About Jameetri 'Jay' Washington After studying electrical engineering for two years at Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, TX, Jay Washington redirected his skills to the retail industry. He was in retail management for one of the largest retail chains in the United States before joining American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL) in 2013. Jay was drawn to AIL by the opportunity for financial independence, but his personal life experience also played a part. 'My father passed away when I was 17, and we were not in the place we needed to be,' recalls Jay. 'With AIL, we are able to make certain that families don't have to suffer financially through those hardships. We secure families' futures. The most rewarding aspect of American Income Life is the impact we have on the lives of others. A major Company focus is on the food bank. We are committed to being an example of giving back to the communities we service,' adds Jay. Jay is proud of what he has achieved with AIL. 'I believe one of my greatest accomplishments was my path to a Master General Agent (MGA) position. I attained my MGA contract within 11 months of coming on board with the Company,' recalls Jay. 'Of course, my determination, drive, and work ethic were key components. But I could not have accomplished it without the mentorship that I had in Mike Laramie and Steve Greer. The thing I'm most proud of, however,' adds Jay, 'is the mentorship and guidance I've been able to impart into the lives of so many.' What's Jay's advice to those considering joining the AIL family? 'Go hard or go home,' he says emphatically. 'If you are driven and committed, this is for you! If you would rather just get by, then walk on by.' If he could restart his AIL career, Jay would have focused more on building and training. 'It's the Major Key,' he says. 'If you are tired of the norm, looking for an excellent opportunity to change, not only your life, but the lives around you as well, this is the place for you.' Jay is a big sports fan. 'Other than reading, or a family vacation, a good game is all that I need. I love sports; my only downtime is to catch a good game,' he adds. Jay is also committed to his church and hopes to open a community center for underprivileged kids.