The success of our Greenville, Spartanburg and Asheville offices can be directly attributed to the high-quality leadership and strength of my management team. My team takes customer service very seriously and are committed to making every touch point with you professional and exceptional. If you need to schedule an appointment, make changes to your policy, submit a claim or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.

As Managing Director of Greenville, Spartanburg and Asheville offices, my goal is to also ensure the continued success of all financial representatives by providing the proper guidance and support to help them experience both personal and professional growth. If you are interested in pursuing a career at Northwestern Mutual, let’s talk.


My Colleague

Brett G. Smith, MBA, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor
Business & Estate Planning Specialist

Brett Smith began his career with Northwestern Mutual in January, 2012. Brett’s goal is to assist any client who desires to develop a comprehensive financial plan and steward their assets for themselves and/or future generations – with a focus on families and business owners. Brett is a West Point graduate and served 5 years in the XVIII ABN Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. Brett received his masters from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business MBA Program.  Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, 4 children, and 2 dogs here in the Upstate.

My Team

Claire W Bray

Claire W Bray

Director of Talent Acquisition

Claire graduated May 2007 from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a B.A. in Political Science. She has deep roots in the Greenville community including United Way, the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and supporting the Furman Paladins. Claire joined Northwestern Mutual February 2017. She leads the recruiting efforts by developing our expertise and presence with closely held businesses, professionals and business leaders in our community. Additionally, she recruits and develops top quality interns and financial representatives.

You may contact Claire at (864) 679-3847 or by e-mail


Mandee D Armfield

Mandee D Armfield

Director of Development

Mandee graduated May 2009 from Canisius College in Buffalo NY with a B.A. in Communication, concentration in Advertising and Marketing. She relocated to Greenville soon after she graduated in attempt to escape the snow of Upstate New York. Mandee joined Northwestern Mutual February 2011. She is Director of Development  and also works with contracting & licensing issues, along with coordinating the internship program for our Greenville office.

You may contact Mandee at (864) 679-3839 or by e-mail at 

J. Luke Brooks

J. Luke Brooks

Investment and Planning Assistant

Luke joined Northwestern Mutual as an intern in the summer of 2016. He graduated from Columbia International University in December of 2016 with a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership and was a four year men's soccer student athlete. He joined John’s team in 2017 as the Associate Financial Representative. He is life insurance, disibility insurance and fixed annuity licensed.

You may contact Luke at (864) 232-2881 x2282 or by e-mail at

Cassie J Glover

Cassie J Glover

Associate Financial Representative

Cassie joined Northwestern Mutual in 2001. She is an Associate Financial Representative and is licensed in life insurance, disability insurance, annuities and long-term care insurance.  She is also securities licensed.  Cassie is responsible for client scheduling, assisting with new business underwriting, and policyowner questions.  Her goal is superior customer service. 

You may contact Cassie at (864) 679-3831 or email her at


Helen L Wintz

Helen L Wintz

Sales Execution Team

Helen is a 2007 graduate of Tri-County Technical College and a 2010 Graduate of Winthrop University with a B. S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. Helen joined Northwestern Mutual January of 2016 and serves as the Sales Execution Team Coordinator. She supports new Financial Representatives in building their business through client planning and back office support, promotion of joint work with experienced partners, referral training, and future planning opportunities.

You may contact Helen at (864) 232-2881 x2257 or by e-mail at

Starla J Brown

Starla J Brown

Director of Finance

Starla joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013 and is responsible for accounting, payroll, commissions, human resources, technology and office management for the agency. 

You may contact Starla at 864-232-2881 x2214 or by email at


Madelena G Chalfant

Administrative Assistant

Maddie came to Northwestern Mutual in August of 2016. She performs back office administrative duties and assists in client file management. She loves working for Northwestern Mutual and is always happy to support John's team in any way she can.


John B Tripoli, MBA, CLU®, CFP®

Managing Director


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