PROMINENT INSURANCE AGENCY
Years in the industry: 13
Recruited to the industry by an insurance agent he sold a car to, Jeffrey Benson Jr. currently serves as the managing partner of Prominent Insurance Agency and is involved with several task forces that address racial equality and inclusion in Delaware’s financial services, education, nonprofit and state agency sectors. Together with his business partner, Jason Rodriguez, Benson is constantly working to get more minorities into the industry at all levels.
“Insurance is a great industry to have a career in and create wealth, specifically as an independent agent,” Benson says. “I would like to see the industry embrace and be intentional with recruiting in minority communities: African American, Asian, Hispanic, millennial, Gen Y, etc. This will expose these minority groups to the industry, and eventually they will be the mentors to help future mentees navigate and reach their career goals.”
Benson puts just as much effort into helping families, businesses and youth in his local community. He has been recognized for his activism with a Jefferson Award, was named to Delaware Business Times’ 40 Under 40 list and was one of Black Enterprise’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction. Additionally, Benson is pursuing a doctorate in business administration at Wilmington University, serves on the Seaford School District Board of Education, sits on the an advisory board of Make-A-Wish Delaware, is a member of the Delaware Vision Coalition Leadership Team and is a Congressional Black Caucus Institute Fellow.