John A. Black has always had an interest in finances. As a child, he saved his monetary gifts from birthdays and holidays, and opened a bank account. He then opened his first brokerage account while still in college. That interest led him to earn a degree in Economics from Boston College. Missing the Midwest, he moved back upon graduation and joined Prudential Financial as a financial advisor. After two years of learning the industry and business, he changed firms and joined Northwestern Mutual in 1994.

Over the years, John has earned many company and industry awards and accolades, including: Million-Dollar Round Table Member, National Quality Award, Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor, NMIS Most Valuable Qualifier, Fidelity Investments Advisor/Council and Northwestern Mutual Forum Qualifier to name a few.

John is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

A life-long learner, John has earned the following professional designations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®).

The firm currently services over $100,000,000 of client assets under management of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company and has placed over $300,000,000 of life insurance in-force.

John and his wife, Susan, have two amazing daughters, Nelle and Isabella. The family lives in Leawood, Kansas, are parishioners at the Church of the Nativity and members of Blue Hills Country Club.

Associations and Memberships

John BlackNAIFA is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). The mission of NAIFA is to advocate for a positive legislative 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.

John is a also a member of the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®). FPA® is the leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning. FPA demonstrates and supports a professional commitment to education and a client-centered financial planning process. Please check out the FPA website at:

Awards and Recognition

  • Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member
  • National Quality Award
  • Northwestern Mutual Forum Qualifier
  • NMIS MVP Qualifier
  • Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor 2022

Steve Forbes and John Schlifske on
"The New Normal and Post-Recession Trends”

Group photo

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Steve Forbes and Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO John Schlifske in April 2013. The three day tour included panel discussions in Louisville, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Houston and Dallas, and saw nearly 4,000 attendees in total. In Kansas City, where there were over 600 in attendance, Steve and John discussed the economy, the markets and how individuals and business owners can rebuild their financial foundation. Key insights presented at the events were:

  • In the 'new normal' consumers should manage risk first. In the 'new normal' consumers need to have a plan to manage risks that were once considered remote, such as extreme market volatility. According to Schlifske, successful financial planning means embracing time-tested methods for long-term gains, focusing on steady, consistent growth.
  • The recovery is real, but we have a long way to go. With the recession and market volatility of 2009 behind us, Schlifske and Forbes agree that the country has entered a recovery phase but note that we will continue to be challenged by flat markets, minimal interest rate returns and threats of inflation or deflation. Forbes stressed that the recovery is a long, steady road that is certain to have ups and downs, but the goal is to employ a strategy that anticipates and overcomes those variances to be positioned for future success.
  • Post-recession trends include goal-based investing, longer-term plan horizons and a greater appreciation of the risks of over-leveraging.Research conducted by Northwestern Mutual found that consumers are extending their planning timeframes and placing an increased importance on saving.

For more thoughts on these and other business topics, visit the Northwestern Mutual Resource Center of the Fact & Comment page.

To view photos from this event, click here.


John A Black, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®
Wealth Management Advisor



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