ASBO International Strategic Partner
Voya Financial, Inc. (VOYA), is a premier retirement, investment and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible—one person, one family, one institution at a time—Voya's vision is to be America's Retirement Company™. A Fortune 500 company, Voya is committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible—Voya has been recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, by the Ethisphere Institute, and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com or view the company's 2014 annual report.
Voya® is proud to support the school business profession as an ASBO International Strategic Partner and, for nearly a decade, as the exclusive sponsor of the Meritorious Budget Award and Pathway to the MBA.
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Face to Face with Ketul Thaker, Voya Financial
As a school business official, you’re on the lookout for ways to save money for your district, and the same holds true for your personal finances. Saving for retirement is an important long-term commitment, and Voya Financial® is an excellent partner to have in your corner.
Voya Financial®, formerly ING U.S., is a premier retirement, investment, and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States.
Ketul Thaker serves as vice president of consultant and industry relations for Voya®. He began at the firm in 2006, and his role has evolved over time, but his history with the company’s predecessor (Aetna) goes back two decades, when he worked part-time in operations while attending college. “The overall idea of savings is part of my fabric,” says Ketul, who credits his parents with ingraining this important concept in him at an early age. “I started saving for retirement at age 17, so helping people on their journey towards retirement readiness is very important to me.”
He notes that Voya® is committed to delivering on its vision to be America’s Retirement Company® and its mission to make a secure financial future possible—one person, one family, one institution at a time—something he holds near and dear to his heart, as the notion of “it’s never too early to start saving” also carries over to Ketul’s personal life. His two daughters, age 8 and 4, have individual piggy banks as well as savings accounts, and already understand the concept of spending (and saving) wisely!
Because face-to-face contact is important, Voya® representatives are available to educate clients, helping them understand what steps they can take today to be prepared for retirement tomorrow. Ketul explains that Voya® has also launched some innovative online resources that help individuals better organize and take control of their financial lives. For example, the new myOrangeMoney® experience available on Voya’s homepage shifts the paradigm about how individuals think about their savings—from a focus on a big balance, to what they’ll need in terms of monthly income at retirement.
Voya’s commitment to educators is unwavering. Its Unsung Heroes Awards program recognizes K–12 educators nationwide for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to make a positive influence on the children they teach. Through this program, Voya® grants about $240,000 annually to 100 teachers across the country, and the company remains the exclusive sponsor of ASBO International’s Meritorious Budget Award and Pathway to the MBA programs. Ketul is grateful for the opportunities to present the latter to ASBO International members—not only does he get to congratulate them in person, he also has the chance to maintain personal contact with individuals who represent the heart of Voya’s mission.