I’m Marcus Smith with the Surace-Smith Agency in Ohio. I’ve been with American Income Life for almost 10 years. I started with the Company back in September 2001. I was an intern and was going to a small business college. I had to do an internship and, at the time, had interviews with three different employers who were business owners. I was recommended to interview with Jim Surace, who owned the Agency in Ohio. During that interview, even though I had never heard of American Income Life Insurance Company, I was blown away by Jim’s character and what he had accomplished with AIL.
I was looking for an internship and I was really excited about what American Income Life was doing with labor unions, credit unions, and associations. Working with blue-collar families and working class Americans was a background that I was both familiar with and knowledgeable of, and had passion to serve. I asked Jim Surace if he had any positions available for interns. Back in 2000 I started as an intern in the Ohio office in North Royalton and loved it. Luckily for me, I did a decent enough job at the internship to be given a full opportunity to stay at American Income Life. So, I’ve been with AIL since I was 19 years old.
The way I came aboard American Income Life was a little unique, but through that interview, I really wanted in. I really wanted what they had.