John C Carlos, J.D.

Wealth Management Advisor

My Team

John's philosophy for meeting clients' needs is very simple.  In order to appropriately meet a client's needs, it is necessary to take a team approach.

John has an excellent team at Northwestern Mutual to meet the clients' various needs.  John is fortunate to have Deborah Gardner, Operations Manager,  who assists him in meeting his clients' planning needs.  Below is some information about Deborah.

John also has the good fortune to have other excellent professionals at Northwestern Mutual on his team.  For his business owner clients who have the need to provide benefits to their valued employees, he can draw on the expertise of Kevin Sweeney, who is an Employee Benefits Specialist with Strategic Employee Benefit Services (SEBS).  John often works with business owners who want to provide executive benefits to their top employees.  In addition to John's experience in that area, he also has Tom Helman at Northwestern Mutual who has extensive experience with executive benefits. 

For John's individual clients, he often works with them in wealth management planning including estate planning.  For these needs, he can draw on the expertise of other individuals, particularly, for his clients who need help with wealth management.  John has Ed Gallagher on his team, who extensive experience in financial and wealth management planning.  Tom Helman also has extensive experience in those areas.  If you want to learn more about Ed Gallagher and Tom Helman, we have provided links to their individual websites within Northwestern Mutual.



John's commitment to a team approach goes beyond his team at Northwestern Mutual and includes the other members of each client's team.  The client's team would include their various advisors, such as their lawyers, accountants, bankers, and other advisors.  Many financial institutions believe they can meet all of the clients' needs within their own four walls.  John's philosophy is that the best way to meet those needs is by using best of the breed, which often includes drawing on the expertise of other individuals and other organizations.




Deborah L Gardner

Associate Financial Representative
Office 412-288-2386

Deborah has partnered with John since 2000, she has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Deborah manages all aspects of John's office; including being responsible for organization and operations oversight.  She is responsible for assisting John in developing and fostering relationships with financial representatives, attorneys, advisors and other centers of influence to position John as a valuable resource for his clients in the Business and High Net worth Markets.

In her spare time Deborah is a devoted animal volunteer for, Animal Friends, a no-kill animal shelter in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  She focuses her volunteer efforts with the feral cat community.  She is also an avid reader and Pittsburgh sports fan.

Deborah's responsibilities include:

  • Office Management
  • Marketing projects
  • General Client Management Services



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