Jim joined Northwestern Mutual in January of 1991 and was named Rookie of the Year. Within two years he was a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. In 1995, Jim was the youngest Advisor to qualify for Northwestern Mutual's Recognition Dinner, which was held for the Top 150 Advisors in the country.

Jim is a founding member of the Northwestern Mutual Forum, which began in 1998 to recognize the NM Advisors who have reached the highest level of productivity and excellence.  He is only one of 20 who have continued to qualify every year since its inception.

Jim has achieved the Firm's Top 20 status three times, and is a perennial leader in the Southern Region.  Jim has won the Master Achievement Award nine times, and has also won the Financial Security Award.   Jim currently sits at #14 in Northwestern Mutual production and has recently surpassed the $1 Billon mark in life insurance death benefit inforce.  Jim has served as a Board Member to Northwestern Mutual's Financial Representative Association.

Jim was named the Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual – Chesterfield April 1, 2014. Under his leadership, the NM- Chesterfield team works to select and develop the next generation of the most productive Northwestern Mutual Advisors in the country.

Mission Statement

 As a Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor, Jim Zara's mission is to reflect the trust, honesty and integrity that are inherent to The Network.

Jim is committed to helping each of his clients build strong financial solutions that are tailored to their particular needs and goals.

In this section, you will find information on Jim Zara's professional and personal background, along with testimonials from some of Jim's current clients.


Jim has earned the designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®).

Jim's specialty is working with business executives and physicians. If you are a physician or a business executive looking for insights into how to improve your insurance or investment programs, Jim Zara is a great choice.

Associations and Memberships

Jim Zara is a member of the St. Louis Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

The Zara Group

James A Zara, CLU®, ChFC®
Wealth Management Advisor

The Zara Group


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