John D Kessler, B.A., M.A., CASL®, CLTC®, RICP®

Wealth Management Advisor


Before I can speak intelligently about the services that might be appropriate for you and your family, I need to get to know you. And, before you can feel comfortable sharing your goals and dreams, you need to get to know me.

Career Path to Northwestern Mutual

John started his college career in 1970 at Ohio Wesleyan where he studied psychology.  He returned to Michigan after two years and graduated from Oakland University with a B.A. in Psychology.  In 1975 he received his Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University.  After several years in practice as a clinical therapist John decided to get into the car business.  He worked for Kessler GM Buick, a car dealership, where throughout the years he did everything from selling cars to becoming the General Manager.  

In 1997 he began his career with Northwestern Mutual.  When John was asked what is the best part of working for Northwestern Mutual , he replied, "I am able to change people's lives.  It is really a terrific feeling".  Being a Northwestern Mutual policyowner since a child, John has always known Northwestern Mutual's reputation.  John is also part of the mentor program at Northwestern which helps new representatives becomes more proficient in helping their clients.  Lastly, John is also a Top 10 advisor at the Troy, Michigan office.

Continued Growth

Continuing to deliver on his commitment to help his clients achieve financial security, John Kessler obtained the Certified Long Term Care (CLTC) designation. The "Certified in Long-Term Care" (CLTC) program is the long-term care insurance industry's only independent professional designation. Created in 1999, the course is focused on the field of long-term care planning and provides legal, accounting, insurance and financial service professionals the critical tools necessary to address the subject matter with their middle-age clients.

The goal is to teach students how to create a plan that preserves the emotional, physical, and financial well being of a client's family, should care be necessary. Once established, options to fund that plan, including, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, self-funding and long-term care insurance, are reviewed and recommended where appropriate.

Professional Associations

John Kessler is involved with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisory (NAIFA) as a Board Member for Michigan.  The mission of NAIFA is to advocate for a positive legislature and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of our members.

NAIFA is a national nonprofit organization representing the interests of more than 70,000 insurance and financial advisors nationwide, through its federation of over 900 state and local associations.  Founded in 1890, NAIFA is the nation's largest financial services membership association. 


Awards and Recognition


National Quality Award 2001, 2007-2010

Award recognizing persistency and performance


National Sales Achievement Award 2008

Award recognizing performance


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