Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Marita Zuraitis
Marita Zuraitis
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marita Zuraitis

Marita Zuraitis is Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horace Mann Educators Corporation. She joined Horace Mann as President and Chief Executive officer–elect in May 2013 and assumed her present role in September of that year. Prior to joining Horace Mann, she was President of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hanover Insurance Group with responsibilities for both personal and commercial lines representing $3 billion in annual premium. She was also a member of Hanover’s Executive Leadership team. Prior to joining The Hanover in 2004, she served in senior management positions at The St. Paul/ Travelers Companies, USF&G and Aetna Life and Casualty.

Zuraitis is a proven leader in the property and casualty industry, and her 30-year career includes leadership positions in both home office and field environments. The breadth of her experience provides her with a unique understanding of the industry, which has enabled her to bring exceptional knowledge and insight to the organizations she has supported. She has a strong connection to Horace Mann’s educator niche through several family members who are teachers.

Zuraitis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and has completed the Advanced Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (The Institutes), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group. She is a past board member of the Worcester Academy, a private secondary school in Worcester, Ma.

Bret A. Conklin
Bret A. Conklin
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bret A. Conklin Mr. Conklin was appointed to his present position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. He joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Controller in January 2002 and was named the Acting Chief Financial Officer in January 2017. Mr. Conklin previously served as Vice President of Kemper Insurance from January 2000 through January 2002, where he was responsible for all corporate financial reporting and accounting operations; Vice President and Controller of the Company from July 1998 through January 2000; and Vice President and Controller of Pekin Insurance from September 1992 through June 1998. He has seven years of public accounting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick from 1985 to 1992, specializing in its insurance industry practice.
Bret L. Benham
Bret L. Benham
Executive Vice President, Life and Retirement
Bret L. Benham Mr. Benham joined the Company in November 2017 as Executive Vice President, Life and Retirement. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Retirement at Ameritas. He has also held executive positions at TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Benham has served on multiple industry boards, including the American Council of Life Insurers, Insurance Information Institute and Retirement Income Industry Association. He has a proven track record of delivering profitable growth, driving operational excellence, and has an innovative approach to products and distribution.
William J. Caldwell
William J. Caldwell
Executive Vice President, Property and Casualty
William J. Caldwell Mr. Caldwell was appointed to his present position of Executive Vice President, Property and Casualty in July 2015. He joined the Company in November 2013 as Senior Vice President, Personal Lines. Mr. Caldwell previously served as Head of Property Products at QBE North America from June 2011 through November 2013, Senior Vice President of Bank of America from August 2007 to June 2011 and Vice President of Unitrin from June 2001 to August 2007.
Allan Cushman Robinson III
Allan Cushman Robinson III
Executive Vice President, Field Operations & Sales Management
Allan Cushman Robinson III Mr. Robinson was appointed to his present position of Executive Vice President in March 2018 and assumed responsibility for Field Operations and Sales Management in May 2017. He joined the Company in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Claims. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Robinson served as Vice President of Claims at Hanover Insurance Group, an insurance provider, since 2010, and spent 27 years at the Allstate Corporation holding a variety of roles in their claims organization including Vice President. Mr. Robinson has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.
Matthew P. Sharpe
Matthew P. Sharpe
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Matthew P. Sharpe Mr. Sharpe joined the Company in January 2012 as Executive Vice President, Annuity and Life. Mr. Sharpe was previously with Genworth Financial, Inc. from 1999 to 2011 where he most recently served as Senior Vice President. Over the last 12 years in various positions with Genworth, Mr. Sharpe gained an extensive annuity and life background while leading a variety of successful growth, product development, strategic, marketing and sales initiatives.

Board of Directors

Perry G. Hines
Perry G. Hines
Perry G. Hines Mr. Hines is a retired corporate marketing executive and is the principal and owner of The Hines Group, LLC, a firm he formed in 2006 specializing in marketing, communications and strategic planning. He has over 27 years of cross-sector experience in general management, brand, communications and marketing. Mr. Hines previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Irwin Mortgage Corporation, a position he held from 2002 to 2007, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Lincoln Reinsurance Corporation from 1998 to 2002 and Vice President of Marketing & Communications of Safeco from 1995 to 1998. He has held management roles and stewarded well-known household brands. In addition to his consulting practice, he currently serves as the Director of Advancement for Covenant Christian High School.

Mr. Hines’ cross-sector expertise in general management, brand building and strategic marketing will bring unique perspective and insight to the Board.
Daniel A. Domenech
Daniel A. Domenech
Daniel A. Domenech Mr. Domenech has been a Director of the Company since May 2015. Dr. Domenech has served as the Executive Director of American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Communities in Schools of Virginia and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of Learning First Alliance, America’s Promise, the Center for Naval Analyses, ACT and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Dr. Domenech is also a past President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education, and was the first President and cofounder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. In addition, he has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, on the Advisory Board for the Department of Defense schools, on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education.
Stephen J. Hasenmiller
Stephen J. Hasenmiller
Stephen J. Hasenmiller Mr. Hasenmiller has been a Director of the Company since September 2004. He retired in 2001 after 22 years of service at The Hartford, including service as President of the Personal Lines Company (1994-2001), President of the Personal Lines Insurance Center (1988-1994) and Regional Vice President of the Atlanta Regional Office (1983-1988). Mr. Hasenmiller’s prior affiliations include his tenure as Chairman of the Personal Lines Committee of the American Insurance Association, (1999-2001) and membership on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Business & Home Safety (1996-2001) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (1995-2001).
Ronald J. Helow
Ronald J. Helow
Ronald J. Helow Mr. Helow has been a Director of the Company since September 2009. He is managing director of New Course Advisors, a consulting firm he founded in 2008 to advise companies on how to use advanced technologies to create a competitive advantage. Mr. Helow served as Chief Technology Officer at NxtStar Ventures, LLC, from 2001 - 2008 and founded Registry Systems Corporation in 1990 to custom design and implement mission critical projects using advanced computer technologies for insurance companies.
Beverley J. McClure
Beverley J. McClure
Beverley J. McClure Ms. McClure has been a Director of the Company since May 2013. She retired in 2007 after a 35 year career with United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”), as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operations. She is owner of Fresh Perspectives LLC, a firm she founded in 2007 which specializes in executive coaching and small business consulting. Ms. McClure previously served as Senior Advisor of Endeavor Management, a consulting firm specializing in service culture creation, leadership coaching, business transformation, operational execution, and customer experience management, a position she held from 2010 to 2013. Since retiring in 2014, Ms. McClure channels her experience and passion into for-profit and non-profit Boards. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Fellow, Life Management Institute designations and is a certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation.
Henry Wade Reece
Henry Wade Reece
Chairman
Henry Wade Reece Mr. H. Wade Reece has been a Director of the Company since May 2016. He retired in 2015 after a 37 year career with BB&T Corporation (“BB&T”) where he served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. and BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc., the sixth largest insurance broker globally. Until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Reece served as Vice Chairman of the Foundation of Agency Management Excellence (“FAME”) Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of The Institutes (American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and Insurance Institute of America). Mr. Reece was also a past Chairman of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Institutes.
Robert Stricker
Robert Stricker
Robert Stricker Mr. Stricker has been a Director of the Company since December 2009. He retired from Shenkman Capital Management, Inc. in March 2009 as Senior Vice President and Principal. Prior to joining Shenkman, he served as Managing Director, Head of U.S. Fixed Income, Citigroup Asset Management at Citigroup, Inc. from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Stricker has over 35 years experience in the financial services industry. He currently serves on the OPEB Trust Board of the town of Greenwich, Connecticut and the Jewish Community Endowment Foundation Investment Committee in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Stricker holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Steven O. Swyers
Steven O. Swyers
Steven O. Swyers Mr. Swyers has been a Director of the Company since May 2014. He retired in 2013 after a 40 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). During this time with PwC, he served as the lead engagement partner on many national and international companies, including those in the financial services industry. He has also held various leadership positions at PwC including leader of the Central Region’s consumer and industrial products business segment, and managing partner of their St. Louis practice. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Health East Communities and is Chairman of the Board of Webster University.
Marita Zuraitis
Marita Zuraitis
Marita Zuraitis

Marita Zuraitis is Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horace Mann Educators Corporation. She joined Horace Mann as President and Chief Executive officer–elect in May 2013 and assumed her present role in September of that year. Prior to joining Horace Mann, she was President of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hanover Insurance Group with responsibilities for both personal and commercial lines representing $3 billion in annual premium. She was also a member of Hanover’s Executive Leadership team. Prior to joining The Hanover in 2004, she served in senior management positions at The St. Paul/ Travelers Companies, USF&G and Aetna Life and Casualty.

Zuraitis is a proven leader in the property and casualty industry, and her 30-year career includes leadership positions in both home office and field environments. The breadth of her experience provides her with a unique understanding of the industry, which has enabled her to bring exceptional knowledge and insight to the organizations she has supported. She has a strong connection to Horace Mann’s educator niche through several family members who are teachers.

Zuraitis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and has completed the Advanced Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (The Institutes), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group. She is a past board member of the Worcester Academy, a private secondary school in Worcester, Ma.



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