Sales Marketing Consultant | Annuities
As our Annuities specialist, Ben joined the Merz Agency in 2019. With 10+ years experience in this field, Ben is an exciting addition to our team. Our token Mid-West boy, Ben lives with his family in Des Moines, Iowa, but loves the mountains just as much as us Pacific North Westerner’s.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Helping people who can really benefit from the products we represent. One of the main reasons I got into the field of Fixed Income Annuities is seeing many of my parents friends who lost so much of their retirement in 2008 because they were not protected from market loss. As a result, many either couldn’t retire or live out the retirement they worked for their entire lives.
Where did you grow up?
Small town in NW Iowa, LeMars. Self-proclaimed Ice Cream Capital of the World! You might have heard of Blue Bunny Ice Cream that’s based there.
Favorite thing about Des Moines?
All the amazing people around here. For a city of this size there is a lot to do! The bike trails are great and there is a huge cycling community around here. One of my favorite things that I participate in every year is RAGBRAI. It’s a bike ride across the state of Iowa with 20 thousand of my closest friends.
Mountains or Ocean?
Mountains – I lived in CO for 10 years. Nothing better than hiking and rafting in the mountains.
One fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
I was a Cabana Boy when I lived in Hawaii – a long time ago. Not a bad gig if you could get it!