Local Network . . . Expert Guidance

Since 1857, Northwestern Mutual has been helping people protect against financial risk and achieve their financial goals.  The financial representatives, advisors and specialists in the local network office provide the San Diego area with expert guidance, innovative solutions and enduring relationships. The Network Office, located in Downtown San Diego, opened for business in 1952 and is currently headed by Gary Bleakley.

"We believe in developing enduring relationships with our clients so we can provide guidance for a lifetime of financial security. We are committed to and highly value integrity, accountability and professional excellence," says Gary Bleakley, Managing Partner.

Gary Bleakley is proud that several of the top Northwestern Mutual specialists in investments and retirement solutions are located within the San Diego network, and that new Financial Representatives have these professionals to help them guide their clients.

With three District Network Offices in place - La Jolla, Carlsbad, and Honolulu, Gary Bleakley and his team invite you to explore this site and discover how their commitment to excellence can help you grow and achieve financial security.

Freedom . . . Success . . . Financial Independence

Are you looking for a fulfilling and challenging career that puts you in the driver’s seat? Do you desire independence, yet strive to impact others in a positive way? Consider joining Northwestern Mutual in San Diego as a Financial Representative.

Junior Achievement of San Diego Event

Northwestern Mutual San Diego is proud to have sponsored the Junior Achievement stock market challenge which brought the excitement of Wall Street to San Diego. The event brought together high schoolers and business professional to raise funds and awareness on financial literacy. You can read more about the event here.

Hispanic Executive Event

The Hispanic Executive Uniting Powerful Leaders dinner series, created in conjunction with Northwestern Mutual is now in its fifth year. Last year, the two partnering companies, with the aim of continuing to foster lasting connections within the Hispanic leadership community, came together to create something new and even more powerful— #NextGenLíderes National Tour

The event this year took place at Herb & Wood, a chic Little Italy locale in San Diego, and brought together a talented group of young professionals, mostly millennials. The diverse and energetic group of Latinos and Latinas featured financial professionals, engineers, and entrepreneurs. To learn more about this event and the national tour, click here.

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Padres Game Day event benefitting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Padres Game Day - our first signature event in support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation! We especially want to thank all of our sponsors and the San Diego Padres! Without them, this event would not have been possible. We also want to thank Dr. Aristizabal and Carlos Delgado from Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego for attending, as well as ALSF Hero Family for Hazel Altbaum.

Togeher, as an office, we helped raise much needed funds and awareness for childhood cancer. We hope to make an even bigger impact next year!

The mission of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Northwestern Mutual San Diego Presents Rady's Children Hospital Researcher with $100,000 Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research

Northwestern Mutual - San Diego presented a $100,000 check to Rady Children's Hospital Researcher, Dr. Paula Aristizabal, for two-year funding of pediatric cancer research. Dr. Aristizabal is exploring the cancer disparities among minorities, focusing primarily on Hispanic children and lack of opportunity to participate in trial research

The grant is being awarded through Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer program with nonprofit partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. To date, Northwestern Mutual and its network nationwide have raised more than $10 million for the cause and helped to fund more than 105,000 hours of research to help discover life-saving treatments for children affected by the disease.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children younger than 19 in the U.S., yet childhood cancer research and services are vastly and consistently underfunded. Northwestern Mutual launched its Childhood Cancer Program in 2012 to accelerate the search for cures to childhood cancer and to provide much-needed support to families battling the disease. Northwestern Mutual is also committed to helping ease the financial and emotional impacts of childhood cancer on families and children.

To learn more about Dr. Paula Aristizabal and the work being done to try and improve cure rates for Hispanics with childhood cancer, click here.

Garrett J. Bleakley Wins Northwestern Mutual's
Managing Partner Achievement Award

Garrett J. Bleakley, a Managing Partner with Northwestern Mutual, was recently honored with the Company’s Managing Partner Achievement Award.  The coveted award recognizes overall excellence in Agency Development, including productivity, recruitment and retention of Financial Representatives, and persistency in serving and retaining clients.

Northwestern Mutual - San Diego serves over 35,000 clients in San Diego and Imperial County, California, and the State of Hawaii. Nearly 100 Financial Representatives offer a complete approach to financial security planning, designed to help protect and grow a client’s wealth. 

Bleakley’s achievements were recognized at the annual Northwestern Mutual Managing Partner Conference, held in Maui, Hawaii.  Northwestern Mutual –San Diego has more than 14.4 billion in life insurance in-force. 

Bleakley shares the credit with his successful Managing Directors, his son Garrett (La Jolla), Andrew Rubin (Carlsbad), and Tom McTigue (Honolulu), as well as his Downtown Leadership Team. He also credits a culture of integrity, personal responsibility, courage, and excellence for their success.  “We’re focused on helping clients understand the specifics of financial security and what is really takes to attain it so that they can live the life they envision.” Bleakley said “Our dynamic planning process helps clients live life confidently, happily, more successfully, and more securely.”

A New Jersey native, Bleakley received a BA in Economics from Middlebury College. He joined Northwestern Mutual in 1981, and became Managing Partner in San Diego in 1991. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations, and is a Master Agency Award Winner. He and his wife Laurie, have resided in La Jolla since 2000.

Garrett J Bleakley

Managing Partner

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