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Rick Klein came to The Horton Group in 2001 to serve as the President of Horton Benefit Solutions.

In that capacity, he was responsible for maintaining and enhancing key vendor relationships, developing and monitoring sales efficiencies and communicating the division’s value proposition to clients, prospects, and vendors. In 2006, he accepted a position to move into production.

“A company can no longer manage employee benefits as a once-per-year event. The landscape has become too complex and expensive,” Rick states. “That is why we use more of a holistic and strategic approach with the groups we work with. This approach takes the time to understand a company’s culture and measures the effectiveness of all programs.”

Rick believes that determining whether a current employee benefit platform is in synch with its company’s philosophy is very critical. “This allows us to make accurate recommendations that improve overall employee productivity while keeping costs down.”

Using robust employee communication, comprehensive education, benchmark data, state-of-the-art technology and best in class client service, Rick’s team delivers the results they promise.

A Registered Investment Advisor and General Securities Principal with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Rick is also a valuable asset to businesses and individuals looking to either establish or enhance 401(k) plans.

When not spending time with his wife and three young children, Rick serves as Vice-Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Business at Governor’s State University,  is a Knight of Magisterial Grace in the Order of Malta, a member of the Schools Committee of Princeton University,  a mentor with Big Shoulder’s and a proud volunteer with “No Veteran Dies Alone”.

Rick is also a Minister at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Rick is an active member of the Economics Club of Chicago, and the Princeton Club of Chicago, receiving its Arnie Berlin Award for Service to Princeton in 2016.

Fact File:

  • M.B.A. in Management and Organization, Kellogg School of Management
  • B.A. in American Politics, Princeton University
Professional Designations & Licensing
  • General Securities Representative 
  • General Securities Principal
  • Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)
  • Property & Casualty
  • Life & Health
Professional Background
  • The Horton Group
    • Executive Vice President since 2022 
    • Vice President since 2006 – 2022
    • President of Horton Benefit Solutions, 2001-2006
  • Merrill Lynch  Director, National Sales and Marketing Manager, 1998-2001
  • Ranson & Associates  Managing Director, 1996-1997
  • Everen Securities  Vice President, Senior Product Manager, 1989-1996
  • Smith Barney Second Vice President, Manager Midwest Trading Desk, 1982-1988
Industry & Community Involvement
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Vice Chairman of Government Affairs, Southland Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman, Political Action Committee, Southland Chamber of Commerce
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Eucharistic Minister, St. Francis of Assisi Parish
  • Intermodal Association of Chicago