“Joe has a sincere interest in meeting his client’s goal and objectives. He takes the time to listen to what those goals and objectives are and is open to constructive feedback to ensure the financial plan designed is in tune with them”

- John Roberts, Attorney

“I have known Joe for almost a year. He is very knowledgeable with different policies and was able to recommend the correct policy to suit our needs. He is able to grasp each client need with uncanny precision and analyze them clearly. He is always prompt to our questions and provides all the necessary information in an easy format to understand. I enjoyed working with him.”

- Dr. Ramadevi Paruchuri 

“I selected Joe Smith as my financial advisor for the following reasons; I liked his experience and knowledge of various investment opportunities, he is young enough to remain my advisor for a number of years, and he can clearly explain his recommendations as well as alternatives that fit my circumstances.”

- Lee Gardner, Retired Director of International Marketing 

 “I met Joe in the fall of 2007 after a friend suggested that I speak to him about my financial planning needs. Quite frankly, I thought I was all set before I met him, but I decided to meet with him as a courtesy. Wow.... a few months after our initial meeting, I realized it was a life changing event. I was a young, successful recently divorced mother of twin boys. Joe suggested financial planning products and strategies that would be useful for me at the time, and products/services that would be beneficial for my family in the future. He wasn't pushy, but was quite tenacious and persistent in explaining why certain products were necessary for my security. Joe is incredibly ethical and honest. He candidly advised me that some products were not necessary or beneficial to my financial goals. His integrity instilled my complete confidence in him, as he put my interests ahead of his own. All I can say is thank goodness Joe didn't give up on me. A month after our initial meeting, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was a life-changing and potentially financially devastating diagnosis. However, because of Joe's skill and knowledge I had a financial plan in place which allowed me and my family to remain financially intact. I can't thank Joe enough for all of his help, his kindness and most importantly his financial planning acumen. I am forever grateful! I highly recommend Joe to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and ethical financial advisor. He truly is the best!!”

- Stephanie Bass, Attorney


The testimonials presented may not be representative of the experience of other clients and are not a guarantee of future performance or success. The testimonials presented do not relate to any investment advisory programs or services that are provided by Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) or a financial advisor of NMIS. The advisor is not a financial advisor of NMIS.

Joseph M. Smith, CFP®, CLU®
Wealth Management Advisor

Catalyst Planning Partners


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