Patrick ‘Bulldogg’ Bendure received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Kent State University in Ohio in 1996. But it was a decade later when he embraced his future with American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL).
“I was in the bar and night club industry for 15 years before I joined the Surace Smith Group of AIL in 2006,” Bulldogg recalls. “I was drawn to American Income Life by its philosophy of Opportunity Unlimited, which was and is most appealing. Additionally, I was attracted by the ability to have control over the trajectory of my personal successes as well as my professional career,” he adds.
Bulldogg is proud of all he’s accomplished with American Income Life. “My greatest accomplishments with AIL are relocating to Columbus, Ohio, and having the opportunity to start an office from scratch, which has developed into one of the top Company offices internationally … all the while being recognized on stage at Convention as a top General Agent, Managing General Agent, and Regional General Agent … as well as receiving recognition for Leadership Development,” he states. “If I could start over with AIL, to be honest, I wouldn’t really change anything. However, I wish I had found this Company when I was 18 years old,” he adds.
What’s been the most rewarding aspect of joining the American Income Life family for Bulldogg? “Most of all, it’s been developing others around me daily,” he emphasizes, “but the financial freedom is also a tremendous reward,” he says.
Bulldogg strongly believes in AIL products and the value his Agency holds for clients and representatives. “Our products help people by protecting their past, present, and financial future ... everything the family had, has, or will have in the event of the death of the main breadwinner,” he says. “Our organization also is involved in many philanthropic causes throughout our community including: Firefighters for Kids, toy drives, and The Red Zone, which helps keep inner-city kids get off the streets. Our mindset is if we take out of a community, we must give back to it. As Jim Surace, one of my mentors, says, ‘If you don’t have enough, it is because you don’t give enough.’”
Outside of American Income Life, Bulldogg’s interests include exercise, football, boating, cars, and quality family time. “In my free time, I develop, coach, mentor, and constantly work at self-improvement,” he says. “I’m also active with ‘In His Steps Foundation,’ an organization that encourages and teaches Christian stewardship as the basis for personal giving and estate planning. Funds are invested for the purpose of making charitable distributions to various ministries,” he adds.
If you’re considering a sales or leadership position with American Income Life, Bulldogg has excellent advice for you. “Our Agency offers Unlimited Opportunity to develop oneself in many areas: mentally, physically, spiritually, socially, economically, personally, and professionally. Find a mentor you trust and listen to him or her one hundred percent of the time. The secret to success is never taking advice from someone you aren’t willing to trade places with,” Bulldogg emphasizes.
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