American Income Life Convention

After Convention each year, I’m always certain that no Convention in the future could ever possibly top THIS one. This year proved to be no exception.

American Income Life Convention

American Income Life Convention

From our Closer to the Heart project to the Taste of San Francisco at the Welcome Reception to Awards Night to the Summer of Love Party on the final night, I’m sure this Convention left our attendees with wonderful memories of California.

All Things California

For those who don’t know, I am a California boy at heart. I grew up at a time when the eyes — and the EARS — of the world were fixed on all things California.

In the early 60s, it was all about the beach culture in my old stomping grounds in southern California. Everywhere you went, transistor radios blared the Beach Boys and a host of other squeaky clean bands who sang about surfing, pretty girls with blonde hair, skateboards, and fast cars.

By the late 1960s attitudes had changed in a way not many could have foreseen. A huge part of my generation was disenchanted by the war in Vietnam… disgusted by racial prejudice and inequality… disenfranchised by a system that favored those who were willing to conform to the way things had always been done… and the spotlight shifted north to San Francisco.

The eyes and ears of the world were on the city’s as people from all over the world were drawn to San Francisco’s rich and diverse cultural scene, especially the music. Even if you weren’t even a glint in your parents’ eyes back then, you know at least some of the music that was born in this area at that time: The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, and tons more that came and went that you never heard of.

Even if you weren’t from here, if you were a young person at that time, you were still influenced by the culture, the ideas that those bands sang about.

They sang about the value of all people, the freedom of all people, and the rights of all people to be treated equally and paid fairly. The potential of all people, the empowerment of all people and the idea of an enlightened, empowered working class was considered radical at a time when advanced education and a nice home were still out of reach for many, many people.

In this respect, you can say that American Income Life has been ahead of its time since we were founded in the early 1950s.

Now, I can assure you, Bernard Rapoport was about as far from a hippie as you can get, but he was definitely a radical. You see, a lot of the things it took the rest of the world till the 1960s and 1970s to figure out, Mr. Rapoport already had in practice at our Company 10-20 years earlier.

I’m talking about the idea that all people are of value… the idea that all people deserve the right to pursue the best life possible for their families… the idea that people deserve protection for the things they have worked so hard to gain.

These are the radical ideas that “B” infused into every pore of this Company, and the ones we continue to spread and support today.

The spirit that took my generation to the streets to protest 40 years ago is the same spirit that keeps you pounding the pavement today. Never forget that every policy you sell helps a hard working family protect the lifestyle they’ve fought so hard to achieve — their home… the income of their breadwinner… the education of their children… the right to have their final wishes honored with respect and dignity.

Congratulations to American Income Life Award Winners

I salute our 2013 Award winners for championing the rights of working families, but every one of you is also a defender of those rights and therefore a radical, a hero.

If you were not a part of the celebration this year in San Francisco, I encourage you to put forth an extra effort and make the 2015 Convention in San Diego your goal. I’m sure it, too, will be the Convention that can’t be topped.

See everything San Diego has to offer #AILConvention2015 attendees in the video below!

About Roger Smith

Roger Smith is an American businessman and Union rights activist. He is the CEO of American Income Life Insurance Company, National Income Life Insurance Company, Union Heritage Life Assurance Company Limited, and the President and CEO of Liberty National Life Insurance Company. Read more articles from Roger on American Income Life Spotlight Magazine. Find him on Google+.

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