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Manny Franco is a Vice President for Horton’s Employee Benefits Solutions Division. He provides industry expertise and consultative guidance to aid clients in navigating the marketplace and is dedicated to delivering innovative healthcare solutions to employers.

Manny takes pride in working with organizations to align their environments with their business strategy by taking a strategic deep dive into their human capital investment. He has a wealth of knowledge in both the banking and insurance industries. He prides himself on his strong work ethic and ability to build trust with his network.

“A memorable experience for me was being able to help a client who was struggling to get the service and proper guidance to navigate the competitive labor market,” Manny said. “My team helped him identify how employee benefits play a role in attracting and retaining employees. As a result, we helped him execute appropriate and strategic changes while saving costs. By working hard, you can achieve any goal you set forth for yourself. By accomplishing this ethically, you will earn people’s respect and ultimately grow your business.”

The insurance industry is complex and constantly changing, and it’s difficult to stay updated on the current regulations. Manny believes that it is essential to be a trusted advisor and a good advocate for his clients to ease the burden of navigating this industry.

“A high level of customer service goes a long way to retaining clients and creating strong partnerships,” he says. “It is important to have the knowledge to fully complement a client’s needs.”

Manny lives in Chicago with his wife, Roxanna; their daughter, Isabella; and their four-legged family member, Sky (a Shih Tzu mix). He is a big fan of all of Chicago’s sports teams (specifically the Chicago Bears) and the University of Michigan’s football and basketball teams. Outside of the office, Manny loves to enjoy the outdoors, especially if it involves playing sports – he even had the opportunity to try out for a professional soccer team in high school.

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Professional Designations & Licensing
  • MBA
  • Property & Casualty
  • Life & Heath
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI): Master of Business Administration
  • Lewis University (Romeoville, IL): Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management
Professional Background
  • The Horton Group
    Vice President (October 2022 – Present)
  • Arthur J. Gallagher
    Area Vice President (February 2019 – September 2022)
  • Fifth Third Bank
    Vice President / Business Relationship Manager (September 2016 – October 2018)
  • JPMorgan Chase
    Business Relationship Manager (April 2012 – September 2016)
Industry & Community Involvement
  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion (MLEA): Board of Directors
  • Sigma Lambda Beta Chicago Alumni Network: Director of Finance