Michael Croker, MBA


Michael Croker is the president of Croker & Associates LLC (a company of Horace Mann Insurance, NYSE: HMN). Michael is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and received Top of the Table Honors in 2015. Michael holds his P&C, L&A licenses in IA, NE, SD, MO, KS, CO, FL, and TX. Michael has almost 10 years of investment and insurance experience dating back to 2005. Michael grew up in Lenexa, KS and graduated with his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University. Michael then attended University in Nebraska for his MBA. Prior to running Croker & Associates, Michael worked on a 4 billion dollar portfolio as a Senior Financial Analyst for First National Bank in Omaha, NE. Michael and his team have a strong passion for educators and their families as Michael’s wife is in education (speech pathologist) in Omaha, Nebraska.  Michael lives in Gretna with his wife Afton, daughter Lydia and their dog Birdie.

I was initially drawn to Horace Mann as my wife is in the education field. I know first hand the dedication and sacrifice required for the profession. Educators have extremely busy lives and usually dedicate the little free time they do have to their job – this is what drives our team to care for you the way you care for others.

Matt Hellbusch

Executive Vice-President

Matt comes to us with years of financial and insurance experience. Formally President of Highmark Financial, he worked closely with many clients to better their insurance and financial health. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He lives in Gretna with his wife Jenny and their daughter Ellie.

Marty Hodge

Executive Vice-President

Marty joins our executive team with years of  experience in management and client relations. Formally Vice-President of Sales for Respect Foods, Inc., where he worked intimately with numerous clients and large businesses to facilitate private label, brand ownership, and broker services. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He lives in Gretna with his wife Jodi and their twin boys Landon and Levi.

Brandon Roberts


Brandon started with us in 2016 and  focuses on the Omaha and Lincoln markets. Brandon has extensive experience in client services and brings a great deal of passion to our team.  Brandon lives in Omaha with his wife Julie and their three children Bijou, Leo, and Lewis.