The Kelley Financial Group, winner of ‘Best Places To Work’ from BizCourier, on BusinessBeat tonight at 7:30

Managing Partner Shawn Kelley (left) with The Kelley Financial Group, with Pat Kern of Strategic Employee Benefit Services, a Kelley Financial unit.

The Cincinnati Business Courier recently confirmed what many inside The Kelley Financial Group have known for years:

The Network Office of Northwestern Mutual, in business since 1865, and currently run by Managing Partner Shawn Kelley, is one of the best places to work in Greater Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Business Courier officially named The Kelley Financial Group a first-time winner in the medium-sized company category in its “Best Places to Work” program. The Kelley Financial Group joins an elite list of companies who have been named winners.

Courier Publisher Bolton, left, with Shawn Kelley, taping The Fifth Third BusinessBeat

Mr. Kelley will be featured on the Courier’s TV program, The Fifth Third BusinessBeat, airing on WCET-TV (Ch. 48) at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

“It’s not the first time a company has won the first time it’s entered, but it’s quite rare. We congratulate The Kelley Financial Group on their win, and look forward to having them on-board for many years to come,” said Doug Bolton, Publisher of The Cincinnati Business Courier (

“Winning our ‘Best Places To Work’ competition isn’t easy. The competition is fierce. It’s considered quite the feather in the cap by many businesses in our community, and an affirmation that companies are doing things right,” Bolton said.

The online press release recognizing The Kelley Financial Group, and announcing its appearance on the BusinessBeat program tonight, is here:

The official announcement of the winners, published by The Business Courier, is here:

“This program recognizes the voice of the worker. Winning for the first time – during their first year of engagement – is a clear reflection on the job that Shawn Kelley and his leadership team have accomplished,” Bolton added.

Kelley attributes winning the award to his organization’s longstanding, three-point philosophy on people and operations:

– Find the best people possible;
– Put them in position to win – for themselves, and for the organization;
– Set them free to do what they do best.

“It’s a three-step process. Once we get the absolute best people we can find, we then determine how their individual and professional strengths best fit the organization,” Kelley said.

“Where are they best suited to achieve success? Finally, we want to liberate our people to do what they do best, to empower them, so that they have responsibility for certain tasks,” Kelley continued.

“When it’s done right, our people don’t have to be told specific tasks. They already know how to accomplish the goals and objectives we have set forth,” Kelley added. “That’s what produces a happy and productive workforce, a workforce fully educated in our game plan.”

While unemployment remains high across the country, Northwestern Mutual network offices have been recruiting and training new financial representatives at a fast pace.

Over three years (2009 to 2011), The Kelley Financial Group is seeking to recruit 100 financial representatives, part of a nationwide initiative to recruit thousands of Northwestern Mutual financial representatives.

Rookwood Tower - Norwood - Greater Cincinnati HQ of The Kelley Financial Group

Known as “The Bible of Business News” in the Queen City, The Cincinnati Business Courier is a weekly must-read, chronicling the diversity of industries in the Tri-State regionsouthwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana – since 1984.

Its “Best Places to Work” program is amongst the most popular in the corporate arena of Greater Cincinnati.

The representatives for The Kelley Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual ( provide Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Annuities and Long-Term Care Insurance, as well as an array of investment products to help clients protect their financial futures.

In addition, some representatives are licensed to provide a variety of related products, which can help solve personal, retirement, estate and business needs.

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – the industry leader in total individual life insurance, long-term care insurance, and disability insurance dividends paid to participating policyowners – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years.

Though dividends are not guaranteed, are reviewed annually and are subject to change, the company has paid life insurance dividends every year since 1872. As a mutual company with over $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual seeks to share, as appropriate, its gains with policyowners and deliver consistent and dependable value to clients over time.

Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

So ….

Look for Shawn Kelley of The Kelley Financial Group on WCET tonight …. and here’s a sneak peek at the taping segment, from earlier this week at The Cincinnati Business Courier TV studios:

Here’s the official press release from The Kelley Financial Group, announcing the win:

Press Release from The Kelley Financial Group - Best Places To Work

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