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ASBO International Awards District Leaders Highest Honor in Profession

Ashburn, VA – July 15, 2019 – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Eagle Awards, which recognize K-12 business professionals for their exemplary leadership and contributions to their districts and the school business profession.

ASBO International’s 2019 International Eagle Award recipient is Terry Haas, CPA, RSBO, chief financial officer for Mooresville (NC) Graded School District. Throughout her 30-year career in school business, Haas has built a reputation as a steadfast leader who carries out her school business responsibilities with a personal touch. Whether it’s ensuring fiscal integrity within the school district, training and mentoring current and future school business officials, overseeing her district’s afterschool and school nutrition programs, or helping organizations be good financial stewards, Haas is dedicated to serving others. She will receive a $5,000 college scholarship to present to a high school student from her district.

ASBO International is also pleased to announce three Distinguished Eagle Award recipients, who will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship to present to a high school student from their district:

Jason Hoffman, SFO, chief operations officer/chief financial officer for the Jefferson City (MO) School District. Hoffman is considered a collaborative change-agent, working with his colleagues across the district and in the community to ensure a high-performing, fiscally sound organization. His leadership in the areas of student learning, collaboration, and stewardship has garnered him recognition as an exemplary professional committed to serving the profession, strengthening relationships with the community, and meeting the needs of all students.

Tammie McGarr, CPA, chief financial officer for Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, Starkville, MS. Her depth of financial knowledge, integrity, and communication skills helped McGarr lead Starkville School District’s merger with Oktibbeha County School District in 2015. In less than four years, she has overhauled the district’s accounting practices and established and implemented internal controls. A mentor to her colleagues around the state, McGarr is committed to ensuring she and her staff are always on top of the latest school business issues.

Robin Zimmerman, assistant superintendent for business for the Peekskill City (NY) School District. Zimmerman is keenly aware of how every aspect of the business office reaches the classroom and works diligently to transcend department boundaries to contribute to educational planning for student learning. She works tirelessly—often behind the scenes—to ensure all students have the resources they need not only to achieve, but to have a better chance to succeed in life.

“These Eagle Award recipients epitomize the qualities of leadership, achievement, and commitment,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis says. “We are proud to honor these extraordinary individuals for going above and beyond to ensure all students have the resources they need to succeed now and in the future.”

The Eagle Awards are sponsored by ASBO International Strategic Partner, AXA. “AXA appreciates the opportunity to honor and celebrate the 2019 Eagle Award winners,” Fred Makonnen, AXA Divisional Vice President, Head of Retail 403(b) Sales & Strategic Partnerships says. “These exemplary school business professionals remind us all of the importance of contributing to our schools and our communities. We applaud the 2019 recipients for their dedication and leadership.”

All award recipients will be formally recognized at ASBO International’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, October 25–28, in National Harbor, MD. Learn more about the ASBO International Eagle Awards at

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About AXA
Proud sponsor of the Eagle Awards for over a decade and in business since 1859, AXA is a leading nationwide provider of retirement plan products and services, particularly to K-12 educators. AXA understands the challenges in preparing for retirement and the company is committed to helping individuals through every stage of life. Whether clients are beginning their career, changing jobs, or nearing retirement, they can count on AXA to be their retirement planning partner.

“AXA” is a brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies, including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), MONY Life Insurance Company of America (AZ stock company, administrative office: Jersey City, NJ), AXA Advisors, LLC, and AXA Distributors, LLC. In business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company is a leading financial protection company and one of the nation’s premier providers of life insurance and annuity products distributed to individuals and business owners through its retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution channel, AXA Distributors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC). AXA S.A. (also referred to as “AXA Group”) is a Paris-headquartered holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC companies. AXA S.A. is a worldwide leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management with 103 million clients in 64 countries. AXA S.A. has been ranked the No. 1 insurance brand in the world by Interbrand for eight consecutive years as of Oct. 5, 2016. The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and MONY Life Insurance Company of America are backed solely by their claims-paying ability.