Associates

Our financial representatives have an incredible opportunity to positively impact people’s lives - the lives of their clients, their families and those in their communities. They take this responsibility seriously and so do we. We provide them with the training and support they need to ensure their success, but we know it is their productive work ethic, strong relationship skills and professionalism that make them extraordinary.

The Cleveland Office

 
 Adam J Brindza

Adam J Brindza, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, CLTC, RICP®

Disability Income Specialist
adam.brindza@nm.com

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Adam Brindza has been with Northwestern Mutual since 1993.  He attended John Carroll University and graduated with a degree in marketing.  He specializes in disability income, long-term care and life insurance.

Adam Brindza is involved with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). The mission of NAIFA is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of our members.

Adam and his wife, Carrie,  live in Westlake with their three beautiful daughters: Molly, Madelyn, and Grace. They are members of St. Raphael's Catholic Church where Adam is a member of their Parish Council.  He also coaches CYO basketball and volleyball.

 
 Ayo A Coleman I

Ayo A Coleman I


emanuel.a.coleman@nm.com

 
 Bo Blackburn

Bo Blackburn

Financial Advisor
bo.blackburn@nm.com

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 Brian N. Edelstein

Brian N. Edelstein, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Representative
brian.edelstein@nm.com

Brian N. Edelstein is a Northwestern Mutual financial representative. He launched his insurance and financial services career in 2008, leaving his public relations practice to do so.

Brian left Ernst & Young, the global assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services firm, to join Northwestern Mutual. As a communications consultant there, Brian had responsibility for Ernst & Young’s public relations, corporate social responsibility and community engagement programs across a six-state Midwest U.S. region.

In 2005, while working for the Edward Howard public relations firm, Brian worked on the team that overturned a Pentagon plan to close the Cleveland Defense Finance and Accounting Service office. The effort retained 1,200 local jobs and added some 500 new jobs. The campaign won the Public Relations Society of America’s 2006 Silver Anvil Award for public affairs.

Crain’s Cleveland Businessnamed Brian to its inaugural “20 In Their 20s” class in 2006. That same year he completed the Cleveland Bridge Builders flagship leadership development program.

Brian is a National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors member. He served two terms on the University School Alumni Association’s executive committee. He is a past trustee of the American Jewish Committee’s Cleveland chapter; a past chair of the City Club New Leaders “Dialogues on Leadership” series; and a former citizen member of the City of Shaker Heights Tree Advisory Board.

He is a graduate of John Carroll University, and an invited guest lecturer in the University’s Departments of Communications. Brian resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Brian is a Registered Representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, Northwestern Mutual’s broker-dealer. He holds Series 6 and Series 63 licenses.

 
 Brian Shawn Boucher

Brian Shawn Boucher, CLTC®

Managing Director
brian.boucher@nm.com

Brian's mission is to listen and understand what gives his clients the most significance in their lives.  With passion and dedication, he assists his clients in making appropriate decisions with their financial plan helping them achieve financial security.

Brian is passionate about  developing financial representatives and was appointed as District Director of the Cleveland office in 2011.  He focuses on identifying, recruiting and developing frontline leaders, supports the creation and execution of the leadership development plan, coaches financial representatives in their first five years and works to improve the retention of our financial representatives.

Brian lives in Bay Village, Ohio with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, Cameron and Gabriel.  He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to Kelly's Island, and stays active by practicing Crossfit & running.

 
 Bruce A Kretch

Bruce A Kretch

Financial Representative
bruce.kretch@nm.com

Bruce graduated from the University of Arizona and has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since 1977. Bruce helps businesses and individuals set and attain their long-term financial goals.

 
 Christian Giardini

Christian Giardini, CLTC®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor
christian.giardini@nm.com

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Christian Giardini has been representing Northwestern Mutual since 2003, when he started as a college financial representative.

"My aim is to help clients achieve their definition of financial security; we create a picture for their future and strive to make this a reality through proper planning, world-class insurance services and internationally recognized investment products, and financial responsibility."

Christian was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio attending St. Peter’s School and Church and high school in Amherst at Marion L. Steele.  He received his college education at Ohio University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA) with a focus in marketing and finance.

Christian and his wife, Mari, love spending quality time with their beautiful children, Mariana, Netalina, and Enzio.  A typical week is very active with events, sports and watching the babies grow! On the weekends, it is time to relax, enjoying down time, light traveling and entertaining at their home in Westlake. The Giardini family is committed to service at their church and in their community, putting a high priority on their faith and making a difference where they can.

 
 Dane M. Zavodny

Dane M. Zavodny, CLTC

Financial Advisor
dane.zavodny@nm.com

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Dane’s mission is to be a positive influence in the lives of clients, friends, and family members by actively demonstrating that success does not have to come at the expense of others.  He works with motivated individuals, families, and business owners to identify their definitions of financial security and help them enjoy the benefits of their hard work.  Through comprehensive fact finding and visioning, he creates a customized action plan for his clients’ specific goals and objectives, and he focuses on solutions that can make those financial goals a reality.

Dane graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing, and Minors in Psychology and Entrepreneurship.  At OSU, he was heavily involved in Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity as the Philanthropic Event Coordinator and Chaplain.  He is a member of the Rotary Club in his home town of Amherst, Ohio, and he continues to be active in philanthropies around the area.  In his free time, he enjoys staying active, spending time with family, taking road trips to visit friends, checking items off his bucket list, and supporting Ohio State and Cleveland sports teams.

 
 David B Bonifas

David B Bonifas, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, CLTC

Wealth Management Advisor
david.bonifas@nm.com

 David Bonifas joined Northwestern Mutual in 1982.  He is a member of Physicians Nationwide, Physicians Nationwide is a group of qualified and experienced Northwestern Mutual Financial Representatives who specialize in serving the unique financial needs of physicians. 

David helps businesses and individuals set and attain their long-term financial goals.  As a Wealth Management Advisor, David provides comprehensive financial planning, investment advisory programs and personal trust services through a national network of experienced professionals.

 
 Douglas J Abraham

Douglas J Abraham

Financial Representative
douglas.abraham@nm.com

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 Douglas Abraham graduated from Cleveland State University and has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual in Northern Ohio since 2000. Doug helps businesses and individuals set and attain their long-term financial goals.

Doug grew up in Broadview Heights and he and his wife currently live in Brecksville.

Doug enjoys traveling, fishing, music, sports and reading.   Also, he helps coach his nephew's little league baseball and flag football teams.

 
 Edward Kilpatrick

Edward Kilpatrick

Financial Representative
ed.kilpatrick@nm.com

 
 Gabriel J Adams

Gabriel J Adams

Financial Advisor
gabriel.j.adams@nm.com

Gabe Adams has been representing Northwestern Mutual since 2013 when he started as an intern. His areas of expertise include helping clients through the static friction, and to embark on intentional planning built from the ground up. Gabe’s mission is to enjoy a life of authenticity; framing himself to be contagiously happy in his pursuit to fuel the visions of others, while he relentlessly fulfills his own. In addition to a financial advisor, Gabe is also the Cleveland, Ohio College Unit Director and works closely with the financial representative interns. He finished #8 in Northwestern Mutual as CUD.

 

Gabe received his business degree from Baldwin Wallace University in 2015 for both Economics and Accounting. While earning varsity letters in both Football and Track, Gabe also completed his Honors Degree.

 

Growing up in Hudson, Ohio, his family includes younger brother Ben, mother Sarah and father John. John Adams is a financial advisor in the Akron, Ohio area. Currently, Gabe resides in downtown Cleveland in the flats and in his spare time enjoys dining out, watching football, visiting new countries, and golf.

 

Garrett Moore Blaha

Financial Representative
garrett.blaha@nm.com

 

Gavin E Blaha

Financial Representative
gavin.blaha@nm.com

 
 Geoffrey Robert Pampush

Geoffrey Robert Pampush

Financial Advisor
geoffrey.pampush@nm.com

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 George Vincent Blaha

George Vincent Blaha

Financial Representative
george.blaha@nm.com

 
 Graham T Andrews

Graham T Andrews, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®, CASL®

Financial Representative
graham.andrews@nm.com

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Graham T Andrews has represented Northwestern Mutual since 1970. His expertise includes: Business planning  Analysis, Estate planning, Personal Planning  Analysis and Retirement Solutions.
 

Graham and his wife, Sue, are residents of Rocky River. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, golf and traveling, especially to visit his grandchildren.

Graham is an active member in the community.  He is active in the John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and the North Coast Estate Planning Council.  He is chairman of the Planned Giving Council of the Episcopal  Diocese of Ohio.

 
 Howard B. Edelstein

Howard B. Edelstein, CLU®, AEP®

Financial Representative
howard.edelstein@nm.com

Howard Edelstein has been a Financial Representative of Northwestern Mutual since 1969.  He currently holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®)  and an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®) designations and his practice involves specialization in the corporate executive benefits market (with a concentration in Community Banks) and estate and wealth preservation for high net worth families.

A political science graduate of Kenyon College, Howard served many years as a Trustee on Kenyon’s Board and has held leadership positions in The Federal Legislative Program of the financial services industry.

 
 Jay M De Finis

Jay M De Finis, CLTC

Wealth Management Advisor
jay.definis@nm.com

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 Jay De Finis has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since 1989. Jay helps businesses and individuals set and attain their long-term financial goals.  He is also a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and AALU (Association for Advanced Life Underwriting).  Jay currently serves as a Board Member for Cornerstone of Hope in Independence, Ohio.

Jay loves spending time outdoors and living in Cleveland, Ohio because it enables him to enjoy all four weather seasons.  In winter, Jay loves to ski. In summer, spring and fall, he enjoys bike riding. He is an avid swimmer year-round. Jay also enjoys relaxing in my garden and music. He is a season ticket-holder for the Cleveland Orchestra and loves the drum corps. Jay and his wife, Kathy, enjoy their home in Olmsted Falls, OH, which is conveniently close to their daughter Bridget and their granddaughters Emma and Kate.

 
 Jay Thomas Braun

Jay Thomas Braun, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Financial Representative
jay.braun@nm.com

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 Jay Braun has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since 2001.  He specializes in working with business owners and professionals on their insurance, investment, and retirement strategies. Jay is also a member of the City Club of Cleveland.

Jay currently lives in Avon Lake with his wife Michelle, sons Cooper and William and their  two dogs. He enjoys sailing, snorkeling, and snow skiing.

 
 John H Groth

John H Groth, CLU®, CLTC®, CFP®, ChFC®

Long Term Care Specialist
john.groth@nm.com

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John Groth has been representing Northwestern Mutual since 2000. His areas of expertise include Long-Term Care Planning, Estate Analysis, Business Planning  Analysis and Business Continuation & Succession.
 

John lives with his wife, Cheryl, in Uniontown, Ohio with two of their children, Eric and Rebecca. Their oldest son, John, is a Captain in the US Air Force and his wife, Zipporah, is a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative in the Akron, Ohio area.

 

 
 Joseph J Horvat

Joseph J Horvat, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Financial Advisor
joseph.horvat@nm.com

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Joe received his bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and served four years in the US Marine Corps, touring in South Vietnam.  He started his career with Northwestern Mutual  in 1976.  

Joe is a lifetime resident of Cleveland. He is married to Mary and have four children, TJ, Amy, Pat and Chris and one grandchild, Luke. He enjoyss biking, photography and ballroom dancing.

 
 Joseph P Grace Jr

Joseph P Grace Jr, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC

Financial Representative
joseph.grace.jr@nm.com

Joseph has been representing Northwestern Mutual since 1983.  His areas of expertise include Business and Personal Planning Analysis and Retirement solutions. Joseph will provide you with customized recommendations that will help you plan for your financial future.

 

 

 
 Richard R Geier

Richard R Geier, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Representative
dick.geier@nm.com

Richard has been representing Northwestern Mutual since 1965.  His areas of expertise include: Personal Needs Analysis, Business Needs Analysis, Retirement Solutions, Long Term Care Insurance, Annuities, and Charitable Giving.

 Richard is also past president of the Cleveland Association of Life Underwriters and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Society of CLU® and ChFC® and now known as the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. 

 
 Scott W Holton

Scott W Holton

Financial Representative
scott.holton@nm.com

 
 Thomas Joseph Biel

Thomas Joseph Biel

Financial Representative
thomas.biel@nm.com

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Tom started as a College Intern at Northwestern Mutual in 2008.  He graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2010 with a degree in Marketing.  Tom helps individuals achieve a more secure future by working to understand their situation, and looking to build a relationship that will serve their needs over time. Tom is also the College Unit Director for the Cleveland Office.

Tom lives in Walton Hills, OH with his wife Liz and their two sons. In his spare time, he  enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his family and friends.

 
 Timothy L Pepin

Timothy L Pepin, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC®

Senior Financial Representative
timothy.pepin@nm.com

Tim Pepin graduated from Muskingum College and has been with Northwestern Mutual since 1965. Tim serves as the Annuity Specialist, helping businesses and individuals set and attain their long-term financial goals. His areas of expertise include Personal Planning Analysis, Business Planning Analysis and Retirement Solutions.

Tim resides in Solon, Ohio with his wife Kathi and have one son, Tom.  He is a member of Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

 
 Timothy T Doyle

Timothy T Doyle

Financial Representative
timothy.doyle@nm.com

 Tim Doyle graduated from the University of Cincinnati and has been a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since 1977. Tim's mission  is to help you secure your family's or business's future and protect what's important to you. He is an active member of NAIFA, a member of the International Insurance Forum, Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member 2007, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the Estate Planning Council, and the Cleveland Association of Life Underwriters.  Tim is

Tim is committed to being involved with giving back to the community.  Some of the activities that he is involved with include:

  • Member of the St. John West Shore Hospital Fund Development Committee and Bay High School Capital Campaign  
  • Sponsor, St. John Medical Center Top Chef Event
  • Member, St. John Medical Center Leadership Council
  • Raised funds for  the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Tim participated in the MDA Lock Up in 2008 and 2009 and was the Cleveland area's top fundraiser for this event in both years

Tim lives in Bay Village with his wife, Debbie.  They have three grown children:  James, Bradley and Abigail. He is a licensed pilot and enjoy flying along with fishing, hiking, skiing, jogging and gardening.  In January 2011 Tim trekked to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) in Nepal fulfilling a long time dream.

 
 William R Holton

William R Holton

Financial Representative
william.holton@nm.com

 Bill has been representing Northwestern Mutual-Northern Ohio since 1966. He focuses his area of expertise on Personal Needs Analysis. Through this analysis, Bill will let you know where you stand relative to where you want to be, and provide you with specific solutions that can help make your goals a reality.

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