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A Thank You from our partners at The University of Central Florida

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The ultimate yardstick of the success of our partnership is the number of our students who graduate knowing a great career awaits them. A quick check of LinkedIn shows 17 UCF College of Business alums at Northwestern Mutual.  We couldn’t be more pleased to see our partnership has put UCF in the top 10 college teams within Northwestern Mutual.

Thank You

The moral of the story is lonely alpacas don’t fare very well; they need other alpacas—friends and supporters—to thrive. Northwestern Mutual has been a great friend to us, and together we have transformed the College of Business student experience in the process, providing more opportunity for everyone involved. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support and look forward to another year of partnership.

Paul Jarley, Ph.D.
College of Business
University of Central Florida

The 8th Annual Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando Chili Cook-Off Set For Saturday, February 18, 2017

Chili For Charity celebrates its eighth year in Orlando with over 100 different types of chili

The 8th Annual Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando Chili Cook-Off will heat up again at Orlando's Festival Park Saturday, February 18th, from 12PM – 6PM.

This annual event has become a tradition for the local community offering delicious samples of chili from chefs from around the country, live musical entertainment, a massive kids zone, and the World Chili Eating Challenge. With this year’s expected attendance to be over 20,000, the Orlando Chili Cook-Off has grown into one of Orlando's premier food events with attendees tasting nearly 100,000 samples of chili.

In addition to world-class chili cooks, the world's best competitive eaters will once again descend on Orlando as part of the fifth annual Cyros World Chili Eating Challenge at the Orlando Chili Cook-Off. Featuring six-minutes of jaw-dropping eating skills, 5 of the top 6 eaters in the world will participate including Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Miki Sudo. Chestnut will be defending his world record of downing more than 2 gallons of chili in 6 minutes.

The Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando Chili Cook-Off has raised more than $265,000 for charity since its inception. This year’s event will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization focused on supporting childhood cancer research and their families. If you would like to donate but are unable to attend the event, please visit our donation page HERE.

Visit for tickets or call Orlando Weekly at 407-377-0400 to learn more about vendor, cooking, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Hope to see you there!

Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando Sponsors UCF College of Business Student Ambassadors

Partnership Gives Students Access to Hands-On Experience with a Top Financial Firm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Continuing its mission to provide engaging, real-world opportunities for students, UCF College of Business announced a new partnership with Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando.  Northwestern Mutual boasts the top internship for students seeking careers in financial services, according to the Vault Guide to Internships, 1997-2016. Northwestern Mutual is a leader in the insurance industry and a top ten independent broker-dealer as measured by total revenues by Financial Advisor magazine (April 2015), Financial Planning magazine (June 2015) and Investment Advisor magazine (June 2015). Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando will be the presenting sponsor of the college’s Student Ambassadors, a team of 25 business students who serve as liaisons between the college administration and students to help promote a culture of engagement.

"Northwestern Mutual has a nationally recognized internship program and is one of the most successful financial services firms,” said Jennifer Johnson, UCF College of Business Director of Engagement and Student Ambassador advisor. “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with their team of professionals and give our student ambassadors access to hands-on training and mentoring that will enhance their leadership skills and further their opportunities for success."

Recently, Northwestern Mutual was recognized as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies by Fortune magazine (Feb. 16, 2016). “We are proud to announce we have been chosen to sponsor such a fantastic, up-and-coming group of leaders in our community,” said Tom Goes, Orlando managing partner at Northwestern Mutual. “Effecting change in the lives we touch is truly an honor. The feeling in our firm is one of extreme optimism that our relationship with the College of Business and Student Ambassadors will be mutually beneficial.”

Founded in spring 2013, the Student Ambassadors represent the College and the Dean at events such as the Welcome to the Majors student orientation, the annual Hall of Fame celebration honoring distinguished alumni, student lunches, competitions and countless others. They also serve as peer mentors and assist with transfer student onboarding.

Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando hosted the Student Ambassadors for their annual retreat on Friday, Aug. 12 at its office in downtown Orlando. Northwestern Mutual - Greater Orlando staff led a discussion on leadership and shared their renowned training and development program their own employees' experience.


Congratulations Greg Pearlman!


Greg was selected as a member of the inaugural 30 Under 30 class at the University of Central Florida. He was selected from a pool of 206 candidates by a committee of faculty, staff, students and alumni for this prestigious award because of the successes he has achieved since becoming a member of the alumni family.

Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando partners with the
Orange County Medical Society

Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando is pleased to announce the initiation of a strategic relationship with Orange County Medical Society (OCMS) that will give our agency a presence in the medical community.   

“The Greater Orlando Network Office of Northwestern Mutual is excited to partner with the Orange County Medical Society. OCMS has a history of providing its members with quality education and advocacy for their members. We felt the mission and values align well with ours, making this a great fit. Through this partnership, we hope to provide high-quality education and services in the fields of insurance and investment strategies. Working with individuals or groups, we look forward to providing the very best in service,” says financial advisor Keith Reyes.

The Orange County Medical Society, founded in 1908, proudly represents more than 750 allopathic and osteopathic physicians, residents, and medical students in Orange County. Their mission is to help members practice medicine. One of 44 component medical societies chartered by the Florida Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Society is a non-profit professional membership organization who advocates for the highest quality of health care, while ensuring freedom of choice and access to affordable medical care for our residents. Although membership is voluntary, physicians choose to join because they know that team efforts are most effective in attaining their goal of quality medical care for their community. 

Orange County Medical Society has strategic relationships with companies such as PNC, Danna Gracey, and Orlando Medical News.

For more information about membership in the OCMS or our relationship with Orange County Medical Society, please contact Fraser Cobbe, Executive Director, at, or Keith Reyes, Financial Advisor, at

Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando now proud partners with
Orlando City Soccer Club

We are proud to announce that Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando is now a proud partner for the Lions' 2015 inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season here in Central Florida.

Through this partnership, Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando will support the Orlando City mobile fan zone, city alliance, and Street Team.

“It is my pleasure to announce our new relationship with Orlando City. Orlando City Soccer embodies the immense growth we are experiencing in the city of Orlando, not to mention their strong belief in giving back to our community. We, too, at Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando, are experiencing growth by truly caring about our community with delivering on our promise to design a financially secure future for the lives we touch. The alliance was a natural fit. We look forward to being in a strong partnership for the years to come,” said Managing Partner Tom Goes.

The main contributors for the partnership are Sindy Canizales Walters, Keith Reyes, Claudio Gambin, and Tom Goes.

Orlando City Soccer Club had their first MLS game at the Citrus Bowl in March 2015 against New York City FC in a crowd of 62,510.

After the first eight home games, Orlando City is averaging 35,750 fans per game, the second-highest in the MLS this season.

Northwestern Mutual-Greater Orlando Financial Advisor Speaks
at 2015 NACDA Convention

As part of our commitment to ensure that student-athletes succeed in both athletics and academics, Northwestern Mutual was proud to have sponsored this year’s N4A Awards Luncheon at the 2015 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) convention last weekend. Justin Bassell, former student-athlete and financial advisor with our Orlando office, spoke about the importance of leadership, determination, and courage – all keys to success and part of our Life After Athletics program. Click the links to learn more about Life After Athletics ( and our top-rated internship program (



A big congratulations to Sergio Duarte and Juan Toro Parra for qualifying to attend Northwestern Mutual College Financial Representative’s Winter Camp to be held in February of 2015. Their hard work and dedication has made them leaders among all College Financial Representatives here in Central Florida and across the nation!

Steve Forbes and John Schlifske on
"Econo-ME: Redefining the Rules of Financial Security”

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media and John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO. The three-day tour saw over 3,500 attendees and included panel discussions in Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC. In Los Angeles, where there were nearly 500 in attendance, Steve and John shared their perspectives on the economy, the markets, and how individuals and business owners must redefine the rules of financial security during times of market volatility. Key insights presented at the events were:
  • Now more than ever, consumers must make financial decisions based on their short- and long-term needs, not their emotions, and stick with it. Schlifske affirms the need for individuals and business owners not to forget proven principles, such as cutting spending, saving in addition to investing, and dollar-cost averaging for the long-term.
  • We cannot spend our way out of this recession. Schlifske and Forbes agree that pouring more money into the system, and increasing the debt, will only make the long-term solution that is needed more painful. Unless we are willing to endure years of austerity measures, more pro-growth policies need to be considered.
  • It will take time for the economy to get back to a more stable state, regardless of the outcomes of upcoming elections. Schlifske and Forbes believe that periods of bull markets take years to unwind, and Americans should prepare for a long period of retrenchment.
For more thoughts on these and other business topics, visit the Northwestern Mutual Special Feature on
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