Office Profile

Who We Are

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The financial representatives of Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles have been providing quality products and services to their clients for several years. We provide our clients with financial guidance and world-class products and services that help families and businesses alike obtain financial security and success. Our office includes financial representatives who consistently rank in the Top 10 for the Western Region, priding themselves on partnering with our clients to help them achieve financial security for a lifetime.

We take our responsibility very seriously; therefore, we want our representatives to achieve their highest possible potential. To this end, we foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement, and cultivate our representatives through mentoring and training. We support ambition, confidence, consistency, and positive results.

How We Compare

The success of our office has stemmed from a combination of strong leadership, formal training and career development plans, and a tradition of giving and service to the community. It also comes from shared values of integrity, accountability, and growth.

A Performance-Driven Culture

  • Our financial representatives are recognized among the best in the nation and consistently receive recognition for delivering financial plans that help their clients achieve their goals. Their clients reward them with their loyalty. Northwestern Mutual has a persistency rate of 96% for life insurance in-force based on Northwestern Mutual client data, a key indicator of customer satisfaction.
  • Our year-round Top 10 internship program* provides students in the Southern California and Nevada areas with an opportunity to test-drive and jumpstart a career. On average, 1 out of 3 former interns becomes a full-time representative upon graduation.
  • For the past five years, our Network Office has been awarded the Northwestern Mutual Team Award, which recognizes superior leadership for new representative recruiting, development, and retention. Our retention rate for financial representatives is three times that of the industry.

Our Network Office, and its affiliated district offices, has 140 financial advisors, representatives, and specialists, and 40 college interns. They are supported by more than 50 staff members, who provide client service, training and development, and marketing and administrative support.

*According to Vault Guide to Internships, 2017.

Where We Are

Our professional associates work within the Network Office or within one of our three district offices:

Network Offices

Matthew J Plocher, CLU®, ChFC®
Managing Partner

Northwestern Mutual of Downtown Los Angeles
515 S. Flower St., Floor 33
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Shawn Mackey, CLU®, ChFC®
Managing Director

Northwestern Mutual of Irvine
18191 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612

Affiliate District Offices

John Fobes
Managing Director

Northwestern Mutual of Las Vegas
3883 Howard Hughes Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89169


Juan Baron, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
Managing Director

Northwestern Mutual of West Los Angeles
11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

At the heart of what we do is a relentless commitment to doing what is right for our clients, our financial professionals and staff, and our community. If this sounds like the right corporate culture for you, we invite you to contact one of our team members today.

  • To learn more about our Financial Representatives, visit our Associates page.
  • To learn more about building a financial service practice, visit our Careers or Internships pages.
  • To learn more about our giving and service, visit our Community Involvement page.

Meet Our Managing Director

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Juan Baron started his career with Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative in 2005, while a full-time college student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Throughout his career, he has consistently set the standard for excellence, as evidenced by his numerous company awards. Upon his graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 at the age of 21, he relocated his practice to Los Angeles, CA.

Juan is passionate about continuing education and professional development. He holds his Series 7, 9, 10, 26, 63, and 66 FINRA registrations, and is licensed to practice in 29 states. He holds the CFP®, CLU®, and ChFC® professional certifications and designations.

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Juan is also passionate about leadership. He served as co-College Unit Director for the last two years of his college career in Chapel Hill, NC, and upon moving to Los Angeles, he became the College Unit Director for Northwestern Mutual’s downtown LA office. In 2009, Juan was appointed as Field Director for the downtown LA office, and in 2012, he became the Managing Director for Northwestern Mutual - West Los Angeles.

Juan specializes in working with intelligent, responsible, and successful professionals and business owners. His greatest professional successes can be measured by the impact he has had and continues to have on his clients’ lives and financial affairs, as well as those of the financial representatives in his office. He is a sought-after speaker both industrywide and to physician groups nationwide on the subject of financial planning.

Juan is proud to serve on the Board of Managers for the Westside Family YMCA, is a member of the Beverly Hills chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders, and a member of the Jonathan Club. Juan and his wife Rebecca reside in Malibu with their daughter Gabriella and German Shepherd Bakko, and are parishioners at Our Lady of Malibu.

Juan S. Baron

Juan S. Baron, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Managing Director


Northwestern Mutual financial representatives have the opportunity to determine their own financial futures while making an impact on others.

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#1 in the Financial Services Industry

- Selling Power's "50 Best Companies to Sell for Now." October 2016

Top Ten Internship for 22 Straight Years

- Vault Guide to Internships, 2018 edition

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