Mike Lankford began his career with Northwestern Mutual's nationally honored, Top 10 Internship1 as a Financial Representative Intern in 2007. He spent three years learning how to build financial plans; while also doing his due diligence to interview at other industry leading companies. Ultimately, the time and attention that Northwestern Mutual focused on the client relationship and client experience is what led Mike to join the firm. Lankford once stated, "I wanted to represent a company who has values that align with mine. My team and I focus on our clients first. It gives great confidence to know that Northwestern Mutual does the same."

Mike Lankford has been recognized as a Top 10 Financial Advisor in his agency for 8 consecutive years (2012-2019). In 2012, 2014, 2018, and 2019 he was the #1 Advisor within the agency of over 100 Financial Advisors. For 5 consecutive years (2015-2019), Mike earned membership into the elite "Forum Group" of Northwestern Mutual. This Group represents the top 5% of advisors out of Northwestern Mutual's 8,000+ advisors. In 2018 and 2019, Mike was recognized at a Top 5 Advisor in the Central Region of Northwestern Mutual of over 2,500 advisors.

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Years of Experience

Representing Northwestern Mutual since 2007.


Degree Major Institution
Bachelor of Arts Risk Management Illinois Wesleyan University

Awards and Recognition


National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Quality Award 2012-2014

Award recognizing commitment to excellence in service to clients and industry


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