I take customer service very seriously. So does my staff. Together, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of our clients.

If you need to schedule an appointment, make changes to your policy, submit a claim or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.

Scott McKnight

Scott McKnight, CFP®

Financial Advisor
Office 205-444-5020

Scott became a part of the Ben Short Team in November 2018 as a Financial Advisor. He helps people by creating a specific game-plan for each one of our clients. Whether they are getting their financial house in order or thinking about how to de-construct it in retirement, Scott will walk you through every step of the way. Scott enjoys working for Ben and Northwestern Mutual because they put the client first. "In an industry that can be so transactional, Ben is passionate about relationships, service, and people...Ben cannot be out-worked." As a Financial Advisor, Scott values are faith, integrity, service, and growth. Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, playing basketball, and watching Auburn sports.

How can Scott Help you?

  • Help educate our clients around their investments and what is available to them through the Northwestern Mutual Platform.
  • Builds financial plans that help our clients wrap their arms around where they are and how to get to where they want to be.
  • Uses Northwestern Mutual’s latest technology to make sure our clients know what may help them.
Jessica L Bradford

Jessica L Bradford

Director of Operations
Office 205-444-5020

Jessica joined Ben's team in July of 2017 and manages the underwriting for insurance applications and various Client requests. She enjoys working for Ben because the impact our team has on the families that work with us will benefit them with their present needs, as well as years down the road. Ben is honest and respectable because he truly lives by his motto: "Love People- Serve People." Structure, integrity, and accountability are concepts that drive Jessica on her day-to-day activies. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

How Can Jessica Help You?

  • Guide clients through the Underwriting process
  • Update client information
  • Faciliate Client Requests
    • Loan Processing/Repayments
    • Policy Changes
    • Ownership/Beneficiary Updates
    • Policy Assignments
    • Claims
  • Provide information on active/inforce products
Stacy E Shadrick

Stacy E Shadrick

Client Coordinator
Office 205-835-9755

Stacy Shadrick, originally from Dallas, Texas, is a 1992 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in Fashion.  Stacy joined Northwestern Mutual in 2015.  She is happy to assist you with any scheduling needs.  Stacy is married to Jeff and has two daughters, Riley and Payton

Tammy O Short

Tammy O Short

Office 205-444-5020


Patrick P Schmitt Jr

Patrick P Schmitt Jr

Office 205-271-7000

Patrick grew up on the Mississipi Gulf Coast and now lives in Mobile, AL, with his wife, Samantha, and thier son, (who happens to be a dog) Thor.  He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Accounting and shortly worked in the public accounting field before spending the last ten years wtih Northwestern Mutual.  Patrick holds his Series 7 and 66 registrations, as well as, his Alabama Life and Health Insurance license.  Patrick works daily with Bento individually tailor financial plans and investment solutions for her clients.  In his free time, Patrick loves to spend time outdoors cooking, fishing, and golfing. 


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