Office Profile

Philip started with Northwestern Mutual in 1989 as a college intern in the John Wright agency in Champaign, IL. In both 1990-91 and 1991-92 he was a Top10 intern in the company. He and John Wright II captained the #1 college team in the country (The University of Illinois) in 1990-91. Philip went full time in June of 1992 as a Financial Representative and College Unit Director at the University of Illinois.

In his first year with Northwestern Mutual, Philip was runner-up in the Central Region Bronze Award, runner-up for the company’s Mike Gish award and the runner-up College Unit Director. The following year, he was the Central Region 2nd year leader in the Silver and the runner-up College Unit Director again. Philip was Top 10 in the company in the Bronze, Silver and Gold categories.

In 1997, after 18 months as a Field Director at the age of 26, Philip was appointed Managing Director in Bloomington/Normal, IL. Over the next 7 ½ years, the office tripled in both production and the number of Financial Representatives. Philip won the MD Growth Award every year he was eligible and had the #1 district in college marketing in 1999. He also won the MD Achievement Award in 2002 and was runner-up in 2001 and 2003. In addition, Philip was one of only 5 Managing Directors in the company to win the prestigious OARS (Outstanding Achievement in Recruiting and Sales) award every year he was eligible. He has passed FINRA Series 6, 63, 7, 9, 10, 12, and 24 exams.  While in Bloomington, Philip was on the Regional Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also a past President of the Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (AIAFA) of Bloomington, IL.

In January, 2005, he was appointed Managing Partner in Cincinnati.  At the time of his appointment, Philip was the youngest Managing Partner in the Northwestern Mutual. In his 3 years in Cincinnati the office premium was up almost 90% and RPS Financial Group, Inc. had the 2nd best retention rates in the company. In addition, during the same 3 years, the office grew from 2 Forum members to 8 Forum members and from 13 FR’s writing over $100,000 of premium to 28 FR’s over $100,000 of premium. In 2007 Philip won the MP Achievement Award in his first year eligible.

In his short time in Cincinnati, Philip became very active in the community.   He was a member of both the Queen City Club and the Heritage Club. He was on the Board for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the finance committee.  He was also a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “40 Under 40”as one of the top leaders in Cincinnati under the age of 40. He has been written about in the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Gentleman and Smart Business. In 2006, Philip and his wife Heidi, hosted at their home in Mason the most successful political fundraiser ever in Warren County Ohio for Secretary of State and Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell.

March 1st of 2008, Philip moved to Kansas City to take on the challenge of creating a new organization consisting of two Northwestern Mutual offices that were merged after being separate for over 100 years.  He now oversees an organization consisting of 6 offices, over 140 Financial Representatives and over 300 staff and employees.  In both Cincinnati and Kansas City, RPS Financial Group, Inc. has been a GAMA Master Agency Firm (top 150 firms of its type in the world) each year Philip has been a Managing Partner.   It is also a 100% Manager’s Membership Award office for NAIFA.

Philip has remained active in his 8 years in Kansas City.  He was recognized with the 40 under 40 Award by Ingram’s Magazine, the same award he previously won in Cincinnati.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Athletes in Action (an international sports ministry).  In 2015, he was named one of

50 Kansans You Should Know  by Ingram’s magazine.  He was on the finance committee for KC2016.  Also, he’s a member of the Kansas Angel Investors and has helped finance a number of companies in Kansas City and around the country.  He’s a part-owner of Rebel Pilgrim Productions, a movie production company with offices in Las Vegas and Cincinnati.  He’s been the Executive Producer for 3 films. Hitting the Nuts won Best Picture at both the Cincinnati and Louisville film festivals.   He’s also Executive Producer of A Strange Brand of Happy, which was in theatres in the Fall of 2013, starring Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones; and Hope Bridge (released 2015), starring Kevin Sorbo, (God’s Not Dead and Boo Boo Stewart-X-Men Days of Future Past – Twilight Series).

 

Philip is a 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois and is active in the University of Illinois Loyalty Circle (Platinum) and President’s Council.    In 2013, he made a financial commitment to The University of Illinois to have the men’s locker room at the new State Farm Center named after his Father, Robert Sarnecki, who retired from the university after 30 years as a janitor.  Philip is married to Heidi, and they reside in Overland Park, KS with their two daughters, Emily and Ava, and son Blake.

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Justin L Fuehrmeyer

Managing Director

417-877-8600
909 E Republic Rd
Springfield, MO 65807-6026
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Aaron T Tanner

Managing Director

816-531-6500
2600 Grand Blvd Ste 600
Kansas City, MO 64108-4623
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Jared Taylor Wirsig

Managing Director

816-612-8810
3600 NE Ralph Powell Rd
Lees Summit, MO 64064-2369
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Alex Malcolm Swainsbury

Managing Director

316-265-8139
10500 E Berkeley Sq Pkwy
Wichita, KS 67206-6815
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R Philip Sarnecki

Managing Partner

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