HOWARD N. BIENENFELD, CLU, CHFC
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Described as gregarious and warm by friends and colleagues alike, Howard Bienenfeld would be the first to admit that he thrives on human connection.
“I ‘get’ people, and I love people,” explains Howard excitedly, adding “I live for the people I hold dear: my family, my co-workers, my clients, and my community.”
This innate ability to connect with others has played a huge factor in Howard’s success in the financial services world. Originally from Teaneck, NJ, Howard entered the insurance business over thirty years ago. He moved to Hollywood, Florida in the mid-seventies where he set about to establish his family and his practice. In partnership with Carol Lasek and Mitchell Starr, Howard’s vision would grow into the firm that is now known as Bienenfeld Lasek & Starr, LLC (BLS).
“I built this business around the notion of ‘giving,’” says Howard as he outlines his personal philosophy for life. “I fundamentally believe that the more you give, the more that abundance is reflected back upon you.” This thinking is manifest in the firm’s approach to customer service. “It makes sense to treat clients well, so that instead of having to find seven new clients, we can have a lifelong relationship with one client and potentially assist them with seven areas of need,” he says.
Testament to the fact that this is more than just a mantra is the firm’s high persistency rate. Howard has been consistently recognized for his performance by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), and has achieved ELIF status, for an Exceptional Level of Insurance in Force, an achievement accomplished by less than 300 advisors in the company’s history.
Beyond BLS, Howard and his wife Carol are devoted and active members of the Jewish Community in Hollywood. They have served on numerous boards including Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, Brauser Maimonides Academy, The Jewish Federations, Jewish Women’s Foundation and Young Israel of Hollywood. Howard is also a Past President of Young Israel of Hollywood.
Howard and Carol are proud parents of four children along with their spouses: Jared & Tara Bienenfeld, Rachel & Akiva Distenfeld, Jenna Bienenfeld & Sam Goldstein and Brooke Bienenfeld. They are blessed with six lovely grandchildren.