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Northwestern Mutual Celebrates at Rupp Arena




Our financial representatives and clients, 180 strong, enjoyed an afternoon at Rupp Arena, home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  Guests had the chance to shoot baskets on the court, visit the refurbished locker room and visit with Coach John Calipari.  Over lunch, Coach Calipari discussed the progress of the current team, the project to refurbish the locker room and the partnership with Northwestern Mutual that helped make it happen.  Northwestern Mutual purchased the court from New Orleans on which the Wildcats won the men’s NCAA® basketball championship in 2012.  Northwestern Mutual donated sections of the floor to UK that now serve as the floor of the locker room in Rupp Arena.  Other sections of the floor were then converted into souvenir pieces, signed by Coach Calipari, and sold to the public to raise money to support pediatric cancer research and care at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Hospital.  Coach Calipari also used souvenir pieces to raise funds for the charities supported by his foundation.


UK Coach John Calipari Helps Cut the Ribbon on Northwestern Mutual's New Office in Lexington

Pictured: Elizabeth Schnabel, Bob Quick -President and CEO of Commerce Lexington, Ken Sagan - Chairman of Stites & Harbison,PLLC, Coach John Calipari, Christian Schnabel - Managing Director for NM Lexington, Jim Gray - Mayor of Lexington, Dan Rivers - Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual, KY and So Indiana region and Mary Rivers.



Head Coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team, John Calipari, joined Commerce Lexington board members and other city officials to officially cut the ribbon on the new Northwestern Mutual office, in Lexington. The new office space is located in downtown Lexington, just above the Commerce Lexington offices.

Coach Calipari spoke to the Commerce Lexington board members and Northwestern Mutual guests about his relationship with Northwestern Mutual on and off the court. He acknowledged the company’s ongoing partnership as an NCAA® Corporate Partner and thanked Managing Partner Dan Rivers, and Managing Director Christian Schanbel for spearheading the effort to raise over $200,000 for pediatric cancer research in Kentucky through the 2012 NCAA® Final Four® Floor auction.

Following the board meeting, all in attendance were invited to the official ribbon-cutting and to tour the new Northwestern Mutual office space, in Lexington. Commerce Lexington Board Chair, Ken Sagan, and Chair Elect, Herb Miller, expressed their enthusiasm for having Northwestern Mutual in Lexington as new neighbors in the building.

Coach Calipari also took time to personally autograph the walls of the two conference rooms in the office space, which have been constructed from the 2012 NCAA® Final Four® floor on which the University of Kentucky won the NCAA® championship. Both conference rooms display photos from the 2012 University of Kentucky team as players raised the championship trophy in celebration.

Northwestern Mutual's, in Lexington, office space is located on the 3rd floor at 330 E. Main Street. More information can be found at

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