"We are thrilled:" Northwestern Mutual's Annual Meeting to draw 10,000 to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Northwestern Mutual will hold its 135th Annual Meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee on July 18th through the 22nd.  The event will draw 10,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families.

The company’s Annual Meeting will have an estimated economic impact of approximately $12.9 million for the local economy and occupy about 13,819 hotel room nights.

"We are thrilled to welcome Northwestern Mutual back to Milwaukee once again,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.  “Northwestern Mutual represents the largest convention of our year and has a tremendous impact on our area's economy. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of attendees to Milwaukee and creating great experiences for them while they're here."

For Northwestern Mutual, it’s an opportunity for the company’s employees and financial professionals to reflect on another strong year.  The company expects to distribute dividends exceeding $5.5 billion (the largest in its nearly 160 year history) to participating policyowners and maintains the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies.

"We place great value on enhancing our relevance with clients, policyowners and potential clients,” said Northwestern Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John E. Schlifske. “Many people are facing challenges with financial planning throughout their life stages. We continually evolve to focus on helping people overcome those challenges and meet their long-term financial security goals.”

The goal of the five-day meeting is to further develop Northwestern Mutual’s acclaimed field force.  Financial representatives network, mentor their peers, learn new information, discuss best practices, engage in continuing education opportunities and share ideas.

Northwestern Mutual will be conducting events and seminars for its financial representatives at the Wisconsin Center, the BMO Harris Bradley Center and at metro hotels including the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, the InterContinental Hotel & Resort and the Pfister Hotel. In addition, the company is hosting events at Discovery World and the Milwaukee County Zoo, and promoting area attractions to the financial representatives’ families, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Gift of Wings Kite Shop, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, and the Milwaukee Public Museum and Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater.