Born in Amery, WI where his father had started a scratch insurance agency.
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA and MA in Life Insurance.
Joined the US Navy and saw the world on the Battleship Nevada.
Contracted with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and started his practice in Amery, WI.
Joined Northwestern Mutual’s home office as Assistant Director of Agencies where he begin researching the science behind client building.
Earned his CLU® October 1, 1956.
Appointed assistant to John Jamison in Chicago and started the project of keeping agent activity records.
Appointed general agent in Chicago.
First spoke at MDRT in Miami about the trends he was finding in activity records.
Wrote the first version of Building an Life Insurance Clientele.
His agency produced $115,000,000 of premium paid for—the highest in Northwestern Mutual and in the industry.
With only 35 agents, produced excess of $152,000,000 of premium paid for—the highest in Northwestern Mutual and in the industry.
Inducted into the GAMA Hall of Fame.
Retired from Northwestern Mutual.
Received the Dennis Tamcsin General Agent Achievement Award for his lifetime impact on Northwestern Mutual.
Received the John Newton Russell award from NAIFA.
Received the Solomon S. Huebner Gold Medal from The American College.
The Northwestern Mutual Granum Center for Financial Security is launched to honor Al and further his legacy in serving the industry.
Al was 91 years young when he passed away – having impacted countless lives and leaving an amazing legacy of contributions to the profession and the industry.