Management Team

Our strong management team is the foundation of our business. These individuals work hard to provide expert guidance and direction to our financial representatives in order to support their success.

 Brian A Kurtz

Brian A Kurtz, CFP®, CLTC®

Managing Director
Office 419-473-2270

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Brian has represented Northwestern Mutual since 2005, after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in Finance and a minor in Law.  Brian's mission is to develop enduring relationships with clients by providing expert guidance for a lifetime of financial security.  He is committed to finding the right solutions for personal, family, or business needs.

Brian, his wife Mallory, their daughter Elyse, and son Charlie make their home in Sylvania, Ohio. He enjoys skiing, playing softball, squash, and table tennis.

 Bradley J Patterson

Bradley J Patterson, CLTC

Field Director
Office 419-407-8642

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Brad has been a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual since 2006.  He graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in finance and has since earned the Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC) credential.  He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Toledo Chapter.  Brad was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio.  He currently resides in Perrysburg, OH with his wife, Brittany, and their two daughters Braelyn and Averie.  He enjoys attending sporting events and spending as much time as possible with his family. 


Ashley N Scherzer

Director of Operations
Office 419-473-2270 ext 8670

Ashley joined Northwestern Mutual in July of 2010 and has had the opportunity to play multiple roles in the organization. She is an Associate Financial Representative with our office.

Ashley is passionate about the strength of the company and Northwestern Mutual's commitment to its clients and ability to offer high quality financial solutions.

As the Director of Operations, Ashley oversees the developement of staff members as well as new financial representatives, handles the day to day operations, and works strategically with our management team on the execution of our agency's priorities.

Ashley was awarded the Commitment to Excellence Award in 2013, one of only 80 recipients nationally.

Ashley resides in Toledo, OH and enjoys spending time with family and friends, weight training, cooking, and DIY projects.

 Brandon L Hedges

Brandon L Hedges

College Unit Director
Fax 419-471-0274

Brandon has represented Northwestern Mutual since 2015, and is committed to providing expert guidance to his clients by listening, calrifying, and helping to prioritize goals and aspirations before developing a financial strategy designed to help achieve your vision for the future.

In addition to running his personal practice, Brandon is a College Unit director, responsible for recruiting and training college financial representatives and mentoring them on how to run their own business.

Brandon completed his Bachelor's Degree at Baldwin Wallace College and his Master's Degree at The University of Findlay before spending many years pursuing his passion of coaching college football for Universities such as Walsh University, Ohio Northern University, and The University of Findlay.

Brandon, his wife Kristen, and their daughter Cora make their home in Oregon, Ohio. Outside the office, he enjoys watching sports, shooting firearms, and spending time with friends and famliy.

 Carol K Pickett

Carol K Pickett

Director of Recruitment and Selection
Office 419-473-2270

 Chad D Whipple

Chad D Whipple

College Unit Director
Office 419-407-8644


Jason H Hinamon, RICP®

Associate Director of Network Office Supervision
Office 419-407-8138


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