Management Team

Our business is about relationships, and we have a strong management team in place that understands this. They are committed to furthering the development of our financial representatives through training and guidance, so the representatives can establish enduring and solid relationships with their clients.

Meet the Northwestern Mutual Leadership Team:

 
 Steven F. Abbass

Steven F. Abbass

Managing Partner
steven.abbass@nm.com
Office 585-248-4729

Steven Abbass began his Northwestern Mutual career in 2002 as a College Intern from the State University of New York at Oswego. After graduating in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration, Steven converted to a full-time contract with the Central New York Group in Syracuse, NY. During this time, Steven accomplished Pacesetter First 40, Second 60, was a finalist for the Mike Gish award, Agents year runner-up in New Clients, a 200 lives producer and Million Dollar Round Table since his second year in the business. Steven led a successful CUD program in Syracuse before becoming the Managing Director in Rochester, NY in 2007.

As a Managing Director, Steven’s district in Rochester became a Top 10 district in lives, new clients, gold sheet production, college program and Top 20 in premium. Steven also appointed 2 CUD’s, 4 Field Directors and 2 RFD’s in his time as a Managing Director and was an OARS award winner each year.

On April 1, 2014, Steven was appointed Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual in Melville, New York.

 
 Joseph M Tavernite

Joseph M Tavernite, CLF®

Managing Director
Office 516-465-9505

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 Michael P Mennella

Michael P Mennella, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC®

District Director
Office 516-465-9521

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 Theodore Jack Kanakaris

Theodore Jack Kanakaris

Financial Planning Consultant
tedd.kanakaris@nm.com
Office 631-592-2003

 
 Paul A Candeletti

Paul A Candeletti

Director of Network Office Supervision
paul.candeletti@nm.com
Office 631-592-2000

Paul A. Candeletti is Director, Network Office Supervision for Northwestern Mutual in Melville NY. Paul’s career spans over thirty years in the financial industry. He began his career on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where he held a number of positions, including: Member, Trader, Trading Floor Rules Official and NYSE Arbitrator. Paul is also a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Division, serving the investment community as an Industry Arbitrator. Paul and his wife Patricia reside on Long Island’s south shore in Malvern, NY were they enjoy spending time at the beach with family. They are also ardent supporters of The John Theissen Children’s Foundation and the Adaptive Sports Foundation at Windham Mountain in Windham NY. 

 
 Alison Giacco Vogt

Alison Giacco Vogt

Director of Training
alison.giaccovogt@nm.com
Office 631-592-2000

As the Director of Training/Recruiter my hybrid role enables me to find talented individuals that wish to pursue a career in financial services as well as participation in the initial and on-going training.

As the Director of Training, my focus is taking new financial representatives through our initial training experience, preparing them for the first days in the field as well as providing them with the tools to develop a sustainable practice. 

As a Recruiter I take potential candidates through our Selection Process to see if a career at Northwestern Mutual is the right fit. A career as a Financial Representative is a unique opportunity to help clients achieve financial security, give back to the community and have a life long career. If a career in Financial Services is something you have considered before,please call my office 631-592-2047.

Alison is a member of the Melville Chamber of Commerce and has dedicated much time to Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network and other cancer focused charities on Long Island by fundraising and special event planning. She is an avid cyclist, competitive duathlete and certified spin instructor. Alison resides in Massapequa Park with her husband Jay and their toy yorkie Snoop Dogg.

 
 Lawrence Su

Lawrence Su

Growth and Development Director
Office 917-522-6443

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 Tony Gomez

Tony Gomez, CFP®

Growth and Development Director
Office 631-592-4092

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 Joseph Kevin Mathesen

Joseph Kevin Mathesen

Field Director
Office 631-592-2000

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 Wes Pruitt

Wes Pruitt, CLTC®

Field Director
Office 631-592-4044

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Wes Pruitt, CLTC, started with Northwestern Mutual as a recent college graduate in 2010. Right out of sales school, Wes quickly began to distinguish himself as a High Activity rep in the Melville Network Office, on Long Island, NY. Relentless Granum adherence coupled with unchallenged work ethic, is what Wes says got him to be the New Client Leader for Northwestern Mutual. Currently he works in conjunction with his fiancée, Shannon, and together were responsible, this last awards year, for over 250 Lives and 170+ New Clients. Wes continues to mentor a group of Under 5yr reps to help grow the agency and offer insight to his successes early on in the business. He is a Million Dollar Round Table member (2014), Live Leaders Summit Qualifier (2014-2015), has been Top 100 in lives for Northwestern Mutual, and is currently our New Client Leader (2015).

Wes advocates building an environment that breeds success and maintaining above average activity. He stresses the importance of permanent insurance as the cornerstone to his practice and his client’s financial security.

In his free time, he loves snowboarding, fishing, going to the gym, travelling, and spending time with his fiancée Shannon, and their dog Melky.

 
 Scott Justin Borow

Scott Justin Borow, AWMA®

Field Director
Office 516-348-8159
Mobile 516-967-5540

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As a Financial Advisor affiliated with Northwestern Mutual since 2007, Scott Borow has a passion for helping individuals, families, and business prioritize and attain their financial goals. While Scott enjoys working with many segments of professionals, he has particular expertise and knowledge within the Physician, Finance and Attorney markets.

Scott has qualified for the professional organization, Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) each year from 2012-2016 and was among the top 10 in new representatives during his bronze, silver, gold and platinum years on the east coast, as well as nationally.

Scott completed his B.A. in History with a secondary field of concentration in Business Administration from The George Washington University. While there, Scott was a peer advisor, as well as a distinguished leader in Tau Kappa Epsilon. His passions include music and playing drums, racquetball and golf. Scott is an avid NY Islanders, NY Jets and NY Yankee fan.

Scott resides in Forest Hills with his wife Stephanie.

 
 Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Field Director
Office 917-438-1171

 
 Moshe Alpert

Moshe Alpert

Field Director
Mobile 718-644-1594
Office 516-418-5062

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 Adam L. Dworkin

Adam L. Dworkin

College Unit Director
Office 516-465-9536
Mobile 516-220-5860

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 Ashley Marie Curreri

Ashley Marie Curreri

College Unit Director
Mobile 631-978-6259

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 Chai Pan Ngai

Chai Pan Ngai

College Unit Director
Mobile 347-331-3398

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