky

Jonathan Romero, Jr.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

New York, New York

Kristin Sheppard

Guide Dogs for the Blind

San Francisco, California

Nate Fikse, CLU®, CLF®

Boys Town California

Newport Beach, California

Richard Woo, CLU®, CFP®

GRIP Outreach for Youth

Chicago, Illinois

Stephen Grant, CLU®

Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation

Greenville, South Carolina

Stephen Owings, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

Road Safe America

Atlanta, Georgia

Trevor Garlock, CLU®

The Foundation for Community Betterment

Watertown, New York


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 $300 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 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 $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 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 ranks 100 on the 2016 FORTUNE 500, and is recognized by FORTUNE® 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 (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) 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, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).


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