The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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The Horace Mann Companies

ASBO International Strategic Partner

The Horace Mann Companies provide school districts and their employees with solutions designed to maximize savings, enhance benefits, and support the mission of public education. We help solve some of the most pressing problems in your school.

  • Horace Mann is a national sponsor for, a not-for-profit organization that connects donors to public school teachers with classroom projects in need of funding.
  • Horace Mann administers Section 125 programs—complete with flexible spending account debit cards.
  • Horace Mann provides school payroll programs, allowing employees to make payments to their auto and life insurance policies as well as annuities directly from their paycheck—at no cost to you or your employees.
  • Horace Mann offers State Teachers' Retirement System workshops to help educators understand their retirement system and plan accordingly. These workshops come with real-life examples—and without a sales pitch.

As an ASBO International strategic partner, Horace Mann is proud to sponsor the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) certification. We welcome you to learn more about us.

Strategic Partner Spotlight

Tom Hochstein, Horace Mann® Zone President

Anyone involved in education knows that it’s a different kind of beast. For Horace Mann, an insurance and financial services company whose tag line is “Founded by Educators for Educators,” its dedication to serving educators is what sets it apart. More than 70 years ago, two teachers launched this company to offer reduced auto insurance rates for K–12 educators in Illinois. Since then, its presence has widely broadened in focus and reach.

Tom Hochstein can attest firsthand to Horace Mann’s dedication to educators. Now a Zone President overseeing company sales, marketing, and strategy in a swath of states stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana and from Missouri to Ohio, Tom is a 21-year Horace Mann veteran employee. But his ties go back to his days as a teacher and coach, when he was a Horace Mann client for five years before becoming a Horace Mann agent.

“I’ve walked in their shoes,” Tom says. “That perspective has served me well.” He explains that Horace Mann agents are experts in helping teachers understand all the financial programs that are available to them. Whether its choosing a retirement plan, learning how to leverage savings, or preserve assets, Horace Mann agents act as conduits, putting educators on the path to strong financial health.

“When teachers are in good financial shape, they’re better teachers,” Tom says. “And it helps the industry by keeping people in the field.” Considering that teachers have precious little free time, having a Horace Mann agent who understands their particular needs and cuts through the complexities of financial planning is more than just a benefit—it’s a lifeline.

For example, considering the cost of higher education, it’s common for younger teachers to have student loans. Tom is proud of Horace Mann’s Student Loan Solutions programs, which include a host of ways for teachers to remove and/or reduce student loan debt, as well redirect any savings toward investments. He explains that while these programs aren’t necessarily new, they are widely underutilized. Horace Mann has recently concentrated its efforts in this area, and it is catching on across the country.

Horace Mann is always looking for ways to improve and expand its services, and building its relationship with ASBO has been an important step. They understand the ties between school business officials, teachers, and administrators. Through its partnership with ASBO, Horace Mann agents are able to build relationships with school business officials, who in turn share how those agents can help district employees.

To that end, Horace Mann is the proud sponsor of the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) program. “The role of school business officials is important,” Tom says. “And showing our support of school business officials as they distinguish themselves in their career is equally important.”