As a Wealth Management Advisor, Gary has a passion for helping his clients build a bridge between their current financial lives and the lives they dream of by taking clients through a holistic financial planning process.  Gary has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2008 starting in their Philadelphia office. In 2012, Gary was appointed Managing Director of the Mount Laurel, NJ office from 2012-2018.  In his time with Northwestern Mutual, Gary was named Rookie of The Year in 2008.  Gary has earned membership to the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) (2015, 2017 - 2019) - an independent association for the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals.  Gary has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®).  Gary is also proud to have been named as one of the Top 20 Business Leaders Under the age of 40 by South Jersey Biz Magazine in 2013, and one of the Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40 by SJ Business People in 2015. 

Gary truly loves his role as a player/coach as it allows him to introduce this great career to others, help them grow both professionally and personally, all while building their practices.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Gary worked for 5+ years at Ryan Homes where he began his career in 2003 after graduating #1 in the finance department at East Carolina University.  At Ryan Homes Gary started as a Supervisor and was quickly promoted to Project Manager.  Gary spent a short time in land acquisitions before going back into the field as a Sales and Marketing Representative as well as a licensed real estate agent. 

Awards and Recognition


Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member 2015, 2017-2021

MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals. MDRT status designation is granted for one year and members must apply every year to continue their affiliation with the MDRT


National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Quality Award 2011-2016, 2018

Award recognizing commitment to excellence in service to clients and industry


National Sales Achievement Award 2010

Award recognizing performance

Gary M. Shickora

Gary M. Shickora, CLU®

Wealth Management Advisor


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