My Team

As a Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual, I am committed to helping my clients whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. I don't do it alone. Here you will find a listing of the people who help make it happen.

Together, we stand committed to providing the best customer service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.


Carol Thomas

Associate Financial Representative
Office 704-365-2014

Carol joined Northwestern Mutual as a member of John McLaughlin's team in 2006.  She is currently licensed for Life, Health and Long Term Care Insurance in the State of NC as an Associate Financial Representative. Carol also holds her Series 6 and Series 63 securities licenses.

Carol is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and can also assist with planning, providing insurance solutions, scheduling appointments and facilitating the underwriting process in addition to providing assistance with the securities portion of the practice.


Thomas T Lawson, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

Office 704-365-2014

Thomas began working with John McLaughlin in 2018.  He began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2014 after spending a year as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Thomas specializes in helping John's clients align their current financial picture with their future financial goals by designing a comprehensive and fully customized financial planning analysis. His analysis incorporates the complexity of issues faced by successful individuals and integrates investment and insurance solutions to efficiently and consistently meet the financial security needs of John's clients.  Thomas holds his Series 7, Series 66, Series 9, and Series 10, and insurance licenses for Life and Health insurance as well as his CLU® designation. Thomas graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007.


Brenna C Sullivan

Office 704-365-2014

Brenna is originally from Cape Coral, FL, relocating to Charlotte in 2008. She began her financial career in 2017 after graduating from UNC Charlotte. She holds her Series 7, Series 63, Life, Health and Long Term Care licenses. Brenna enjoys traveling, playing tennis, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Ricky Downs Nelson

Office 704-365-2014

Ricky is the newest Financial Planning Associate on John's team.  Before NM, Ricky was a personal investor for Vanguard.  He is Series 7 and 63 licensed.  Ricky grew up in Atlanta, Georgia as the youngest of four with three older sisters. Ricky went on to Wake Forest University where he majored in Business Enterprise Management and minored in Communication and Global Trade & Commerce. At Wake Forest, Ricky was the President of the Catholic Community, participated in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and worked as a group fitness trainer. He enjoys water sports of any kind, watching his favorite Atlanta professional sports teams, and traveling with friends and family whenever possible.



John R McLaughlin Jr, CFP®, RICP®, CLU®, CLTC®, ChFC®
Wealth Management Advisor

McLaughlin Financial Services


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