Thomas Buettner, CLU®, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor


After obtaining my BS in Business Administration from Babson College, I began my career in the media industry for a local Massachusetts cable company.  I quickly advanced to various management roles in the media industry, including starting a cable programming company in Denver.  I realized though that if I continued on his fast paced career track, I would ultimately be required to uproot and move my family - not just once, but many times throughout the remainder of my career. After careful consideration, I decided to make a career change.

I was intrigued by Northwestern Mutual's commitment to providing clients with innovative solutions to a wide range of financial needs.  I liked the idea of being able to help people plan for the future and provide financial security for their family.  In fact, I had learned a valuable lesson about the need for guidance in my early twenties, when I had been rendered "uninsurable" due to a battle with Thyroid Cancer.

Since joining Northwestern Mutual in 2004, I have become insurance licensed in 25 states and holds my FINRA Series 6, 63, 66 and 7 licenses. In 2007, I obtained my CLU® (Chartered Life Underwriter) designation from the American College to better serve my clients' changing financial needs.

In 2012, I joined the Northwestern Mutual Downtown Milwaukee Office’s LEAD (Leadership through Education, Achievement and Development) team, which aids in the development of new Northwestern Mutual financial representatives and overall company leaders.


Awards and Recognition

Northwestern Mutual National Gold Leader   2007 

The NM National Gold Leader Award recognizes the excellence and productivity of third year financial representatives

Northwestern Mutual Central Regional Platinum Leader   2008

The NM Central Regional Platinum Leader Award distinguishes the fourth year financial representives with quality performance in the past year

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors National Quality Award Recipient   2009-2015

The NAIFA Award recognizes financial representatives with noteworthy commitment to excellence in service to both clients and industry  

Northwestern Mutual Forum Member Representative   2016

Northwestern Mutual recognizes 5% of its representatives for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security.



Associations and Memberships

Member of the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)

Member of Council of Small Business Executives CEO Roundtable

Member of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)



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