Mike is Senior Vice President and a Principal of The Horton Group. He joined Horton in 1989 as one of the founding partners of their benefit consulting and brokerage division. His leadership and innovative drive has helped the Division earn constant growth and recognition as a leader in the industry.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Lewis University. He received his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the American College and is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). Mike is currently enrolled in the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike has served on numerous advisory boards for
insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. In related industries he has served as past Chair of the Governing Council of Advocate South Suburban Hospital and the Healthcare Council of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce. Mike remains active on the board of the hospital and United Way South-Southwest Suburban where he serves as Vice-President of the Community Impact Steering Committee.
Mike also serves on two Industry Healthcare Task Forces and as a result has testified several times to Legislative Committees; written and co-authored several white papers on healthcare reform and works extensively with the Department of Insurance and the Director of Outreach for The Health Insurance Marketplace regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act. He is serving his fifth term and is now Chairman of the National Healthcare Task Force of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America in Washington D.C. This group supports their Government Affairs body working directly with Congressional members involved in health care reform.
“My career is based on an unwavering passion to expand accessibility and affordability of healthcare. My involvement in the community has had a profound impact on the way I present healthcare options to clients, which involves providing sustainability to employee benefit programs. We have a hands-on approach to both the HR and employee level platforms which provides a continuity of effort in accomplishing goals. I constantly look for innovative ways to assist employers with their long-term strategies and workplace culture.”
"...I received a lot of great feedback and was very appreciative of the great discussion spurred by your presentation, Mike, and that of the Crossroads Coalition."
Laura Minzer, Executive Director