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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Voya Financial

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 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.

Explore Voya's materials for 403(b) plan guidance in our resource center.

Strategic Partner Spotlight

Mark Jackowitz, Voya Financial®

School business officials are concerned about their district’s financial health, and that concern extends to their employees as well. Saving for retirement is a vital long-term commitment, and Voya Financial® is an excellent partner to have in your corner.
Voya Financial® is a premier retirement, investment, and insurance company serving the financial needs of more than 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. Senior Vice President Mark Jackowitz understands that financial planning can be confusing and overwhelming, but he knows—after nearly 29 years with the company—that Voya is committed to following through on its mission to make a secure financial future possible—one person, one family, one institution at a time.
“There are different parts to Voya,” says Mark, who spent many years in the field as a representative educating clients on the company’s retirement plans. “The biggest piece of it is our retirement business, and some of our most important clients are public and private school systems, hospitals, and state and local governments. We’re a company that helps all types of customers plan, invest, and protect their savings—to get ready to retire better. But what I really love is that we serve people who serve others, like teachers, firefighters, doctors, and nurses.”
Mark explains that Voya is a firm believer in doing the right thing, so it’s no surprise that it was ranked one of 2017’s most ethical companies and top green companies by the Ethisphere Institute and Newsweek, respectively. Voya believes in giving back too, and it has a separate foundation dedicated to doing so. For example, 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.
Voya enjoys its partnership with ASBO International members. “We offer them technical support because sponsoring a retirement plan can be a complicated undertaking,” Mark says. “Our representatives and resources help educate the ASBO membership to guide them in monitoring their plans and ensuring compliance.”
As a strategic partner, Voya has proudly served as the exclusive sponsor of ASBO International’s Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) and Pathway to the MBA for several years. The company feels a bond to those who achieve the MBA because they have a mutual goal—the pursuit of excellence. Voya remains dedicated to offering the best solutions to help the nation’s educators and school officials prepare for retirement, so they in turn can keep their focus on helping students prepare for a bright future.