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  • 1. 10
    Ridgefield Financial Group
    The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company-Milwaukee, WI
  • 2. Northwestern MutualFinancial Network
    Northwestern Mutual Financial Network is the marketing name for the sale and distribution arm of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) and its subsidiaries and affiliates.
    All financial representatives and college interns are independent contractors, and are not employees of Northwestern Mutual. All financial representatives and college interns are compensated on a commission basis, and do not receive salary or wages.
  • 3. 1
    One of “America’sTop 10 Internships”
    Vault Guide to Internships, 2009 edition
    Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    Apple, Inc.
    Citi Markets & Banking
    Google, Inc.
    Morris Arboretum
    National Institutes of Health
    Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers
    XM Radio
  • 4. The Most Sought After College Experience In Fairfield County
    The ambition of the Northwestern Mutual Internship program has been less to sell product than to develop people.
    Valuing quality above quantity our aim is to empower students for personal and professional growth.
  • 5. Our Program’sHistory & Success
    More than 25,000 individuals have entered the program since its inception in 1967
    Northwestern Mutual contracted over 2,400 students in 2009
    1 in 3 eligible interns becomes a full-time Financial Representative upon graduation
    32% of Field Management are former College Interns
    22% of the Top 100 Financial Representatives are former College Interns
    Source: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee-WI, 2007
  • 6. The Bender Financial Group Core Values
    »Personal Growth
    To achieve and sustain lasting success one must continue to grow by taking personal, emotional and professional risks. Real confidence comes from acting in the face of fear and accomplishing goals in the face of obstacles.
    »Enduring Relationships
    Relationships are based in intimacy and mutual trust. We achieve this standard by listening, challenging, and sharing direct feedback and support.
    »Commitment to Self and Others
    Commitments should be honored through mutual accountability and personal responsibility. The examples we set in our own lives are the strongest testimonials and bring out the best in ourselves and those around us.
  • 7. The Advantage toYOU the Student
    Actual business experience for your resume
    Opportunities to develop your networking and business relationship skills
    Flexible work schedule
    Assists with career selection process
    Opportunity for Investment Company/Variable Contracts Limited Representative Exam and Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam
    “Head start” program for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network career
  • 8. 4
    Our Internship = A NetworkshipEffectiveness of Job Search Tools
    *This information is based on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being least effective*
    Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. 2009
  • 9. 5a
    Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as of 2009Assets: $155 BillionRanks 118 on the Fortune 500 List
    Best possible insurance financial strength ratings from all four rating agencies:
    Standard & Poor’s AAA
    Moody’s Aaa
    FitchRatings AAA
    A.M. Best Company A++
    The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (Northwestern Mutual), the nation’s largest direct provider of
    individual life insurance, according to statistics compiled from A.M. Best data, has always received the best
    possible insurance financial strength ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, A.M. Best, and Moody’s.
    Third party ratings are subject to change.
  • 10. 5b
    Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance – FORTUNE®magazine
    In 2009, Northwestern Mutual was recognized as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” survey. Northwestern Mutual led the life insurance industry in the following attributes:
    • Financial soundness
    • 11. Quality of products/services
    • 12. Long-term investment
    • 13. Quality of management
    • 14. Use of corporate assets
    • 15. People management
    • 16. Social responsibility
    Northwestern Mutual achieved the longest record at number one in any industry in the history of FORTUNE® magazine’s “most admired” survey, after leading the life insurance industry for 25 years.
    March 16, 2009 issue, FORTUNE® magazine survey
  • 17. The Products and Services
    The products and services references are offered and sold only by appropriately appointed and licensed Financial Representatives.
  • 18. The Products and Services
    The products and services references are offered and sold only by appropriately appointed and licensed Financial Representatives.
  • 19. The TrainingTraining Phases
    Phase I - Fastrack Basics
    Phase II- Fastrack College Intern
    Phase III- Continuing Education & Coaching
    Northwestern Mutual ranked 16th in Selling Power’s Best Service Companies to Sell For
    - Selling Power Magazine: “50 Best Companies to Sell For”, November/December 2009
  • 20. Intern Training and Development
    »Seven Full Days May 27th–June 4th, 2010
    »Designed to give interns knowledge, skills and confidence to work in the business world
    »Must earn the CT Life, Health and Accident License in order to be admitted
    »Weekly on going training and
  • 21. How We Sell
    Schedule appointments
    Consult with clients
    Uncover client needs
    Make recommendations
    Build enduring relationships
  • 22. Compensation
    Interns have an opportunity to earn up to $2,000 per stipend period(summer, fall, spring) in addition to commissions.
    The internship program can provide a solid base for those who choose to pursue a full-time contract after graduation.
  • 23. The Opportunity
    The Entrepreneurial Experience
    The Company
    The Rewards
    Your Future
  • 24. If you discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when youneed to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them!!
    Life By Design
    Life By Default
  • 25. Ridgefield Financial Group Leadership Team
    Walter Pierz, MD, CLU Sam Lauria CUD Tim Weber
    Phil Bender Managing Partner Jeff Post Director of Training