Our Team

Gary Taylor and his team are committed to helping their clients, whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. Providing quality service is one of those commitments.

Our team stands committed to providing you with the best service possible.


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Michael T Joyce, CFP®, RICP, CLU, ChSNC

Michael Joyce moved to Charlottesville after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Gary’s team he worked in the healthcare industry. Michael is securities licensed as well as fully licensed in life, health, long-term care insurance and annuities. Michael and his wife, Mallory, enjoy traveling, visiting wineries and engaging with the Charlottesville art community.

Michael specializes in preparing and updating financial plans, creating and reviewing portfolios, providing investment and insurance guidance, and consulting with businesses on benefits and planning.

Michael T Joyce is an Associate Insurance Agent of NM. Registered Representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (securities), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC. Representative of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company®, Milwaukee, WI (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), a subsidiary of NM and federal savings bank.


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Samuel H Duerson III, CFP®, CLTC


Office 434-485-8702

Tripp grew up in Lynchburg, VA and graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1986 with a BA in History. While at VMI, Tripp lettered in lacrosse for three seasons. Tripp has two daughters, Tyler and Sarah Gordon. In his spare time, Tripp enjoys playing golf, grouse hunting, playing the guitar, cooking, and spending time with his daughters.

Tripp works in the Lynchburg, Virginia Northwestern Mutual office and specializes in developing and presenting financial plans, providing investment guidance, and processing securities orders.

Samuel H Duerson III is an Associate Insurance Agent of NM. Registered Representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (securities), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC. Representative of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company®, Milwaukee, WI (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), a subsidiary of NM and federal savings bank.

Ashley W Ward

Ashley W Ward

Client Relations Manager

Ashley Ward spent the majority of her life in Atlanta, Georgia until recently moving to Charlottesville, VA in the fall of 2020. Ashley went to the University of Georgia to study dance which eventually lead to an opportunity for her to live out her dreams of performing and living in New York City for a few years. Prior to joining Gary’s team, Ashley was the Director of Events & Programs at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce where she ran Leadership Cobb, a community leadership program.

Ashley and her husband David consider themselves to be “big city” people, but are learning to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah Valley as they explore all of the local wineries and breweries with their dog Bruster.

Kari K Taylor

Kari K Taylor

Investment Operations

Kari Taylor was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Kari has been a member of the Northwestern Mutual family her entire life as her father, Gary Taylor, started his career with Northwestern Mutual before her birth.  Professionally, Kari started with Northwestern Mutual in February of 2012 as the Office and Contracting/Licensing Coordinator.  Kari lives in the city of Charlottesville, but enjoys spending time in Urbanna, Virginia with her family, friends, and black lab, Rio.

Kari is the primary contact for all college savings, 401(k), simple plans, and annuity account questions. She can also assist you with investment account questions, execution of security orders.

Craig J Huff

Craig J Huff

Research Analyst

Craig is a new addition to the Taylor Associates team and is joining as our investment analyst. Craig holds an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, in addition, he is a Level II CFA Candidate. Craig has spent most of his life in Michigan and is new to Virginia (but is loving it thus far) and is eager to get involved in the Charlottesville community.

On a more personal level, Craig enjoys anything that involves moving. For example, he and his father drag race a pair of 210 HP, Kawasaki ZX14r, motorcycles at different racetracks around the country. Additionally, being that he is a proponent of health and fitness, in 2019, he ran a 31.5-mile ultra-marathon for charity.  


Sheryl M Myers

Sheryl M Myers

Office Coordinator

Sheryl Savoie grew up in Howard County, Maryland.  She raised 4 children and was an avid volunteer in the community before joining Northwestern Mutual in 2016. 

Sheryl lives outside of Charlottesville and enjoys watching her youngest son play football for a local high school, visiting wineries and being outdoors.

Courtney L Wideman

Courtney L Wideman

Executive Assistant

Courtney Wideman grew up in Wichita, Kansas and spent the majority of her life in the Midwest until moving to Virginia in 2010.  She went to Kansas State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  Courtney started her career with Northwestern Mutual in August of 2012. Courtney resides in Charlottesville with her husband and daughter.  She enjoys going to UVA basketball games, running, and being with her family.

Courtney can help with life, disability, and long-term care quotes, general policy and billing information, and policy values. She also assists with scheduling. 

Katherine M Prince

Katherine M Prince

Director of Selection
Office 434-817-1060

Katherine grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating, she spent close to three years in East Asia developing English language programs in youth centers and schools. As the Director of Selection, Katherine helps members of the Charlottesville community start their careers at Northwestern Mutual. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob and their border collie, Cricket.


Gary W Taylor, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®
Wealth Management Advisor

Taylor Associates


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