Career Changers

Changing careers doesn’t have to be a daunting proposition. With the support of a quality organization, it can be an easy transition.

Many attorneys, bankers, accountants, educators, and military personnel have two things in common … they enjoy helping people and have transitioned into successful careers as financial representatives with Northwestern Mutual.

A career as a financial representative can give you the independence you are looking for, while having the extensive resources of Northwestern Mutual available to you.

Ever wonder what it's like to take the leap to try a new career?

Watch "A Day in the Life of a Career Changer"
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Gather some insights from this in-depth look into the life of three new Northwestern Mutual financial representatives with very different career backgrounds. Find out what they do on a daily basis, why they changed jobs, and what they enjoy about this career.

Please take a moment to read about a few of our Career Changers. They're real life stories of people just like you who made this exciting and rewarding change in their careers and lives.

Jim McManus - Financial Advisor

James L McManusJim McManus, CFP®, ChFC®, MBA, was the definition of a serial entrepreneur. Being a business owner from the age of 20, the thought of developing his own financial services practice came naturally.  Jim’s experience leading different organizations across a variety of sales and service organizations allowed him to quickly put himself in the shoes of the market he’s currently serving, the business owners and professionals in the Charlotte, North Carolina community. 

Putting himself through the Certified Financial Planner curriculum and successfully passing the rigorous national CFP® exam prior to coming into the profession, gave Jim the formal training in financial services to couple with his 20 years of business ownership and development.  This combination affords Jim the instant credibility with his clients and prospective clients.  

Jim was, and is, a client of Wealth Management Advisor Jennie Derby, prior to joining the Northwestern Mutual team.  “I strive to be an advocate for my clients in working with them to ensure their financial future.  Being a client before joining the organization makes a very compelling case for my belief in Northwestern Mutual.”

 John Haywood Dunn

John Haywood Dunn

Chief Development Officer
Office 704-365-2014

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6235 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211

 Whitney R Davis

Whitney R Davis

Recruiting Coordinator
Office 704-365-2014

6235 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211


Abigail W Grainger

Director of Selection
Office 336-725-0159


Caroline Trawick

Director of Recruitment and Selection
Office 704-365-2014

 Claire W Bray

Claire W Bray

Director of Talent Acquisition
Office 864-232-2881

501 E McBee Ave Greenville, SC 29601-2942

 Erin Michalewicz

Erin Michalewicz

Director of Talent Acquisition
Office 843-459-3096


Jennifer Marlowe

Office 828-210-3826


Justin Matthew Williams
Office 803-254-0133


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