Career Changers


If you’re looking for a career with impact you’ve come to the right place. 

Following is one success story from our financial advisors who made a career change to find more meaning and purpose in their life’s work.

In his own words, Tommy is sharing why he made the move, what challenges he faced and what was key to his success. Each month we will feature a new financial advisor.  Be sure to check back again!

Tommy Parks
Financial Advisor

While working as a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Tommy saw electronic trading slowly taking over.  At the same time, he had developed a relationship with a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago.  Through the course of the years, his advisor helped him develop and act on a financial plan.  He saw first-hand the strides he was making with his financial position.  The opportunity to help other young professionals do the same drew him to the career as a financial representative.

Making a Difference

This career provides an unparalleled opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others. I enjoy listening to young professionals, hearing their life stories and developing a personal relationship.  Through our comprehensive planning process, I can develop a customized financial plan that helps them meet life’s challenges and celebrate accomplishments.  Since I started my practice, I can already see that I will grow with my clients and have life-long relationships.

Making the Career Change

Through our selection process, I was able to meet with numerous team members. I knew that the firm culture was one in which I could thrive. 

At the same time, I was able to build on my experience on the trading floor and my education at the University of Chicago with training and development opportunities at Northwestern Mutual – Chicago.  The firm provides extensive training from professional, certified trainers along with ongoing coaching and mentoring with some of our most successful financial advisors. 

Career Rewards

I can sum it up in three words:  Flexibility. Impact. Income.

  • Flexibility: I am no longer tied to the trading floor hours.  I can control my schedule.

  • Impact:  I have the ability to make a profound impact on the future of my clients while creating my secure future.

  • Income:  Through hard work, I have been rewarded with excellent compensation, benefits and recognition.

Career Advice

  • Coachability is key.  This is an important skill and attitude to have and will help you embrace this career opportunity.

  • Pursue professional development opportunities.  I earned my series 6 and 63 securities license and licenses in Life, Health, Disability and Long Term Care insurance. 

  • Be resilient. Take advantage of mentoring and coaching opportunities. 

To learn more about Tommy Parks, visit his website at

To learn more about the Career Opportunity, contact: Kim Ritchell or Dionna Johnson

Career changers whose story we will be sharing

Dario Bolanos
Growth & Development Director and Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2011.






Marisa Joseph, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2008.

While working long hours in corporate finance, Marisa Joseph learned about the career opportunities at Northwestern Mutual - Chicago.  Impressed by the firm's integrity to do what is in the best interest of their clients she was attracted to the idea of "holding the keys" to her own success. 

If you would like to learn more about her career path, contact: Kim Ritchell or Dionna Johnson.  We'd love to share her success story with you!

Marc Rosenberg, CLU®,
Field Director & Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2010.







Sara Samuels, J.D., CLU®, RICP®
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutua l - Chicago since 2008.







Jabari Turner
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2016.







Matt Ward
Financial Advisor
Representing Northwestern Mutual - Chicago since 2013.





Northwestern Mutual financial representatives have the opportunity to determine their own financial futures while making an impact on others.

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