Northwestern Mutual Bender Financial Group plans to move its main office from Westport to Stamford and re-brand as Northwestern Mutual-Stamford.

Approximately 35 financial representatives, 25 associate financial representatives and 15 staff members will make the move from 285 Riverside Ave. to Stamford, the company said. The representatives are independent contractors, not employees.

About 25 financial representatives, 15 associate financial representatives and five staff members will stay in a district office in Westport. That location has not yet been determined.

Northwestern Mutual will occupy 18,000 square feet in the new location at 400 Atlantic St. in Stamford, according to J. Philip Bender, the company's managing partner. The Riverside Avenue location has 11,500 square feet.

"The move will make it easier to service our customers because of Stamford's presence as the business hub of Fairfield County, as well as its proximity to the train station," Bender said.

"We are very excited to be a part of the energy and growth in Stamford," he added.

Northwestern Mutual-Stamford will have three district offices moving forward: Northwestern Mutual-Fairfield, Northwestern Mutual-Wilton, and one in Westport. It has 104 full-time financial representatives.

The office is looking to expand and recruit 50 financial representative and 50 interns in 2014 to help keep pace with the continuing trend of consumer demand for financial guidance and planning. This move is key in helping achieve these goals, according to the company.

Northwestern Mutual is looking to recruit 5,500 representatives and interns in 2013 alone.