Office Profile

Impacting Lives Today and for Future Generations

As Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual in Woodland Hills, Mitchell Beer knows that helping clients manage financial risk and achieve their goals of financial security is demanding, rewarding, and most importantly, that it is a team effort.

"It's my duty to provide leadership, vision, and direction. I achieve this through coaching, guiding and mentoring representatives, specialists, and management teams. Collaboration is essential; I want to create a culture which will ensure the skills we need to be successful. The potential for our territory in California is great. If we work together, there's almost no limit to what we will achieve."
-- Mitchell Beer, CLU® , ChFC® , CFP® 

Here at Northwestern Mutual in Woodland Hills, we believe INTEGRITY, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COURAGE and GROWTH are the values which are crucial to our success. Our leadership team works hard to create and maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement, and cultivate our representatives through mentoring and training. Working as a team has helped us to reach more people, and therefore has given us the ability to have a greater impact on our local community.

The Road to Northwestern Mutual

Mitchell Beer began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1989 in Princeton New Jersey as a freshly minted Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey) graduate. "I was really attracted to all the things a career with Northwestern Mutual could offer me. I liked the independence of running my own practice, and knowing that my career would be helping people."

Mitchell successfully built his financial service practice and in 1994 he began his leadership path as a College Unit Director for the internship program. Since then Mitchell has held every position on the management track. After his college unit team took second place company honors in 1996, Mitchell was then appointed to Field Director. His field director team won top honors in its category in the company as well.

In 1998 Mitchell was appointed a Managing Director, an opportunity which offered him the chance to run his own district office, while continuing to work with his clients. Mitchell's seven years as Managing Director stand out as an experience that put the final polish on his career and prepared him for the Managing Partner position, "That time prepared me really well for my new position,” says Mitchell. “It added the final touches of experience and insight. I've now dealt with everything from compliance issues, to setting up office space, to personal production, and feel that I'm ready to engage new opportunities, and face them head on." Through his financial representative career, Mitchell Beer earned nine National Quality Awards, qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table six times, won the Network's Growth Award five times, and took home three Network OARS awards.

In 2006, Mitchell was appointed the Managing Partner for Northwestern Mutual’s Woodland Hills location. This organization consists of three offices, located in: Woodland Hills, Encino and Bakersfield, California. Mitchell works with a great Executive Team who jointly run these offices: Tony Congdon (Managing Director, Bakersfield Office), Jason Kalil (District Director, Woodland Hills Office), Nicole Kalil (Chief Development Officer) and Jason Shapiro (Managing Director, Encino Office)


This Network Office has been active since 1971.

District Network Offices:

Anthony Duane Congdon, CLTC®

Managing Director

5080 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309-1695
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Devin J Salinas

Managing Director

2800 28th St Ste 327
Santa Monica, CA 90405-6210
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Mitchell C Beer, ChFC®, CLU®

Managing Partner

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