Associates

Our financial representatives are the face of our organization. They not only represent the Northwestern Mutual district office in Iowa City, 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.

 
 Abigail Honold

Abigail Honold

Associate Financial Representative
abigail.honold@nm.com

Abby has been part of Dreyer Financial Group since December of 2015, and has been within Northwestern Mutual since May of 2014 when she began as a college financial representative. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Studies. Abby is an Associate Financial Representative who holds insurance licenses. Currently, Abby prepares insurance illustrations, coordinates underwriting processes for client policies, organizes client meetings, and oversees the day-to-day operations of Dreyer Financial Group.

In her free time she enjoys working out, skiing, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

 
 Bradley W Schooler

Bradley W Schooler

Financial Advisor
bradley.schooler@nm.com

Brad Schooler is a Growth and Development Director and a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual.  He primarily works with young professionals in the medical marketplace, engineers, young families and small business owners. 

Brad is originally from Eldrige, IA and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Management in December 2012.  Brad started with Northwestern Mutual as an intern in March 2011 and converted full-time in February 2012.  In May of 2014, Brad became College Unit Director in the Coralville Office and was recently appointed as a Growth and Development Director.

Brad is passionate about developing relationships with clients and helping them achieve their financial goals.  Brad has a commitment to professonal development.  In January of 2015, Brad became a Financial Advisor.

 
 Colleen M Brown

Colleen M Brown

Associate Financial Representative
colleen.brown@nm.com

Colleen started at Northwestern Mutual in 2008 and joined Dennis Visser as an Associate in 2012. She is a University of Iowa graduate in Marketing, Journalism and Public Relations, a licensed & registered Investment Advisor, (RIA®) is licensed in Life & Health, (Iowa).  She has earned her Chartered Life Underwriter, (CLU®) designation. 

Colleen’s days are filled by assisting the Visser team in the application and underwriting process, handling service needs and arranging initial appointments and follow up meetings for plan updates and annual reviews.  

A native of Iowa, Colleen spends free time being fully engaged with her family, including husband, Fred and their 6 children. 

 
 Drew Andrew Walters

Drew Andrew Walters

Associate Financial Advisor
drew.a.walters@nm.com

 
 Garrett Brander

Garrett Brander

Managing Director
garrett.brander@nm.com

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Garrett Brander is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director of the Iowa City/Coralville Office.  He has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2011.  He is originally from Rockford, Illinois and now resides in Coralville, IA.  Garrett received his finance degree from the University of Iowa in 2011.

Garrett and his team of 4 pride themselves on developing and maintaining client relationships and providing clients with guided execution to help realize their goals. He is passionate about being his clients advocate and has a team-based planning approach. Garrett specializes in the areas of wealth accumulation, investment services, asset and income protection and retirement solutions.

Garrett currently serves as Vice President on the board for the Vast Network, an organization whose mission is to create and deliver success stories, to provide inspiration to others. He is also an active member of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, EPIC (Empowered Professionals of Iowa City), and the non-profit he supports, Second Shot.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, boating, golfing, and skiing. 

 
 James Peter Hean

James Peter Hean


james.hean@nm.com

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James grew up in Davenport, IA and attended Central High School. He attended the University of Iowa and studied Economics and Religious Studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Throughout college, James was heavily involved in club athletics and intramurals, and joined Northwestern Mutual as a college intern his Junior year. James was a Target 20 intern, which placed him in the top 3% of interns  company-wide, and was a Wintercamp Qualifier, which is achieved when a college representative is in the top 100 of all interns company-wide during the fall semester.

In May of 2016, James became a full-time representative and currently lives in Coralville, IA.

 

James aims to serve the community and the families that reside in his community by helping them with their financial needs and reaching their goals. While continuing to build his practice, he wants to become more involved in community outreach/volunteering programs.

 

In his free time, he enjoys running, playing the guitar, camping and travel.

 
 Jason P Callaghan

Jason P Callaghan

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
jason.callaghan@nm.com

Jason has been a part of Dreyer Financial Group since September of 2013 and he has been within Northwestern Mutual since December of 2012.  He received his Associate of Science degree in Architecture Technology from Kirkwood Community College and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Iowa.  Prior to this, he was a CAD designer at an engineering firm specializing in Water & Waste Water projects.  Jason is an Associate Wealth Management Advisor and holds his securities and insurance licenses.  Currently Jason prepares personal planning analyses, organizes meeting preparation, and helps oversee the investment operations of Dreyer Financial Group. Jason is also a Level I CFA candidate.

Jason resides in North Liberty, IA with his wife Erika, their son Caleb, and their dog, Bella.  Jason enjoys snowboarding, golfing, boating, and spending time with his family and friends.

 
 Jory C Helms

Jory C Helms

Field Director
jory.helms@nm.com

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Jory Helms is a Financial Advisor and Growth and Development Director in the Iowa City/Coralville Office.  Jory has been with Northwestern Mutual since April of 2008, and previously spent 5 years at Wells Fargo Bank.  He is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives in Iowa City.  Jory received his degree from The University of Iowa in 2004, where he was also a member of the University of Iowa Football Team from 1999-2004.  He currently works primarily with Medical Professionals, Business Owners, Young and established families, and young professionals.

 

Jory prides himself on relating to, and building relationships with his clients.  Jory was disabled for 5 years after graduating from the University of Iowa, and received a Kidney transplant in 2011.  He knows what it’s like not to have a plan, and what the consequences are if you are not prepared.  He cares deeply for his clients and likes to make sure they are taken care of, and always up to date on what is going on.  He is fully committed to helping his clients achieve their financial goals.

 

He currently volunteers at Alexander Middle School in Iowa City, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Empowered Young Professionals of Iowa City (EPIC), and the Iowa Football Club.

 
 Joseph E Williams

Joseph E Williams

Financial Advisor
joseph.williams@nm.com

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 Michael D. Hartberg

Michael D. Hartberg

Financial Advisor
michael.hartberg@nm.com

Michael Hartberg is a Financial Advisor in the Coralville office.  He resides in North Liberty with his wife, Courtney, and their two dogs, Maverick and Mila. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 2013. He has been with Northwestern Mutual since January 2016, obtaining the goal of Pacesetter First 40 in his first six months. Michael enjoys assisting clients by aligning their wealth with their values, goals, and intentions. Michael enjoys the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with family and friends.

 
 Mitch Peck

Mitch Peck

Financial Advisor
mitch.peck@nm.com

 

Sam William Tvedt

Financial Representative
samuel.tvedt@nm.com

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