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 Justin L Fuehrmeyer

Justin L Fuehrmeyer

Managing Director
Office 417-877-4432

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Born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, Justin came to Springfield to be a student athlete at Missouri State University. Leading the Men’s Basketball Team as a captain in his senior year, Justin was honored with the Virgil Cheek Award (given to one senior male athlete across all sports, voted on by all the sports coaches and awarded to an individual who exemplifies leadership and character on and off the court/field).  During his last semester at Missouri State University, Justin began his career with Northwestern Mutual in the College Internship Program. Justin graduated from Missouri State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Sales and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He began his full time career with the company immediately following his graduation.     

During his tenure with Northwestern Mutual Justin has received many industry awards for his personal achievements including Pacesetter First Forty and Pacesetter Second Sixty, an accomplishment of only 3% of all first year Financial Representatives achieve.  In his first year Justin was recognized as “Rookie of the Year” and finished 3rd in the Mike Gish Competition – an award honoring the best performing Financial Representatives in their first year following the Internship Program at Northwestern Mutual. In his 2nd Year he also earned Team Gold Financial Rep of the Year.  Justin has been a New Financial Representative Award winner every year finishing at the Platinum level for 2014.  Justin earned Top 100 Lives Honors for Northwestern Mutual in 2013, Lives Leaders Summit, the Growth Award, and OARS Award in 2015.  MDRT Qualifying Member 2014-2015.  Other honors include Top 10 in the Southern Region for the bronze year, and finished top 20 for Silver, Gold, and Platinum in the South.  He also finished top 10 in the Company in 2013 in New Clients with 111. 

In 2013 Justin took the role of Managing Director for the Springfield Office.  Under his leadership, the Springfield District Network Office ranked 6th among all offices in the Northwestern Mutual Internship Program. As a Managing Director, he focuses on building his personal business while mentoring new financial representatives and growing the Springfield Office.

Justin and his wife Stephanie reside in Ozark, Missouri where Stephanie is a Yoga instructor. His hobbies include exercising, playing golf, music, and traveling.

 

 
 Shea M Higgins

Shea M Higgins

Director of Selection
shea.higgins@nm.com
Office 417-877-4429

Shea joined the Springfield team as the Director of Marketing and Selection in May 2016. 

 
 Brock P. Shaffer

Brock P. Shaffer

College Unit Director
Office 417-877-4438

Brock was born and raised in the Springfield area is a graduate of Hillcrest High School and Evangel University.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Evangel University in 2012.

Brock joined Northwestern Mutual as an Associate Financial Representative during his final semester of college and made the choice to begin his career as a Full Time Financial Representative following graduation.

During his first year as a Financial Representative Brock earned the Pacesetter First Forty Award, Pacesetter Second Sixty Award, and was honored as Rookie of the Year.  He also earned status as a 100 Lives Club Member and was honored with a Bronze Award Achievement and Pacemaker Award in 2013 and a Silver Award Achievement in 2014.

In 2014, Brock expanded his role into Leadership as the College Unit Director for the Springfield Office.  Under his leadership, the Springfield District Network Office ranked 6th among all offices in the Northwestern Mutual Internship Program and Missouri State University ranked #3 among all Colleges and Universities represented.

Brock and his wife Claire reside in Springfield.  In his spare time Brock enjoys playing basketball, spending time with family, and traveling with his wife.

 

 

 

 

 
 R Philip Sarnecki

R Philip Sarnecki

Managing Partner
philip.sarnecki@nm.com
Office 913-362-5000

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Philip started with Northwestern Mutual in 1989 as a college intern in the John Wright agency in Champaign, IL. In both 1990-91 and 1991-92 he was a Top10 intern in the company. He and John Wright II captained the #1 college team in the country (The University of Illinois) in 1990-91. Philip went full time in June of 1992 as a Financial Representative and College Unit Director at the University of Illinois.

In his first year with Northwestern Mutual, Philip was runner-up in the Central Region Bronze Award, runner-up for the company’s Mike Gish award and the runner-up College Unit Director. The following year, he was the Central Region 2nd year leader in the Silver and the runner-up College Unit Director again. Philip was Top 10 in the company in the Bronze, Silver and Gold categories.

In 1997, after 18 months as a Field Director, Philip was appointed Managing Director in Bloomington/Normal, IL. Over the next 7 ½ years, the office tripled in both production and the number of Financial Representatives. Philip won the MD Growth Award every year he was eligible and had the #1 district in college marketing in 1999. He also won the MD Achievement Award in 2002 and was runner-up in 2001 and 2003. In addition, Philip was one of only 5 Managing Directors in the company to win the prestigious OARS (Outstanding Achievement in Recruiting and Sales) award every year he was eligible. He has passed FINRA Series 6,63,7,9,10,12, and 24 exams.  While in Bloomington, Philip was on the Regional Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also a past President of the Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (AIAFA) of Bloomington, IL.

At the time of his appointment in January of 2005 in Cincinnati, Philip was the youngest Managing Partner in the Northwestern Mutual. In his 3 years in Cincinnati the office premium was up almost 90% and RPS Financial Group, Inc. had the 2nd best retention rates in the company. In addition, during the same 3 years, the office grew from 2 Forum members to 8 Forum members and from 13 FR’s writing over $100,000 of premium to 28 FR’s over $100,000 of premium. In 2007 Philip won the MP Achievement Award in his first year eligible.

In his short time in Cincinnati, Philip became very active in the community.   He was a member of both the Queen City Club and the Heritage Club. He was on the Board for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the finance committee.  He was also a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “40 Under 40”as one of the top leaders in Cincinnati under the age of 40. He has been written about in the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Gentleman and Smart Business. In 2006, Philip and his wife Heidi, hosted at their home in Mason the most successful political fundraiser ever in Warren County Ohio for Secretary of State and Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell.

March 1st of 2008, Philip moved to Kansas City to take on the challenge of creating a new organization consisting of two Northwestern Mutual offices that were merged after being separate for over 100 years.  He now oversees an organization consisting of 6 offices, over 140 Financial Representatives and almost 300 staff and employees.  In both Cincinnati and Kansas City, RPS Financial Group, Inc. has been a GAMA Master Agency Firm (MAA) each year Philip has been a Managing Partner.   It is also a 100% Manager’s Membership Award office for NAIFA.

Philip has remained active in his 6 years in Kansas City.  He was recognized with the 40 under 40 Award by Ingram’s Magazine, the same award he previously won in Cincinnati.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Athletes in Action (an international sports ministry).  He’s a part-owner of Rebel Pilgrim Productions, a movie production company with offices in Las Vegas and Cincinnati.  He’s been the Executive Producer for 4  films.  Hitting the Nuts won Best Picture at both the Cincinnati and Louisville film festivals.   He’s also Executive Producer of A Strange Brand of Happy, which was in theatres in the Fall, 2013, starring Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones.  His next movie, Hope Bridge, starring Kevin Sorbo – (God’s Not Dead), and Boo Boo Stewart (X-Men Days of Future Past, Twilight Series) will be out Summer, 2014.

 

Philip is a 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois and is active in the University of Illinois Loyalty Endowment Circle.    In 2013, he made a financial commitment to The University of Illinois to have the men’s locker room at the new State Farm Center named after his Father, Robert Sarnecki, who retired from the university after 30 years as a janitor.  Philip is married to Heidi, and they reside in Overland Park, KS with their two daughters, Emily and Ava, and son Blake.

 
 Robin R Dorr

Robin R Dorr

Operations Manager
robin.dorr@nm.com
Office 417-877-4424

Robin joined Northwestern Mutual Team in April as the Operation Manager.  She has 36 years of experience in insurance and financial services.  Before joining Northwestern Mutual, she worked at Brokers International Financial Services for 10 years as Operations Coordinator and prior to that she worked at Mutual of Omaha for 26 years. 

 

Robin and her husband, Roger, recently moved to Springfield.  They have son and daughter in law that live in Council Bluffs, Iowa and a daughter and son in law and 4 grandchildren that live in Waco, Texas.  In her spare time Robin likes spending time with her family and she also enjoys bicycling.

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