Associates

Our financial representatives are the face of our organization. They not only represent Northwestern Mutual, but they also represent the best interests of their clients. We are proud of their accomplishments, share in their enthusiasm and drive, and help motivate them to achieve the highest level of excellence.

 

Meet Our Financial Representatives

 
 Brian Lee Aikens

Brian Lee Aikens, CFP®

Financial Advisor
brian.aikens@nm.com

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Brian joined Northwestern Mutual in 2011.  His mission is to build long-term relationships with my clients, which allows me to challenge them to make the personal, professional, and financial changes they would not have made without our relationship.  In addition, to being a financial advisor, Brian is a member of the Northwestern Mutual-Akron/Canton Leadership team.  As a member of the leadership team, Brian is responsible for recruiting and developing financial representatives.  Brian leads by example and coaches new financial representatives on building a successful business.

Brian graduated from Ohio University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration.  He majored in Finance, Marketing, and concentrated in both Ohio Real Estate and Insurance.  Brian lives in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and enjoys being active in the community takes pride in providing sponsorship and support to the following area organizations:

  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Stow Booster Club
  • The University of Akron Finance Advisory Board
  • Ohio University College of Business Mentoring Program
  • Ohio University Alumni Association

 
 Casey J. Cicconetti

Casey J. Cicconetti

Financial Representative
casey.cicconetti@nm.com

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Casey joined Northwestern Mutual in 2007 and works in our office in located in Wooster, Ohio. He enjoys being a Financial Representative because it allows him to have a positive impact on people every day.  Casey graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Business Management & Marketing.

Casey lives in Wooster, Ohio with his wife, Jamie.  He is an active community steward, takeing pride in providing sponsorship and support to the following area organizations:

  • Montessori School of Wooster, Board Member
  • Amici Italiani Scholarship Committee
  • Junior Achievement
  • Wooster Elks Lodge #1342 Trustee
  • Wooster Kiwanis Club
  • Wooster Young Professionals
  • Festa Italiana- Steering Committee
  • Wooster Youth Wrestling Coach

 
 Charles V Kuss

Charles V Kuss, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®

Financial Advisor
charles.kuss@nm.com

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For the past 20 years, Chuck has been building relationships with his clients and helping them protect and provide for those people they care about most. In all situations, Chuck will make those recommendations that he would do for himself and his family if faced with a similar situation.  He received his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations from the American College.  Chuck graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Chuck resides in Wadsworth, OH with his wife, Tricia.  Together they have two children, Jonathan and Rebecca.  He is actively involved in his community. Chuck is a member of both the Wooster and Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, he is a member of First Christian Church, Exchange Club, a school board advisor, PTA member, and helps coach his children's sports teams.

In his spare time, Chuck enjoys outdoor activities including camping, fishing, bird watching, hunting, and gardening.

 
 Christopher A Wiethe

Christopher A Wiethe

Financial Advisor
christopher.wiethe@nm.com

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Chris joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013 after graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  He majored in Finance and Marketing, and focused his education on Equity Capital Markets and Financial Planning.  Chris strives to help his clients achieve financial security for themselves and their families, while preparing for life’s unpredictable events. 

Chris lives in Akron, OH and enjoys spending time with his friends and family, going running/cycling, and traveling on his motorcycle.

 
 Christopher W Brown

Christopher W Brown, ChFC®, CLU®

Wealth Management Advisor
chris.brown@nm.com

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Chris has been representing Northwestern Mutual since 2001. His mission is to help his clients attain financial security for their families and businesses. Because you cannot predict the future, Chris will help you prepare for the best and worst case scenarios and create a long-term relationship based on quality service and integrity. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a degree in Family Financial Management.

Chris lives in Uniontown, OH with his wife, Liz. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, reading, and traveling.

 
 Clantz D. Liggett

Clantz D. Liggett

Financial Representative
clantz.liggett@nm.com

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Clantz gets excited about helping his clients put the financial building blocks in place to achieve their true goals.   He is a 2009 graduate of The University of Mount Union where he played football for the purple raiders and majored in history.  Clantz joined Northwestern Mutual in the fall of 2012.

Clantz resides on Leesville Lake in Carrollton, OH and is involved in the Tuscarawas County & Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.  He enjoys playing sports, working out, hunting, fishing, and spending time with loved ones.

Clantz brought on his assistant Alyssa Rogers in beginning of 2015. Alyssa is great with communicating with clients and helps Clantz build his practice behind the scenes on a daily basis.

 
 Cory T. Stroup

Cory T. Stroup

Financial Representative
cory.stroup@nm.com

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Cory helps his clients align their actions with their most desired goals by identifying effective solutions. As a result, his clients can feel more confident about their financial future. 

Cory graduated from The University of Akron in 2011, where he majored in finance.  He lives in Canton, OH with his wife, Jill, and their dog, CJ. In his spare time, Cory enjoys hanging out with friends and family, traveling, and staying active outdoors.

 
 Jeff Scott Wagner

Jeff Scott Wagner, ChFC®, CASL®, CLU®, RHU®

Financial Advisor
jeff.wagner@nm.com

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In 1986 Jeff Wagner started his career at Northwestern Mutual and the Donald E Kelley general agency. He started in the Individual Market and earned his CLU® designation in 1989 and his ChFC® in 1990. In 1996, he became President of Coordinated Group Benefits, and began specializing in employee benefits until 2007 when that business was sold.

Jeff is also the Long Term Care Specialist and the Group Disability Specialist for the JCE Financial group, a part of Northwestern Mutual. Jeff earned the CLTC and CASL® designations in 2006. He is a member of NAIFA and The Society of Financial Services Professionals of which he is a past President of the Akron Chapter.

Jeff resides in Stow, Ohio with Carol, his wife of 47 years. They have two grown children and 3 grandchildren. Jeff served on the Stow Munroe Falls School Board for 12 years and serves as the President of the Board four times. He is also a member of the Stow Munroe Falls Rotary Club and a current board member. 

 
 John R Adams

John R Adams, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor
john.adams@nm.com

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John Adams began his association with the Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 1987 before graduating from college the following year and embarking on his career and receiving the New Agent of the Year award. He was also awarded Agent of the Year in 1992, 1994, 1995, and 2006. From 1995 through 1999, he served on the Disability Insurance Committee of the Financial Representatives Association (FRA), including two years as Chairman. Other FRA offices John Adams has held include At-Large Board Member (1999-2001), Vice President and Treasurer (2001-2002) and Chairman of the Marketing Committee (2003-2005).

John Adams has earned a number of professional designations including Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), the highest level of studies in the life insurance profession; Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), the most extensive education for financial solutions professionals; Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®),  an expertise dedicated to the full range of financial, health, psychological and sociological issues confronting older individuals; Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC), Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®), and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), a distinction for financial planners rooted in education, examination, experience and ethics

John Adams is a member of the Akron Tax and Estate Planning Council and a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals.

John Adams lives in Hudson, Ohio with his wife Sarah Adams, M.D., sons Gabriel and Benjamin, and two Labrador retrievers named Buck and Junior.

 
 Jon Mitchen

Jon Mitchen

Financial Advisor
jonathan.mitchen@nm.com

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 Justin W Sovine

Justin W Sovine

Financial Advisor
justin.sovine@nm.com

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Justin began working at Northwestern Mutual in 2014 as a College Financial Representative.  His passion for helping others, along with his competitive edge drew him to a career with Northwestern Mutual and he has since come on board as a Financial Advisor.  

Justin obtained a bachelor degree in Business Administration and Finance from Indiana Wesleyan University.  He was a college athlete being a starting pitcher for the baseball team.  Indiana Wesleyan is also, where Justin met his wife, Kendra.  Justin grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio where he now lives with his wife, Kendra.  In their spare time, Justin and Kendra enjoy playing tennis, going on hikes, and traveling together.

 
 Kyle Stephen Sholtis

Kyle Stephen Sholtis

Financial Representative
kyle.sholtis@nm.com

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Kyle joined Northwestern Mutual in 2011 as a College Financial Representative.  He graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Business Management. Kyle enjoys working out, health & wellness and spending time with family and friends.

 
 Matthew Benjamin Wilson

Matthew Benjamin Wilson

Financial Representative
matt.b.wilson@nm.com

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Matt has a deep passion and commitment to helping create the best life for his clients by working with them to develop their customized path to financial security to help achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals and dreams.  He joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative in March 2013 after a fifteen-year career in sports and entertainment, and Matt brings extensive strategic planning experience to this career.  His practice is focused primarily on helping executives, young professionals, families, and businesses.

Matt is a 2002 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management Enterprise and a Marketing Minor and he is a 2004 graduate of Kent State University with a Master of Arts Degree in Sport Administration.  Matt was born and raised in Canton, OH and currently resides in Copley, OH.  He is heavily involved in multiple business, social and charitable organizations across Northeast Ohio including his roles as an Executive Board Member of the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters; a member of NEO Business Connections and Brain Gain Cleveland; and as the Chancellor of the Knights of Columbus Newman Center Parish Chapter #15312 in Kent, OH.  Matt enjoys traveling, going to sporting events and concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

 
 Matthew Edward Lysiak

Matthew Edward Lysiak, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor
matthew.lysiak@nm.com

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  Matthew’s mission is to help people visualize their short, mid, and long-term goals and then ensuring they have a meaningful strategy to help achieve them. He has a deep passion in continuing to educate and better himself by which he spends a lot of time reading various finance books and other forms of literature. Matthew has obtained the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER"™ (CFP®)certification, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation, Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), and is Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC).

In 2007, Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College in Finance and Accounting. He is a member of NAIFA and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association. Matthew resides in North Canton, OH with his wife, Jenna and three children, Charlotte, Gavin, and Dexter. Matt enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, and reading.

 
 Michael J Kelley

Michael J Kelley

Financial Advisor
mike.kelley@nm.com

Michael joined Northwestern Mutual in 1993 and is Northwestern Mutual-Akron/Canton district agency’s Disability Income Specialist.  As the Disability Income Specialist, Michael assists individuals and businesses design a disability income insurance program for both individual and group needs.

 
 Pat Olsen

Pat Olsen

Financial Representative
pat.olsen@nm.com

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Pat is a Field Director for our district agency where he is responsible for recruiting and developing new financial representatives.  He mentors them on being a business owner and developing the necessary skills to be a successful financial representative in addition to running his own personal practice.  Pat establishes relationships with his clients and provides individualized solutions to help them connect their current situation to their future goals and dreams. 

Pat graduated from the University of Mount Union with a degree in Business Administration.  He is actively involved in the community and is a member of Akron Children’s Hospital Emerging Leaders Board.  Pat lives in Canton, OH with his wife, Melissa, and two daughters, Brie and Lizzy.  He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and traveling.

 
 Patrick T. Furey

Patrick T. Furey

Financial Advisor
patrick.furey@nm.com

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Patrick joined Northwestern Mutual in 2011.  His mission is to help his clients build and execute a financial plan focused on achieving their most important goals and dreams at every stage of their lives.  

Patrick is married to his wife, Stephanie, and they have two children, Kelsey and Mitchell.  Stephanie is employed by Hospice of Medina County.  The family resides in Medina, Ohio.  He is very active in the community, where he is a member of the Medina Rotary Club, Bluecoats of Medina County, and Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce.  He is also Assistant Coach for Medina Youth Baseball.

 
 Randall J Keller

Randall J Keller

Financial Representative
randall.keller@nm.com

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 Ross W. Sommers

Ross W. Sommers

Financial Representative
ross.sommers@nm.com

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 Ryan Glinn

Ryan Glinn, MBA

Financial Representative
ryan.glinn@nm.com

 
 Spencer M. Hershey Jr

Spencer M. Hershey Jr

Financial Advisor
spencer.hershey@nm.com

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 Spencer Hershey Jr understands that when it comes to your financial goals, each decision you make and action you take will have a significant impact on your future financial circumstances.  He will listen, clarify, and help prioritize your goals and aspirations before developing a financial strategy designed to help you achieve your vision for the future.

Spencer joined Northwestern Mutual as a college financial representative in 2009.  In addition to running his own practice, he is the College Unit Director for the Northwestern Mutual-Akron/Canton agency.  As the College Unit Director, Spencer is responsible for recruiting and training college financial representatives and mentoring them on how to run their own business. 

Spencer graduated from Walsh University in 2011 with a degree in Accounting and Business Management.  He and his wife, Chelsea, live in North Canton and enjoy watching football and hanging out with family and friends.  Spencer is also a member of the Jackson Township Rotary Foundation and very active with Walsh University.

 
 Tom Michailides

Tom Michailides, CLTC

Financial Representative
tom.michailides@nm.com

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Tom graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Political Science- Pre Law. In 2001, Tom married his wife, Natalie.  They have two children Sam and Gabby. Tom and Natalie enjoy spending time with Sam and Gabby and traveling.

Tom has served on the Board of Directors of the Canton Palace Theatre as well as other organizations committed to the betterment of the community.

 
 Zipporah Evania

Zipporah Evania

Financial Advisor
zipporah.evania@nm.com

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Zipporah is committed to taking the time to ask the right questions of her clients and listen to their responses so that together they can work on creating solutions that help meet their needs and exceed their expectations.  As they build a lifelong relationship together, they work towards making clients' dreams a reality while adapting to the changing circumstances life brings to help ensure that their plan works in all situations.

Exploring the world through travel is one of Zipporah's favorite hobbies.  She has had the privilege of living in Japan where she taught English for over two years, and has also visited many foreign places such as Paris, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Canada, and most of the United States.  In her spare time Zipporah enjoys socializing with family & friends, listening to music, reading, art, playing with her cats, and sports absorb most of her free time.

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