Strategic Advisors

Through Northwestern Mutual, I have access to a Network of Specialists. We help each other, share ideas and common values, and leverage each other's talents to help you achieve your personal dream of financial security.

Benjamin Phelps, J.D., CFP<sup>®</sup>

Benjamin Phelps, J.D., CFP®

Financial Advisor

Ben is a Financial Advisor and joined the firm in 2016. Prior to beginning his career as an advisor, Ben spent 10 years as a lawyer representing banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions in complex commercial litigation. He applies his analytical approach across all aspects of plan creation and implementation, including investments and risk management to ensure our clients attain financial security for their families and businesses.

In addition to his juris doctorate, Ben holds his Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses, and is licensed in 18 states to serve as a trusted advisor to clients across the country and internationally.

He is a graduate of Occidental College with a degree in Economics and obtained his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2006.

Ben resides in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with his wife, Ashley, and their two kids, Nate and Abby. When not in the office, Ben enjoys coaching youth sports for his kids, being at the beach, golfing, cheering on the Los Angeles Kings, and traveling.

David P Rasak, CFP<sup>®</sup>, CLU<sup>®</sup>, ChFC<sup>®</sup>, RICP<sup>®</sup>

David P Rasak, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®

Financial Advisor

Dave Rasak is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP) professional, and began his career with Northwestern Mutual in Los Angeles in 2012.   Dave specializes in the legal, commercial real estate and medical communities advising on investment, retirement and creative tax planning strategies.   He prides himself on creating meaningful connections with his clients that evolve into long-lasting relationships that strengthen over time.   Dave’s in-depth experience in the non-qualified planning space allows him to craft tax-efficient solutions for his clients while focusing on helping them plan for life’s unique challenges.

In addition to his CFP, Dave holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Charted Life Underwriter (CLU) and Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designations from the American College of Financial Services.  Demonstrating subject matter expertise in comprehensive financial planning, risk management and retirement income distribution planning.  Dave also holds his Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 securities licenses

Dave is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication.

Dave splits time between Los Angeles and Honolulu enjoying the incredible beaches, impressive restaurants and thriving culture that Southern California and Oahu provide.

Michael A Waxberg

Michael A Waxberg, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, RICP®

Financial Representative


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