Our Team

Our Team

When you become our client, you placed your trust in us to make your vision a reality.  We strive to honor that trust as a team.  Together, we stand committed to providing the best client service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.

Al Garrett

Al Garrett, MSc, RICP®

Director of Investments
Office 256-546-4680

Al joined our team to focus on the investments of our clients.  With engineering degrees from Auburn University and Clemson University, he has learned to focus on the details of a problem.  He brings that same focus and service to our clients.

Al worked in the semiconductor industry for two decades with companies like Conexant, Cisco, and a venture he co-founded.  He was blessed to work with great people and great teams, and is honored to have received several patents for solutions they developed in comm systems. He joined Northwestern in 2020 at the prompting of Taylor Wiggins, convinced that God had provided an opportunity to work in this community.  He enjoys solving problems and building relationships and is excited to apply those energies to help our clients.

While attending Auburn, he met a South Georgia girl that captured his heart.  Barbara Anne and Al married in 1998 after graduating.  They lived in Melbourne, FL for 7 years and moved to Gadsden AL.  They have three wonderful girls, Abby, Julianna, and Brinson.

Al serves as a teacher at MeadowBrook in addition to serving on leadership teams at MeadowBrook Church and Westbrook Christian School.

Heather V Shaw

Heather V Shaw

Director of Insurance Operations
Office 256-456-9970

With over twenty years of experience in investments and insurance, Heather brings unparalleled expertise to our team.  She served for 10 years as a Regional Trainer for the Investment Department at SouthTrust.  From the moment she joined the Wiggins team in 2006, Heather has been an integral part of operations.

Heather works closely with our clients on all insurance applications, billing and account management.  Her level of experience and concern drastically increases our efficiency and service.

In 1998, Heather married Jason Shaw. They’ve raised a family of three wonderful children, Triston, Savannah and Abigayle. 

On weekends, you can find Heather and her family at Kyle Avenue Baptist Church, where they are active members.

Celeste C Back

Celeste C Back

Director of Client Relations
Office 256-456-9994

Celeste Back joined our team in October 2019 after spending several years investing in the lives of college students at a non-profit in New York City.  Originally from Charleston, SC, her journey has carried her to New York and then to our great city in July 2019.

Celeste serves as Director of Client Relations.  She is licensed in Alabama for Life and Health Insurance and is responsible to set up our clients’ online accounts and answer any questions they may have.  To say that Celeste operates in the details is a disservice to her.  She excels in the details, and we all benefit from it.  Her goal is to provide exceptional level of care and support to our clients.

Celeste graduated from Anderson University in South Carolina in 2008 and married her husband, Allen, in 2014. They have one daughter, Meredith.

If you don’t find Allen and Celeste exploring with Meredith, you can find them at First Baptist Church of Gadsden, where they are active members.

Stacy E Shadrick

Stacy E Shadrick

Marketing Assistant
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 responsible for scheduling all appointments.  Stacy is married to Jeff and has two daughters, Riley and Payton.


Taylor L Wiggins

Financial Advisor


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