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.

 
 Brian M Vrana

Brian M Vrana, CLU®

Managing Partner
Office 512-330-1800

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 Fernando Suarez

Fernando Suarez, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

Managing Director
Office 210-446-5701

My Networks: LinkedIn

San Antonio District Office

Since 1984, Fernando has helped people take care of their families, realize their dreams, and feel confident about the future. Fernando joined Northwestern Mutual as an intern while pursuing his BBA in finance from the University of Houston. After graduating, he built a successful practice in Houston.

In 1995, Fernando relocated to start the San Antonio office and serve as Managing Director. In this role he oversees recruitment, development, and all business operations. Fernando also works with select clients as a Wealth Management Advisor and fee-based financial planner.

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 Allison Woods

Allison Woods


Office 512-330-1819

Allison joined Northwestern Mutual in 2011 as a Financial Representative Intern. Since joining the company, she has held various roles and now serves as the Director of Training. In her role, she is responsible for educating and developing financial representatives. Allison partners with all other network office leadership to access the development needs of each area, implement training and development strategies and programs across those areas, monitor and evaluate results, and resolve all training issues to help build and retain talent within the company. She has a passion for helping new financial representatives realize their potential.

She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

Allison resides in Pflugerville, Texas with her husband, Nathan, and sons, Nicolas and Isaiah.

 
 Andrew Stephens

Andrew Stephens, ChFC®, CLU®, CLTC®


Office 512-330-1808

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 Christopher Becker

Christopher Becker, MBA


Office 210-446-5715

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 Corey Michael Souliotis

Corey Michael Souliotis


Office 512-330-1829

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 James Robert Love

James Robert Love

Growth and Development Director
Office 512-330-1800
Mobile 361-935-3884

My Networks: LinkedIn

James Love has been with Northwestern Mutual since his internship days, when he earned the position of number 12 out of over 3,000 interns across the country. During his time as an intern, James fell in love with the business and with Northwestern Mutual’s mission of doing what’s best for their policy holders. He values a custom, holistic approach to financial planning and being fully transparent with his clients. He works with small businesses, families, and individuals all across the country and recently earned a spot in the top 1% of all advisors for new clients. He credits this to the foundations of trust he has built with each of them.

Education

Degree Major Institution
Bachelor of Science Finance Texas State University
Bachelor of Science Economics Texas State University

 
 Matt Occhipinti

Matt Occhipinti, MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, AEP®

Growth and Development Director
Office 210-446-5716
Mobile 315-955-4422

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San Antonio District Office

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Education

Degree Major Institution
Bacherlors of Business Administration International Business University of the Incarnate Word
Masters of Business Administration Finance University of the Incarnate Word

 
 Nimshi Vanessa Perera

Nimshi Vanessa Perera

Director of Network Office Supervision
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Office 512-330-1800

Nimshi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating she joined the Northwestern Mutual home office and held various roles in investment operations, compliance and corporate projects. In 2016, she joined the Austin office where she serves as the Director of Network Office Supervision.  She is committed to helping our representatives do business the right way. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and spending time with her friends and family in the great Austin weather.

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