Management Team

 Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Managing Partner
Office 602-808-3400

Ben Miller, CLU®, ChFC®  was appointed the new Managing Partner of the Northwestern Mutual – Southwest which now includes offices in Phoenix, AZ,  Tucson, AZ,  Albuquerque, NM, Las Cruces, NM, Santa Fe, NM and El Paso, TX as of September 2010.

Ben has established himself as a dedicated leader throughout his Northwestern Mutual career.  Prior to his appointment, he was a very successful Managing Director in Colorado, where his award-winning organization consistently exceeded recruitment and development targets.

A graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agricultural Business, Ben joined Northwestern Mutual in 1995.  He quickly became one of the company’s premier financial representatives, earning many top level awards in the company and in the industry.

In his spare time, Ben is a NCAA Division 1 wrestling referee.  He also enjoys golfing and piloting a private plane.

 Michael Strati

Michael Strati

Chief Development Officer
Office 602-808-3400

Mike has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2007. He started as the Director of Development and was moved into the Chief Development Officer role when New Mexico/El Paso merged with Arizona in 2010.

He is responsible for “The CORE FOUR” which includes Recruiting and Selection, Leadership Development, College Financial Representative Programs, and Business Development specific to Financial Representatives in their first 5 years.

Mike is currently participating in the “Leadership Next” program run by Northwestern Mutual’s home office, which identifies and grows young leaders throughout the country, and he also participates in Northwestern Mutual Diversity and Inclusion initiative to help grow our ability to serve communities and people across the country which were previously underserved.. Mike is the President Elect as well as the Membership Committee Chair for National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Phoenix Chapter.

He graduated from the University of New Mexico where he was recognized as an All-American soccer player, and currently sits on the University of New Mexico Anderson Alumni Council Board.


Mike is originally from Albuquerque, NM and is married to Jennifer. They have 3 children who range in age from 8-13. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching any sport his kids are playing and reading.

His mission statement is “Helping people reach their full potential, beyond their expectations” and this drives him to continually search for areas to improve and working to build a legacy with Northwestern Mutual – Southwest.

 Joe Morris

Joe Morris, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Recruiting Field Director
Office 480-722-7700

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Joe is a graduate of the College of Business and Management at Saginaw Valley State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance. Prior to graduating, Joe joined the internship program with Northwestern Mutual in 2003 and started his practice in Troy, Michigan.

Joe Morris is now a Financial Advisor with the Northwestern Mutual's Chandler, AZ office.  He helps his clients reach their goals pertaining to financial security, specializing in business and estate analysis, investments, insurance and corporate benefits.

 Leslie Howard Patterson Jr

Leslie Howard Patterson Jr, CLU®, ChFC®

District Director
Office 602-808-3444

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Lee Patterson was born and raised in Queens, New York and now resides in Goodyear, Arizona with his wife and 3 children. In his free time, Lee Patterson enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, cooking, playing, coaching and watching football. But above all, he loves spending time with his family. Lee is always looking for his next challenge to overcome. He is constantly setting goals for himself and working towards reaching them. After 4 years of playing collegiate football Lee wanted a career that would allow him to be rewarded according to how hard he worked and that would also allow him to have an impact on the lives of people in his community.

 Steven A Trujillo

Steven A Trujillo, CLU®

Managing Director
Office 505-880-9600
Fax 505-880-9606

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