My Team

The success of our Greenville, Spartanburg and Asheville offices can be directly attributed to the high-quality leadership and strength of my management team. My team takes customer service very seriously and are committed to making every touch point with you professional and exceptional.

As the Managing Director of the Greenville, Spartanburg and Asheville offices, my goal is to also ensure the continued success of all financial representatives by providing the proper guidance and support to help them experience both personal and professional growth. If you are interested in pursuing a career at Northwestern Mutual, let’s talk.

 

My Colleague


Brett G. Smith, MBA, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor
Business & Estate Planning Specialist
 

Brett Smith began his career with Northwestern Mutual in January, 2012. Brett’s goal is to assist any client who desires to develop a comprehensive financial plan and steward their assets for themselves and/or future generations – with a focus on families and business owners. Brett is a West Point graduate and served 5 years in the XVIII ABN Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. Brett received his masters from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business MBA Program.  Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, 4 children, and 2 dogs here in the Upstate.

 

My Team

 
Claire W Bray

Claire W Bray

Director of Talent Acquisition

Claire graduated May 2007 from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a B.A. in Political Science. She has deep roots in the Greenville community including United Way, the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and supporting the Furman Paladins. Claire joined Northwestern Mutual February 2017. She leads the recruiting efforts by developing our expertise and presence with closely held businesses, professionals and business leaders in our community. Additionally, she recruits and develops top quality interns and financial representatives.

You may contact Claire at (864) 679-3847 or by e-mail claire.bray@nm.com.

 
Mandee D Armfield

Mandee D Armfield

Director of Development

Mandee graduated May 2009 from Canisius College in Buffalo NY with a B.A. in Communication, concentration in Advertising and Marketing. She relocated to Greenville soon after she graduated in attempt to escape the snow of Upstate New York. Mandee joined Northwestern Mutual February 2011. She is Director of Development  and also works with contracting & licensing issues, along with coordinating the internship program for our Greenville office.

You may contact Mandee at (864) 679-3839 or by e-mail at mandee.armfield@nm.com

 
J. Luke Brooks

J. Luke Brooks

Director of Investment Services

Luke joined Northwestern Mutual as an intern in the summer of 2016. He joined John’s team in 2017 as the Investment and Planning Specialist. He has his Series 7 and 66 and is licensed in life insurance, disability insurance, annuities and long-term care insurance. Luke is primarily responsible for reviewing our clients’ investment accounts and investment selections and creating and reviewing their comprehensive personal plans.

You may contact Luke at (864) 232-2881 x2282 or by e-mail at luke.brooks@nm.com.

 
Cassie J Glover

Cassie J Glover

Director of Insurance Services
Office 864-232-2881 ext. 2210

Cassie joined Northwestern Mutual in 2001. She is an Associate Financial Representative and is licensed in life insurance, disability insurance, annuities and long-term care insurance.  She is also securities licensed.  Cassie is responsible for client scheduling, assisting with new business underwriting, and policyowner questions.  Her goal is superior customer service. 

You may contact Cassie at (864) 679-3831 or email her at cassie.glover@nm.com.

 
Helen L Wintz

Helen L Wintz

Sales Execution Team

Helen is a 2007 graduate of Tri-County Technical College and a 2010 Graduate of Winthrop University with a B. S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. Helen joined Northwestern Mutual January of 2016 and serves as the Sales Execution Team Coordinator. She supports new Financial Representatives in building their business through client planning and back office support, promotion of joint work with experienced partners, referral training, and future planning opportunities.

You may contact Helen at (864) 232-2881 x2257 or by e-mail at helen.wintz@nm.com.

 
Emma T Bradley

Emma T Bradley

Receptionist

Emma joined the Northwestern Mutual team in April of 2017. She graduated from Anderson University in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Music and her love for people continued to grow as she pursued her career. She serves as the Director of First Impressions for our Greenville office. She supports our Financial Representatives by assisting them as well as their clients and also helps assist in building or technology related issues.

You may contact Emma at (864) 232-2881 x2201 or by email at emma.bradley@nm.com.

 
Brittany R Halka

Brittany R Halka

Executive Assistant

Brittany Halka joined Northwestern in 2017 as the Executive Administrative Assistant to Managing Director, John Tripoli. She also assists with marketing, social media, and event planning for the practice. Brittany is a graduate of The State University of New York: Empire State College, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys running and spending time with friends and family.

You may contact Brittany at (864) 232-2881 x2244 or by email at brittany.halka@nm.com.

 

Emily N Smith

Office 864-232-2881
 

John B. Tripoli, MBA, CLU®, CFP®

Managing Director

 

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