Management Team

 David D. Kiecker

David D. Kiecker

Managing Partner
Office 317-238-6500

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David Kiecker was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated college first in his class from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and became a college intern in 2000 with Northwestern Mutual, starting his career with the company.

Dave came to Indiana in May of 2012 after serving as a Vice President at Northwestern Mutual’s corporate office in Milwaukee, WI.

On August 1, 2012, Dave became Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual in Indiana. Since his appointment, the Indianapolis office has seen tremendous growth in recruiting, internship development, and financial representative training. Northwestern Mutual Indiana has over 150 representatives and over 300 associates and staff. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the firm was responsible for more than 3.02 billion dollars in assets under management. Recently, the firm was named as the largest planning firm in Indianapolis by the Indiana Business Journal. Dave’s vision is to become the #1 financial security planning firm in the world.

In August 2013, Northwestern Mutual Indiana held its first annual Charity Golf Outing benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. In the first year, the organization raised $50,000 for the cause. Dave plays an active role in the planning and preparation of this event. He is also an active member of his church. Through his leadership, he inspires all employees to give time to improving Indiana.

Dave and his wife, Nikki, have been married since 2004. Together they have a daughter, Samantha, who is 5, and dogs, Paris and Lucy Loo. They reside happily in Fishers, IN.

 James Travis Cox

James Travis Cox

Chief Development Officer
Office 317-846-4291

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Travis joined Northwestern Mutual as an Associate Financial Representative while attending Purdue University. After graduating in 2003, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Selling and Sales Management, Travis accepted a full time position as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual.

In his years with the firm, he has served as a mentor, College Unit Director, and Field Director. In 2005, he was named "New Financial Representative of the Year" for the Derrickson Financial Group, as well as the Indiana Chapter of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Travis has qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (2008) and the National Quality Award (2006-2007, 2010)..

In August of 2013, Travis partnered with David Kiecker as the Chief Development Officer. Travis has a true passion for developing Financial Advisors and inspiring his team to achieve their true potential.

Travis grew up in Syracuse, Indiana, home of Lake Wawasee.  He met his wife, Amanda, at Purdue and they currently reside on the Southside of Indianapolis with their two children, Elliot and Isabel. They enjoy an active lifestyle spending time in the outdoors and playing with their two Labrador retrievers.

During his free time, Travis likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, and be the crew chief of Elliot’s go-kart team.

 John C Dawson

John C Dawson, ChFC®, CLU®

Managing Director
Office 219-525-1906

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 John Dawson grew up in the small town of Morocco, IN.  He spent his childhood working on the grain and cattle operation of his family farm with his mother and father, Sandy and Rick Dawson. John was active in 4-H, spending a year as President of the local club. He went to high school at Culver Military Academy, graduating as the top ranked military officer and swim team captain. He was also honored by faculty and staff as the top overall student

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University. He enjoys visiting campus for client meetings and to share career opportunities with students.  John enjoys spending his free time managing Dawson Angus Farm; his cattle have taken top honors at the Indiana State Fair, Hoosier Beef Congress, North American Livestock Exposition and National Western. In 2013, John served as President of the Indiana Angus Association. John and his wife Gretchen, also a graduate of Purdue University, married in September of 2010. Gretchen is employed by IU Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Their toddler, Lucy, keeps them on the move.

John Dawson began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2007 as a College Financial Representative after graduating from Purdue University with degrees in Economics and Psychology. Becoming a full-time Financial Representative later that year, John ranked 6th in the Mike Gish contest; a prestigious award which recognizes the top ten first year former interns. He then added the position of College Unit Director to his responsibilities. In this role, John's desire was to attract and mentor Purdue students to Northwestern Mutual, offering them the same opportunity he has been blessed with.

In 2014, John and his family moved to Crown Point, Indiana to launch a district network office in the northwest region of Indiana.  Identified as one of the greatest market and geographical opportunities in the nation, John and his team will select and develop eight new financial advisors in 2014.  Corporately and locally, his team will work relentlessly to make a positive impact in the surrounding community.

 D Brent Dilts

D Brent Dilts

Managing Director
Office 317-733-4960
Office 866-749-1618

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Brent Dilts is the Managing Director of the Zionsville District Network Office within the Kiecker Network Office of Indiana.  Brent attended Marian University for two years on a basketball scholarship before graduating from Indiana University. He started his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1987. Ten years later he opened the Zionsville District Network Office as Managing Director.  Brent’s personal practice has been successful for over 27 years because of his passion for helping others achieve their financial objectives while protecting families. Brent balances the many roles of Managing Director while keeping one objective: serving and leading representatives to achieve their personal vision of success, while recruiting and developing a select group of representatives into the career.

Brent is a member of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, GAMA International, the premier organization for field leaders in the insurance and financial services industry, and Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) (1992-1994, 1996, 1999-2000, 2003-2014). Brent is also a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisor (NAIFA), and has received the National Quality Award (NQA) (1991-1996, 2000-2010), which recognizes NAIFA members for competence and dedication as indicated by their persistency records.

Personally, Brent is passionate about sharing his life and testimony through his Board Membership for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Marian University Business School Board of Directors.

Brent has been married to his high school sweetheart, Dee, for 25 years and they have three amazing children. Brent and Dee spend their free time traveling the country enjoying the successful athletic and scholastic careers of David, Deanna, and Laila.

 Blake Joseph Hornsby

Blake Joseph Hornsby

Managing Director
Office 317-215-8322

Blake has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2001. In August of 2009, Blake was appointed as Managing Director for Northwestern Mutual – Indiana, and established a new district office in Greenwood, Indiana. He is a NAIFA National Quality Award-winner, an OARS (Outstanding Achievement in Recruiting and Sales) Award-winner and is a recurring qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table (2012-2015).

A lifetime resident of Central Indiana, Blake lives with his wife, Amy and his sons on the Southside of Indianapolis. Blake enjoys fitness, boating, attending Butler University men’s basketball games and spending the summer with his family at their lake house in the Cordry-Sweetwater community.

 Bruce Laughlin

Bruce Laughlin, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director
Office 317-284-5338

Bruce Laughlin began his Northwestern Mutual career in 1988 after attending and playing tennis at IUPUI.  Bruce graduated from the Kelley business school with a double major in Marketing and Management. Bruce was the first to graduate college from either side of his family and joined Northwestern Mutual because he wanted build a business that made a difference in people’s lives.

In Bruce’s over 25 years with Northwestern Mutual he has won many awards and recognition.  These accolades are important to him  because they represent the value he has provided for his clients. Helping clients plan for their financial futures has become very rewarding for Bruce over the years. In addition to obtaining his CLU®, ChFC® and being a member of MDRT since 1995, Bruce became a Managing Director 16 years ago opening up a scratch office in Fishers. Bruce's office has won the coveted Achievement Award 6 times in his 16 years. The scratch office now holds 28 financial reps and Bruce is most proud of the good he and his reps have done in the community of Indianapolis that he loves.

Bruce is on the IUPUI athletic board and enjoys coaching his kids teams.  He is an avid Colts, Pacer and IUPUI Jaguar fan.

Bruce is married to Carolyn, they have three children and reside in Fishers.

 Matthew Louis Henry

Matthew Louis Henry

Managing Director
Office 260-443-7643

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Matt Henry joined Northwestern Mutual during a career transition from agricultural research where he spent 12 years, to the financial industry in 2007 with Northwestern Mutual Indiana. Matt has been in a leadership role in the Fort Wayne District office where he started as a College Unit Director and transitioned into a Recruiting Field Director. Additionally, Matt runs a personal practice where he enjoys working with business owners and families to help them attain financial security.

 Bradley W Stewart

Bradley W Stewart, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director
Office 574-247-6625

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Brad Stewart joined Northwestern Mutual in 1988 and with 25 years of experience, his clients have experienced this longevity in the caring and understanding of their needs.  He became the Managing Director of the Mishawaka District Office in December 2010.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana State University.  He continued his professional studies and earned the designations of a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®).  He is also a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Brad Stewart has been recognized for his professional accomplishments and work with his clients consistently thru his career including:

  • Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) (1994-2014)
  • MDRT Court of the Table Qualifier in 2009 and 2010
  • Northwestern Mutual Forum Member in 2007, 2010 and 2013
  • Outstanding Achievement in Recruiting and Selection (OARS) in 2011
  • NAIFA Quality Award in 2011-2013


Brad and his wife Kim have been married for 11 years and have an 8 year old son, Jakin.  They have been residents of the Elkhart-South Bend area for the last 25 years.  They have both been involved with faith based service.  Currently, they are in ministry at Granger Community Church.

Brad is currently involved with the following organizations:

  • Five Star Life
  • Advisor to the EnterMission board at Granger Community Church
  • Member of South Bend and Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

 Brian Arthur Wilkinson

Brian Arthur Wilkinson, CLU®

Field Director
Office 317-733-4964

 Eli J Hersberger

Eli J Hersberger, CFP®, CASL®, RICP®

Field Director
Office 317-284-5333

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Eli was born and raised in Lapel, Indiana.  He graduated cum laude from Manchester College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  Following his entrepreneurial spirit, he joined Northwestern Mutual in 2008, and his love for education has been invaluable both in service to educating clients about financial security and with regard to obtaining professional accreditations.  He has earned the certifications and designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®), and Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®).  One of his practice passions is working with retirees to enrich their golden years.


Personally, he has enjoyed hosting the Fishers Northwestern Mutual Blood Drive over the past 4 years. He initiated this community service project when he learned that his blood type is the universal blood type hospitals need in an emergency, but is always in short supply.  With the help of gracious donors in the Fishers office, the blood center has received 9 gallons of blood to date.


Eli is married to Amanda, and they have two wonderful sons, Jonnie and Harvey.  In his spare time, besides playing with his boys, he enjoys cooking, drive-in movies, ultimate frisbee, playing alternative rock music, and occasionally restoring a classic car or two.  His most recent project was restoring a 1968 Volkswagen Campmobile; but his favorite will always be his first car, a 1965 Plymouth Fury III.

 Joshua David Rang

Joshua David Rang

Field Director
Office 317-819-2038

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Josh was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, IN and he joined Northwestern Mutual of Indiana in 2008 after a career in pastoral ministry. In his years with the agency, he has served as a mentor, a member of LEAD, and as a Field Director. He has qualified for Pacesetter 40 (2008). Josh continues to reside in Ft. Wayne with his wife Paula, and his 2 children.

 Mikeal A Kenworthy

Mikeal A Kenworthy

Field Director
Mobile 765-586-8755

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Mikeal Kenworthy is originally from the Lafayette, Indiana area and joined the team in Summer ’08 as a College Financial Representative while attending University of Indianapolis. While playing football for the Greyhounds, Mikeal continued as an intern through ’09 when he took on the role of Team Captain & College Unit Captain. Since 2010 he has been a College Unit Director in Fishers, IN.

His passion is helping individuals/families/businesses align their actions with their intentions around their planning and helping people realize their dreams by making sure they are taking the necessary steps to achieve financial security. Mikeal is also passionate about growing others and is always trying to lift as he climbs. He is focused on maximizing the potential and growth of those on his team and within his office.

Mikeal recently transferred his practice back to Lafayette, Indiana where he will be assisitng with opening a new office. Mikeal is active helping his alma mater and serves on the board of directors for the University of Indianapolis Alumni Association. Mikeal enjoys spending time with his friends & family along with being on the water during boating season.

 Seth P Cunningham

Seth P Cunningham

Field Director
Office 317-215-8333
Office 317-750-7153


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