E. Duke Marston, J.D., CLU, ChFC Bio
Duke started his insurance career as an Ocean Cargo Underwriter Trainee, with Atlantic Mutual Insurance (now a part of AIG) in New York City. After nine months he decided that sales was more to his liking and he joined American Mutual Liability Insurance of Wakefield, Ma as an agent. He entered the Life Insurance field as a broker with New England Life in 1965, but continued full-time as a P and C agent, until deciding to enter Law School at the University of North Carolina in the Fall of 1966. Upon graduation in 1969 he headed west to San Diego, where he worked as an administrator (process server among other things), for the Law Offices of Elliott Leighton. After a year in which the attorney left town and other setbacks, he was lured back into life insurance sales with Mutual Benefit. Other than a six year break to manage and own restaurants, he has been a Life and Health Agent ever since.
In 1978, after one year as a member of NALU, now NAIFA, he was asked to be a legislative chair in the San Diego Association of Life Underwriters. This started a long and active career with NAIFA—Government Relations, Programs, President-Elect, President, of San Diego, then four years as State APIC chair and four years on the State Board as a Trustee and then Membership Chair and National Committeeperson back in his San Diego Local.
In 2004, Duke moved to Belfast, Maine and was recruited by Rich May to attend the 2005 Sales Congress in Augusta. Lisa Laliberte was Chairperson and Angus King was a featured speaker. He asked to attend the ALC and a year or two later became the IFAPAC chair for Eastern Maine. A month after that he was asked to assume the role of state IFAPAC chair as well. After seven years as PAC chair and Government Relations chair he became President Elect of NAIFA Maine in 2014 and President in 2015 and 2016.
Duke has also served as a twelve year Board member and two year President of the Maine Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
Outside the industry, Duke has been a Rotarian since 2005 and currently chairs the Belfast Harbor Fest, a three day celebration of Belfast’s Maritime tradition, now in its 11th year and is a member of its Board of Directors. He golfs as much as weather permits and curls in the winter as a way of enjoying Maine’s sporting opportunities.