Management Team

The success of our group can be directly attributed to the high quality of leadership and the strength of our management team. Our goal is to ensure the continued success of our financial representatives by providing the proper guidance and support to help them experience both personal and professional growth.

Meet the Northwestern Mutual office in St. Louis Management Team

 Gerard M Hempstead

Gerard M Hempstead

Managing Partner
Fax 314-736-1489

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622 Emerson Rd., Ste. 400
St. Louis, MO 63141
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Gerard M. Hempstead, CPA, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL® is a St. Louis native. He graduated from St. Louis University High School (’89) and Indiana University’s School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana (’93) with a B.S. in Accounting.  Gerard spent 2½ years with KPMG in its insurance and financial services practice before joining Northwestern Mutual in 1995.  Gerard qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table every year from 1997 - 2015 and changed over 2,200 lives while he was a producer, ranking him 124th in overall career production in the history of the company, before becoming the Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual – St. Louis in 2011. 

Professionally, Gerard is a catalyst empowering people to achieve their dreams and become the best version of themselves. He has been awarded both the "30 under 30" and the "40 under 40" award from the St. Louis Business Journal, recognizing the top executives in St. Louis. As the Managing Partner, Gerard and his team have successfully selected and developed many financial advisors.

Personally, Gerard lives LIFE on purpose and enjoys running, golf, praying, public speaking, ice hockey and spending as much time as possible with his beautiful wife Jen and their wonderful children Peter, Lauren, and Matt.  Gerard is actively involved with Legatus, the Covenant House of Missouri, United Way, and St. Louis University High School.


 Helen H Jardine

Helen H Jardine, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, RICP®, CLF®

District Director
Office 314-539-0896

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As of September 1, 2018, Helen is one of only 6 female District Directors out of some 58 District Directors nationwide in Northwestern Mutual and the first female District Director in St. Louis. She is passionate about bringing more diversity to the Northwestern Mutual-St. Louis team and providing a better reflection of a community that, according to the U.S Census Bureau, is 51.6 percent female.

Helen is passionate about having conversations with talented successful people who are not getting the quality of life they deserve out of their current jobs and offering them an amazing career opportunity in financial services with my district. She loves coaching and developing people to help them achieve their potential.

As the District Director for Northwestern Mutual St. Louis, Helen helps people learn how a career as a Northwestern Mutual financial representative or intern can provide the rewards and opportunities of self-employment--flexibility, having a positive impact on people’s lives, and virtually unlimited earning potential. As a financial representative, you have all the advantages of being in business for yourself, but you're not alone. Helen will help you develop your business and marketing plans, provide extensive training and coaching from certified trainers, and offer access to our office’s knowledgeable group of financial professionals to help you launch your career.

She is seeking highly-motivated, self-disciplined, driven, entrepreneurial women and men to join our growing diverse team at Northwestern Mutual-St. Louis and help make our communities THE most financially secure in the world.

 Matthew Seth Banderman

Matthew Seth Banderman, CLF®

District Director
Office 314-244-0760

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Matthew Banderman attended Fontbonne University where he received his Bachelors in Business Management in 2001. Matt has been a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual for 15 years, having started his career as an intern in 2000, and has changed over 1,500 lives in that time. Matt has qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table 5 times (2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2015) and is currently the District Director as well as being a financial representative. In addition to working with his clients, Matt also helps attract and hire new financial representatives to our office.

Matt is married to his high school sweetheart, Jenny, and they have three kids together: Brooklyn (10), Georgia (7), and Cohen (1). When he is not working, Matt’s time is filled with coaching his kids’ athletic activities as well as playing basketball and softball. He also serves on the board of Bethany Christian Services as well as his church board. In 2013 Matt was awarded the Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award for his work with Bethany Christian Services. Matt also serves on the Council of Regents Board at Fontbonne University in addition to serving on Enactus, an entrepreneur board at the university.


 Michael Lim Burett Mouser

Michael Lim Burett Mouser

Managing Director
Mobile 573-777-9434
Fax 573-446-6644

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Originally born in Seoul, South Korea, Michael Mouser spent most of his adolescence on baseball fields in Jackson, Missouri and traveling around the country.  He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing. Mouser, 27, was named the Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual’s Columbia office last summer, and he brings an unparalleled passion to the job.  

He started his career with Northwestern Mutual when he stumbled upon an internship with the company his junior year of college. The success he experienced as an intern led him to become a full-time Financial Representative, and eventually to his current position. As the Managing Director, Michael oversees the overall development of the office while also running the company’s college program, which typically takes on 20-30 interns at a time. In addition, he continues to financially advise about 300 households and families across the country. When he’s not working, he enjoys staying active and hanging out with his family: mom and dad, Miriam and Brad Mouser, and sister Morene as well as traveling and spending time with friends.  

 Katie L Bircher

Katie L Bircher

Office 314-539-0818

Chief Operating Officer

Katie Bircher began her career with Northwestern Mutual in 2004 as an Investment Operations Assistant. In 2014, she became the Director of Strategy and Practice Management. Now, Kaite is the Chief Operating Officer, where she supervises the activities of the finanical representatives and staff to achieve the highest levels of productivity. In this role, she anticipates the needs of the office, strategically plans for its development, recommends necessary changes and takes independent action within areas of authority.

Katie graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She lives in Highland, Illinois with her husband Daron and their four children: Chase, Lake, Gage and Zane. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her friends and family.

 Shelly Mueller

Shelly Mueller

Director of Finance
Mobile 314-225-6383

Shelly Mueller began her career with Northwestern Mutual in 2007 as Officer Manger. She then was a staff accountant for six years. Now, Shelly is the Director of Finance. In this position, she is accountable for the overall financial health and day-to-day accounting functions of the network and district offices. She is the United Way chair for the office, a volunteer on the United Way Allocation Committee and part of the Community Involvement Committee in the office.

Shelly graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband Brett and two children Mylee and Alex.


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