My Team

As a Financial Representative for the Knoxville office of Northwestern Mutual, I am committed to helping my clients whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. I don't do it alone. Here you will find a listing of the people who help make it happen.

Together, we stand committed to providing the best customer service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.

Kimberly K. Henry

Kimberly K. Henry

Associate Financial Advisor
Office 865-251-5122
Mobile 865-604-2647

Director of Business Development

Kimberly joined Jim’s practice in November of 2013, after having worked as a Knoxville Financial Representative from 2012 until then. Her responsibilities include being a main point of contact for clients to address any questions or needs, overall office and business administration and management, team workflow coordinator, human resource management for the practice, communications liaison with business associates and vendors, and special events coordination. 

Kimberly graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Statistics) from the University of Tennessee then pursued a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UT. She had an 18+ year career in Urban Planning and Property Development before joining Northwestern Mutual. She is an Associate Financial Advisor and holds the Series 6 and 63 securities registrations, as well as the Tennessee life/health, long-term care, and variable insurance licenses. 

Kim enjoys volunteering with various organizations including Friends of Literacy, the Knoxville Opera Board and Guild, Dogwood Arts, City People, and Knox Heritage. Kim was appointed by the Mayor of Knoville to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Downtown Design Review Board, on which she served as Chair for 5 years, and most recently to the Wrecker Commission. She lives in Downtown Knoxville.

Christopher Tyler Cates

Christopher Tyler Cates

Associate Financial Advisor
Office 865-251-5137

Director of Investment Operations

Chris began his career with Northwestern Mutual in Knoxville in 2012 as a Financial Representative. In 2014, Chris transitioned to a position that focuses on investment analysis. He works with Mark and Jim, as well as with two Wealth Management Advisors. Chris is an Associate Wealth Management Advisor and holds the Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, as well as the Tennessee life/health, long-term care, and variable insurance licenses. 

Chris has a comprehensive understanding of the operational aspects of investing and focuses on the technical side of financial services. He helps to create plans for asset allocation, as well as prepares reports for client meetings. Chris has broad professional experience and extensive knowledge in all aspects of investment business processing.

Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Chris was  on the UT football team while earning his degree. Chris and his wife Kate live in Knoxville.

Brittany M Barron

Brittany M Barron

Associate Financial Advisor
Office 865-251-5112

Financial Assistant

Brittany has been with the Knoxville office of Northwestern Mutual since 2011. She has worked with a number of Financial Representatives and was the new rep coordinator for the Knoxville office.

Her current responsibilities include creating and maintaining financial plans, coordination of insurance planning, review and analysis of our client’s plans and accounts, and overall oversight of the organization of items for client review meetings. 

Brittany graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is an Associate Financial Advisor and holds the Series 6, 63, and 65 securities registration, as well as the Tennessee life/health and variable insurance licenses. 

Brittany & her husband Nathan were born & raised in Knoxville. They enjoy spending their time with their son Jackson & traveling. 


Brittny Rhodes

Associate Financial Representative
Office 865-251-5100

Brittny joined Northwestern Mutual in the Spring of 2018, after moving to Knoxville from Illinois.  She has been working in the financial industry since 2014 as an assistant to financial advisors in various roles.  As a member of Jim’s team in addition to two other Wealth Management Advisors, Brittny’s responsibilities include assisting with investment planning and strategy, as well as administrative duties.


Brittny graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations.  She is an Associate Financial Representative and holds her Tennessee life/health insurance licenses.  She is also studying to be securities licensed. 


In her spare time, Brittny likes working out, traveling, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.  She and John were married August 2018. 


Jim LaPinska, CLU®, ChFC®

Wealth Management Advisor


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