March 25, 2021

If 2020 taught us anything, I think it’s about the value of community. Being physically apart from people — at home, at work, at school or in our neighborhoods — has caused a lot of loneliness. As the lines between home life, work life and school life blurred, it underscored just how much we depend on each other to survive — and thrive.

We’re all in this together.

As a company dedicated to serving educators for more than 75 years, we talk a lot about our commitment to our educator customers. In the past year, that respect and admiration has only grown as educators worked diligently to reach and engage every student through an environment of constant change. To see these professionals continue to go above and beyond for our children while dealing with the impact of the pandemic on their own families and lives is deeply inspirational.

We strive to provide value to the educational community by helping educators achieve lifelong financial success through our products and services, but we’re driven to do more. We honor their dedication to America's children by providing resources to address student and classroom needs. We have undertaken a multi-year strategic plan to enhance our product offerings, strengthen our distribution and modernize our infrastructure in order to serve more educators.

We have a responsibility to the people who invest time, money and passion to join us as we strive to achieve this mission:

  • Our employees: To be successful as a company, we need the help of engaged, committed employees. We provide a total rewards package that includes competitive compensation and benefits, and invest in professional development. We strive to nurture an inclusive corporate culture where every employee feels heard, respected and appreciated, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • Our agents and vendor partners: We commit to business operations guided by expectations of fairness and ethical behavior, and we expect the same of our agents and others who help us deliver products and services to our customers.
  • Our shareholders: We focus on creating long-term shareholder value for our company’s investors who believe in our ability to do so.

Finally, we have a responsibility to contribute to building vibrant, inclusive communities where current and future employees want to live and work. We support organizations in our communities that are working to improve the quality of life for residents, as well as those providing additional opportunities for people to learn and grow.

At the heart of our communities are our schools and our educators. In-person or online, every day they are working to make sure every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. And that’s something we all support.

Marita Zuritas

Sincerely,

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Marita Zuraitis

President and Chief Executive Officer