Benjamin Paul Richard, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Representative

My Team

When you became my client, you placed your trust in me to help make your vision a reality. I honor that trust with the help of my dedicated support staff. Together, we make a strong commitment to client service. If at any time you have a question, concern or need, please let us know.


Molli A Thibodeaux

Director of Investments and Operations
Office 337-233-3663

Molli Thibodeaux has been with the Northwestern Mutual - Lafayette Office since 2017. She grew up in Marksville, Louisiana, and graduated from the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts in 2011. Her undergraduate degree of Science in Biology was obtained from Louisiana State University of Alexandria in 2015, after which she moved to Lafayette to pursue higher education. Molli graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Master of Business Administration in 2017. Since starting her career with Northwestern Mutual, she has passed her Series 103, Series 6, and Series 63, progressing from Financial Representative Assistant to Director of Investments and Operations.


In her spare time, Molli can be found training her horse in dressage, playing beach volleyball, or working out. She is an avid traveler and goes on adventures both in and out the country, bringing her dogs with her when possible.


Krissa A Smith

Director of Insurance Operations and Services
Office 337-233-3663

Krissa A. Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2018 and has since passed the Series 103 to become an associate agent.  Her current position, in our office, is Director of Insurance Operations and Services.  


Before transitioning to a career in finance, Krissa was a high school art teacher and home educator.  She is a wife, mother and artist. Born and raised in South Louisiana, she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking Cajun food. Her love for the natural beauty of Louisiana can be found in many of her paintings and art.


Avery C Landeche

Office 337-233-3663

Avery Landeche began working at Northwestern Mutual in April of 2019. She grew up in Slidell, Louisiana where she graduated from Northshore Highschool in 2018. She currently lives in Lafayette and is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her major is accounting, with an expected graduateion date of May 2022. After graduating, she hopes to obtain her CMA certification.


Avery loves to sing, dance, and cook, and when she is not at work or studying, you can usually find her spending time with her friends.


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