Northwestern Mutual’s Shawn Phelps named to AU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

04/29/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio – Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor Shawn Phelps has been named to the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Phelps earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) and Master of Business Administration degree (summa cum laude) from Ashland in 1997, then went on to complete an additional master’s in trusts and estate planning from Bowling Green State University.

After beginning his career in banking, Phelps joined Northwestern Mutual in 2010, and has consistently ranked among the leading advisors in the country. He and his team offer wealth management services with personalized planning, insurance products and investment strategies and specialize in designing unique solutions for business owners, retirees and high-net-worth families.

Phelps has served on the College of Business and Economics (COBE) Business Advisory Council since 2017, providing advice and support to the dean in order to help the college achieve its forward-moving goals and ensure there’s an Accent on the Individual. The council builds and sustains a strong foundation for the collaboration and communication between the business community and the college.

“Shawn Phelps is a business leader with a strong ethic of giving back. He used the fundamentals he learned at Ashland to build his business, and he is a role model for Ashland students and alumni on how to successfully follow your dream,” said COBE Dean Dr. Elad Granot. “He is a proud double alumnus of the university, and we continue to bask in the glow of his accomplishments.”


Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.eduvalues the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.###