Associates

Our financial representatives have an incredible opportunity to positively impact people’s lives - the lives of their clients, their families and those in their communities. They take this responsibility seriously and so do we. We provide them with the training and support they need to ensure their success, but we know it is their productive work ethic, strong relationship skills and professionalism that make them extraordinary.

 

Don Armstrong, MSFS, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC

Business & Estate Planning Specialist

 

Don Armstrong was the first Financial Representative of Wright Financial Group, Inc., now McClure Financial Group.  Don has a Master's Degree in Financial Services (MSFS) and works with both individuals and businesses.  Don takes great care in developing long-term client relationships.  He has extensive knowledge in life insurance, disability income insurance and estate analysis.  Don also provides guidance on retirement and investment solutions.
 
During his career, he has earned numerous Company and Industry awards including lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (1988). 
 
Don lives in Champaign, IL, with his wife, Suzi. They have three children, Allie, Mattie & Kendra.

 

James R Brown, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC

Life Insurance Specialist

 Jim graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He joined the Company as a College Financial Representative in December 1976 and became Life Insurance Specialist in January 2008. During his career, he has earned numerous Company and Industry awards including lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (1987). 

 Jim lives in Normal, IL with his wife, Diana. They have two grown children, Amy and Jenna. Since 2004, Jim and Diana have co-chaired the Bloomington-Normal Golf Classic, a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This event has now raised over $75,000 for CF research. Jim also won the Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award in 2005 for his work with CF. 
 
Jim is also very active within his church, the Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal, currently serving as the Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair.

 

John Dill, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, AAMS®, CRPS

Investment Specialist

John graduated from Bradley University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. During his senior year, he joined Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as Financial Representative Intern and started his full-time contract with the Network upon graduation.

John is a Senior Investment Specialist. His practice focuses in the areas of wealth accumulation and preservation, qualified retirement plans, and general investment guidance.

John has earned his CLU and ChFC designations from the American College. In addition, John has earned his CFP certification.

John and his wife, Jamie, reside in Morton, IL, and have four children, Parker, Brady, Grayson and Mia.

 

Justin Kirby

Field Director

Justin Kirby started his career as a college financial representative in 1995.  After graduation from Illinois State University with a double major in marketing and business administration, Justin started his full-time career in May 1996.  Justin has earned his CLU designation from The American College.

In 2004, Justin was appointed Associate Investment Specialist and in 2006, he became the Senior Investment Specialist.

Along with serving his personal and business clients, Justin has responsibility for training and developing representatives on investment products and services. 

Justin resides in Champaign with his wife, Bobbie Jo, his daughters, Maeve and Mia, and his sons, Wilson and Wyatt.  Justin is a member of the Champaign West Rotary and serves as chairman of the Cunningham Children's Home Kick + Throw Challenge

 

James Smith, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC

Disability Income Specialist

James Smith graduated in 1979 from Illinois State University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics.  He joined Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in 1985.

During his career, he has achieved life and qualifying membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (1988) and has been a qualifying member of NQA since 1989 and NSAA since 1987.  In 1992, Jim was appointed Disability Income Specialist.  In 2005, he was appointed Long Term Care Specialist.

He incorporates his extensive knowledge of disability income insurance, along with his knowledge of life insurance, qualified plans and estate analysis to provide guidance to his clients.

Jim and his wife, Vicki, reside in Mahomet, IL.  They have two children, Steven and Melissa.

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