Strategic Partner Spotlight: Tom Hogan, MetLife
In today's uncertain economic environment, the phrase “I can do this” might be a statement that many of us find a challenge to meet. When it comes to achieving financial security today and into retirement, Tom Hogan, senior vice president of MetLife and head of MetLife Resources, knows that his company and the people who work there are dedicated to providing the tools and resources to help school districts and their employees meet their challenges and confidently say “I can do this”.
After graduating from the University of Scranton in 1979, Tom began a career in finance. He joined MetLife in June 1985 and has served in various financial, business, and staff positions in several of the company’s offices across the United States and Canada. In late 2005, he took over MetLife Resources, a division focusing on the financial needs of its not-for-profit customers, including K-12 employees.
Several months later, Tom met John Musso, who had just been appointed as ASBO’s executive director. The two agreed that keeping an eye on the future was important to both organizations. “Peering down the line to see the way the world was shaping is something we talked about a lot,” Tom says. Considering the importance of this shared outlook, it’s no surprise that MetLife sponsors the Bridges to the Future Scholarship, which provides funding for new school business officials to attend ASBO’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
For Tom, the “heroes” at MetLife are the hundreds of financial services representatives who work with educators on a daily basis to help them plan for and protect their retirement. They also recognize that along with individual planning, there are issues that affect the field of school business officials as a whole.
Over the years, MetLife has worked closely with ASBO in providing its members with information and guidance to assist them in meeting their responsibilities relating to the management of their school districts. Participating in the ASBO Annual Meeting events, panel discussions, and industry work groups are just some of the activities MetLife regularly engages in, all in an effort to enhance the professional growth of school business officials throughout the country.
Additionally, MetLife is proud to continue its sponsorship of the ASBO Bridges to the Future Program. The Program is a wonderful opportunity for new and aspiring school business officials to network with colleagues, participate in professional development, and explore the variety of school business management resources ASBO International offers.
“MetLife is focused on becoming an increasingly customer-centric organization,” Tom notes. “We believe our goal of achieving increased customer centricity blends well with ASBO's desire to provide its members with best-in-class tools and resources to enable them to do their jobs better, as well as develop professionally during their careers.”
Tom and his wife, Susan, a first grade teacher’s assistant, have been married for almost three decades and have four children. A Philadelphia native, Tom managed to convince Susan (a New York Mets fan) to root for his beloved Phillies!