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.

 Christopher J Pownall

Christopher J Pownall

Managing Director
Office 239-676-2336
Mobile 719-482-4735

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Chris Pownall is the first one to the battlefield every single day. Why? Well, he is on a mission that can’t wait -- make Northwestern Mutual’s South Florida Group a top financial planning firm in the nation.

It’s a dream he doesn’t take lightly and one that he fully plans to achieve. Because of this, Chris lives a simple and deliberate life -- wake up, workout, punch in a shift, go home, spend time with family. Repeat.

As one of Northwestern Mutual’s Managing Directors, Chris is constantly working to uphold and even exceed his national reputation for excellence.

He has signed over 50 new financial advisors and has coached each of them closely as they have launched their careers -- many of which have gone on to have impressive and fulfilling legacies in the financial industry.

His coaching style is straightforward -- put first things first, second things never. In other words, focus on the one thing you need to do every single day to kill it in the workplace, and hammer away at that one thing until you become a master at your craft.

Chris’s drive and ornate ability to coach big time talent has landed him countless awards.

 Tony Toska

Tony Toska, J.D., LL.M.

Field Director
Mobile 239-821-4088
Office 239-676-2300

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Tony grew up in Albania South Europe and immigrated to United States at the age of 13. He attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law for his JSM/LLM degree in Taxation and Estate Planning.   He was co-author of "What is FACTA" international Tax and Treaty school Law Review Book at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Also, he is the BNI Ambassador for SouthWest Florida Region. Current member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Law Student Division (LSD). Member of The National Autism Association. Member of NAA, and over the years has been a youth coach for the Naples and Marco Island Optimist Clubs. Tony is married to Gerta and has a son Tony Jr 12 years old. Tony is a great dad and an avid golfer.

 Kyle Lewis Terzak

Kyle Lewis Terzak, B.S.

College Unit Director
Office 239-676-2328
Mobile 239-634-8044

Kyle was born and raised in the sunshine state. He has been with his wife, Tiffany, for 5 years and have recently welcomed their first baby into their family! They plan to welcome one more in due time. Kyle also enjoys traveling, exercising, reading and sports (Go Steelers and Pens!)

Kyle's focus is on holistic planning centered around each individual client's unique goals and objectives. Kyle's mission is to be a financial advocate for his clients. He wants to provide value and an impact in ALL areas of financial planning. Kyle & his team continually help clients understand their unique situation to uncover their deepest risks and guide clients to strategically accumulate wealth, tax-efficiently with a purpose.

 Southida Palmer

Southida Palmer

Director of Recruitment and Selection
Office 239-676-2337

Southida joined Northwestern Mutual in March 2016. She comes to Northwestern Mutual with over 10 years of HR/Recruiting experience. Originally from Seattle, Washington she found her new home with her family here in Southwest Florida.


Gayle L Gotz

Office Manager
Mobile 586-215-8477

Gayle moved to SWFL in 2014. She is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan where her immediate family still resides.  She has 12 years of working at Northwestern Mutual in various capacities - 15 years in the industry.  She worked for NM for the first 3 years of her career, left for the next 3 years to work with a competitor, and couldn’t wait to get back to NM where she has put in her last 9 years because of the passion she has for its culture, its products and its integrity. Northwestern Mutual is her work home, and she is proud to be a member of its community. In Gayles own words - "I could never work for anyone else!"

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