Career Paths

Career development depends upon a number of factors including personal drive, commitment, capabilities, skills, and experience. At Northwestern Mutual - Chicago we support our financial representatives’ progress by offering areas of specialization and opportunities for leadership training. Our financial representatives are responsible for the path their careers take, and we are responsible for providing them with ample opportunities for growth.

Following is one success story from our financial advisors, Certified Financial Planner® professional, James Stinson.

James Stinson is the managing director of the Deerfield officeJames Stinson, CFP®, CLU®
Wealth Management Advisor
Managing Director


Jim is a leader not only in attracting, developing and managing teams, but in inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. His commitment to creating a culture of excellence, innovation and inclusion is driving the success of his district.

Corey D. McQuade
Managing Partner

With the firm belief that he could control the trajectory of his career. James Stinson, CFP®, CLU®, joined Northwestern Mutual in 2006. It was soon after that Northwestern Mutual – Chicago tapped him for a leadership position. 

Starting as a College Unit Director in 2008, Jim rose to Field Director in 2012, and Growth and Development Director in 2016. In 2017, he was asked to lead the district office in the northern suburbs. 

As Managing Director, Jim now leads a team of 50 financial professionals in Deerfield, helping them take control of their career paths while bringing full-picture financial planning to individuals, families and businesses.

While Jim sought a path that would allow him to lead a district, at the same time, he built a successful financial planning practice. He earned both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and the Chartered Life Underwriter® designation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana. 

He has received numerous company awards for his dedication to comprehensive financial planning.  He achieved the NAIFA Quality Award[i] which recognizes professional excellence, service to the industry and a commitment to ethical conduct.

In leading others, he serves on the Advisory Board as well as an Instructor of Northwestern University School of Professional Studies CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ program. He is a past president of the Northwestern Mutual-Chicago Financial Representative Association. 

Giving back to the community, he serves on the Auxiliary Board of Reading In Motion and supports the Northwestern Mutual – Chicago Childhood Cancer Program.

To learn more about Jim, visit his website

To learn more about the Career Opportunity, contact Stacy White.

Our 1872 Leadership Development Program Develops Purpose Driven Leaders

Finding purpose in work is driving today’s young professionals, and our new innovative career development program is leading the way.

We kicked off our 1872 Leadership Development Program at Camp Greyfield, a highly-respected learning and training center. From team building to personal growth,  the experience drives purpose with learning, thinking and doing.

Learn more about our training and development programs.



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