Two years ago, Kevin Arevalo did an errand that has already turned into a career.
Arevalo, 18, a senior at Hempstead High School, became a New York State-licensed property and casualty insurance broker on July 5 — a move he attributes to his 2009 visit to an insurance office in Hempstead Village to pay his mother’s car insurance. Now he is licensed to sell property and casualty insurance and will soon take the test to become a life and health insurance broker.
Arevalo’s accomplishment was recognized when he received the Youth on the Move Award for Diligence and Commitment from the Village of Hempstead Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
“I am very excited that I started my career” at such a young age, said Arevalo, whose parents are from El Salvador. He said he would like to open his own insurance agency.
Robert Betman, 48, owner of Coverage Plus Insurance in Hempstead, took Arevalo under his wing and gave him an internship. The village gave Betman the Small Business Commitment to Community Award.
To become an insurance broker, Arevalo had to take a 105-hour course at a state licensed insurance school. Betman paid for Arevalo’s training.
“It’s almost like he’s my legacy,” said Betman, of Jericho. “He’s an amazing role model for other kids in Hempstead.”