With a major in economics, Mark Beckford graduated from Queen’s College in New York in 1995, earning a Master of Science degree. When he joined American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL) in 2007, he transitioned from a successful 12-year career at Tiboro, Inc., a 50-million-dollar retailer of consumer staples, where he served as CFO.
What brought Mark to AIL? “It was the opportunity to earn residual income,” recalls Mark. “I wanted to become a Business Owner to serve the people of South Carolina and to recruit and develop people who have the same passion and vision I have. I feel I’m uniquely qualified to be an Business leader because I have a desire for excellence and a winning and grateful attitude,” he continues.
Is Mark glad he made the move to American Income Life? Absolutely! “What’s most rewarding about joining AIL is the numerous people I directly affected over the years and the lives changed in so many ways. It was a great accomplishment being named a State General Agent in 2010, and being a March Madness NIT Champion in 2012 as an SGA,” he states proudly.
“Our products,” emphasizes Mark, “help prevent a financial disaster when someone dies or becomes disabled. My Business can offer you a career opportunity to change your life, while you positively impact the lives of others, both financially and socially. If you consider a sales or leadership position with American Income Life, my advice is to get in the batter’s box daily. Keep swinging until you master your craft, and do not quit! If I could start over with AIL, I would have recruited more, always stayed passionate, and kept at it every day,” he stresses.
Giving back to the community is the foundation of the American Income Life philosophy. “We feed the poor and homeless through Cooperative Ministry and Family Promise, support food drives, make financial donations to various organizations, and sponsor a turkey drive for Thanksgiving and a toy drive at Christmas,” says Mark with pride.
In his free time, Mark enjoys reading and following professional and college sports, whether basketball, football, baseball, or soccer. But when he plays himself, it’s generally tennis. His goal is to start a foundation in Jamaica for young kids.
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