Michael Brownlow, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CLF, CASL, CAP, RICP, CLTC, is a highly regarded business coach and consultant who is passionate about helping individuals and teams grow into the best versions of themselves. As a former college athlete, Michael knows firsthand the work ethic, commitment, and growth mindset required to excel in a complex world. He is known by many for his strategic thinking, organizational leadership, data-driven decision-making, love for the fundamentals, and passion for others’ success.
In addition to being a respected coach & consultant, Michael has been a top advisor and leader in the financial services industry from an early age. He held nearly every leadership contract in the system, while also pioneering several roles for the Fortune 100 company.
Michael is a Minnesota native where he resides with his wife Abbie, and his two daughters, Ellie & Emma. When he is not advising, coaching, or consulting, Michael can be found avidly reading, playing golf, and making memories with his girls as he loves being a #girldad.
Adam Corpstein joined Northwestern Mutual in the Coralville office as a College Financial Representative in 2013. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015 with a Business Management degree. Upon flipping, Adam was named as a new College Unit Director for Team Iowa. Since then, he has transitioned to a new role in our Network Office in Cedar Rapids as the Growth & Development Director. After a few years in Cedar Rapids he made his way back to Coralville to help grow the intern program and get back to where he began his career.
Throughout Adam’s internship he was named team captain of Team Iowa which has been ranked #1 for four straight years. Adam credits all of his success to the amazing mentors he has been around at Northwestern Mutual. A few of his career highlights are placing #4 and #3 in the entire company two years in a row and being recognized as the #1 intern in the entire Central Region. Adam is the second youngest of seven and his favorite thing to be in life is an Uncle to his eleven nieces and nephews.
Whitney began her career as a college intern with Northwestern Mutual while obtaining her BBA in Finance at the University of Miami. Upon graduation in 2008, Whitney became a full-time financial advisor helping professionals, business owners, and families across the country. During the 14 years Whitney has been with NM, she has achieved a long list of honors, including Forum 5x. Forum is an elite recognition achieved by only the top 4% advisors nationwide. Whitney started coaching in 2018, leading by example, sharing her passion and success in building a business, and helping others succeed. She has grown her business to an incredible level through dedication, hard work and consistency. Her team of three – Michelle, Danny, and Shelly – play a huge role in her day-to-day office operations and she is grateful to have such a smart and reliable team.
Rachel James came from the automotive industry as a former mechanic and consultant to business owners. Serving leaders for nearly a decade to help with mindset, approach, and growth. A transition to the finance world a few years ago has fostered a unique approach to coaching from the blend of working with multiple Fortune 100 companies.
Along with coaching, Rachel runs a growing financial practice that has earned top rankings nationally and regionally. Rachel is inspired to serve others and many peers would describe her as being on the leading edge, always looking for continuous improvement.
Rachel and her husband Brandon live just north of Boston with their 7 year old son Landon. Outside of coaching and advising, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and riding her motorcycle.
Jay is a Leadership Development, Organizational Effectiveness and Sales Performance coach that brings nearly 20 combined years of experience as a veteran of the US Armed Forces and Capital Equipment Sales to help grow the communication, effectiveness, and impact of leaders, professionals, and teams. Jay often jokes that “he got into coaching and consulting completely by accident,” the result of an “others focused” approach to doing business.
Jay and his wife Jenny are proud University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and call Bettendorf, IA home with their (4) children.
Callie Ford has built a successful career as a financial advisor and business owner. She has been recognized for her dynamic, “no quit” approach to life. She has overcome some major hurdles both professionally and personally coming out stronger on the other side. She is passionate about empowering and motivating other female professionals. Her message is clear, “You can have a couple of wins here and there throughout life or you can dominate in life – It’s your choice.” – Callie Ford
Her path to success began back in 2009 when she joined Northwestern Mutual as a college intern. She immediately shot to the top and was recognized as a Top 20 College Intern. Upon graduation, she moved to Memphis TN, and built her business in a brand-new market, then relocated twice again in less than 7 years. With each move, her production increased. She also branched into other ventures becoming a franchisee of several restaurants.
Her advancements and recognition include:
Over the past 10 years, Callie has built a national practice primarily focused in the medical market and female business professionals. Her practice is unique in that all business is conducted over the phone and online. She can lend insights to other advisors who are looking to expand beyond their local markets.
Callie has grown and learned from her experiences and has translated this all into a story of motivation that she loves to share with others. She is now a highly sought speaker. Her passion is to inspire others to maximize their individual potential with efficiency, to be intentional in their pursuit of success and to overcome hard times that are inevitable in life. She also coaches individuals on how to increase their personal business production and how to break into target markets.
Due to her son’s diagnosis of Charge Syndrome, Callie has become passionate about charity work in the special needs community, and specifically with the CHARGE Foundation. She and her family enjoy traveling the world and discovering new experiences. Her son, who has defied all odds, keeps her motivated and on her toes! She feels blessed to have such a fulfilling career that offers the flexibility she needs to care for her son while still growing as a successful businesswoman.
Arica began her professional career in the male-dominated, medical device industry as an associate sales rep, cultivating relationships and earning the respect of those she served. She was promoted to senior sales rep a year and a half later and built and maintained a 2 million dollar territory by leveraging her uniqueness and focusing on working in her strength zone. Increasing sales in her region by thirty-three percent, she truly believes her sustained sales success was less about features and benefits and more about building trusted relationships and adding value to those she served.
A veritable force in selling, she started her career in direct sales. What began as a fun hobby rapidly morphed into a way of life. Her growth was meteoric. She broke an area record in her first month in business and was promoted into the top 2% of the company within six months. While her rapid sales success ignited a fire within her, it was developing people that most fueled her.
It was in pursuit of something she said she would never do that she found her love and passion for personal growth and the development of leaders. Along with her rapid rise through the leadership ranks came mastering skills that were outside of her comfort zone, including public speaking, and today she uses her gift to inspire and encourage to elevate others from the stage.
Arica has overcome personal and professional adversity. She credits God, her business coach and mentors with equipping her with the ability to overcome pain in life and in leadership and channeling it to become a first-rate version of herself who is passionate about using her pain to make an impact on others.
Arica attributes her professional successes in medical device sales, direct sales and coaching to prioritizing the right relationships, having a growth mindset, being passionate about developing people, and intentionally surrounding herself by people who shared her values and sharpened her perspective.
She is a sought-after speaker, consultant and coach. She and her son, Dawson, reside in North Liberty, Iowa. Outside of leading, coaching and speaking, Arica enjoys spending time with her family, watching her son play sports and gathering with friends. Her favorite activities include working out, golfing, skiing, hiking, reading, the hawkeyes, live music, and all things that involve an adventure!
“Kindness is loaning someone your strengths instead of reminding them of their weakness.” – Andy Stanley
Mike O’Connell serves as the executive pastor at Love Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also an entrepreneur, speaker and leadership coach. Mike’s passion, energy and uplifting messages are impacting people around the world. In September of 2019 he and Todd Doxzon launched the Love Leadership podcast with a desire to help leaders around the globe.
Mike’s story has been marked by overcoming obstacles. After a near fatal football injury in 2004, he turned down multiple football scholarship offers to walk on at Iowa. One week after the decision he was denied admission because he wasn’t in the top 50% of his graduating class, even with a 3.3 GPA. While meeting with the provost regarding the situation, he was told statistics indicated he would fail out in his first semester if they granted him admission.
Knowing failure wasn’t an option, he made the bold decision to walk on at Iowa State. With all the odds against him, he survived three coaching changes and went on to earn a scholarship, become a team captain and earn all Big 12 academic honors.
After one season of professional football Mike decided to lay down his dream of playing in the NFL. He moved from Los Angeles, California to Omaha, Nebraska with no job or place to live. Mike went on to work for Stryker as a medical device representative for two and half years before leaving corporate America to pursue his calling as a pastor.
Mike lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his beautiful wife Jerica, and his three children Judah, Journey and Royce. When Mike is not leading, coaching or speaking he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Devin Salinas was born and raised in California’s Mojave Desert and moved to McMinnville, Oregon to attend Linfield College where he studied Finance and Economics. He joined Northwestern Mutual’s internship program in 2009. During his time in the internship program, Devin was recognized as one of the top producing College Financial Representatives in the country and achieved Focus 30 level production. Following his internship, Devin became a full-time Financial Advisor and College Unit Director. His personal practice got off to a fast start qualifying for Pacesetter First 40 and Second 60 and being recognized for having one of the fastest growing practices in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012 Devin was recognized as the #5 CUD in the Northwestern Mutual system. He has been a perennial Lives Leader Summit qualifier and has been recognized as Top 50 Lives and New Clients writer in the Western Region, as well as Top 100 respectively in the country.
In June of 2017 Devin joined the Beer Financial Group as Managing Director of the Santa Monica office. In their first calendar year (2018) Devin and his District attracted 9 new Financial Advisors (8 of which were diverse candidates) and were recognized as the Category 7 Runner Up and Western Region leader while producing just over $2.1M of total premium. Devin also qualified for OARS Award and had his “Best Year Ever” in personal production, all while relaunching his personal practice in a cold market.
When he is not working with his clients or coaching advisors, Devin enjoys spending time with his fiancé, traveling the world, and training for various endurance events. In 2018 Devin qualified for and raced in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and was recognized as an “Ironman All World Athlete”, ranking him in the Top 1% of triathletes in the world. His greatest endurance achievement to date however, has been raising over $18,000 for “charity: water” by running an unsupported 30 miles for his 30th Birthday in 2018.
Jimmy Siegel is a top 2% financial advisor at one of the nation’s largest companies, Northwestern Mutual. He and his business partner have built a 7-figure, multi-person firm in Houston, Tx. Jimmy’s story is unique because it wasn’t that long ago that he was in a far different position. Jimmy often speaks of “the worst year of his life” (2015) as being the proverbial “bottom” that created the foundation on which everything else has been built. Jimmy married his college sweetheart, Leslie, and has two boys – Tripp and Jaxson. Jaxson has special needs and has become a significant part of Jimmy’s story. Jimmy’s mantra is #bettereveryday. Jax has taught him that the joy of life is not found by pursuing “a” moment, but by living in “the” moment. His heart for coaching has been inspired #bettereveryda
Laura VandeBerg began her career with the University of Iowa as the Host of Hawkeye Sports in 2016. She was the first to hold the position, growing it from the ground up within the Iowa Athletics Department where she continues to serve as the only host. She continues to develop relationships with the Hawkeye coaches, student-athletes, and fans having hosted well over 400 events as an on-field and on-court host for Iowa football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball. She also emcees fan events across the state of Iowa, served as the host of a 2-hour live football gameday show throughout the 2020 football season, and conducts interviews with various U of I affiliates. Her experience in live settings is vast with the ability to constantly adapt to changing environments. Much of her work with the Hawkeyes has been fan-focused with an emphasis on engagement to offer an immersive and entertaining gameday experience. She has also volunteered her time to many prospective and current University of Iowa students to mentor and assist them in their pursuit of a career in journalism.
Although her love for sports was the driving factor behind studying broadcast journalism and pursuing her career, she has unearthed another love which lies in the result of honest and effective communication. She has built her professional and personal brand on striving to present authenticity and offer a genuine interest in every connection she makes. Much of Laura’s success has been built on saying YES to every opportunity and diving head first into whatever comes her way.
In an effort to expand her influence to professionals, the next generation of men and women, and everyone in between, she joined Montgomery Companies with the motivation to do more. She wants to break down the idea that success is not dependent on a strike of luck or being at the right place at the right time. Rather, true success stories are rooted in a strong foundation of values and beliefs and an individual’s focus on layers of preparation for when opportunity knocks. Laura strives to inspire and motivate young women, giving them the tools to exist and flourish as their true God-given identity, various roles and individual strengths. As a mother and aunt to multiple nieces and nephews, she finds the general mental state of young men and women troubling. One of her greatest goals in life is to bring light to young adults and teens, and to provide them with the tools to focus and flourish throughout high school and beyond.
Laura’s most important jobs in life are that of a wife, mother, and daughter. Her and her husband Matt and son Dax reside in Solon, Iowa where they spend their days enjoying the little things in life. She’s blessed to spend her days at home with Dax where routine and simplicity in her daily life bring her joy. Her favorite days are spent outside watching Dax explore, meals and conversation with Matt, and long walks with their dog Tuddie.