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Ben Feldman, American life insurance agent. Chartered Life Underwriter. Named Man of Year East Liverpool Ohio Chamber of Commerce, 1983. Fellow National Association Life Underwriters (John Newton Russel Memorial award 1984), Advanced Association Life Underwriters, Youngstown Association Life Underwriters (named to Hall of Fame), American College; member Million Dollar Round Table (life).

Background

Feldman, Ben was born on September 7, 1912 in New York City. Son of Isaac and Bertha (Dardick) Feldman.

Career

He sold $1,800,000,000 of insurance policies for New York Life from 1942 to his death in 1993. He once held the world record for the most products sold (by value) by a salesman in a career, a year ($100,000,000), and in a single day ($20,000,000). Near the end of his career, his annual commission totals were over $1,000,000 per year.

At the time, these sales totals were equaled only by the entire sales forces of other insurance companies, though they have long since been nominally surpassed. Born in New York City in 1912 as one of nine children to recent immigrants Isaac and Bertha Dardick Feldman, he began in sales when the family moved to Salineville, Ohio to open a wholesale poultry business. Feldman spent most of his adult life living in East Liverpool, Ohio, which is where he began his remarkable career in life insurance sales.

Despite a somewhat eccentric personality, Mr. Feldman had a gift in talking with people and helping them to understand the value of life insurance. When asked how he could sell such an intangible product as life insurance, Ben responded "I do not sell life insurance.

I sell money. I sell dollars for pennies apiece. My dollars cost 3 cents per dollar per year." Feldman is known for his mentoring of those new to the life insurance sales industry. He would often dispense advice to new agents by inscribing "dream big dreams" with a signature on the backs of $1 bills.

Achievements

  • Chartered Life Underwriter.

Membership

Fellow National Association Life Underwriters (John Newton Russel Memorial award 1984), Advanced Association Life Underwriters, Youngstown Association Life Underwriters (named to Hall of Fame), American College. Member Million Dollar Round Table (life).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, reading.

Connections

Married Freda Zaremberg, 1939 (deceased 1974). Children: Marvin H., A. Richard. Married Ethel Blumenfeld Helfant, February 5, 1976.

father:
Isaac Feldman

mother:
Bertha (Dardick) Feldman

spouse:
Freda Zaremberg

spouse:
Ethel Blumenfeld Helfant

child:
Marvin H. Feldman

child:
A. Richard Feldman