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 as independent business owners.

 T Scott Zach

T Scott Zach

Managing Partner
Mobile 319-363-3527

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As the Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual in Eastern Iowa, Western Illinois and Northern Missouri, Scott Zach has developed a team of professionals who embrace the values of professionalism, integrity, loyalty, excellence, and fun. Committed to a client-centered approach that considers the needs of the client as paramount, Northwestern Mutual is dedicated to developing financial planning professionals who inspire our clients to create amazing financial futures.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Scott is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Marketing. Upon graduating from Iowa, Scott worked with Campus Crusade for Christ at Ohio State University. After his two-year commitment with Campus Crusade, Scott became the President of Practitioners Purchasing Group in Columbus, Ohio where he served for three years. In 1994, Scott moved home to Cedar Rapids where he entered the financial services industry and joined Northwestern Mutual. Scott held the positions of Financial Representative and Field Director before he was appointed Managing Partner in January 2000.

Scott is the past President of the Managing Partners Association and is involved with the Cedar Rapids Country Club and Antioch Christian Church. Scott is also an AAU basketball coach and enjoys running and playing the guitar as well as spending time with his wife, Atiya, and their four children.

 Casey Joseph Hlubek

Casey Joseph Hlubek

Field Director
Office 217-214-0213

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 Garrett Brander

Garrett Brander

Managing Director
Office 319-351-5075

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Garrett Brander began his career with Northwestern Mutual in June of 2011 after receiving his Bachelors in Finance from the University of Iowa.  Achievements throughout the industry include membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, and the National Quality Award.  Garrett was named New Financial Representative of the Year for the Network Office in 2014 and 2015.  Garrett is currently a Financial Advisor in the Iowa City/Coralville area and is also the Managing Director of the Coralville District Office.  Garrett is actively involved with the Empowered Professionals of Iowa City, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and sits on the board for the Vast Network. 

 Jessica Boyle

Jessica Boyle, CLF®

Development Officer
Mobile 319-363-3527

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Jessica Boyle joined Northwestern Mutual in Cedar Rapids as a Campus Recruiter in 2010 and built the University of Iowa internship team to the #1 College Team by 2013. She served as the Director of Internship Development for 3 years prior to being appointed Development Officer. Jessica’s fulfillment comes from working with young professionals to identify their passion, connect it with a vision for their future, to ultimately live a life they never imagined.

Originally from the Cedar Rapids area,  Jessica is a member of Junior League of Cedar Rapids and attends Veritas Church.

Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys Cross Fit and is a cycling instructor at a local gym. She really enjoys traveling , specifically to their families place at Lake of the Ozarks. When she finds down time she enjoys spending it with the people that make life worth living!


Northwestern Mutual Awards/Recognition:

  • Recruited #1 College Team 2013 , 2014, 2015 – of 300+ College Teams
  • Recruited Top Ten Intern 2014,2015
  • #1 District Office Internship Program – 2014 of 250+ District offices
  • Top Network Office Internship – 2014 of 70+ Network Offices
  • Recruiter of the Year Central Region – 2014
  • 2015 Community Service Award – Dance Marathon
  • CLF Designation

 Kelly A Pestka

Kelly A Pestka

Chief Growth Officer
Mobile 319-363-3527

 Kevin P Ryan

Kevin P Ryan, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director
Office 563-326-5331 ext 201

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Kevin Ryan joined Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 2007 while attending Augustana College. He signed his full time contract in January of 2009. Kevin was the number 4 intern in the company among over 3,000 students, and his first year in the business he was recognized as the New Associate of the Year for the network office.

Kevin is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (Qualifying Member 2012, 2014) and NAIFA. He is active in his community through his involvement in the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Davenport Country Club, Harvest Bible Chapel and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kevin and his wife Olivia live in Bettendorf with their three children, Coleton and Annabelle, and Calvin

 Laura J Fisher

Laura J Fisher, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director
Office 319-653-2421

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Laura J. Fisher, CLU®, ChFC®, began her career with Northwestern Mutual in January of 1996 as a Financial Representative and was appointed Managing Director in January of 2013. Fisher graduated in 1995 from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. In 2001 she obtained her CLU® and in 2004 she obtained her ChFC® from The American College.

As Managing Director, she will continue to be part of a network of specialists offering a wide array of products. Her responsibilities include recruiting and training Financial Representatives, managing the office and selling financial service products. She provides expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of financial needs and goals.

Laura and her husband, Aaron, live in Washington, IA and they have two children, Samantha and Jacob. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Laura is an active member of St. James Catholic Church and sits on the Board of Directors for Washington County Hospitals and Clinics.

 Mark J Funk

Mark J Funk, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director
Office 319-233-8441

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Mark Funk began is career with Northwestern Mutual in May of 1999. Achievements throughout the industry include membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, the National Quality Award, and the National Sales Achievement Award. Mark was named New Financial Representative of the Year for the Network Office in 2001 and 2004 and was also voted the top 20 business leaders under the age of 40 in 2005 by Cedar Valley Business Magazine.  Mark currently runs a high level Wealth Management practice in Waterloo and is also the Managing Director of the Waterloo District office. 

Mark is actively involved in the Blackhawk County Estate Planning Council, Panther Wrestling Club, Sunnyside Country Club, The Greater Cedar Valley Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Mark resides in Waterloo with his wife Traci and children Madison, Garrett and Jenna.

Words Mark lives by:
The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between work and play, labor and leisure, mind and body, education and recreation, love and religion.  They hardly know which is which.  They simply pursue their vision of excellence in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.  To them, they are always doing both. 

 Matthew J Schulte

Matthew J Schulte, CLTC®

Managing Director
Office 563-927-2208

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Matt Schulte is the Managing Director of our Dubuque, Iowa office. He was born in Manchester, IA and lives there today with his wife, Keri, and their four children, Alivia, Hayden, Sofia, and Mylie.  He enjoys going hunting, fishing, running and spending time with his family.  He has qualified for either the 100 or 150 Lives Club since 2000, Pacemaker (2003-2006, 2008-2009, 2011, 2013), and has written 100+ lives every year (except 1 year-99.2 lives) since 2001.

 Quint M Howell

Quint M Howell

Director of Marketing
Mobile 319-363-3527

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Quint's role is to integrate the Northwestern Mutual brand and values into the communities they serve.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Quint spent the last six years leading the marketing efforts for a leading higher education marketing firm and large Eastern Iowa-based hospitality company.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Quint lives in Marion with his wife, Jennifer, and two young daughters, Harper and Oakley.


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